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Placing Orders at the Commodities Exchange

Your trading account is your link to the commodity exchange. The broker’s trading platform gives you access to the exchange’s main products, such as futures contracts, options on futures, and other derivative [more…]

Place Commodity Orders by Indicating What Type You Prefer

When you place a commodity order, one key piece of information you need to indicate is the order type. The type defines how you want your order to be placed and executed. [more…]

Investing in Commodities via the Futures Markets

The futures markets are the most direct way to get exposure to commodities. Futures contracts enable you to purchase an underlying commodity for an agreed-upon price in the future. [more…]

Investing in Commodity Mutual Funds through Financial Experts

A common way for individuals to invest in commodities is through a mutual fund. Because you’re relying on a trained professional to do the investing on your behalf, commodity mutual funds may be the simplest [more…]

Questions to Ask before Investing in Commodity Mutual Funds

Before you invest in a mutual fund, you should gather as much information as possible about the fund itself, as well as about the mechanics of investing in the fund. You can get answers to these questions [more…]

What Are Commodities Exchange Traded Funds All About?

Many financial institutions are now offering commodities Exchange Traded Funds, or ETFs. This new breed of ETF enables you to buy into a fund that offers the diversification inherent in a mutual fund, [more…]

Questions to Ask before Investing in Any Commodity

Whether you decide to invest through futures contracts, managed funds, or commodity companies, you need to gather as much information as possible before you start trading. [more…]

How Global Oil Reserves and Production Relate to Investing

As a commodities investor, knowing which countries have large crude oil deposits is an important part of your investment strategy. As demand for crude oil increases, countries that have large deposits [more…]

How the Demand for Oil Relates to Investing

Crude oil demand figures are important considerations in investment strategies because the data indicates a steady and sustained increase in production of the commodity. Mid- to long-term demand is likely [more…]

Tracking Oil Imports and Exports as Investment Strategy

If you invest in oil, then you need to keep an eye on export and import figures. Identifying the top exporting countries is helpful because it allows you to zero in on the countries that are actually generating [more…]

How Crude Oil Is Classified: Key to Commodities Investment Strategy

If you want to invest in the oil industry, you need to know what kind of oil you’re going to get for your money. Crude oil is classified into two broad categories: light and sweet, and heavy and sour. [more…]

Investing in Oil Company Exchange-Traded Funds

If you can’t decide which oil company you want to invest in, you have several other options at your disposal, which allow you to buy the market, so to speak. One option is to buy exchange-traded funds [more…]

Profiting from Oil Exploration and Production through Investing

The exploration and discovery of oil is a lucrative segment in the oil business. You can invest in companies that specialize in the exploration and production of oilfields, known in the business as [more…]

Investing in Crude Oil Refineries

Given the importance of crude oil derivative products, you can make a lot of money investing in refineries. To be useful, crude oil must be refined into consumable products, such as gasoline, diesel and [more…]

Investing in Natural Gas as a Commodity

Natural gas makes for a good investment because it is an important source of energy both in the United States and around the world, accounting for approximately 25 percent of energy consumption. [more…]

Investing in Natural Gas Futures on Commodity Exchanges

The most direct method of investing in natural gas is by trading futures contracts on one of the designated commodities exchanges. On the New York Mercantile Exchange [more…]

Natural Gas Companies as Investment Options

Investing in companies that process natural gas offers you exposure to this market through the expertise and experience of industry professionals, without the volatility of the futures market. [more…]

Coal Futures and Coal Companies as Investments

You can get access to the coal markets in two ways: one way is by trading coal futures, and the other is by investing in coal companies. [more…]

Nuclear Power Investments Based on Uranium

Civilian and commercial nuclear power is an integral part of the global energy supply chain and is a valuable energy source for residential, commercial, and industrial consumers worldwide. One way you [more…]

Electricity as an Investment Option

Investing in coal and in nuclear power are ways to invest in electricity. You can invest directly in the power industry through the electricity futures market or electrical utilities. [more…]

Investing in Renewable Energy Sources

Currently, renewable sources of energy make up about 8 percent of total energy use in the world. This figure pales compared to the 87 percent share of fossil fuels, but it has the potential to grow as [more…]

Purchasing Gold through Exchange-Traded Funds

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) offering exposure to commodities are a popular investment gateway for folks who don’t want to mess around with futures contracts. Currently, investors have two gold ETFs to [more…]

Buying Stocks in Gold Mining Companies

One way to get exposure to gold is by investing in gold mining companies. A number of companies specialize in mining, processing, and distributing this precious metal. Here are a few of them: [more…]

Investing in the Gold Futures Market

Gold futures contracts provide you with a direct way to invest in gold through the futures markets. You can choose from two gold futures contracts that are widely traded in the United States. [more…]

Making Silver Part of Your Investment Portfolio

You can use silver — a precious metal — as a hedge against inflation and to preserve part of your portfolio’s value. Because silver has important industrial applications, you can use the metallic to provide [more…]

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