In recent years, a number of commodity investors have turned to equities to gain indirect exposure to their favorite hard asset. In most cases, this means investing in a mining company that physically pulls the commodity from the earth and readies it for use. But when it comes to miners, most investors tend to focus on a select few rather than the entire space. While everything from gold and silver to rare earth metals and lithium have been attracting investors’ attention, there are a few companies that are often forgotten by investors for a variety of reasons but could still be attractive plays on the market [see also 12 High-Yielding Commodities For 2012].
Commodity investments come in all shapes in sizes. While futures are arguably the most popular way to obtain exposure to your favorite commodity, there are numerous other options out there. There are a number of exchange traded products that offer exposure to futures, as well as physical commodities like the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), which invests in physical gold bullion. Finally, there are commodity stocks, which generally consist of mining and exploration companies like BHP Billiton. This latter option may be particularly attractive to investors seeking high yields, but still want to reap the benefits of commodity exposure in their portfolio [see also Why Commodities Belong In Your Portfolio].