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Growing Interest in Agricultural Commodities

Part of the Commodities For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Agricultural commodities are usually overshadowed by energy and metal commodities. Recently, however, investors have been eyeing agricultural commodities as traders become aware of the enormous importance of these commodities from both a market and investment perspective. Wheat shortages in 2009–2010 and the subsequent food riots they caused globally shone a spotlight on this segment of the market. The following are some important agricultural commodities, along with their corresponding exchanges:

  • Grains/cereals: Corn, oats, soybeans, wheat (Chicago Mercantile Exchange)

  • Meat products: Feeder cattle, lean hogs, live cattle, frozen pork bellies (Chicago Mercantile Exchange)

  • Tropical products: Coffee, cocoa, orange juice, sugar (Intercontinental Exchange)

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