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Guide to Commodities: Producers, players and prices, markets, consumers and trends

Guide to Commodities: Producers, players and prices, markets, consumers and trends

Caroline Bain

ISBN: 978-1-118-38371-1

Apr 2013

288 pages

Select type: Hardcover

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A gold mine of information, insights and powerful tools to help you win big in today's commodities markets

The recent fortunes made by investors in rare earth metals and gold are just two shining examples of what an extremely profitable investment class commodities can be. But with radical swings in price volatility (think oil) and the vagaries of global geopolitics, commodities also can be one of the trickiest arenas in which to play. Written by the Senior Commodities Editor for The Economist Intelligence Unit, this book provides you with a comprehensive, highly practical look at the commodities markets. In addition to covering major trends and key changes in the markets, both past and present, it supplies you with proven tools for analyzing and taking full advantage of this ever-changing asset class.

  • Focuses specifically on natural commodities classes, such as natural resources and raw materials, both mineral and agricultural
  • Explores trends in the consumption and production of the commodities in question as well as the changing markets for those goods
  • Describes how commodities prices have changed historically and in recent years and how they are likely to change in future
  • Arms investors with an array valuable tools for analyzing market movements, timing trades and tracking and predicting price volatility
Acknowledgements vii

Introduction 1

Part 1 Market fundamentals 5

The economics of commodities 7

Commodities as fi nancial assets 18

Part 2 Base and precious metals 27

Aluminium 29

Copper 41

Gold 53

Other precious metals 65

Silver 65

Platinum 70

Palladium 75

Lead 79

Nickel 90

Tin 101

Zinc 112

Part 3 Energy 123

Coal 125

Natural gas 136

Crude oil 147

Part 4 Agriculture 161

Cocoa 163

Coffee 171

Fibres 178

Cotton 178

Wool 185

Maize 191

Rice 200

Natural rubber 209

Soybeans 217

Sugar 225

Wheat 235

Glossary 245

Sources of statistical information 253

Index 257