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Commodities for Every Portfolio: How You Can Profit from the Long-Term Commodity Boom

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Step-by-step guidelines for making commodities a valuable component in any portfolio

As stock market investing becomes increasingly hard to squeeze profits from, savvy investors are finding commodities to be the perfect vehicle for maintaining portfolio performance. Commodities for Every Portfolio shows commodities newcomers how to ease into this straightforward market, which strategies are best (and which to steer clear of!) and much, much more. Investors and traders get easy-to-follow techniques, strategies, and methods, with individual chapters showing how to invest in commodities through stocks, mutual funds, ETFs, and futures. High-performing companies and index-based funds are listed by name, with specific information on how and why they succeed; hard-to-find informational resources are also provided.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Preface
    1. Purpose of This Book
    2. How This Book Is Organized
  7. Acknowledgments
    1. Chapter 1: The Long-Term Commodity Boom: Why It's Here and Why It's Going to Last
      1. It's a Bull Market
      2. A Look Back at the Market
      3. A Refresher Course in High School Economics
      4. Accelerating Demand
      5. Dwindling Supply
      6. Commodity Bubble Argument Dismissed
      7. Are Commodities Still Cheap?
      8. Conclusion
    2. Chapter 2: From the Farmer to You: How the Futures Markets Work
      1. A Brief History of the Commodity Futures Market
      2. A Closer Look at the Futures Market
      3. How It All Comes Together
      4. Other Key Terms to Remember
      5. How the Commodity Futures Market Benefits You
      6. Conclusion
    3. Chapter 3: Debunking Commodity Myths: Why Commodities Belong in Your Portfolio
      1. Debunking the Myths
      2. Commodities for Every Portfolio
      3. Commodities in Your Portfolio
      4. Conclusion
    1. Chapter 4: Deciding What Is Right for You: Futures, Stocks, Mutual Funds, and Exchange-Traded Funds
      1. Commodity Futures Revisited
      2. Commodity Stocks
      3. Commodity Mutual Funds
      4. Commodity Exchange-Traded Funds
      5. Commodity Currencies
      6. Deciding What's Right for You
      7. Conclusion
    2. Chapter 5: Participating Through Futures
      1. Different Commodity Futures Sectors
      2. Energy Futures
      3. Grains Futures
      4. Meats Futures
      5. Softs Futures
      6. Metals Futures
      7. How You Can Participate in the Futures Market
      8. Conclusion
    3. Chapter 6: Participating Through Stocks
      1. A Closer Look at the Commodity Stock Complex
      2. Companies that Produce . . .
      3. . . . and Companies that Provide Products and Services
      4. Commodity Stocks Reaffirming a Bull Market
      5. How to Choose the Right Commodity Stocks for Your Portfolio
      6. Why No Stock Picks?
      7. Conclusion
    4. Chapter 7: Participating Through Mutual Funds
      1. Scanning the Mutual Fund World
      2. Commodity Index Funds
      3. Natural Resource Funds
      4. What's the Difference?
      5. Pros and Cons of Commodity Mutual Funds
      6. Choosing the Right Commodity Mutual Fund for Your Portfolio
      7. Conclusion
    5. Chapter 8: Participating Through Exchange-Traded Funds
      1. A Short Introduction to Exchange-Traded Funds
      2. What's the Difference between an ETF and a Commodity Index Mutual Fund?
      3. What Are Your ETF Choices?
      4. Using ETFs to Profit from the Commodity Bull Market
      5. There Is More to Come
      6. Conclusion
    1. Chapter 9: Commodity Trading Strategies
      1. Finding the Right Commodity Trading Strategy
      2. Importance of Commodity Trading Strategies
      3. Fundamental versus Technical Analysis
      4. Long-Term Strategies for a Long-Term Bull Market
      5. Conclusion
    2. Chapter 10: A Managed Approach: Managed Futures
      1. Growth of Managed Futures
      2. Benefits of Managed Futures
      3. A Closer Look at Commodity Trading Advisors
      4. Finding the Right CTA for Your Portfolio
      5. Evaluating CTAs
      6. Conclusion
    3. Chapter 11: The Case for Gold in Your Portfolio
      1. A Brief History of Gold
      2. Gold Aversion
      3. Six Reasons to Own Gold in Your Portfolio
      4. Why Own Gold Now?
      5. Different Ways of Buying Gold
    4. Chapter 12: Leveraging Third-Party Assistance
      1. Advisory Newsletters
      2. Trading Systems
      3. Leveraging the Broker Relationship
      4. Books
      5. Web Sites
      6. Conclusion
  11. Conclusion
    1. Real Assets. … Real Answers … Real Reasons to Participate
  12. References
    1. Chapter 1
    2. Chapter 2
    3. Chapter 3
    4. Chapter 4
    5. Chapter 5
    6. Chapter 7
    7. Chapter 10
    8. Chapter 11
  13. About the Author
  14. Index