Commodities

This Summer's Economic Hits: Inflation, Demand, and Elasticity July 8, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Inflation is in the news, but the imbalance may abate as productivity increases. To understand what's happening, consider a few basic economic concepts.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
Inflation vs. Volatility? It’s a Balance, Not an “Either/Or” Question for Investors June 21, 2021 9:37 AM   |  

Market volatility and inflation can both be effective at destroying investment value. Here’s how investors can account for both in their long-term portfolio strategy.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Industrial and Precious Metals: Linking Money, Value, and Economic Growth June 10, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Industrial and precious metals are key components for investing, trading, and understanding the market. Learn how industrial and precious metals markets may potentially affect economic growth and sentiment.

4 min read  |  Futures
Commodities Have Been Hot, Hot, Hot: What Are the Potential Implications for Investors? May 28, 2021 10:17 AM   |  

Commodities have been red-hot in 2020 and 2021. Is this the start of a so-called commodity supercycle? And what might that mean for investors?

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
Bring It Home: Rare Earths, Semiconductors, & the “National Interest” Argument May 5, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Recent supply chain disruptions and the semiconductor shortage have led policymakers to rethink the trend of industries moving overseas for efficiency’s sake.

4 min read  |  Market Insights
COVID-19 Recovery May Be Driving New Commodity Supercycle March 22, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

A commodity “supercycle” can last for years and lift commodity prices across industries. Is one brewing as we emerge from COVID-19, and what does it mean for investors?

5 min read  |  Trading Strategies
Crude Comparison: WTI vs. Brent Crude Oil Benchmarks February 5, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and North Sea Brent: What’s the difference between these two global crude oil benchmarks?

5 min read  |  Commodities
Trading Oil Futures: Basics on the Most Global Commodity of All January 28, 2021 1:28 PM   |  

Crude oil futures are one of the most actively traded in the world. Understand the different ways an investor might participate in the crude oil market.

5 min read  |  Futures
A Brief History of Financial Bubbles & How Investors Can Prepare, Protect November 10, 2020 11:42 AM   |  

As long as there have been markets, there have been occasional market bubbles. Here’s a look at a few of them, and what today’s investors can learn about avoiding the excesses of exuberance.

7 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
How Commodities and Other Alternative Investments Can Help Diversify Portfolios July 30, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Beyond the world of stocks and bonds lies another category of assets: alternative investments. Learn about commodities and other alternative types that may be available to retail investors.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Market Stress Throwing a Wrench in Diversification? There Are Alternatives June 25, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

When market volatility throws a wrench into diversification strategy, some investors consider alternative investments. Here’s a look at the world beyond stocks and bonds.

5 min read  |  Alternative Investing
Could Silver Shine in Your Portfolio? March 20, 2020 12:01 PM   |  

Investing in silver can be a defensive strategy, especially when equity markets are trending lower or when interest rates are low.

4 min read  |  Commodities
Trading Is Trading? Not Always—Know Differences Between Stocks & Futures March 16, 2020 2:05 PM   |  

Stock trading versus futures trading each pose intriguing possibilities. But although stocks and futures share some common ground, they differ in several ways that investors should understand before diving in to either.

5 min read  |  Trading Basics
How to Invest in Gold? Let Us Count the Ways: ETFs, Stocks, Physical, Futures, & Options January 31, 2020 11:15 AM   |  

Are you looking to include gold in your portfolio? Learn about the different alternatives and their pros and cons.

4 min read  |  Commodities
From Point A to Point Z: A Global Look at the Transportation Industry December 11, 2019 10:30 AM   |  

The fortunes of shipping, rail, and trucking companies could indicate where the global and domestic economies might be headed.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
Rare Earth Metals & Trade Disputes: A Primer for Investors June 18, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Rare earth metals, used in everyday products such as electronics, automobiles and medical devices, have emerged as a potential weapon in the ongoing trade dispute. Here’s a primer on rare earths, and the stocks and sectors that may be affected.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
Food, Energy, & More: Commodity Definition and Basics December 6, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Want to learn about commodities trading, or how to invest in commodities? Start with this overview.

5 min read  |  Commodities
Asset Allocation 101: What are the Asset Classes and How Does One Choose? July 27, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

What are the different assets you can use to help build your investment portfolio? Explore the major asset classes: stock, fixed income, cash, and alternatives.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
Burning Questions on Futures: Notional Value, Tick Size, and Other Contract Specs July 12, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Interested in learning about futures contracts? Here's a primer on multipliers, tick size, and other futures contracts specifications.

5 min read  |  Futures
To Produce More Or Not To Produce More: That is OPEC’s Question June 19, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

OPEC’s biannual meeting takes place June 22, with the cartel under pressure from Washington to raise production as prices remain near three-year highs.

5 min read  |  Commodities
Crafting Your Portfolio? Consider Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) February 27, 2018 11:00 PM   |  

Learn how retail investors, even those with limited funds, can pursue a diversified portfolio mix using exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Investing in ETFs can provide exposure to a wide variety of markets, sectors, and asset classes.

5 min read  |  Web Platform
Dollar vs. World: Turn Down the Noise, Hear the Market Whisper January 7, 2018 11:00 PM   |  

Are you worried about the Dollar? Discover ways to leverage volatility, inter-market correlations, and overall bias to help you make smarter decisions.

7 min read  |  Futures
Grounded: Recent Dow Transports Slump a Red Flag for Economy? November 14, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) has scaled all-time high after all-time high this year. But what about transportation index?

3 min read  |  Economic Trends
All the World’s a Trade: Market Perspective Through Global Events October 1, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Trading in a foreign market isn't easy, but leveraging global news might be all you need to potentially grow your portfolio exponentially.

8 min read  |  Futures
Fed Meeting Ahead: How Inflation Impacts Interest Rates and Bonds May 17, 2017 9:57 AM   |  

Even though the rate of inflation has been low, it still impacts interest rates, bonds, and your portfolio. Find out more before the Fed’s next meeting.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Popping the Cork With the Fed: Cool Ideas for Rising Rates April 12, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

What you should know about rising interest rates, and practical trading strategies for dealing with them—approaching Fed decisions in four different arenas.

7 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Forget Coffee: High-End Teas are the Hottest Millennial Trend August 6, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Tea is hot, and that’s good news for consumers and investors looking for a new beverage to tempt their taste buds.

3 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
No Market Trades in a Vacuum: Using Intermarket Analysis August 2, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Study intermarket analysis for a more complete investing picture. Pull in bonds, currencies, and commodities with typical stock market research.

4 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Floor Trader Pearls: Burned by Oil Rolls July 31, 2014 8:00 PM   |  

2 min read  |  Futures
Beef Up, Go Green June 30, 2014 8:00 PM   |  

Inflation signals are evident in a host of everyday household items, and investors should learn what to look for and how to seize potential opportunities.

5 min read  |  Commodities
Sniff Out Inflation: Gauge Sentiment with Gold, CRB, and CPI March 5, 2013 10:58 AM   |  

The line between “good” and “bad” inflation is a thin one and tough to recognize. We grade the standard inflation measures.

3 min read  |  Investing Basics
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