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Investing in Commodities For Dummies


Learn to:

  • Break into the commodities market
  • Diversify your portfolio
  • Minimize risk and maximize rewards
  • Start trading and making informed decisions

Get the straight scoop on commodities!

Commodities markets can be complex, but this friendly guide gives you all the information you need in plain English, showing you what commodities are and how they can benefit your investment plan. You'll learn to analyze the market, measure risk, and make wise decisions about your investments.

  • Get the facts — explore the specifics of futures, equity markets, managed funds, and physical commodity purchases
  • Boost your energy — explore investment opportunities in crude oil, natural gas, renewable and alternative energy sources, and energy companies
  • There's gold, and more — learn what to look for in gold, silver, platinum, steel, aluminum, copper, and other metal markets as well as mining companies
  • Plan your approach — examine your investment goals and look at the best ways to include commodities in your portfolio

Open the book and find:

  • How to track commodity indexes
  • Translations of commodities terms
  • What to consider when planning your portfolio
  • Alerts to protect amateur investors
  • Advice on investment analysis
  • Tips on choosing managers, brokers, and accounts
  • Ten great market indicators

Amine Bouchentouf is a registered investment advisor, a member of the National Association of Securities Dealers, and a partner at Commodities Investors, LLC. A world-renowned market commentator, he has appeared on media in the US, the UK, France, the United Arab Emirates, and Brazil.

Introduction 1

Part I: Just the Facts on Commodities 5

Chapter 1: Investors, Start Your Engines! An Overview of Commodities 7

Chapter 2: The Pros and Cons of Commodities 19

Part II: Making Money in Energy 37

Chapter 3: It’s a Crude, Crude World: Investing in Crude Oil 39

Chapter 4: Welcome to Gas Vegas! Investing in Natural Gas 55

Chapter 5: Investing in Renewable and Alternative Energy69

Chapter 6: Totally Energized: Investing in Energy Companies 89

Part III: Metals and Agricultural Products 105

Chapter 7: Investing in the Precious: Gold, Silver, and Platinum 107

Chapter 8: All About that Base: Investing in Steel, Aluminum, Copper, and Other Metals 125

Chapter 9: Unearthing the Potential: Investing in Mining Companies 141

Chapter 10: Trading Agricultural Products 151

Part IV: Selecting an Investment Approach 171

Chapter 11: Welcoming Commodities into Your Portfolio 173

Chapter 12: Investing in ETFs and Commodities Indexes 187

Chapter 13: Getting a Grip on Futures and Options 205

Chapter 14: Choosing a Manager or Broker and Trading Accounts 221

Part V: The Part of Tens 241

Chapter 15: Ten Market Indicators You Should Monitor 243

Chapter 16: Ten Investment Vehicles for Commodities 249

Index 253