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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

About the Author

Amine Bouchentouf is an internationally acclaimed author and market commentator. You can follow his market analysis at www.commodities-investors.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118016874
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118016879
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. Brossart on January 9, 2008
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It's a good book describing briefly all commodities and some of the critical information needed to trade them. I am an Agricultural Producer and the areas that involve those commodities are very short in comparison to the other commodities and don't provide any real specific or detailed information.

I would recommend the book to any one interested in trading any commodity but ag commodities, because it is too brief on this subject.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mallik B on November 22, 2007
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Appreciate the author for writing such a great book for dummies like me on commodities.

Few pros:
1. Simple real life examples on call and put options (future contracts) helped me understand the concept in couple of hours. I was trying to understanding this concept for a week atleast.

2. Flow of the books is really good, you feel like not to leave the book in between.

3. Best to read from start to finish on multiple days with appropriate gaps in between. (If you are too busy !). A great book for week end study.

Cons:
None
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John on September 16, 2010
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I'm an active trader and found this book packed with helpful information. For one, the author doesn't simply rehash old cliches about commodities but does an outstanding job of bringing to light new concepts and ideas that are helping improve my trading strategy every day. This book taught me how to analyze the fundamental drivers of the oil and gold markets, which has allowed me to develop my trading style for the long term. I really enjoyed the breakdown of the gold markets, and went long when the author recommended people start buying gold when it was at $650/oz; it's now at over $1200 and I'm very happy with my trade! Just an awesome book if you want to dig deeper into the markets without getting stuck in all the jargon. Highly recommended!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By goldtrader12 on September 7, 2010
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I'm new to the commodities world and was looking for a guide to help me decide which products would suit me as an investor. I have read many books on the subject but Commodities For Dummies does a great job of showing you the ropes and exploring all the different aspects you need to know. It has a great section on ETFs, and I'm now shopping for some of the ETFs that are covered there. All around a great resource if you want to learn more about commodities!
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Kiefer on November 27, 2011
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"Commodities for Dummies" is a sub-par text, even for the "Dummies" series. Its emphasis on tangential, space-filling, non-commodity-related topics make for a frustrating read at best, whil its coverage of individual commodities is disappointing. For example, wheat (featured on the cover) receives a scant one-page explanation. Surely, every potential reader is already well aware that humans have been farming and eating wheat for centuries, yet the author wastes about 1/3 of his precious wheat page explanation explaining wheat's importance to ancient Mesopotamia! There is absolutely no insight to 21st Century wheat prices. What causes the wheat price to crash or surge? Who knows?

After reading this book, I am still a dummy about commodities. Sure, there are a graphs a-plenty, but no explanation of trends or interesting anecdotes, features that make other "Dummies" books fun and helpful. The reader should at least begin to understand why groups of commodities rise and fall, but the author simply ignores this question completely. Instead, the author presents chart after chart of rising and falling commodity prices. Ice storm here? Flooding over there? The lack of notation make them useless. Perhaps graph's editorial mistakes are more convincing. Just flip to the section on silver. The text directs the reader to examine a chart to illustrate a price crash in the early 1980s, yet the graph doesn't even go back that far.

Among the book's most annoying features is its incessant proclamation that the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) merged with the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) in 2008. Indeed, the CME merger seems to be the author's most important thesis as he mentions it no less than twelve times--usually with a quarter page, indented, double-outlined box.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Avellan on July 22, 2014
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I was hoping to get a good grasp of Commodities, an intro to help me take my first steps in trading commodities using a conservative approach. This book has none of this, nothing even close to it.

Don't buy this book and here is why:

1) This book has no fundamental nor technical analysis to trade commodities.
2) Only Chapter 9 is supposedly about Trading Futures and it doesn't even explain basic terms, what is a long or short position.
3) There is nothing in this book that can get you started in trading commodities, not one strategy or tip, not the indicators, charts, platforms, when to jump in or exit, nothing...
4) I find unprofessional when the author advertises her website (which is really bad by the way.)

One star because:
1) It has a list of commodity "related" stocks (companies that process commodities) and ETF's, something that can be found in google. And I liked her explanation on MLP's, something that you can probably google as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Chan on March 24, 2013
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Summary from my full length review - A good guide book on the basics you need to know about commodity markets. The materials give the readers a solid foundation of what they are dealing with and the factors affecting these markets. Various ways to engage in trading the commodities are also discussed so that the readers can choose from the various instruments (e.g. ETFs, futures, etc.) as oppose to the tunnel view from say a future trader's perspective. Good introduction for both traders and long term investors who want to diversify their portfolios. Highly recommended.
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