Dever included several insightful and amusing anecdotes regarding the irrationality of traditional investments and flawed analysis. My favorite — one I have heard before — is how people would not invest with his commodity fund because commodities are risky.
The futures industry has had a tough couple of years, and with each storm there has been a dire warning that people will abandon it in droves. But the futures industry, particularly in Chicago, has faced many challenges and usually comes out the other end stronger through its ability to innovate.
The shale gas revolution in the United States has led to a collapse in prices but is too big to keep to ourselves. That is turning natural gas from a domestic market to a global one, and the global demand may cure the current low prices.