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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…]

Investing in Lean Hogs and Pork Bellies via Futures Markets

You can invest in hogs in two ways: through a lean hog futures contract (which is a contract for the hog’s carcass), and through pork bellies (the traders’ way of saying “bacon”). [more…]

What Is Currency Trading?

Currency trading is speculation, pure and simple. The securities you’re speculating with are the currencies of various countries. For that reason, currency trading is both about the dynamics of market [more…]

What Is the Interbank Market?

When people talk about the “currency market,” they’re referring to the interbank market. The interbank market is where the really big money changes hands. Minimum trade sizes are one million of the base [more…]

Trading in the Interbank Market

The interbank market is an over-the-counter (OTC) market, which means that each trade is an agreement between the two counterparties to the trade. There are no exchanges or guarantors for the trades, just [more…]

What Are Currency Pairs?

Forex markets refer to trading currencies by pairs, with names that combine the two different currencies being traded against each other, or exchanged for one another. Additionally, forex markets have [more…]

How to Identify Base and Counter Currencies

When you look at currency pairs, you may notice that the currencies are combined in a seemingly strange order. For instance, if sterling-yen (GBP/JPY) is a yen cross, why isn’t it referred to as “yen-sterling” [more…]

What Affects Currency Rates?

The forex market sets the value of one currency relative to another, so data's being digested about at least two major international economies at the same time. Add in half a dozen or more other national [more…]

What Are the Trading Hours of the Forex?

The forex market is open and active 24 hours a day from the start of business hours on Monday morning in the Asia-Pacific time zone straight through to the Friday close of business hours in New York. At [more…]

Key Daily Times and Events in Foreign Currency Trading

In addition to the ebb and flow of liquidity and market interest during the global currency trading day, the following daily events tend to occur around the same times each day. [more…]

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