Archive | July, 2009

Commodities: For all Scenarios

When I started working in commodities, almost a decade ago, they were considered a dirty word and certainly not a place for the average Joe to invest. Within the last few years, thanks to investors becoming more open minded, the overall performance of commodities and other asset classes, commodity futures and options are quickly becoming […]

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The Light at the End of the Tunnel

I communicate with investors daily trying to identify what their general position is for the economy. Though it differs from one to the next, an overwhelming majority are not too optimistic about the health of the economy. The overall sentiment is that few see the light at the end of the tunnel. By that I […]

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Risk Aversion by Commodity Speculators

Speculators may be running for the exit doors on talks of more government involvement in the futures market, but I feel their exit may be premature seeing that the government is just talking at this point. Since the government has not screwed things up enough they are now discussing more stringent controls in the commodities […]

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Commodities: A Pause or a Reversal?

With half of 2009 behind us investors may be wondering if they have enough exposure to commodities in their portfolios. Several commodities gained value in the first 6 months of the year on expectations for a global economic recovery and on worries of inflation. There are many uncertainties that remain unanswered, if, how strong, and […]

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Treasuries Mixed Ahead of Data and Holiday

Bond and note futures traded mixed as traders spent the day squaring positions ahead of the long holiday weekend and tomorrow’s non-farm payrolls data. The report is typically released on Friday but the government has adjusted the release date in observation of the 4th of July and the fact that the U.S. markets will be […]

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