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How to Invest in Commodities

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Energy Futures: Demand for Crude Oil

The United States tops the list of oil consumers and has been the single largest consumer of the commodity for the last 25 years. Although a lot of folks pay attention to the demand increase from China [more…]

Watch Import and Export Numbers When Investing in Crude Oil Commodities

When planning your investments in the oil commodity market, another pair of numbers to keep close tabs on is export and import figures. Exports are different from production: A country can produce a lot [more…]

OPEC and the Oil Commodities Market

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is made up of countries that are involved in the production and export of crude oil commodities around the world. Currently, OPEC has 11 member [more…]

Types of Crude Oil Available for Investment on the Commodities Market

Crude oil by itself isn’t very useful; it derives its value as a commodity from its products. Only after it’s processed and refined into consumable products such as gasoline, propane, and jet fuel does [more…]

Peak Oil Theory and Its Effect on Commodity Investments

The concept of peak oil has generated much attention recently. Books have been written about whether the world is running out of the commodity, and proponents [more…]

How to Make Money with Crude Oil Commodity Investments

The price of crude oil as a commodity skyrocketed during the first decade of the 21st century. If this period is any indication of what’s in store for oil, you definitely want to develop a winning game [more…]

Energy Sector Commodities: An Introduction to Big Oil

Oil companies get a bad rap. Whatever you may think of them, they make for a great investment in commodities. Oil companies are responsible for bringing precious energy products to consumers, and for this [more…]

Risks and Benefits of Investing in Big Oil for Energy Commodity Exposure

Most oil companies have added non-petroleum energy sources to their product research mix, providing exposure to energy commodities of all kinds. These companies not only process crude oil into different [more…]

Oil Company ETFs for Exposure to Energy Commodities

If you can’t decide which oil company you want to invest in when you’re entering commodity investing, you have several other options that allow you to buy the market, so to speak. One option is to buy [more…]

How Emerging Market Funds Provide Exposure to Energy Commodities

Another great way to capitalize on oil profits is to invest in an emerging market fund that invests in commodities in countries that both sit on large deposits of crude oil and have the infrastructure [more…]

Energy Sector Commodities: Natural Gas

If crude oil is the king of commodities, natural gas is sometimes said to be the queen. Although crude oil accounts for about 40 percent of total energy consumed in the United States [more…]

Exchange Traded Funds that Provide Exposure to Energy Commodities

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are now in a position to offer easy access to commodities. With ETFs, you can now access investment products that were once the purview of expert industry insiders and professional [more…]

Exchange Traded Funds Indexing the Broad Commodities Markets

Because ETFs are now in a position to offer easy access to commodities, and because the number and type of commodities they cover has expanded, you can benefit from seeing which ETFs are out there to help [more…]

Exchange Traded Funds that Provide Exposure to Metals Commodities

With Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), you can now access investment products that were once the purview of expert industry insiders and professional commodity traders. ETFs offer easy access to commodities [more…]

Exchange Traded Funds that Provide Exposure to Agricultural Commodities

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) let the weekend investor access investment products that were once the purview of expert industry insiders and professional commodity traders. ETFs can provide easy access [more…]

Invest in Commodities through Funds and Indexes

A common misconception among investors is that you can only trade commodities by opening a futures account. While the futures markets certainly provide an avenue into the commodities markets, you have [more…]

An Introduction to Commodity Companies

Another route you can take to get exposure to commodities is to buy stocks of commodity companies. These companies are generally involved in the production, transformation, or distribution of various commodities [more…]

Why Commodity Indexes Are Useful

A commodity index tracks the price of a futures contract of an underlying physical commodity on a designated exchange. When you invest through one of the commodity indexes, you’re actually investing in [more…]

How to Make Money with Commodities Indexes

You can invest through a commodity index by using a number of methods. You can choose from five widely followed commodity indexes, and each one is tracked and traded differently. [more…]

Commodity Master Limited Partnerships

If you’re interested in investing in companies that are involved in the production, transformation, and distribution of commodities, one of the best ways to do so is to invest in a [more…]

The S&P Goldman Sachs Commodity Index

The S&P Goldman Sachs Commodity Index (S&P GSCI) is one of the most closely watched indexes in the market. Launched in 1992 by the investment bank Goldman Sachs, it tracks the performance of 24 commodity [more…]

The Reuters/Jefferies Commodity Research Bureau Index

Created in 1957 as the Commodity Research Bureau’s official commodity-tracking index, this index is the oldest commodity index in the world. The original index received its most recent makeover in 2005 [more…]

The Dow Jones–AIG Commodity Index

With approximately $31 billion tracking it (2010 figures), the Dow Jones–AIG Commodity Index (DJ-AIGCI) is one of the most widely followed indexes in the market. The DJ-AIGCI places a premium on liquidity [more…]

The Rogers International Commodities Index

With a grand total of 35 listed commodities, the Rogers International Commodities Index (RICI) tracks the most commodities among the different indexes. The RICI is the brainchild of famed commodities investor [more…]

The Deutsche Bank Liquid Commodity Index

Launched in 2003 by Deutsche Bank, the Deutsche Bank Liquid Commodity Index (DBLCI) is the new kid on the index block and has the most distinct approach to tracking commodity futures contracts. The DBLCI [more…]

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