As the year draws to an end, we look back at how the commodity world fared in 2013. For the most part, it was a poor year for the commodity world, as a number of hard assets suffered from a performance standpoint. In an effort to keep our readers more informed and knowledgeable on the commodity world, we look back at some of the best Commodity HQ stories from this past year [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]:
The lingo of the commodity world can often get overwhelming for investors and traders. This article breaks down seven of the most important terms to help you navigate your way through the hard asset world. Some of the need-to-know terms include carry, initial margin and roll, among others.
The Commitment of Traders (COT) report, issued each week by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), gives investors a behind the scenes look at the commodity world. The report details the activity of some of the commercial hedgers and institutional traders, which can sometimes help individual investors determine trends. This piece details how to read and decipher the report to improve your commodity trades and knowledge.
It’s no secret that the U.S. is addicted to crude oil, as it consumes more of it on an annual basis than any other country in the world. This article takes a visual look at all of the things you could buy with just one day’s worth of America’s oil consumption. Some of the items include F-16 fighter jets, the New York Yankees Payroll, speeches from Hilary Clinton and much more.
Trading commodities can often get quite complex, leading some to lose money needlessly. This piece takes a look at five common mistakes that traders make and why you need to avoid them. This is a great piece for someone who is looking to get started in the world of commodities.
Offering polarizing yields, Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) have been extremely popular over the last few years. Yet, for all those who are drawn in by attractive dividends, there are many who fail to consider or wholly understand the tax implications of such an investment, as MLPs can be quite tricky come April 15th. This piece takes a look at how MLPs are treated from a tax standpoint in order to help you decide what kind of allocation may best fit your needs.
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