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Commodities For Dummies, 2nd Edition


Get more bang for your buck in the commodities market and start trading today

While Wall Street has been troubled, commodity markets have been soaring. This hands-on, friendly guide gives you the basics on breaking into the commodities market, dispels common myths, and shows you how to implement a wide range of trading and investing strategies. It also helps you diversify your portfolio, measure risk, and apply market analysis techniques.

  • Commodities 101 — get a grasp on basic portfolio allocation methods, create and design an investing road map, and discover how commodities stack up against other investment vehicles

  • Avoid risky business — arm yourself with the know-how tominimize risk and maximize returns with the help of commodities

  • Know your options — understand the pros and cons of investing through the futures markets, the equity markets, ETFs, and mutual funds

  • Energize your profits — discover how to make big cash in energy, the largest sub-asset class in the commodities universe

  • Put the pedal to the metal — find out everything you ever wanted to know about investing in gold, silver, copper, nickel, and other metals

Open the book and find:

  • Tips on choosing the right investment vehicle

  • The best ways to manage risk

  • How to choose a broker and open a trading account

  • Why energy trading is hot (and profitable)

  • A look at natural gas applications

  • How to trade agricultural products

  • The benefits of investing in wind and solar power

  • Alternative energy sources you should know about

Learn to:

  • Break into the market and start trading today

  • Diversify your portfolio

  • Minimize risk and maximize profit

  • Track commodities indexes

Amine Bouchentouf is an internationally acclaimed author and market commentator. You can follow his market analysis at

Part I: Commodities: Just the Facts.

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

Chapter 2: Earn, Baby, Earn! Why You Should Invest in Commodities.

Chapter 3: Investing in Commodities: Only for the Brave?

Chapter 4: Feel the Love: Welcoming Commodities into Your Portfolio.

Part II: Getting Started with Types of Investment Vehicles.

Chapter 5: Benefi ting from Exchange-Traded Funds.

Chapter 6: Track and Trade: Investing through Commodity Indexes.

Chapter 7: Show Me the Money! Choosing the Right Manager.

Chapter 8: Exploring Commodity Exchanges, Brokers, and Trading Accounts.

Chapter 9: Back to the Future: Getting a Grip on Futures and Options.

Part III: The Power House: How to Make Money in Energy.

Chapter 10: It’s a Crude, Crude World: Investing in Crude Oil.

Chapter 11: Welcome to Gas Vegas, Baby! Trading Natural Gas.

Chapter 12: Keeping It Natural: Investing in Renewable Energy.

Chapter 13: Fuel for Thought: Looking at Alternative Energy Sources.

Chapter 14: Totally Energized: Investing in Energy Companies.

Part IV: Pedal to the Metal: Investing in Metals.

Chapter 15: All That Glitters: Investing in Gold, Silver, and Platinum.

Chapter 16: Metals That Prove Their Mettle: Steel, Aluminum, and Copper.

Chapter 17: Weighing Investments in Heavy and Not-So-Heavy Metals.

Chapter 18: Mine Your Own Business: Unearthing the Top Mining Companies.

Part V: Going Down to the Farm: Trading Agricultural Products.

Chapter 19: Breakfast of Champions: Profi ting from Coffee, Cocoa, Sugar, and Orange Juice.

Chapter 20: How to Gain from Grains: Trading Corn, Wheat, and Soybeans.

Chapter 21: Alive and Kicking! Making Money Trading Livestock.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 22: Ten or So Investing Resources You Can’t Do Without.

Chapter 23: Top Ten Market Indicators You Should Monitor.

Chapter 24: Top Ten Commodity ETFs.

Chapter 25: Top Ten Investment Vehicles for Commodities.