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How the Dollar Impacts Commodity Prices
Commodities typically follow and inverse relationship with the value of the dollar. When the dollar strengthens against other major currencies, the prices of commodities typically drop. When the value of the dollar weakens against other major currencies, the prices of commodities generally move higher.
Learn about Planting and Harvesting Seasons for...
Corn crops are planted and harvested at different times around the world. Included are the growing seasons for corn in the United States, Brazil, China, Argentina and Europe.
Want to Try Online Commodity Trading? Read This...
Trading commodities online is a fairly simple process to get started, but it is not something that should be entered into lightly. The traditional method of calling your commodity broker to place orders and waiting for a callback to give you a filled order price is quickly coming to an end. Therefore, if you want to trade commodities online, we will cover the process of how to start.
Crude Oil Futures
Fundamental research of crude oil futures, including contract specs, reports and tips on how to trade crude oil in the commodity markets.
Want to Become a Commodity Broker? Learn about...
Learn the process of what you need to do to become a licensed commodity broker. Areas covered include passing the series 3 test, choosing a brokerage firm and what the job involves.
Gold Stocks - Investing In Gold Mining Stocks
Gold mining stocks are a good way to invest in the gold market. They can be more conservative than gold futures and gold etfs. A list of the largest publicly traded gold mining stocks is included.
Learn about Futures Options, a Less Risky Way...
Learn the basics of futures options including calls, puts, premium and strike price.
Did You Know That the Penny Is Worth More Than...
A penny is currently worth more than one cent because of the meltdown value of copper. The value could go even higher in the future if the price of copper continues to rise. This article offers some insight and tips on how to profit from saving and collecting pennies and nickels.
A Commodity Investor's Guide to Soybeans
Soybean crops are planted and harvested at different times around the world. Included are the growing seasons for soybeans in the United States, Brazil, China and Argentina.
Understanding a Futures Contract
The main features of futures contracts to learn are ticker symbols, futures contracts, contract sizes, delivery months and price quotes.
New Investor's Guide to Derivatives
A derivative is a financial instrument or security that is based on the price of another asset, which is called the underlying asset. Derivatives are often highly leveraged instruments and the most commonly types are futures and options.
Live Cattle Futures
Fundamental research of live cattle futures, including contract specs, reports and tips on how to trade cattle futures in the commodity markets.
Why a Strong Dollar is Bearish for Commodities
There is a strong inverse correlation between the value of the U.S. dollar as measured against other currencies and commodity prices.
Peek Inside the Career of a Commodity Broker
Commodity brokers are usually paid on a commission basis, which means they get paid a percentage of the commissions from the trades their clients place. Since some commodity brokers are very good and many brokers fail in the first six months, it is very difficult to give an accurate estimate of what a typical commodity broker gets paid.
Crude Oil: Brent versus WTI
The price differential between Brent and WTI crude oil can be volatile. This article explains the difference and price volatility between them.
Introduction to Commodities and Futures
Learning the meaning of commodities and futures markets and how to make money trading commodities.
Trading Crude Oil Futures
Crude oil is one of the better commodities to trade. It is a very active market and it is well known with investors around the world. There is usually no shortage of news to cause the price of oil to move from day to day. This presents many good trading opportunities, whether you focus on day trading futures or you are a longer-term trader or investor.
What You Should Know about Futures Margin
Futures Margin has many different meanings in futures trading and includes initial margin, maintenance levels, margin call and why margin changes.
Commodity Brokers - Searching For A Commodity...
You will need to search for a commodity broker once you decide to start trading commodities. I have outlined the best places to search for commodities brokers and what to look for.
Silver Stocks - Investing In Silver Mining Stocks
Silver mining stocks are a good way to invest in the silver market. They can be more conservative than silver futures and silver etfs. A list of the largest publicly traded silver mining stocks is included.
How to Open a Commodities Trading Account
Opening an account to trade commodities is probably easier than you think, but it is a major financial transaction and you can expect to fill out some paperwork and wait a couple days before you can begin trading commodities.
What's the Right Time to Buy a Call Option?
This article explains the strategy of buying a call option in the futures and commodity markets, when to use this option, and the risks and benefits.
Top Reasons Why Commodity Traders Lose Money
Most commodity traders lose money trading commodities. We look at the top reasons why commodity traders lose money and hope to educate commodity traders how they can avoid these mistakes.
Futures Quote and Chart Websites
Several online sources provide futures quotes and charts. Three of the top sources for futures quotes are discussed.
Research Commodities with a Long-Term Commodity...
A long-term commodity index chart is the best way to quickly see how commodity prices have moved lower and higher throughout the last several decades. A commodity chart is a good place to begin research on the commodities markets.
Pros and Cons of Day Trading Futures
What is Day Trading in the Futures Markets? There are advantages and disadvantages to day trading futures. We also list the best markets for day trading futures; including t-notes, soybeans, crude oil, japanese yen and the euro fx.
Buying a Put Option
The strategy of buying a put option in the futures and commodity markets. When to use this option strategy, the risks and benefits compared to buying a futures contract.
The Future of Natural Gas
Natural gas as the fuel of the future makes sense no matter which method of analysis you use. Natural gas is one of the cleanest burning fuels and the United States has enough supply to become energy independent. It has also become one of the cheapest fuels - even cheaper than coal. So why is it not the most widely used fuel in the U.S. when the facts clearly show that that it should be our number one energy source?
How to Pay Taxes on Commodity Trades
How to calculate and file taxes on Commodities Trading using IRS Form 6781 – Gains and Losses From Section 1256 Contracts and Straddles.
Myths of Investing in Commodities
Many investors don't utilize commodities as an investment because of many misconceptions people have of commodities.
Commodity Brokers and Commission Rates
Commodity brokers charge commissions per trade to their clients. How much should you pay a commodity broker in commissions? There are also ways to negotiate your commission rates.
Hedging in Commodities
A hedger is basically a person or company that is involved in a business related to a particular commodity. They are usually a producer of a commodity or a company that needs to purchase a commodity in the future. Either party is trying to limit their risk by hedging in the commodity markets.
What is an Online Trading Platform
Learn about online trading platforms for commodity and futures traders. A trading platform allows commodity traders to place trades electronically from their own computer. The software program allows trades exection, account monitioring, quotes and charts, and other features for traders.
Fundamental Analysis of Trading Commodities
Using fundamental analysis to research and trade commodities and futures. Supply and demand are the main factors to determine the price of commodities.
What are Commodities?
The simplest answer to the question what are commodities is - commodities are the raw ingredients or components of almost everything we consume or use in our everyday life. Some of the most common commodities are corn, wheat, gold, silver, copper, oil, gas, cattle, sugar, coffee and cotton.
How Long Does It Take To Learn How To Trade...
I often get asked - how long does it take to learn how to trade commodities? That is a tough question to answer. The short answer is that a diligent person can learn the basics of trading commodities in a couple months. The long answer is that it can take a lifetime to master.
Why Commodity Prices Move Up and Down
Learn how to research the commodities markets and tips on trading commodities and futures to learn why the markets move higher or lower.
Copper
This article and update describes the copper market and how the price of copper can be viewed as an indicator of global economic growth or contraction.
Is Coffee The Next Soft Commodity To Move Big...
The price of coffee futures is approaching the lowest level in years. The risk justifies the potential rewards for long positions in the coffee market.
Benefits and Dangers of Online Commodities...
Online commodities trading has many benefits to commodity traders, but it also has many dangers to the novice trader.
How To Open A Commodity Brokerage Firm
The first thing to be done is to pass the Series 3 Exam if you are not a current broker and register as an Introducing Broker with the NFA. There must be at least one Associated Person (AP, commonly called a broker) listed with the firm. If you plan on being a one-man shop, that would be you. There are fees and paperwork associated with the registration.
Must Read Commodity Trading Books
Whether you are starting out trading commodities or you have been trading for a number of years, there are some books that every trader or investor should read. I have read well over 100 books on trading and investing and a few stand out as highly educational and they stand the test of time. Anyone interested in the commodity and futures markets should find these books very beneficial.
Put Option
Put option definition and uses in trading commodities and futures.
Which Commodities Should You Trade?
One of the first steps in trading commodities is finding out which commodities you should be trading.
Should You Trade Futures Contracts or Options?
Futures and options both have their pros and cons. Experienced traders often use both futures and options, depending on the situation. Some traders like to focus one or the other. It is best to fully understand the characteristics of each in order to decide how to trade commodities.
TradeStation Securities
Review of TradeStation Securities, which is an online futures broker that executes trades on futures, stocks and options.
Why Are There Multiple Quotes for Sugar Markets?
The two sugar futures markets that are traded include world sugar #11 and U.S. sugar #16. You may be surprised to find out that the U.S. sugar price is substantially higher that the world sugar prices – sometimes twice as much. I would like to say that the U.S. produces the Rolls Royce of sugar, but all the sugar is virtually the same around the world. The discrepancy in prices is due to fat subsidies and a tariff program that supports U.S. sugar farmers.
Gold Futures Profile
Profile of Gold futures including contract specs, gold fundamentals, gold reports and trading ideas for gold futures.
Review of Online Futures Broker Generic Trade
Review of Online Futures Broker - Generic Trade. This is an online futures broker that offers very low rates with no contingencies. That means there are no account minimums and you don't have to make a certain amount of trades to get their stated commission rate.
Margin Call
A margin call usually occurs when a client with a commodity trading account doesn't have sufficent funds in their account to cover the required margin to hold their positions.
Commodities Favorable Tax Treatment Over Stocks
Many traders like trading commodities for the leverage, but commodities can also have some preferential tax treatment when you compare futures contracts to stocks.
RBOB Gas Futures Profile
Profile of RBOB Gasoline futures including contract specs, gas fundamentals, gas reports and trading ideas for gas futures.
Types of Commodity Trading Strategies
Commodity trading strategies are simply the basis for why and when you will buy and sell commodities. You should have some well thought out strategies before you begin trading commodities.
Commodities in Brazil
Brazil has become a major player in commodities during the last couple decades. The country is a major producer of coffee, soybeans, corn, sugar, and orange juice. The rapid increase in agriculture production in the last few decades from Brazil has probably prevented massive shortages to world inventories.
Key Features of the Series 3 Exam for Futures...
The Series 3 Exam for commodity futures broker is a 2 hour and 30 minute exam that covers knowledge on the futures markets and industry regulations. It is a test that you need to study for and we have included the key features of the series 3 exam and some helpful tips for passing the test.
Creating a Commodity Trading Plan
A Trading Plan is an essential component that must be in place before you begin trading commodities. We will go over the main features of a trading plan and how to create a commodity trading plan.
The Most Actively Traded Commodities
Liquidity is very important to active commodity traders. The higher the volume of a futures contract on a commodity, the easier it is to get in an out of a market at the truest price – less slippage. Commodities with high volume are the often the choice for day traders and many large traders. Low volume commodity markets are often prone to wild price swings.
The Pros and Cons of Ethanol
At first glance, ethanol seems to make sense. It is a clean burning fuel and it is better for the environment than gasoline, but things aren’t always what they seem. Ethanol solves one problem but it might be creating several larger and unintended problems.
The Best Time to Buy Commodities
Commodity prices tend to move higher during periods of inflation. Sometimes the economy exhibits high levels of inflation, as the late 1970’s is a prime example. Interest rates approached 18 percent to combat the high levels of inflation and commodity prices reached record highs during this period. Not all periods of inflation are this extreme, but commodities can perform well during periods of mild inflation.
The Price Of Crude Oil And Equity Prices
Stock indices include many companies involved in the oil industry. Therefore, volatility in the price of crude oil can lead to volatility in equities.
How to Research Commodities
Researching commodities is a very broad topic and there is no simple procedure that works for every commodity trader. In fact, do not expect to become an expert and sift through mounds of data when researching commodities. You just want enough information to make rational trading decisions.
Copper Futures
Profile of copper futures; covering copper futures contract specs, copper reports, copper fundamentals and trading ideas for copper futures.
Commodities and Risk
The main reason why commodities are considered risky is that commodities are traded in futures contracts and they are highly leveraged. A commodity trader normally only has to put up 5 to 20 percent of the contract value to control the commodity investment.
Natural Gas Futures
Profile of Natural Gas futures including contract specs, natural gas supply and demand fundamentals, and trading ideas for natural gas futures.
Selling Options in the Futures and Commodities...
An explanation of selling options in the futures and commodities markets. Selling futures options is an option strategy used by many professional commodity traders.
The Divergence Between Soybean Meal and Soybean...
Processing spreads like the soybean crush spread yield important clues as to the supply and demand for a commodity.
Commodities and a Futures Contract – How...
What are the differences between commodities and a futures contract?
Where To Find Futures Options Quotes
Futures Option Quotes is often more difficult than one might expect. Here is one online source that offers free online futures quotes on most commodity and futures markets.
The Short Side Of Commodities - How To Sell...
Selling a commodity is just as simple as buying a commodity. Here is a simple explanation of why and how commodity traders can make money selling commodities.
Understanding Limit Orders
Explanation of the when, how and why to use a limit order in trading commodity futures and options.
Moving Averages for Trading Commodities
Moving averages are one of the most popular technical studies used in commodity and stock trading. The most commonly used technique of moving averages is for purposes of determining the trend of the market as well as finding support and resistance levels.
USDA Prospective Plantings Report
The USDA releases the Prospective Plantings report at the end of March each year. The report tells us how many acres are expected to be planted of each crop for the upcoming season.
Where do Commodities Trade?
Commodities trade on regulated futures exchanges including the Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, New York Mercantile Exchange and ICE Futures US.
Agricultural Commodities- All Quiet Before the...
Each year is a new adventure in the world of agricultural commodity production. 2013-2015 were years of bumper crops. Mother Nature will determine crops for 2016.
Paper Trading - Learn How To Paper Trade...
Paper trading commodities and futures may be one of the best ways to learn how to trade without putting any money at risk. Paper trading may not be completely realsitic since no money is at risk, but paper trading is is one of the best tools to learn how to trade commodities and futures.
Using Futures Options to Lower Risk When...
There are many ways to utilize futures options to lower your risk when trading commodities. Here are some examples of futures option strategies where you sell options against eother option positions or buy options to protect against downside risk in futures positions. These strategies could lower your overall trading risk and help you become more profitable.
Trading Commodity Spreads
Many professional commodity traders focus on trading spreads. A spread involves the simultaneous buying of one commodity and the selling of the same or similar commodity. Using spreads often cuts down on the risk of buying a straight commodity position.
Different Ways to Invest in Commodities
Commodities have become a more mainstream investment class in the last decade, primarily due to the fact the commodities have performed much better than other investments. Today, investors have many new sources to invest in commodities.
Corn versus Soybeans: This spread may yield...
The corn-soybean ratio is a tool that farmers use to determine relative value. Often farmers use this metric when deciding which crop to plant.
Commodities Trading and Technical Analysis
Technical analysis is often used among commodity traders. It is first important to understand the basics of technical analysis before trading commodities and then you can move on to more advanced technical methods.
Investing in Silver Eagle Coins
One of the best ways to actually get your hands on silver is to buy silver coins or bullion. There are better and more efficient ways to invest in silver, but many people like to have the physical asset in their possession. Actually, many people purchase silver for financial protection against runaway inflation or an economic catastrophe.
The Good and Bad Types of Commodity Brokerage...
There are good and bad types of commodity brokers to work for. We examine how you can determine whether you are looking at a good or bad brokerage firm.
What is a Commodity Broker
A commodity broker typically refers to the person who places commodity trades on behalf of his clients. The term commodity broker is also synonymous with the brokerage firm that handles commodity trades. For registration purposes, the brokerage firms are designated as Introducing Brokers(IB) or Futures Commission Merchants(FCM). The individuals are designated as Associated Persons (AP).
Crude Oil- Processing Spreads
This article describes how crude oil is refined into many different oil products including gasoline, heating oil as well as other products that are used every day. Crack spreads- the economics of refining oil into products, is explained.
Why Is The U.S. Dollar So Strong And What Does...
The strong dollar is a bearish sign for raw material prices. Numerous factors support the currency of the United States at the beginning of 2016.
Copper Stocks - Investing In Copper Mining Stocks
Copper mining stocks are a good way to invest in the copper market. They can be more conservative than copper futures and copper etfs. A list of the largest publicly traded copper mining stocks is included.
Commodities - Buy Low and Sell High
Buying low and selling high seems like a fairly simple concept when it comes to trading commodities, but the lines can be blurry on whether the price of a commodity is low or high.
Understanding Stop Orders
Stop order can be used to limit losses when trading commodities or to initiate positions on momentum.
What is an Introducing Broker
An Introducing Broker (IB) is an industry term for a commodity broker or futures broker. In essence, an introducing broker is a brokerage firm that deals directly with the client, while the trade execution and back office work is left to the Futures Commission Merchant (FCM) - commonly known as a clearing firm.
What Size of Account Should You Use?
What size of account should you start with to trade commodities? They can range from $2,000 and up.
Books On Day Trading Futures
There are several good books out there on day trading the commodities and futures markets. There are also many bad and misleading books that cause traders more trouble than they are worth. Below are some of the best books that I have read on day trading futures. Some of the books include a complete day trading plan, while others mainly discuss specific trading strategies.
Review of At The Open - An E-Mini S&P 500...
DayTradeToWin.com offers an e-course or trading methodology for trading the e-mini s&p; 500 futures contract. At The Open tends to get you into the market in the direction of the daily trend without chasing the market.
Livestock: Cattle
The article examines the history of cattle, trading in live cattle futures and how various events impact the price of beef.
Soybean Futures Profile
Fundamental research of soybean futures, including contract specs, USDA reports and tips on how to trade soybeans in the commodities markets.
Coffee Futures Profile
Profile of Coffee futures including contract specs, coffee supply and demand fundamentals, and trading ideas for coffee futures.
Commodity ETF - Investing in Commodities With a...
A commodity ETF is an exchange traded fund that invests in commodities through exchange traded futures contracts. The commodity ETF is a basket of commodities that is a simplified way to diversify your investment portfolio by investing in commodities.
Trading Commodities with RSI and Momentum...
Momentum indicators are widely used by commodity traders to measure when a market is overbought or oversold. For traders who live by the old adage of buying low and selling high, momentum indicators are often a critical part of their trading arsenal.
Keys to Trading Corn Futures
Trading corn futures can be fairly subdued during the winter months, while the summer months are not for the faint of heart. Corn is planted in the spring and harvested in the fall. This growing season is when most of the action in corn prices take place. The winter months usually deal with demand and how much of the harvested crop is sold on a weekly basis. The summer months often have a barrage of weather problems that can keep corn traders on edge with every updated weather report.
Is it Possible to Trade Commodities for a Living?
Trading commodities for a living is a dream for most new traders, but a dream is a far thing from reality. We will discuss some of the things you can do to prepare for a full time trading career and decide if you are prepared for such a venture.
Trading Precious Metals Futures
The precious metals have been some of the most popular commodities to trade since the 1970s. Gold, silver, platinum and palladium tend to generate the most interest from investors during times of high inflation, political turmoil or economic distress. Gold is usually the most active of the complex, but silver can be very active and volatile at times. Platinum and palladium usually have much less activity.
List of Most Current Futures Margin Rates
This is the most recent listing of futures margin rates for trading commodity futures. It should be used as an example, since many futures brokers will have different futures margins and they do change with market conditions.
Becoming a Successful Commodity Broker
Learn the steps that it takes to become a successful commodity broker. You have to open accounts, trade the commodities markets and service your clients.
Would You Rather Be A Commodity Broker Or Stock...
There is no doubt that the term stockbroker is much more familiar to most people than the term commodity broker. There are also about ten times more licensed stockbrokers than there are commodity brokers. Both brokers do similar jobs, but the commodity broker has a much more specialized profession.
Crude oil versus natural gas: Competing Energy...
The price relationship between crude oil and natural gas, two fuels, can offer important information as to the supply and demand equation for both commodities.
Stop Limit Orders – The Good And The Bad...
A stop limit order is a combination of a stop market order and a limit order. It is activated when the price touches your designated price. A stop limit to buy is placed above the market and a stop limit to sell is placed below the current market price.
Aluminum
The article describes the history of aluminum, one of the world's most common metals. Aluminum is the most liquid metal traded on the London Metal Exchange.
Cotton Futures Profile and Cotton Futures Trading
Profile of cotton futures, including contract specs, cotton fundamentals, cotton trading ideas and cotton market reports.
Are Farmers Good Commodity Traders?
Farmers certainly know agriculture, but does that make them good commodity traders? I thought about this questions many years ago when I started out as a commodity broker. I figured they are experts on corn or soybeans or cattle. Surely, they must know exactly where the prices are going. Well, I was a bit naïve back then, but I would come to know a great deal about farmers and commodities.
USDA Grain Stocks Report
Read and understand the key components of the USDA grain stocks report.
Trading Coffee Futures
Coffee is one of the more interesting commodities to trade. It is also usually one of the more volatile. Coffee is a member of the softs complex and most of these commodities are prone to wild swings in price.
Trend Following in Commodities Trading
Trend Following is a very effective trading strategy in the commodity and futures markets.
Commodities Movers
Corn is one of the biggest movers on the day.  Corn futures are trading about 15 cents lower after the USDA released their planting progress report on Monday
Liquidity in Commodities
Liquidity is defined as the relative ease for market participants to buy and sell specific assets. Liquid markets attract speculators and tend to be less volatile.
Corn Futures
Fundamental research of corn futures, including contract specs, USDA reports and tips on how to trade corn in the commodity markets.
Rain, Rain Go Away
Farmers across the Midwest, especially the western part, are hoping the rains will subside for a few weeks.  Much of the Midwest has been too wet to plant corn
Working as a Commodity Broker or Opening a...
Most commodity brokers and traders who have reached some type of success often think about opening their own brokerage firm at some point in their career. The pay is usually much better, but there is also a lot more work and responsibility. Each person has to realize their strengths and weaknesses and weather opening a commodities brokerage firm is the right choice.
Lean Hogs Profile
Fundamental research of lean hog futures, including contract specs, USDA reports and tips on how to trade lean hogs in the commodity markets.
Trading Futures with Options
With the combination of futures and options, a trader is able to come up with just about any type of strategy for trading a market. Utilizing options with futures usually makes a trade more conservative, but sometimes you can actually make more profits than using just one instrument.
Coffee: A volatile year-to-year commodity
This article looks at coffee, where it trades and two types of coffee Arabica and Robusta.
Where to Find Commodities Research
Looking for information to research commodities to make trading decisions is not always an easy task. Commodities are not as mainstream an investment as stocks, so you have to look a little deeper to find the latest news and research. The good news is that there is plenty of research on commodities, but you just have to know where to find it.
The Outlook for Raw Material Prices in 2016
2015 was the fourth year of a commodity bear market that began when prices made highs in 2011, 2016 looks like it may be the fifth year of bearish action.
More Lows for Coffee and Sugar?
Coffee and sugar prices appear to be in a never-ending downward spin.  Coffee showed some signs of life earlier this month, but quickly resumed the downtrend.
Silver Continue To Fall
Silver is a precious metal with many industrial applications. Silver is far more volatile than gold perhaps that is why it has attracted speculative interest.
Advantages and Disadvantage of Hiring a...
Most new Commodity Investors will find it beneficial to hire a full service commodity broker to help with their trading education and chance to make profits.
Futures Option Straddle – Option Strategy...
An option straddle is the simultaneous purchase of a call and put option normally at the same strike price. If you were ever expecting a big move in a commodity but didn’t know which direction, the option straddle might be the right strategy to use.
Livestock: Hogs
Pork is one of the most widely consumed foods in the world. The article examines lean hog prices, production, consumption and issues that affect price.
Stop Loss Orders Help Manage Risk in Commoditie...
Stop loss orders are a key component to your success in trading commodities and futures. Stop losses help to limit your risk and keep you disciplined when trading.
Understanding the Continuous Commodity Index
What is the Continuous Commodity Index (CCI) and what commodities make up the index? The CCI dates back to 1957 and was formerly known as the CRB Index.
Platinum versus Gold: Both precious metals but...
Platinum and gold are both precious metals. Due to its rare nature, platinum is historcially more expensive than gold. However, there are times when the opposite is true.
The Logical Trader by Mark Fisher
Book review of The Logical Trader by Mark Fisher. The book details the ACD Trading Method that Mark Fisher has been using as a professional commodity trader.
Corn
Corn is an American crop as the US is the number one producer and exporter of the grain in the world. Aside from being an important food source corn is also an ingredient in the production of ethanol, an important bio fuel.
Trading Energy Futures
The energy commodities are some of the most active and popular commodities to trade. Crude oil is the most popular contract, but unleaded gas, heating oil and natural gas are also very popular. They all offer great trading opportunities throughout the year, especially during certain seasonal times.
Soybeans
The US is the number one producer and exporter of soybeans. Soybeans have many uses. In this article we examine the history and market for soybeans a volatile agricultural commodity.
How are Commodities Chosen to Trade on an...
It might not make sense to many people that only a chosen few commodities trade on futures exchanges, while many other commodities do not. The basic answer is that many commodities have no major economic reason to trade on an exchange and it simply is not practical for others to be listed. Below is an explanation of why some commodities are listed on an exchange and why others don’t meet the criteria.
OPEC Meets- The Cartel Sets The Course of Oil...
OPEC, the international oil cartel, met in Vienna on December 4 to determine policy of its member nations for the next six months.
Rough Rice Futures Profile
Rough rice futures fundamental research including contract specs, types of rice, commodity exchanges traded and trading tips on rice futures.
Sugar Futures Profile
Profile of Sugar futures including contract specs, sugar supply and demand fundamentals, and trading ideas for sugar futures.
Updated- Natural Gas
This article outlines natural gas as a commodity and describes the fundamentals and price volatility of the commodity. Updated on October 24, 2015.
Will 2016 Be A Better Year For Cotton Prices?
In December 2015 cotton was trading at less than one-third the price it was in 2011. At under 65 cents per pound the downside is limited and upside explosive for this commodity.
Iron Ore Tells Us A Story About The Chinese...
Iron ore is the basic ingredient in steel. The price of iron ore reflects the health of the Chinese economy.
Is Gold \$10,000 a Possibility or Fantasy?
As gold has marched higher throughout the last decade, there has been no shortage of market predictions for gold prices. I remember when $1,000 once seemed like a radical prediction. Then it was $2,000. Then it was $5,000. As you might guess, $10,000 was the next magical number being predicted.
Watching Volatility When Trading Commodities
Higher volatility normally means there are wider price swings and more risk when trading a commodity, but it also means you may need to adjust your trading strategy to fit the volatility of a market.
Weather and Commodities
Weather often impacts commodity values. Weather will not only affect crop growth but can also have an important effect on the ability to transport commodities which can move prices dramatically.
Orange Juice Futures Profile
Orange juice futures fundamental research including contract specs, supply and demand of orange juice and trading tips on orange juice.
Larry Williams - How I Made One Million Dollars...
Book review of How I Made One Million Dollars Trading Commodities Last Year by Larry Williams. He discuses the strategies he used in his commodity trading as well as other helpful advice on trading commodities.
Currencies of Commodity Producing Nations - The...
The currencies of commodity producing nations are highly dependent on raw material prices.
Trading Commodities Using Trendlines
Trendlines are an excellent technical analysis tool to use when you are trading commodities, futures, stocks or any other markets. They are primarily used for determining the trend of the market and the trendline establishes an excellent place to enter the market on a pullback within a trend. Trendlines also provide notice of when a trend might have changed, thus allowing traders a place to exit positions with the trend and possibly enter the market in the other direction.
Margin and Clearing on Exchanges
On a futures exchange the clearinghouse becomes contract party to buyers and sellers. Margin insures contract performance.
Online Commodities Trading Versus Gambling
Online commodities trading is often compared to gambling. While many traders do resemble gamblers, the disciplined commodity futures traders are able to fight the urge to gamble and they have become very successful traders. Learn how you can distinguish between trading and gambling and how you can overcome gambling.
Managing Risk in Commodities
Risk versus reward is a key component of any financial decision. There are a galaxy of risks when it comes to commodities or any asset class.

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