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Extreme Weather and The Financial Markets: Opportunities in Commodities and Futures Hardcover – January 18, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118147219
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118147214
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #775,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Record-setting snowfall, cyclones in Australia, chronic drought in Russia, and other dramatic weather events are getting front page attention around the world, while politicians and scientists bicker over the causes and effects. But what about the impact of extreme weather on investing opportunities? Extreme Weather and Financial Markets presents a fascinating look at the ways in which opportunities in the stock, bond, and futures markets are changing with the weather.

Extreme weather has had—and will continue to have—a deep and lasting impact on a wide range of industries, regardless of whether it gets worse or the seemingly freak events of the last few years become the new norm. Looking at these conditions in detail, the book shows which investment opportunities will be the winners and losers of extreme weather events. Addressing specific global climate shocks—excess snow and ice; flooding mines; farmland droughts, floods, and frost; hurricanes and tornados; and timberland fires—this book presents a compelling, easy-to-understand overview of investment opportunities affected by dramatic weather.

Extreme Weather and Financial Markets outlines three fundamental tools essential for becoming a savvy extreme weather-based investor—a discussion of the financial markets and investment opportunities available, 17 key rules for extreme weather-based investing, and detailed action plan tables that provide information on practically every commodity in every location during any extreme weather event. In addition, a handy index that lets you quickly locate exactly the action plan you need in any given circumstance makes this book essential reading for any investor who wants to understand the real "financial climate."

With its wide-reaching geographic and geologic coverage, this remarkable volume offers a novel new resource for investors. As devastating as climate change has shown itself to be, its potential for new investing opportunities must not be underestimated. Unbiased in its coverage, the book doesn't seek to provide an explanation for climate change, just an understanding that to the extent the global climate condition worsens, the more lucrative certain investment opportunities will become.

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Praise for Extreme Weather and Financial Markets

"For anybody wanting to evaluate the weather exposure of commodity, fixed income, and equity portfolios, Extreme Weather and Financial Markets is a must-read. Investors, plan sponsors, and analysts will find valuable advice in this well-written and accessible book."
Peter Lindner, Financial Sector Expert, Monetary and Capital Markets Department, International Monetary Fund

"Combine a global financial crisis with increasingly crazy weather and you get, well, a perfect storm. Lawrence Oxley explains how climate change will produce a series of commodity supply shocks, and how to profit from them using modern financial instruments and strategies. A worthy addition to a reader's 'crisis investing' book collection."
John Rubino, author, Clean Money: Picking Winners in the Green-Tech Boom, and coauthor, The Collapse of the Dollar and How to Profit from It: Make a Fortune by Investing in Gold and Other Hard Assets

"In this era of heightened risk awareness, Lawrence Oxley correctly points out the consequences of extreme weather shocks and then identifies ways to profit from them."
Vikram Kuriyan, Professor and Director, Investment Centre, Indian School of Business

"As more and more people examine the implications for changing weather patterns in their everyday life, Extreme Weather and Financial Markets is a must-read for any investor. Lawrence has written this book in an easily understandable fashion for the novice or average investor as well as more sophisticated investors."
Dan Mulvey, Asset Management Executive, former CIO, ASB Capital Management

"Lawrence Oxley clearly explains how the commodity markets work and how extreme weather affects them. He then very simply details how anyone, regardless of investing experience, can use this information to profit in the financial market."
John F. McLaughlin, Vice President, Francis Metals, Inc.


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You can't just read one chapter.
Lyn McCormack
One thing I will leave you to ponder - based on the recent droughts -Corn- is it food for humans, food for cows or fuel... read the book you won't be dissappointed.
Mr.C
If for example there is an extreme weather event in Australia, the index guides you to the appropriate action plan table.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Goodman on January 19, 2012
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This book is incredibly user friendly. I found it very easy to understand and enjoyable to read. The book has "action plan" tables specifically broken out by the type of extreme weather event that is taking place. I found the book to be comprehensive as it covers extreme weather events any where in the world and not just the United States. It does not dance around the issues but rather lays out specifically which stocks, bonds and commodities will be the winners and losers in every global weather event. If for example there is an extreme weather event in Australia, the index guides you to the appropriate action plan table. The author also proves the effectiveness of these investment ideas by back testing against actual extreme weather events demonstrating the very large profits that would have been made if these action plan tables were used. Also, because this type of investing is a new concept, the author creates the "rules" of extreme weather investing. Lastly and probably the best thing I love about this book is the realization that extreme weather type investing very often provides ample time to enter an investment because the more extreme the weather event the greater and longer the impact on the markets.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr.C on January 31, 2012
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I bought this book to read on a long flight and two things occured. I finished it before my trip and I found myself wondering why I haven't made any moves outlined inside. They are presented in a way that the initial fear of a new investment may not be so bad. When buying stocks I have always stuck to companies I knew or enjoyed the products of. In the first few pages I realized that the majority of opportunities from orange juice to platinum are things we deal with everyday mixing them with the weather now makes a ton of sense. While no one has control of the weather and the local weatherman is as reliable as a used car salesman you can still make a good investment choice because the information is mostly public and inevitable. Record heat/droughts in the past few years in Texas and Oklahoma, oil prices racing up and down based on offshore drilling weather and OPEC are no secret, how to potentially bank some coin on similar scenarios.... well thats in this book. I have been reading a lot of investment books lately with all the press on wall st vs main street and to be honest I want in. With it being an election year the stocks are on an emotional rollercoaster, im going to get involved in some commodities maybe as a hedge or more if it goes well. While I am still no expert I think its something through knowledge I no longer fear.This also by the way is one of the few investment books where I did not use the kindles dictionary feature and did not get lost in trying to memorize a system and charts. One thing I will leave you to ponder - based on the recent droughts -Corn- is it food for humans, food for cows or fuel... read the book you won't be dissappointed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Tapper on January 12, 2012
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I highly recommend this book. It's a quick and easy read. The author breaks down difficult concepts into easy to understand and executable investment strategies. A must read for an investment professional or avid investor.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lyn McCormack on January 24, 2012
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You can't just read one chapter. Your curiosity moves you along to see the "what ifs?" Mr. Oxley has done a compelling job in putting together an informative and comprehensible book for the novice as well as the savvy investor. I am recommending this to everyone.
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Shamrock-Angel on April 6, 2012
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OMG this book was horrible but it DID cure my insomnia. So thank you for that, Larry. The material is so elementary, that anyone older then a 3rd grader would know it as common sense. Can I get a refund? Oh wait, it was a gift - apparently a gag gift.
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