Oil is ofter reffered to as “black gold”. This page is about the past 5 years of the unprocessed form of crude light oil which is traded worldwide in the unit of bbl (1 US bbl oil = 158.99 l) and in the currency of USD.
(Prices are in US dollars)
You can find other oil charts from intraday up to 3 year here.
As you can see, oil has yielded nice long term returns in the past five years, except for the last 2-3 years when oil’s price was falling rapidly. However, it looks like that falling has stopped recently.
What can you see on this chart?
You can calculate oil’s 1 month return from oil’s price today and oil’s price 30 days ago. You can also do the same calculation for yesterday and oil’s price 31 days ago etc. If you do this calculation for each days, you will get a curve of oil’s 1 month yield. The same applies to other yield periods from three months to five ears.
This chart shows each yield curve in the past 5 years. It helps you to highlight how stable profits were.
As you can see, oil price has outperformed the change of US CPI only in half of the past 5 years.
*charts have been created by using Chartoasis Sesame. If you feel like analyzing oil’s historical prices, you can do that for free at www.chartoasis.com/sesame .