With rising fears that we’re headed for a interval of stagflation — excessive inflation coupled with slowing development — Deutsche Bank regarded again to the Nineteen Seventies for a historic information of what may work on this financial atmosphere. The agency discovered that commodities could be the most secure guess. “Equities generally saw losses in real terms in the 1970s, but energy was the best place to be on a sectoral basis,” the agency mentioned this week in a observe to purchasers. Analysts led by Henry Allen mentioned that oil and agricultural items have been among the many greatest locations to take a position in the course of the Nineteen Seventies, a decade affected by stagflation. “That echoes what we’ve seen in 2022, where commodities are the only asset class to have seen relatively consistent gains this year,” Allen wrote. He famous that whereas valuable metals like gold and silver additionally held up in the course of the Nineteen Seventies, this time round they have been buying and selling inside a variety. “The main takeaway should be that if inflation stays high for many years, both history and today’s high starting valuations suggest it will be very difficult to generate positive real returns in most traditional financial asset classes,” the agency mentioned. Deutsche Bank’s name comes as inflation hits the best stage in 40 years. The incapability of provide to maintain tempo with demand because the economic system rebounds from the pandemic has despatched the value for items and providers hovering. The Federal Reserve additionally took unprecedented stimulus measures to assist the economic system because the pandemic took maintain, whereas authorities help put extra money in customers’ pockets. Now, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has despatched world power markets spinning. The surge in oil costs, which has despatched fuel costs to document highs, is a significant contributor to inflation. Deutsche Bank mentioned that commodities have been the only asset class that “reliably managed to post a positive real return” over the Nineteen Seventies. During the interval West Texas Intermediate crude and Brent yearly returned, on common, 19% and 24%, respectively. The agency mentioned that in the present day it might be even be more durable to place a lid on inflation than it was within the Nineteen Seventies attributable to larger debt ranges and threats to globalization, amongst different issues. Allen mentioned that though it is solely been one yr of sky-high inflation, the ultra-low inflation years of 2014 to 2020 might be within the rearview mirror. “A lot can change in the years ahead but history tells us that a decade of inflation will be very bad for asset prices, especially (but not exclusively) in real terms.” WTI and Brent are up 54% every for the yr. The S & P 500, alternatively, has misplaced practically 13%. — CNBC’s Michael Bloom contributed reporting.