Citi’s Energy Outlook For 2013

Considering this year’s rather volatile performance, one thing can be agreed upon by almost all investors – commodity investing is essentially a crap shoot. This year’s unprecedented summer drought and escalated geopolitical tensions in the Middle East have wreaked havoc on commodity markets, leaving some lucky investors with profitable returns and others with steep losses. Overall, however, commodities have been experiencing a steady uptrend for quite some time, as global demand has continuously inched higher despite the recent economic slowdown. In a recent statement, global head of commodities research at Citigroup Edward Morse warned that the “commodity super-cycle” is over and that “no longer will a pure long-only strategy bring the returns expected in 2002 to 2008, nor will conditions approximating those of the last decade return anytime soon” [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Stars Align for Gold: Q&A With John Hummel

The world of commodity investing has been put under the microscope as investors have steadily begun to add hard asset exposure to their portfolios. Recent years have seen commodities like gold take the fast track to a number of individual and institutional portfolios, as many investors favor the asset over the long term. We recently had the opportunity to speak with John Hummel, CIO of AIS Group, about gold and commodities in today’s environment. Mr. Hummel manages $400 million for his clients and currently holds a substantial position in gold, including holdings in the ultra popular SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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The Top 100 Gold Investing Blogs

It seems like the past few years have seen everything align in favor of gold, as this precious metal has skyrocketed in popularity. Now, people all over the world are scrambling to add gold exposure to their portfolio. But it can be difficult to find the best methods for gold allocation and which is correct for you. Luckily, there are plenty of well-versed experts around the internet to help you get a handle on the various ways you can invest in gold. Below, we outline the top 100 gold investing blogs (in no particular order) from around the web [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Profit From Backwardation: Corn, Crude Oil, Soybeans

Backwardation and contango are as inevitable as death and taxes when it comes to commodity investing. No matter what is going on the world, there will almost always be an asset in contango and the same can be said for backwardation. As a quick reminder, backwardation is the phenomenon in which near month futures are more expensive than those expiring further into the future, creating a downward sloping curve for future prices over time [for commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Commodity Trading Outlook: The Line in the Sand

Commodity trading can be a difficult beast to tame. Those who do choose to trade these highly volatile assets need to be up to date on their information while always keeping a watchful eye on markets. Those who do not closely monitor their positions or do not have a calculated goal with each commodity allocation can often end up on the receiving end of a sour trade. In an effort to help traders make the most educated decisions possible, we break down each major commodity by its technicals in the following table giving traders more insight into the developing trends of your favorite futures contracts. Note that this table is only relevant for the current week of 5/14 – 5/18.

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Commodity Trading Outlook: The Line in the Sand

Commodity trading can be a difficult beast to tame. Those who do choose to trade these highly volatile assets need to be up to date on their information while always keeping a watchful eye on markets. Those who do not closely monitor their positions or do not have a calculated goal with each commodity allocation can often end up on the receiving end of a sour trade. In an effort to help traders make the most educated decisions possible, we break down each major commodity by its technicals in the following table giving traders more insight into the developing trends of your favorite futures contracts. Note that this table is only relevant for the current week of 5/7 – 5/11.

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Commodity Trading Outlook: The Line in the Sand

Commodity trading can be a difficult beast to tame. Those who do choose to trade these highly volatile assets need to be up to date on their information while always keeping a watchful eye on markets. Those who do not closely monitor their positions or do not have a calculated goal with each commodity allocation can often end up on the receiving end of a sour trade. In an effort to help traders make the most educated decisions possible, we break down each major commodity by its technicals in the following table giving traders more insight into the developing trends of your favorite futures contracts. Note that this table is only relevant for the current week of 4/30 – 5/4.

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