How to Invest in Commodities

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Investing in Coal: Producing the World’s Electricity

If you are interested in investing in coal, you should know that coal provides 27 percent of global primary energy, and it supplies more than 40 percent of the world’s electricity, as seen in the figure [more…]

Tips for Investing in Coal

In the great game of coal investing, knowing what moves a stock price can be the difference between retiring early and being stuck in a losing stock for years. One of the worst feelings for a commodity [more…]

Identify and Evaluate Major Coal Miners: China

Energy investors should know that China is slowly working off stockpiles of coal that it built up during the Great Recession. But longer-term expansion of coal-powered plants in China and India will boost [more…]

Identify and Evaluate Major Coal Miners: Russia

Energy investors should know that Russia produced 336.3 million tons of coal in 2011, which was 4 percent more than the prior year and a record for the post-Soviet era. Russia is the third-largest exporter [more…]

Invest in Coal Funds

Energy investors can use coal funds to gain diversified exposure to the industry and generate income with a single purchase. Master limited partnerships [more…]

Coal Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs)

Energy investors should know that a masterlimited partnership (MLP) is a type of publicly traded investment vehicle. It combines the tax benefits of a limited partnership with the liquidity of a publicly [more…]

Coal Exchange-Traded Fund(s)

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) give energy investors a way to have broad exposure to an industry or sector. Instead of marrying your fortunes with one company, or buying five or six companies individually [more…]

Invest in Coal Futures

You can trade coal futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX). NYMEX coal futures are quoted in dollars and cents per ton, and are traded in contracts of 1550 tons. [more…]

Energy Investing: Countries Most Reliant on Nuclear Energy

Energy investors should know that nuclear power is growing. Nuclear energy is used primarily for electricity. As with coal, nuclear demand is growing as people in places such as China and India want modern [more…]

Countries with Nuclear Power Investment Opportunities

While 31 countries have reactors, the United States, France, and Japan have the most sound nuclear investment opportunities. These are also the countries where the bulk of nuclear electricity is generated [more…]

Energy Investing: Understand the Ongoing Nuclear Debate

Energy investors considering investing in nuclear energy should know about the ongoing debate of nuclear power plants. Many people have written many words about the benefits and costs of employing nuclear [more…]

Energy Investing: The Growth of Nuclear Power

Energy investors should know that the future of nuclear power in the world is one of growth, even if that growth is delayed due to the slowdown in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster. Thirty countries [more…]

Energy Investing: Coal's Destructive Effects on the Environment

As an energy investor, you should know that there is a dark side to burning coal in terms of pollution and climate change. The basic problem is that coal is much cheaper than other fossil fuels [more…]

Energy Investing: Consider the Possibility of Cleaner Coal

As an energy investor you should know that coal-burning power plants are on the wane in the United States. New legislation means that older plants will close, and some of the more modern ones will be further [more…]

Energy Investing: The Decline of the U.S. Coal Industry

If you're interested in investing in coal, you should know that a highly charged debate about coal has been raging in the United States since Al Gore won an Oscar. [more…]

Identify and Evaluate Major Coal Miners: United States

Energy investors should know that America is the country that made coal king. Coal from Southern and Midwestern states is what helped build the strongest economy in the world. Some of the companies that [more…]

Looking at a Company's Public Disclosure Forms

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires publicly traded companies in the United States to file annual and quarterly reports. The quarterly report, known as Form 10Q, contains information [more…]

Introducing the New York Board of Trade

The New York Board of Trade (NYBOT) is one of the oldest exchanges in the United States and is the premier location for the trade of agricultural commodities. The NYBOT also offers futures contracts that [more…]

Modern Portfolio Theory and the Benefits of Diversification

The idea that diversification is a good strategy in portfolio allocation is the cornerstone of Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT). MPT is the brainchild of Nobel Prize–winning economist Harry Markowitz. In [more…]

What's the Deal with Peak Oil?

Is the world really running out of oil? The concept of peak oil has generated much attention in recent years. A plethora of books have been written about whether the world is running out of oil, and proponents [more…]

Introducing Two Major Commodities Exchanges: Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange

Established in 1848, the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) used to be the oldest commodity exchange in the world. The CBOT was the go-to exchange for grains and other agricultural products, such as oats, ethanol [more…]

Making Money Using an Index

If you're investing in commodities, you want to make money. One way to do that is by using a commodity index. Consider the following few ways you can invest through a commodity index: [more…]

Top 6 Things in an Oil Company's Fleet

You can get information on an offshore drilling company's fleet in its annual report. Companies usually lease these vessels to customers, which may include independent oil and gas companies, national oil [more…]

Investing in Commodities For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you're considering investing in commodities or commodities-backed instruments, you'll want to find out as much as you can about what you're investing in. Companies have to file quarterly and annual [more…]

10 Investment Vehicles for Commodities

Because the commodities markets are so wide and deep, you have a number of investment vehicles to access these markets. A common misconception among investors is that you can only trade commodities by [more…]

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