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The Little Book of Commodity Investing

ISBN: 978-0-470-67837-4
256 pages
June 2010
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The world has changed and so too has investing. The market is shell shocked and yesterday's momentum stocks are today's slow-motion stocks. But in the new reality of low-growth investing, commodities are hot and getting hotter. A rapidly industrializing and urbanizing Asia will be demanding lots more copper, zinc, iron ore, coal, fertilizers, gold and oil to transform their societies. Commodities are it and that's great news for investors who want to profit from the next great bull market in commodities. In fact, commodities may be about the only asset class that is likely to outperform the broad market in the future.

Although they are without a doubt important to the global economy, commodities are among the most misunderstood of all asset classes. Stocks, bonds and real estate all have legions of followers and plenty of experts agree on their importance within an investment portfolio, but venture into the world of commodities and you are into an area that's intimidating to the average investor, where suspicions run deep and understanding is limited. As a result, commodities get short-shrift in most investment accounts and investors miss out on some important opportunities.

The Little Book of Commodity Investing is an indispensible guide to learning the ins and outs of commodity investing. It's about identifying opportunities to profit from the coming bull market in commodities. It explains the benefits of commodities as part of a well diversified investment portfolio; covers all of the major commodities markets; what makes commodities and the companies that produce them tick; why commodities sometimes zig and then zag; what to buy and when to buy it; and why commodities are the next big thing.

Today's world is a very different world-a world where an understanding of commodities is a prerequisite for investment success. And The Little Book of Commodity Investing is the roadmap you need to discover where the opportunities of the future lie, and what to do about it.

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Table of Contents



Chapter One: Calling on Commodities: Why Commodity Investing Is a Savvy Bet.

Chapter Two: Gettin' Goin': Companies or Commodities?

Chapter Three: Gusher: Investing in Oil.

Chapter Four: Drilling for Dollars: Profiting from Natural Gas.

Chapter Five: Going for Gold: Prospering with Gold and Precious Metals.

Chapter Six: Digging It: Making Metals and Mines Work for You.

Chapter Seven: Betting the Farm: Bingeing on Food Inflation.

Chapter Eight: Ordering the Breakfast Special: Finding Profits in Foodstuffs.

Chapter Nine: Gaining in Grains: Investing in Grains.

Chapter Ten: Bulk Up: Benefitting from Bulk Commodities.

Chapter Eleven: Capitalizing on Commodities: Why Commodities Are Happening.

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Author Information

John Stephenson is a senior vice president and portfolio manager with First Asset Investment Management Inc., where he is responsible for a wide range of equity mandates with a particular focus on energy and resource investing. John is the author of Shell Shocked: How Canadians Can Invest After the Collapse and writes a free bi-weekly investment newsletter, Money Focus. He is regularly quoted by Bloomberg News, Reuters and The Wall Street Journal and is a frequent guest on Bloomberg TV and Canada's Business News Network (BNN) and the CBC. He was recently recognized by Brendan Wood International (BWI) as one of Canada's 50 best portfolio managers. John holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, an MBA from INSEAD, as well as the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Financial Risk Manger (FRM) designations. He lives in Toronto.
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Press Release

July 26, 2010
The Little Book of Commodity Investing

Commodities are hot and getting hotter.  Slumping supply and voracious demand have set the stage for a massive bull market in the real things that you use every day.  As global growth resumes, a powerful rallying cry for commodities is about to be heard around the world. 

The Little Book of Commodity Investing (Wiley; July 2010; Hardcover; $19.95) is an indispensible guide for learning the ins and outs of commodity investing. Author John Stephenson explains why commodities figure as part of any well diversified investment portfolio and covers all the major commodity markets.

John is available for interview and can talk about:

  • Why commodities are the next big thing
  • Why big oil is here to stay
  • What investors need to know about gold, and if now is the time to buy
  • Why China’s ascension is unstoppable and what investors need to know. 

The world today is very different—it’s a world where an understanding of commodities is a prerequisite for investment success. And The Little Book of Commodity Investing is your roadmap to discover the world of commodities.

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