Getting Started in Commodities

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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…]

How to Determine Which Commodities Index to Use

With so many commodities indexes to choose from, how do you decide which one to follow? Generally, the S&P Goldman Sachs Commodity Index (S&P GSCI) is the most tracked index in the market — it has the [more…]

How to Invest in Commodity Mutual Funds

A common way to invest in commodities is through a mutual fund. It may be the simplest way for you to get involved in the commodities markets because you’re relying on a trained professional to do the [more…]

Commodity Mutual Funds on the Market

If you’re looking to invest in commodity mutual funds, you can choose from two main funds: the PIMCO Commodity Real Return Strategy Fund and the Oppenheimer Real Asset Fund. [more…]

Risks with Commodity MLPs

Investing in commodities through master limited partnerships (MLPs) comes with a number of risks. Here’s a quick list of some of those risks so that you don’t come upon any surprises when you get your [more…]

Commodity Trading Advisors

If you’re interested in investing in commodities through the futures markets or on a commodity exchange, getting the help of a trained professional to guide you down this path is always a good idea. [more…]

Commodity Pools

Another way you can get access to the commodities futures markets is to join a commodity pool. As its name suggests, a commodity pool is a pool of funds that trades in the commodities futures markets. [more…]

The Competition in Commodities Exchanges

Whether you’re an individual seeking to hedge commodity prices for the future or an investor interested in capturing price discrepancies and fluctuations in the global commodity markets, the commodity [more…]

Major Commodity Exchanges on the Market

A number of commodity exchanges operate worldwide and specialize in all sorts of commodities. Before 2007, the industry was characterized by several players, each dominant in a particular segment of the [more…]

Oversight of Commodity Exchanges and International Exchanges

Commodity exchanges are under strict oversight, to protect all market participants and ensure transparency in the exchanges. These main regulatory organizations have oversight of commodity exchanges in [more…]

How an Exchange Determines Commodity Prices

Have you ever picked up the newspaper and read that commodity prices (most likely crude oil) reached a new high? Have you ever asked yourself how these prices are determined? Well, they’re determined on [more…]

Self-Directed Commodity Accounts

After you select a commodity brokerage firm you’re comfortable with, it’s time to open an account and start trading! You can choose from a number of different brokerage accounts. Most firms will offer [more…]

Ways to Invest in Commodities Futures

You have a number of investment vehicles to access the commodities futures markets. A common misconception among investors is that you can only trade commodities by opening a futures account. While the [more…]

Invest in Commodities Companies

Because the commodities markets are so wide and deep, you have a number of investment vehicles to access these markets. While the futures markets certainly provide an avenue into the commodities markets [more…]

Commodity Option Characteristics

Every option in the commodities markets has different characteristics, depending on how you want to exercise the option and what action you want to conduct when it’s exercised. Put simply, you can use [more…]

Managed Commodity Accounts

In a managed commodity account, you’re essentially transferring the responsibility of making all buying and selling decisions to a trained professional instead of making those choices yourself. [more…]

Commodity Order Contract Parameters

Your trading account is your link to the commodity exchange. The broker’s trading platform gives you access to the exchange’s main products, such as futures contracts, options on futures, and other derivative [more…]

Types of Commodity Orders

One of the most important pieces of information you need to indicate in a commodity transaction is the order type. This indicates how you want your order to be placed and executed. [more…]

The Roles of People Involved in Commodity Orders

When you pick up the phone or log in to your online account and place an order for a commodity, it’s sometimes easy to forget that your order isn’t placed in a vacuum. You place the order and wait for [more…]

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