Cotton Fares Well In 2013

While many commodity investors and traders primarily focus their attention on larger natural resources like gold or oil, there are plenty of other opportunities in the space; one of them lies within the soft commodity of cotton [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Think You Can’t Afford Farmland? Think Again

Investing in farmland has been a staple in the commodity world for decades, as many have enjoyed handsome returns by holding plots of arable land. But as the years have gone on, it has become harder and harder for an individual to afford this hard asset, essentially closing out this investment opportunity for many. Enter Fquare, a new service that aims to eradicate this problem. We had the opportunity to speak with CEO and Co-Founder Charles Polanco about his company, and how it can benefit investors of all kinds [for more farmland news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Demographic Storm Hits U.S. Farmers

For years now, many have been pointing out a developing trend in the U.S. farming industry: the number of farmers continues to stagnate. Though the United States was once dominated by agriculture, the nation has simply grown beyond its once economic staple and put its focus elsewhere. As this happened, farming became less of a lucrative industry, leading to fewer and fewer people who choosing it as a career path. The trend has led many to proclaim an agriculture crisis in the country, but the situation is probably less dire than many paint it [for more agricultural news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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The Best Commodity Trades Of All Time

Warren Buffett, Jesse Livermore and Peter Lynch are household names around the world, but equity traders aren’t the only ones that have amassed fortunes. George Soros is well known for his billion-dollar bet on the devaluation of the British Pound, John Arnold made billions trading natural gas, Jay Gould cornered the gold market, and Louis Bacon predicted the Gulf War. In this article, we’ll take a look at these and other famous commodity traders that amassed fortunes trading these hard assets [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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The Best Agriculture ETFs of 2012

It was a pretty hectic year for agricultural commodities as the summer months wreaked havoc on prices. After the United States endured the hottest 12-month span on record and an abysmal drought, a number of these staple commodities experienced big movements in price and trading volume alike. But now that 2012 is nearing its close, we look back at these funds throughout the course of the year to see which funds outperformed the rest [for more agriculture news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Inside Citi’s 2013 Agriculture Outlook

As 2012 comes to a close, Wall Street begins to look ahead to the coming year and what trends will have the biggest impact on the commodity world. Financial behemoth Citigroup (C) recently came out with an all-encompassing forecast for the next two years for almost every major commodity. Of particular interest was their outlook on ags, as these commodities have been on a wild ride for 2012; one of the hottest summers on record and an extended drought sent futures all over the board [for more agricultural news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Big Money Betting On Commodity Bear Market

Commodities have enjoyed several strong years thanks to emerging market growth and increased demand around the world. As analysts continue to tout hard assets like gold and timber, investing demand for this asset class has continued to rise. It is now recommended that investors set aside anywhere from 5-10% of their assets for commodity exposure. But while these investments have been fruitful for the past few years, a number of institutions have begin to build a bearish sentiment for the future of the commodity space [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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5 Legendary Commodity Investors

There was a time when commodities trading was only for the most sophisticated of investors. Whether it’s gold, oil, agricultural products or just a commodity index-based ETF, the world of raw materials trading has expanded tremendously in the past 10 years and is now accessible to the everyday trader. In fact, in September 2012, The Financial Times wrote about the popularity of commodities investing in pension funds of schools and municipal retirement associations [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Jim Rogers: Money Printing Will Run Amok

After Tuesday’s election results, analysts of all kinds are weighing in on how they think the next four years will go. With Barack Obama winning his second term, some are optimistic, while others are quite fearful. In the fearful category, you can place Jim Rogers, as his recent comments show little confidence in our economy and in the future [for more economic news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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5 New Jim Rogers Commodity ETNs Launching

Jim Rogers has long been one of the most influential names in the commodity world, as his insights and strategies have been well documented. His name is already attached to a number of popular commodity funds, and you can now add 5 more to that tally. Jim Rogers has teamed up with RBS to launch a slew of optimized commodity ETNs, each with a unique focus on the broad space [for more commodity ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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