20 Must-Read Quotes About the Commodity Industry

When it comes to investing, we often look to experts and top traders, not just to learn their secrets, but to be inspired by their success. Quotes from top commodity traders and experts in the commodities market can serve to illuminate, invigorate, and motivate our research and trading. Below, we outline 20 of our favorite quotes about the hard-asset industry that all investors should know [for more commodity investing news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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5 Commodity Trading Mistakes You Could Be Making

There’s little question that commodities trading is a risky endeavor. From margin calls to extreme volatility, there are countless ways that traders can quickly lose money trading a variety of different instruments. In this article, we’ll take a look at five commodities trading mistakes that traders commonly make and explore the best ways to avoid them [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Detailing The Top Commodity Exchanges

Commodity investing has become increasing popular in recent years as the exchange traded world has opened this once elusive asset class wide open. Still, one of the most effective ways to maintain exposure to your favorite hard asset remains through futures contracts. For the average investor, futures are typically too complex; they can be extremely dangerous, hard to understand, and require a specified account just to trade them. As such, many turn to futures-based ETFs and ETNs to gain their desired positions. While these products can be sound investments, investing in the futures yourself remains the most direct and potentially most profitable way to make a play on the commodity space [see also The Ten Commandments of Commodity Investing].

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The Ten Commandments of Commodity Investing

Investor interest in commodities has surged in recent years, the result of both a prolonged rally in natural resource prices and the development of new vehicles that facilitate access to this asset class. Specifically, the launch of a robust lineup of exchange-traded products that utilize both physical commodities and commodity futures contracts has brought commodities to the masses; they’re no longer reserved for the largest and most sophisticated investors [see also Jim Rogers Says: Buy Commodities Now, Or You’ll Hate Yourself Later]. Commodities have obvious appeal to active investors looking to generate profits from short-term price movements; the volatility of this asset class is ideal for risk-tolerant individuals who actively monitor their positions. But commodities may also have appeal to the long-term, buy-and-hold crowd; this asset class has the potential to bring both diversification and return enhancement to traditional stock-and-bond portfolios.

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How To Lose Money Investing In Commodities

With real estate markets in the gutter, treasury yields at all-time lows, and equity markets plagued with instability, it’s no wonder that commodity investing has been surging in recent years. Many investors have hopped on board with the various benefits that these investments offer, including inflation protection, equity hedges, and diversification benefits to overall portfolios. Commodity are very powerful, yet often misunderstood tools. While the statistics vary, “as many as  90-95% of investors trading commodities lose money” says Matthew Bradbard of MB Wealth. That staggering figure has prompted significant backlash against commodities as of late, as investors have grown tired of these tumultuous investments [see also Dividend Special: Top Companies In Every Major Commodity Sector].

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Gold And Silver In A Correlation Bubble?

Over the past few years, investing in precious metals has become extremely popular. Many have seen the benefit of having a “safe haven” holding in their portfolio, as it tends to help cushion the volatility when markets are chaotic. So now, more than ever, investors are turning to gold and silver to shelter them from the chaos that is our global economy. Over the past few years, these two metals have been amongst not only the best performing commodities, but also amongst the best performing assets period. But while many investors pour into these two elusive metals in search of safe haven exposure, they may not be getting the exposure, or safety, they think they are [see also 50 Ways To Invest In Gold].

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Three Legendary Commodity Investors

Commodity investing used to be something that was left only for experts and farmers who fully understood the nuances of these trading tools. But in recent years the space has been cracked open with a number of mutual funds and exchange traded products hopping in on the action and increased popularity. Now, even the average Joe can gain access to something as obscure as cocoa futures through a single equity ticker. But it was before the widespread use of commodities that legends were born, as some of the world’s most famous businessmen made fortunes playing the commodity space, paving the way for future investors [see also Three Things Wall Street Journal Didn’t Tell You About Commodities].

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MLPs: CEFs, ETPs, or Mutual Funds?

Income investing is always a popular strategy for portfolio allocation that t is perhaps most effective in sideways markets, when few asset classes are generating stable returns. With today’s major indices swaying back and forth with each coming day, many analysts feel that we are indeed in a sideways environment, bringing value investing to the forefront. Of the numerous value options, few are as enticing as the Master Limited Partnership (MLP) sector. These products offer juicy dividend yields and make a play on the world’s insatiable appetite for fossil fuels [see also Three Things Wall Street Journal Didn’t Tell You About Commodities].

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Crude Oil Guide: Brent Vs. WTI, What’s The Difference?

Arguably, the most important commodity in the world today is crude oil. The product and its derivatives made their way into virtually every application of modern life from transportation to plastics. This vital commodity also dominates politics in many parts of the world and ensures that some top producing nations have outsized influence on the world stage. In light of this, many might assume that most investors know everything about the product and how it trades around the globe. However, that is not the case, as there are several misconceptions about the various types of oil and how this commodity is priced [see also USA Oil Reserves: The World’s Largest?].

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Introducing Our New Commodity Trading Center And Dictionary

CommodityHQ.com is excited to announce the introduction of an expanded and improved suite of resources for investors interested in all things commodity. Our brand new “Commodity ETF and Futures Trading Center” and “Glossary of Terms” are now available for all users to access. These two new resources will help investors of all kinds sift their way through the vast world of commodities and keep them up to date on all of their favorite investments.

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