The Five Minute Guide To Oil ETFs

The world still largely runs on crude oil, and that ever-present demand coupled with erratic shifts in supply, makes it a volatile, liquid, and popular instrument for investors, traders, and speculators alike. Savvy individuals have always had the option to try to play oil prices through the equities of multinational energy companies and/or smaller independent exploration and production (E&P) companies, as well as actual oil futures themselves [see also 25 Ways To Invest In Crude Oil].

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Were Gold and Silver Manipulated Alongside LIBOR?

The sensationalism surrounding the LIBOR scandal has spurred the masses to raise their metaphorical  pitchforks once again, calling for judicial action, stricter regulations, and more aggressive reforms. As everyday traders and investors fall victim to the unscrupulous acts of LIBOR’s manipulators, many are left wondering how this seemingly abstract issue will effect their very real-life, coveted investments. But now analysts are suspecting that the scandal runs even deeper, and falls onto two of the most popular commodities in the world, gold and silver [for more commodity news subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Commodity Stock Plays in the 2012 Dividend Achievers

In today’s current market environment, one that is plagued with volatility and offering low rates for those trying to earn a steady income, investors have begun to widely adopt dividend strategies. Not only can dividends help keep a portfolio in line with inflation, but they also add a predictable income stream to a portfolio through cash distributions on a regular basis. But when it comes to commodity investing, dividends rarely overlap. The majority of commodity investments are made via futures contracts or other funds that invest directly in the asset itself, but there are also ways for commodity investors to gain access to their favorite tangible assets while still maintaining a strong income stream [for more dividend news subscribe to our free newsletter].

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How to Trade Crude Oil Futures

As one of the most significant resources in the world, crude oil is also a staple financial instrument for hegder, traders, and investors all across the globe. Keeping up with crude markets requires a keen attention to detail as well as patience in what is typically a volatile industry. For those looking to dabble in crude oil futures, there are a number of options available, leaving some to wonder where to begin. Below, we outline strategies for trading crude futures as well as a few other products that offer similar exposure [see also 25 Ways To Invest In Crude Oil].

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The Five Minute Guide To Coffee ETFs

The average coffee drinker probably doesn’t realize what a huge global business coffee is. As one of the so-called breakfast commodities (along with orange juice, sugar and cocoa), coffee is the world’s most widely-traded tropical agricultural commodity. It is also the world’s second-highest traded commodity, trailing only crude oil [for more commodity news subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Commodity Plays in the 2012 Dividend Aristocrats

In today’s current market environment, one that is plagued with volatility and offering low rates for those trying to earn a steady income, investors have begun to widely adopt dividend strategies. Not only can dividends help keep a portfolio in line with inflation, but they also add a predictable income stream to a portfolio through cash distributions on a regular basis. But when it comes to commodity investing, dividends rarely overlap. The majority of commodity investments are made via futures contracts or other funds that invest directly in the asset itself, but there are also ways for commodity investors to gain access to their favorite tangible assets while still maintaining a strong income stream [for more on commodity dividends subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Why Jim Rogers Thinks Gold Will Drop 20%

Amid all of the colorful predictions for where gold’s price is headed, like Peter Schiff’s prediction of $5,000/oz, there stands a man with a bearish sentiment – Jim Rogers. In a recent interview, Rogers pointed out that while gold may be appealing over the long term, its short term outlook is not very good. The commodity legend cited his skepticism for gold in the coming months, stating that the time to jump back into the once-soaring precious metal is difficult to predict [see also Jim Rogers Says: Buy Commodities Now, Or You’ll Hate Yourself Later].

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The Beginner’s Guide to Timber Investment Funds: How to Invest in Timber

The benefits of commodity investing have been well-documented in recent years, as this asset class has become a more widely-accepted part of every investor’s portfolio. These assets are typically used for their appeal as inflation hedges as well as their low correlation to the overall stock market. When most investors think of these kinds of assets, big name commodities like gold and silver come to mind, yet their are a number of other options that present equally compelling investment theses. One of those investments is timber, a commodity that has proven its worth over time [for more commodity news subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Four Little Known Factors Driving the Price of Crude Oil

By now, crude’s popularity has been exhausted. As arguably the most widely used commodity in the world, crude oil has cemented its place into societies all across the globe. It makes an appearance in everything from your standard fuel at the pump, to even plastics and cosmetic products. As such, oil has also grown to be one of the most dominant assets in the financial world. Crude is currently the most heavily traded commodity and is one of the most liquid assets an investor can establish exposure to. Its volatile daily movements and heavy ties to the economy make it a prime target for active traders of all kinds [for more commodity news subscribe to our free newsletter]. 

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Time to Buy Silver?

Gold takes the spotlight when it comes to precious metals investing, as it has made a name for itself as one of the most popular commodities in the world. As such, silver rarely gets the attention that it deserves, as gold overshadows its presence in the precious metals category. But the recent commodity environment has seen a downward trend developing in silver, as its price is sitting near lows not seen for almost a year. With prices depressed and demand for this metal still intact, we ask, is it time to buy silver?

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