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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…]

Investing in Platinum through Futures Markets or Mining Companies

Because of its unique characteristics as a highly sought-after precious metal with industrial applications, platinum is an ideal investment. Fortunately, you can invest in platinum in a number of ways. [more…]

Investing in Steel through Industry Leaders

The best way to get exposure to steel is by investing in companies that produce steel, specifically globally integrated steel companies. Not all of the leading companies are available for investment, however [more…]

Investing in Aluminum through Futures and Manufacturing Operations

You can invest in aluminum in two ways: either through trading in the futures markets or through investments in companies that produce and manufacture aluminum products. [more…]

Investing in Copper through Futures Trading or Mining Companies

You can invest in copper either by trading in the futures markets or by putting your investment dollars in companies that specialize in mining and processing copper ore. [more…]

Investing in Palladium through Mining Companies

One of the better — albeit indirect — methods of getting exposure to the palladium markets is by investing in companies that mine the metal. Here are a couple of them: [more…]

Investing in Zinc through Future Markets

Zinc is the fourth-most widely used metal, right behind iron/steel, aluminum, and copper. The best way to invest in zinc is by going through the futures markets. [more…]

Investing in Nickel via Futures Contracts

Nickel is a ferrous metal, which means it belongs to the iron group of metals. Nickel, which is traded on futures markets, is an important industrial metal that is used as an alloy with metals such as [more…]

Investing in Diversified Mining Companies

One avenue for opening up your portfolio to metals is to invest in diversified mining companies. These operations are involved in all aspects of the metals production process, from excavation of metals [more…]

Investing in Coffee Futures as a Widely Traded Commodity

Coffee is the second most widely traded commodity in terms of physical volume, behind only crude oil. Like a number of other commodities, coffee production is dominated by a handful of countries. Brazil [more…]

Investing in Cocoa Futures Contracts

Cocoa trade is dominated by African countries, although the first cacao tree is said to have originated in South America. Cocoa is a fermented seed from the cacao tree, which is usually grown in hot and [more…]

Investing in Sugar as a Commodity

Although sugar production began more than 9,000 years ago in southeastern Asia, today, Latin American countries dominate the sugar trade. Brazil is the largest sugar producer in the world, as you can see [more…]

Investing in Orange Juice through Future Market Contracts

Orange juice is one of the few actively traded contracts in the futures markets that’s based on a tropical fruit. Because oranges are perishable, the futures contract tracks [more…]

Investing in Corn through the Futures Markets

The most direct way to invest in corn is by going through the futures markets. A corn contract exists, courtesy of the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), to help farmers, consumers, and investors manage and [more…]

Investing in Wheat Markets via Futures Contracts

The most direct way of accessing the wheat markets is by trading the wheat futures contract. The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) offers a futures contract for those interested in capturing profits from wheat [more…]

Investing in Soybeans and Soybean Products through Future Markets

Soybeans are a vital crop for the world economy, used for everything from poultry feedstock to the creation of vegetable oil. You can invest in soybeans themselves, soybean oil, and soybean meal through [more…]

Investing in Cattle through Futures Contracts

Two futures contracts exist for the cattle trader and investor: the live cattle and the feeder cattle contracts, both of which trade on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange [more…]

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