Steel Prices Heat Up

Though not one of the most popular industrial metals on Wall Street, steel has certainly been under close watch in the last few weeks, as commodity traders brace themselves for what looks like an inevitable spike in spot prices. After several lackluster earnings reports, top U.S. steelmakers have made it quite clear that steel will come at a higher price tag in the near future despite weak current demand [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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13 High-Yielding Commodities For 2013

As many individual investors have taken a cue from professional and institutional money managers, alternative investments have gone mainstream – and commodities lead the trend. Interest in this asset class has exploded as individual retail investors have discovered commodities’ vast benefits, like low correlation to equities and bonds, inflation-fighting capabilities and their ability to profit from some of the world’s fastest-growing emerging markets. These benefits have made funds like the  PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (DBC) popular holdings in many portfolios [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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A Deeper Look At Brazil’s Commodity Industry

Due to better governance practices and a commodity boom, Brazil’s economy has enjoyed incredible growth over the past 20 years. Brazil is now the largest economy in Latin America and the sixth or seventh largest economy depending upon the metric used. On the other hand, while Brazil’s GDP per capita has improved, it still ranks at a relatively low 64th in the world – meaning that it is a large economy, but not an especially wealthy one yet (at least not uniformly so). While Brazil has made a concerted effort to build up its manufacturing sector (and reduce the risk of being trapped as a commodity-driven economy), minerals, energy and agriculture are still very significant to the Brazilian economy, as well as the larger global economy [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Forbes 400 Members Who Got Rich Off Of Commodities

The Forbes 400 is a list created by Forbes which lists the top 400 wealthiest Americans by net worth. The 2012 list is the 31st annual list from Forbes, which was released in September. Out of the top 400 wealthiest Americans, more than 10% of them became wealthy as a result of their stake in a commodity stock [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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13 Commodity Earnings You Can’t Afford to Miss

As we enter the latter half of earnings season, it is time for a number of the world’s biggest and most significant commodity-based firms to report their results from their most recent fiscal quarter. The figures they post as well as the guidance they provide will have not only a big impact on their stock, but some of the bellwethers will actually have an impact on the commodity itself. Below, we have compiled a list of some of the biggest and most important commodity firms to report earnings this week, all of which you should keep a watchful eye on [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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For Long Term Investors: The Cheapest ETF for Every Commodity

After gathering more than $1 trillion in total assets under management, ETFs have cemented their place in the financial world. Among the universe of nearly 1,500 products, commodity funds have garnered a lot of attention, as these products have democratized an asset class that was once difficult to reach by retail investors. Now, there are a number of exchange-traded options to help you gain exposure to your favorite hard assets, all at a low cost.

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Three Commodities to Bet With Buffett

Warren Buffett, the Oracle of Omaha, is one of the most famous investors in the world. So when he makes a big bet, there are plenty of individuals who are willing to follow or are at least curious as to whether or not they should do the same. Buffett’s latest bet was placed in the U.S. housing industry, a market segment that has been rattled since 2007 and is still struggling to find a foothold. The famed businessman justified his bet by stating that he has watched every asset class besides housing for the last two years and now that markets have flattened, he sees housing with room to run [see also Why Buffett is Dead Wrong on Gold].

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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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Dividend Special: Top Companies In Every Major Commodity Sector

As the years have progressed, commodity exposure has evolved from a binary factor, either you have it or you don’t, to a necessary component of every portfolio. But as markets have been continually beaten down as of late, for many investors, finding the right commodity allocation has been something of a difficult task. A number of investors have stopped looking for growth, and taken cover in value funds that pay out annual yields in a time when no returns are guaranteed [see also The Guide To The Biggest Companies In Every Major Commodity Sector].

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The Guide To The Biggest Companies In Every Major Commodity Sector

Trading commodities has been popular for many years, as investors can use a number of different resources to gain access to their favorite commodity investments. But it was only a more recent development that commodities earned their keep in a long-term portfolio. Now, a small, but important, allocation to commodities is a necessity of any well diversified portfolio, as these investments offer a number of advantages such as hedging against inflation and maintaining low correlation levels to traditional asset classes [see also Commodity Investing: Physical vs. Futures].

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