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Published: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 11:19:13 +0000

 



Planting, Harvesting Seasons and the Importance...

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Wheat crops are planted and harvested at different times around the world. Wheat is an important political commodity.



Learn about Planting and Harvesting Seasons for...

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Corn crops are planted and harvested at different times around the world and many factors contribute to the price each year.



How Much of Your Portfolio Should be Invested...

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Commodities have become more of a mainstream investment and it makes sense to allocate more of an investment portfolio into commodities.



A Commodity Investor's Guide to Soybeans

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Soybean crops are planted and harvested at different times around the world. The U.S. crop is the biggest and most important.



Why Do Commodity Traders Lose Money?

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

These are the top reasons why commodity trading can lose money. If you can overcome these mistakes, you have much better chances of being successful.



Want to Try Online Commodity Trading? Read This...

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Trading commodities online is a fairly simple process to get started, but it requires a great deal of homework and preparation.



How to Open a Commodities Trading Account

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Opening a commodities trade account is probably easier than you think, but it is a major financial transaction and you can expect a long process.



Should You Trade Futures Contracts or Options?

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Futures and options are both derivatives that reflect movement in the underlying commodity. Understand futures and options before using them.



How The Dollar Impacts Commodity Prices

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Historically, there is an inverse relationship between the value of the U.S. dollar and commodities prices.



Investing In Silver Mining Stocks

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Silver mining stocks are a good way to invest in the silver market. They can be more conservative than silver futures and silver etfs. A list of the largest publicly traded silver mining stocks is included.



USDA Prospective Plantings Report

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

The USDA releases the Prospective Plantings report at the end of March each year. They also issue monthly and weekly updates throughout the year.



Searching for a Commodity Broker

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Due diligence is necessary before deciding on a commodity broker once you decide to start trading commodities.



Want to Become a Commodity Broker? Learn about...

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Becoming a commodity broker requires a series of regulatory steps. Commodities are a highly cyclical business not just limited to the futures markets.



The Basics of Trading Crude Oil Futures

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Crude oil futures trading is an active and volatile market. Learn about the fundamentals and opportunities for day trading and longer-term investing.



Four Myths about Investing in Commodities

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Many investors don't use commodities as an investment because of misconceptions they have of commodities. Here's how to trade commodities from home.



What are Commodities?

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

What is a daily commodity? Commodities are the raw ingredients of almost everything we consume or use in our everyday life: corn, wheat, oil, etc.



Hedging in Commodities

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

A hedger is a party with an offsetting interest in a commodity by virtue of their underlying business. Hedgers are important market participants.



Which Commodities Should You Trade?

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

One of the first steps in trading commodities is finding out which commodities you should be trading. Learn about the best commodities to trade.



Peek Inside the Career of a Commodity Broker

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Commodity brokers are usually paid on a commission basis, but the business has changed dramatically​ since the advent of electronic trading.



Why a Strong Dollar is Bearish for Commodities

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

There is a strong inverse correlation between the value of the U.S. dollar as measured against other currencies and commodity prices.



Buying a Put Option - Futures Strategy

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Long put options can be used to bet a market is going lower or as price insurance on an existing long position in futures markets.



New Investor's Guide to Derivatives

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

A derivative is a financial instrument or security that replicates the performance of another asset.



How to Trade Corn Futures

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Trading corn futures can be fairly subdued during the winter months, while the summer months are huge for corn. Watch for exports and demand.



Creating a Commodity Trading Plan

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

A Trading Plan is an essential component that must be in place before you begin trading commodities. We will go over the main features of a trading plan and how to create a commodity trading plan.



Put Option on Futures Contracts in Trading...

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

The definition and uses of a put option and an example for the buyer and selling in commodities markets.



The Best Time to Buy Commodities

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Commodity prices tend to move higher during periods of inflation, but buying cheap may be better. Here's how to buy commodities and when.



Commodities Trading and Technical Analysis

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Commodity traders often employ technical analysis which requires the use of a price chart.



Types of Commodity Trading Strategies

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Commodity trading strategies are simply the basis for why and when you will buy and sell commodities. You should have some well thought out strategies before you begin trading commodities.



Trading Commodities with RSI and Momentum...

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Momentum and RSI indicators are widely used by commodity traders to measure when a market is overbought or oversold.



What You Should Know about Futures Margin

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Futures Margin has many different meanings in futures trading and includes initial margin, maintenance levels, margin call and why margin changes.



Corn versus Soybeans: This spread may yield...

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

The corn-soybean ratio is a tool that farmers use to determine relative value. Often farmers use this metric when deciding which crop to plant.



Starting Your Own Brokerage Firm

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

If you want to start your own brokerage firm, this how-to will lead the way. The first thing is to pass the Series 3 Exam if you are not a broker.



What are Futures Contracts?

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Understanding futures contracts will involve learning ticker symbols, futures contracts, contract sizes, delivery months and price quotes.



What's the Right Time to Buy a Call Option?

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

This article explains the strategy of buying a call option in the futures and commodity markets, when to use this option, and the risks and benefits.



Fall Is Harvest Season- A Grain Update for 2015

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

A recap on corn, soybean and wheat crops as the harvest of 2015 approaches.



Pros and Cons of Day Trading Futures

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Market conditions tend to dictate the best approach when it comes to long or short-term trading strategies.



What is an Introducing Broker

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

An Introducing Broker (IB) is a commodity or futures broker. The IB has a relationship with the client and all business is passed to an FCM.



Fundamental Analysis of Trading Commodities

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Using fundamental analysis to research and trade commodities and futures. Supply and demand are the main factors to determine the price of commodities.



Commodity Exchanges are Still a Necessity to...

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Commodity exchanges are still important. It is unlikely we would have had as much economic growth in the last 100 years without them.



Learn about Futures Options, a Less Risky Way...

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Learn the basics of futures options including calls, puts, premium and strike price and other important information.



The Most Actively Traded Commodities

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Liquidity is a function of volume and open interest. Liquidity is highly important to consider when trading or investing in a commodity market.



Must Read Books For Commodity Traders

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

There are many books available for traders and investors. The experiences and knowledge of others is an important way to expand our horizons.



What Are Commodity Brokers and Commission Rates?

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Commodity brokerage charges depend on trading commissions. How much should you pay a commodity broker in commissions? Here's how to negotiate.



How to Pay Taxes on Commodity Trades

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

How to calculate and file taxes on futures trading using IRS Form 6781 & Gains and Losses From Section 1256 Contracts and Straddles.



What are Commodities and Futures?

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Learning the meaning of commodities and futures markets and how to make money trading commodities. What are commodities and futures in trading?



Why Commodity Prices Move Up and Down

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

There are many reasons why commodities move higher or lower. This piece lists some reasons why and suggests some resources to enhance knowledge.



Trading Commodity Spreads

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Many professional commodity traders focus on trading spreads. There are many different types of spreads.



The Copper in a Penny Is Worth More Than One Cent

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

A penny is currently worth more than one cent because of the meltdown value of copper, and could go higher, presenting possible future profits.



How Long Does It Take To Learn How To Trade...

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

It takes a lifetime of hard work to master the ins and outs of commodity markets.



Understanding a Margin Call in Futures Trading

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

A margin call occurs when a client with a commodity trading account lacks sufficient fund to cover the required margin to hold an existing position.



Hedging: Controlling price risk using futures...

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Hedging is a tool that commodity producers and consumers use to control price risk. A hedge is a substitute purchase or sale that can protect against financial loss.



Grain opportunities for the future- Wheat

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Wheat is one of the most political commodities in the world. Given that the price of wheat is currently less than half the level it was in 2008 there are opportunities.



Generic Trade—A Review of the Online...

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Generic Trade is an online futures broker that offers very low rates with no contingencies, no account minimums and a commission of 59 cents per side.



How Larry Williams Made A Million Dollars: Book...

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Book review offering highlights and suggestions -- How I Made One Million Dollars Trading Commodities Last Year by Larry Williams



Is it Possible to Trade Commodities for a Living?

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Trading commodities for a living is a dream for most new traders, but a dream is a far thing from reality. Are you prepared for such a venture?



What is a Commodity Broker?

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

A commodity broker typically refers to the person who places commodity trades on behalf of his clients.



The Short Side Of Commodities

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Selling a commodity is just as simple as buying a commodity. Short positions doubles the chances of success.



Grain opportunities for the future- Soybeans

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

There was a big soybean crop in the past two years. The price has dropped but this year's crop is not certain therefore soybeans now offer upside opportunity.



Key Features of the Series 3 Exam for Futures...

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

The Series 3 Exam for commodity futures broker is an exam that tests for knowledge on the futures markets and industry regulations.



The Commodities You Can Trade on U.S. Exchanges

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

What commodities can you trade on U.S. exchanges? There are roughly 30 different commodities that are available for trading on U.S. exchanges.



Live Cattle Futures

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Fundamental research of live cattle futures, including contract specs, reports and tips on how to trade cattle futures in the commodity markets.



Commodities in Brazil

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Brazil is an important producer of commodities and their economy depends on raw material revenues.



Investing in Silver Eagle Coins

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

One of the best ways to actually get your hands on silver is to buy silver coins or bullion. There are better and more efficient ways to invest in silver, but many people like to have the physical asset in their possession. Actually, many people purchase silver for financial protection against runaway inflation or an economic catastrophe.



Tips for Trading Coffee Futures

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Coffee is one of the most interesting yet volatile commodities to trade. Coffee futures can make wide swings within a trading day. Have a trade plan.



Nickel- One of the worst performing commodities...

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

This article examines the world market in nickel a highly volatile metal that has a multitude of uses. If you carry any change in your pocket or purse chances are you are holding some right now!



Books and Advice on Day Trading

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

There are good books on day trading the commodities futures markets but there are also some that can mislead. Discipline is the key to success.



Research Commodities with a Long-Term Commodity...

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

A commodity index chart is useful in monitoring trends in commodity prices but also watch the dollar, interest rates, and commodity currencies.



The Resurgence Of Gold

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

2016 has started out as a bullish year for gold which tends to appreciate during periods of fear and uncertainty.



Trend Following in Commodities Trading

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Trend Following is a very effective trading strategy in the commodity and futures markets and there are some tools to assess the strength of a trend.



Day Trade To Win- "At The Open" Trading Course

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

DayTradeToWin.com offers an e-course or trading methodology for trading the e-mini S&P 500 futures contract.



Where to Find Commodities Research

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Looking for information to research commodities to make trading decisions is not always an easy task. Commodities are not as mainstream an investment as stocks, so you have to look a little deeper to find the latest news and research. The good news is that there is plenty of research on commodities, but you just have to know where to find it.



Commodity Production

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Commodity production can be primary or secondary. Secondary production is when one commodity is produced as a result of another.



Profile of Lean Hogs Futures and Commodities

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Fundamentals on lean hog futures, contract specs, USDA reports current status and tips on how to trade lean hogs in the commodity markets.



How Risky Are Commodities?

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

The main reason why commodities are considered risky is that they are highly leveraged instruments with a high degree of volatility.



Copper

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

This article and update describes the copper market and how the price of copper can be viewed as an indicator of global economic growth or contraction.



How to Research Commodities

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Research is of paramount importance for traders and investors as they approach the volatile commodity markets.



Brazil and Commodities

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Brazil is a major commodity producing nation. The Brazilian currency, the real, is highly correlated with raw material prices.



Commodities - The Series 3 Exam

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

The series 3 exam is the first step for many professions entering the world of futures trading and brokering.



The Pros and Cons of Ethanol

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Ethanol, a biofuel, is always a topic of heated debate in trhe United States. It is also an important fuel in other nations of the world.



Commodity Risk- Foreign Exchange Risk and...

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

When it comes to commodity trading, there are a myriad of risks. This article deals with foreign exchange and geographical risk.



Paper Trading - Learn How To Paper Trade...

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Paper trading futures is one of the best ways to learn how to trade without putting any money at risk. Learn how to trade commodities and futures.



Where do Commodities Trade?

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Commodities trade on regulated futures exchanges including the Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, New York Mercantile Exchange and ICE Futures US.



How to Start a Brokerage Firm

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Most commodity brokers and traders who have reached success often think about opening their own brokerage firm at some point in their career.



Should You Trade in Only One Commodity?

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Some traders make a good living from focusing on trading one commodity. Though there's about 30, here's the case for specializing in one commodity.



Coffee: A volatile year-to-year commodity

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

This article looks at coffee, where it trades and two types of coffee Arabica and Robusta.



Physical Commodities and Derivatives- The...

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

In the world of commodities, derivative products reflect the price of the underlying commodity it purports to represent.



Chicago Mercantile Exchange

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange is the largest commodity futures and options exchange in the world. This article examines the growth of the exchange between 1848 and 2015.



USDA Weekly Crop Progress Reports

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

The USDA releases weekly crop progress reports during the growing season and monthly WASDE reports throughout the year.



Rising U.S. Interest Rates: The Bear Market In...

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Rising U.S. interest rates is bearish for commodities. The first interest rate hike in nine years is yet another bearish sign for raw material prices.



Zinc Bearish Price Action Leads To Production...

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Zinc is a non-ferrous metal that trades on the LME. Zinc has many uses as a metal and as a medicinal agent. The closure of older mines is creating a shortage that is expected to affect price in 2015.



The Relationship between Gold and the U.S. Dollar

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

The U.S. dollar is the benchmark pricing mechanism for the price of gold around the world. Strength or weakness in the dollar often affects the price of gold.



Trading Platforms

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Review of TradeStation Securities, an online futures broker. These days there are many choices, chose a platform​ like you would chose a car.



Liquidity in Commodities

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Liquidity is defined as the relative ease for market participants to buy and sell specific assets. Liquid markets attract speculators and tend to be less volatile.



Grain opportunities for the future- Corn

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

After three straight years of bumper corn crops, the price dropped dramatically. The fourth year of a bumper crop is not a guaranty.​



Political Premiums and Oil Volatility

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Oil is a political commodity in that the majority of reserves are in one of the most turbulent regions in the world.



Gold's Luster Tarnished

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Gold has a dual role as a commodity and a currency. Even though the gold price has been dropping since 2011 it still may be expensive.



The Divergence Between Soybean Meal and Soybean...

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Processing spreads like the soybean crush spread yield important clues as to the supply and demand for a commodity.



Platinum versus Gold: Both precious metals but...

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Platinum and gold are both precious metals. Due to its rare nature, platinum is historcially more expensive than gold. However, there are times when the opposite is true.



Why Are There Multiple Quotes for Sugar Markets?

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Sugar #11 is the world sugar price while #16 is the subsidized price and both trade on the futures exchange in the U.S.



Technical Analysis

2016-08-21T11:19:13Z

Technical analysis is both an art and a science. Technicans use price charts to analyze history and predict the future.