Home » Finance

Who Is Investing in Commodities?

Apr 5, 2008
The easiest answer for this question is: anyone who does not mind being in a riskier market. In fact, the commodities market is reputed to be so volatile that fortunes can be made or lost in a matter of minutes or hours, if you don't know what you are doing. To get a better understanding of investing in the commodities market, let us take a look at some of the basics.

What is a commodity?
A commodity is anything that can be bought or sold. Examples of a commodity can include oil, gold, oranges and currency. When you invest in commodities, you are basically betting on what the market will do. You will bet that the price of oranges will rise or that the value of the dollar will fall.

Investment strategies in commodities
Most financial experts do not recommend investing anything in the commodities market that you can not afford to lose. It is not the investment type for someone who wishes for a safe investment for their retirement account, unless you put your money into a managed account.

However, if you do not mind higher risk in return for the greater chance of higher returns, commodities might be a good option. Commodities are a great way to use a portion of your portfolio in higher risk/higher return investment, but should never be used as a major segment of your portfolio.

Safe investing in commodities
If you really want to take your turn at commodities investment, but want to minimize your risk, take a look at commodities funds. Because these funds include a mixture of different commodities, the risk may be minimized by the very nature of the portfolio.

If it is riskier, why would anyone invest in commodities?
The return, when someone wins in the market, can be extremely high. There have been a number of millionaires made through commodities trading and will do so again in the future.

In addition, it has long been understood that the commodities market is a great hedge against inflation. When inflation unexpectedly hits, the commodities funds tend to do a lot better.

Finally, commodities are always in demand. Gold, oil and currency will always have a market because we need them. They will never become outdated and the demand will never disappear.

Investing in commodities may be the perfect investment for anyone who doesn't mind using a small portion of their portfolio in higher risk activities in order to achieve a higher reward. If you do not have the time to follow markets and industries on a day to day or hour to hour basis, checking out the commodities funds are the next best thing.
About the Author
Caterina Christakos is an experienced investor and instructor with World Capital Institute. Ever imagined an exciting career as a stock or commodities broker. Make the dream a reality here: http://www.worldcapitalinstitute.com
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 160
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Acne
    • Aerobics
    • Alternative Medicine
    • Beauty
    • Cancer
    • Cosmetics
    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Diseases and Conditions
    • Fitness Equipment
    • Fitness
    • Hair Loss
    • Heart Disease
    • Medicine
    • Men's Health
    • Muscle Building
    • Nutrition
    • Skin Care
    • Supplements and Vitamins
    • Weight Loss
    • Women's Health
    • Yoga
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Babies
    • Collecting
    • Elderly Care
    • Genealogy
    • Hobbies
    • Parenting
    • Pets
    • Pregnancy
    • Woodworking
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources