Mutual funds, hedge funds and pension funds are reportedly holding an all-time record level of commodities of every kind. Contracts have risen 12% this year and are 17% higher than the previous record set in June 2008, according to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Barclays Capital estimates that investors have placed $121.2 billion into commodities since the beginning of 2009. Helping to drive this interest is the growing number of commodities exchange-traded funds.

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