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Getting Started in Commodities

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Physical Commodity Identification and Development is Time and Capital Intensive

Commodity investing requires the recognition that commodities take a long time to bring to market and that commodities often move in different cycles than the business market. A good example of this capital- [more…]

Introduction to Commodities Investing

The commodities markets are broad and deep, presenting both challenges and opportunities. Investors are often overwhelmed simply by the number of commodities out there: more than 30 tradable commodities [more…]

Commodities throughout History

The history of commodities tells the story of civilization itself. Ever since man first appeared on earth, his existence has been defined by a perpetual and brutal quest for control over the world’s natural [more…]

Investment Characteristics of Commodities

Just what are commodities? Put simply, commodities are the raw materials humans use to create a livable world. Humans have been exploiting earth’s natural resources since the beginning of time. They use [more…]

Money-Making Opportunities with Commodity Investments

Commodities have allowed nations to survive and thrive, but they’ve also given individuals tremendous wealth-accumulation possibilities. Some of the world’s most enduring fortunes have been built around [more…]

An Introduction to Commodities Futures Markets

In the futures markets, individuals, institutions, and sometimes governments transact with each other in commodities for price-hedging and speculating purposes, trying to make [more…]

Get Exposure to Commodities Investments without Trading Futures

Although the futures markets offer the most direct investment gateway to the commodities markets, the equity markets also offer access to these raw materials. You can invest in companies that specialize [more…]

Commodities Investment Vehicles: Managed Funds and Physical Commodities

The two most critical questions to ask yourself before getting started in commodities are the following: What commodity should I invest in? How do I invest in it? Means of investing in commodities include [more…]

Types of Energy Commodities

Energy has always been indispensable for human survival and also makes for a great commodities investment. Energy, whether fossil fuels or renewable energy sources, has attracted a lot of attention from [more…]

Types of Metal Commodities

Metallurgy has been essential to human development throughout history. Like societies that have survived and thrived through mastering metallurgy, investors who have incorporated metal commodities into [more…]

Types of Agricultural Commodities

Food is the most essential element of human life, and the production of food presents solid money-making opportunities for non-farmers through investing in the commodities markets. [more…]

Why You Should Invest in Commodities

In recent years, commodities as an asset class have attracted a lot of attention from the investor community. Many investors are turning to commodities because they see the value in investing in an asset [more…]

The 21st Century Is the Century of Commodities

Since autumn 2001, commodities have been running faster than the bulls of Pamplona. The Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index (a benchmark for commodities) nearly doubled between 2001 and 2006. During this period [more…]

Capitalize on Population Growth through Commodities Investment

The 21st century is going to experience the largest population growth in the history of humankind, which will lead to growth in commodities. The United Nations [more…]

Profit from Urbanization through Commodities Investment

Perhaps even more significant than population growth for the growth in commodity markets is the fact that it’s accompanied by the largest urbanization movement the world has ever seen. [more…]

How to Get Exposure to Commodities through Emerging Market Investments

Here’s some good news for commodities investors: A new wave of industrialization is taking place in the 21st century, and it may be the most important one in history. This wave is transforming a large [more…]

Industrialization Creates Demand for Physical Commodities

During parts of the 19th and 20th centuries, the global powers of the time were embroiled in a strategic geopolitical contest over control of commodities, commonly referred to as “The Great Game.” [more…]

Inelasticity Makes Commodities Unique

As an asset class, commodities have unique characteristics that separate them from other asset classes and make them attractive, whether as independent investments or as part of a broader investment strategy [more…]

Why Commodities Do Well in Times of Economic Uncertainty

Commodities are unique among all investment options. Because commodities are physical necessities for much of modern life, they provide a security that cannot be found in most other investment opportunities [more…]

Why Commodities Investments Behave Differently Than Business Investments

Some unique attributes of commodities require a different strategy than business investing. In particular, commodity investing requires the recognition that commodities take a long time to bring to market [more…]

Information Resources for the Commodities Investor

Using these resources will help you keep up to date on major events that move commodities markets. Although not all of these resources deal specifically with commodities, they are indispensable sources [more…]

The Organizational Structure of MLP Commodity Investment Firms

If you’re scratching your head trying to figure out the structure of master-limited partnership (MLP) commodity investment firms, don’t worry. Because of regulatory, legal, and corporate reasons, the structures [more…]

Commodity Investment Vehicles: Distributable and Discretionary Cash Flow

The whole reason master-limited partnerships (MLPs) exist in commodities markets is to distribute all available cash back to the MLP unit holders, which has to be done on a quarterly basis. These factors [more…]

The Nuts and Bolts of Commodity MLP Investments

How do you go about investing in commodities through a master limited partnership (MLP)? It’s quite simple, really. Because MLPs are publicly traded, you can purchase any of them on the exchange on which [more…]

Effect of the 2008 Global Financial Crisis on Commodity and Investment Markets

What started as the bursting of the real estate bubble in the United States caused a chain reaction disrupting commodity prices and threatening the very foundations of the global economic system. [more…]

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