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Commodity Investing For Your Portfolio

Aug 17, 2007
Even though throughout the last thirty or so years, the Commodity Research Bureau (CRB) has been in a downtrend and the S&P 500 as been in an uptrend many people continue to invest in commodities. Before we look at why and how they are becoming successful investors, let us look at what the CRB is. The Commodity Research Bureau is something similar to the Dow Jones. It mathematically combines the prices of commodities to determine just how the commodities are moving. The equation is performed by averaging out the prices of wheat, gold, coffee, oil, and other such items.

One of the reasons that investors are doing so well, is that when you look at the indices you are not getting the whole picture. When you are looking at the general trends, you are not seeing the daily price movements in detail. This is what many investors use when they are looking to trade for profits. What matters at the end of the day, is how much you paid and how much you got when selling, not the prices that you see.

Trading strategies throughout the years have incorporated the role of commodities. Stock prices and commodities often move in very different directions. Therefore, many people incorporate commodities into a large part of hedging strategies.

Another reason might be just how investors view the different strategies and how the market should and does work. For example, some people believe with historical and substantial support, that if you are following a crowd you cannot hope to make money. People believe that before you can profit in investing, you must be doing exactly the opposite of what others are doing. Data proves that this is good train of thought and many people are taking advantage of it.

Furthermore, when thinking in terms of a hedging strategy, a smart investor will have a well-diversified portfolio. Which means they will have a little bit of everything within their portfolio, this includes commodities, cash, bonds, and stocks. Thanks to inflation, these things work in the exact opposite of each other. As an example, if bond are moving down, commodities are moving up at the same time. This helps in hedging strategies and giving you control over profits and risks.

Over the last few yeas, commodities have started to trend up. This has been observed by many investors causing a rise in commodities investments. Oil and gold are perfect examples of this observation. About thirty years ago, the gold prices peaked, after which it started on a steady downfall and continued this way until about 2003. Since then, it has been moving up and has increased by about forty percent.

Some people will tell you that the gold price will continue to grow as time moves on. This may be true a true speculation, however, you can never really tell. When it comes to inflation and the views that the Federal Reserve have taken, it could very possible be a true speculation.

However, one thing you can rely upon is other commodities such as coffee, gold, oil, and wheat. The world will continue to use them regularly. At the same time, some of these commodities cannot be replenished, which means that the more people use them, the less availability there will be. This includes oil and gold. Neither can be recovered.

As the demand continues to rise for both oil and gold, we will find that the supplies dwindle fast and leaving us to worry about high prices as investors and consumers. There are some other forms of commodity investments such as Exchange Traded Funds (ETF's) and mutual funds. What is great about these kinds of commodities, is that they generally tend to trend in the same directions as stocks and bonds, instead of the opposite way, as with some other commodities.
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