The Insider’s Guide to Sugar Trading: Q&A With Sal Gilbertie of Teucrium

Recently, we had the opportunity to speak with Sal Gilbertie, President of Teucrium, to discuss sugar and the trends surrounding this soft commodity. Gilbertie was able to provide key insight for traders and long term investors alike as he shed light on the current sugar industry and some of the developments that may make this a sweet trade in the coming weeks [see also Warning: Ignore Bill Gross’ Hard Money Prediction At Your Own Risk].

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Why UNG Is Up 15% Today

Natural gas has been one of the most difficult investments to predict through out 2012, as it started off the year on a horrific note. Though the commodity was able to gain steam in recent sessions, it has yet to establish any kind of meaningful trend upwards, as prices still remain depressed from a historical standpoint. One of the most popular ways for traders to access natural gas futures is by utilizing the United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG), one of the most popular ETFs in the world. The fund has just over $900 million in assets and trades nearly 10 million times each day, but this ETF made a huge buzz during trading today, as it posted massive gains [see also 25 Ways To Invest In Natural Gas].

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Is Gold Overvalued? The Bearish Case vs. The Bullish Case

It’s an argument that seems to have no end: is gold really overvalued? There are two distinct sides to this story, and the controversy has been heating up since the precious metal made its historical run in 2011. As a number of factors combined midway through last year, gold was able to soar to its highest price in history, briefly touching the $1,900/oz. mark. The hard asset had risen so quickly, that breaking through the $2,000 barrier seemed like a certainty for many. But what goes up must come down, and gold was no exception. With prices now stuck in a rut around $1,600/oz., investors are continuing the age old argument as to whether or not this commodity is worth its salt [see also Three Reasons Why Gold Is Overvalued].

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How to Trade Sugar Futures

As far as soft commodities are concerned, sugar futures offer a compelling investment thesis, as their solid liquidity and high volatility make them ideal for active traders looking to make a profit. The commodity is also well-known for sticking to a relatively consistent seasonal pattern, allowing for its movements to be somewhat predictable depending which harvest season is upcoming. However, in the grand scheme of things, many traders may focus their efforts on the more popular commodities like natural gas and gold. For those looking to make a play on sugar contracts, we detail how to trade futures on this soft commodity [see also Beginner's Guide To Commodities].

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Five Little Known Factors Driving the Price of Sugar

Many investors are already fully aware of the benefits that trading sugar futures can offer. These contracts feature a relatively strong liquidity and also come attached with an enticing volatility that allows for both big gains and big losses depending on how you play your cards. But for those who are interested in getting a better grip on the sugar industry and how to properly trade these futures, taking a look at the underlying price drivers of this soft commodity will provide key insight into making the most informed trades. Below, we outline five of the most important factors impacting sugar prices today [see also The Ten Commandments of Commodity Investing].

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Seven Sugar Traders Worth Following on Twitter

Trading sugar can be sweet or sour, depending on the strength of your positions; just ask anyone who has been hit by this commodity’s recent 21-month low. But one sure way to ensure your chances of a sweet trade is to keep up with all of the latest news concerning sugar futures and overall commodity markets. In an effort to help traders stay up-to-date with everything happening in the world of sugar, we outline seven people to follow on Twitter to help keep you ahead of the game [see also The Ten Commandments of Commodity Investing].

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Five Must-Read Blogs For Sugar Traders and Investors

Sugar futures are among the most popular commodities for active traders due to their relatively high volumes and enticing volatility. Though the latter fact can leave you on the receiving end of a very sour trade, it also has the potential to make a fair amount of profits for you and your portfolio. For those interested in diving into the world of sugar futures, there are a lot of factors that need to be considered on a daily basis. The most powerful thing a trader can do is to educate themselves and stay up to date with the happenings in the commodity world. Below, we outline five blogs that will be instrumental to helping you make the most informed trades on this soft commodity [see also Ultimate Guide To Sugar Investing].

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The Central Banks Are Buying Gold Like It’s 1965

This week’s Barron’s points to recent World Gold Council data showing enormous gold purchases by central banks over the past year. These purchases are most likely not a temporary tactical move, but rather a powerful long term trend that will continue for years, if not decades. But wait: don’t the central banks want us “normies” to buy up more equities, invest and spend with record amounts of fiat currency, and heckle the gold bugs for their hilarious foolishness? It appears to be a case of “Do as I say, not a I do.”

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Will a Euro Collapse Wreck Your Commodities Allocation?

It seems that the collapse of the euro, and possibly a global financial market correction, has become more likely than not in the next few year. It started with the fiscal disaster otherwise known as Greece, which has public debt equal to 166% of total GDP. But as time went on, Spain, Italy, Portugal, and Ireland all joined the race, with the latter four nations all faced with debts totaling to more than 100% of GDP (and let’s not even think about France’s 87% ratio of the same caliber) [see also Warning: Ignore Bill Gross’ Hard Money Prediction At Your Own Risk].

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Jim Rogers Says: Buy Commodities Now, Or You’ll Hate Yourself Later

“It’s coming again” warned commodity legend Jim Rogers earlier this week. When asked about the future of the U.S. economy Rogers had a pessimistic outlook, as he feels that the global financial landscape is simply too volatile to avoid another recession. And what’s more, Rogers thinks this next one will be worse than 2008. He cites the recessions in 2002 and 2008, stating that the 2008 recession was so much worse because of higher debts. Now, in 2012, debts are even higher, leading Rogers to believe that the coming recession will be even worse [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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