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Trading with Silver

Silver is known to be the most malleable and conductive metal around, it is also known for its white coloration. Along with gold, silver has seen its own vast uses throughout history, most commonly in the form of currency and jewelry. While not as popular or rare as gold, the precious metal has played many…
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Trading the Shiny Goods: Precious Metals

Since time immemorial, both gold and silver have come to known as the most valuable among metals. Even until now, the precious metals have found themselves inside the portfolio of knowledgeable investors. The question is which among the precious metals is ideal for investment purposes and why are they unpredictable? If this is your first…
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Trading Commodities on a Global Level

Commodities comprise of basic goods that are used throughout commerce and can be traded for other commodities, provided that they share the same type. Often times these commodities are used during the production of various other goods and services. A commodity’s quality may be different but it is virtually even among its producers. Much like…
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The New York Mercantile Exchange

Overview The New York Mercantile Stock Exchange, NYMEX, or more commonly referred to as “The Merc.” It is owned and operated by Chicago’s CME Group. Apart from its office in Manhattan, New York, there are also additional offices located in Atlanta, Boston, Dubai, London, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Washington. The NYMEX has is one of…
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Texas West Intermediate Crude

What is It? The West Texas Intermediate, commonly abbreviated as WTI, is one of the New York Mercantile Exchange’s fundamental commodities in their oil futures contracts. The WTI is accounted as a sweet type of crude; this can be attributed to its 0.24 percent sulfur content, thus making it high quality oil that is easy…
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Oil Price Volatility: What Causes It?

Oil has been in the industry for longer than can be remembered and has had its own history of ups and downs. Currently, oil is in its deepest decline since the 1990s; however it could have happened earlier. The depression has resulted in a decline for companies who were able to make record profits in…
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International Trade: Cotton

What is International Trade? Let us first answer this question before proceeding to cotton being traded internationally. International trade involves the trade of goods or services between the different countries around the world. This type of trade has opened the doors to the world economy. The prices, or supply and demand of the products traded…
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Factors that Impact Wheat Prices

Wheat has come to become one of the many major agricultural commodities available in the world and continues to garner popularity across the world. This popularity can be attributed to wheat being a primary food staple in some countries such as North Africa and the Middle East. This furthers bolsters the importance wheat has for…
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Crude Oil: The Big Three

The Names and Types Crude oil is a substance that has naturally been occurring since time immemorial and is found on particular rock formations around the earth. In order to utilize crude oil to its full potential, it must undergo refinement and be turned into petroleum products with gasoline and petrol being the most known…
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Channeling Investments through Wheat

Grain Future Contracts Those who are interested in trading in futures, specifically grain future contracts should be aware of the potential loss and its significance. This kind of investment is not applicable for all traders due to investors being at risk of losing more than what was originally invested which is why only something called…
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Platinum is a Metal Fit for a King

Platinum is one of the world’s most scarce metals, and its supplies are concentrated in South America, which makes up 80% of the world’s supply, Russia coming in at second with 11% and North America with 6%. Platinum’s metallic property is highly demanded in various commercial and industrial productions. Platinum in its early years of…
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Rough Rice

Throughout History: Rice was first cultivated in China where it was a staple in their diet. It spread from China and reached the shores of India and Sri Lanka. Overtime, it was distributed throughout Southeast and Central Asia. West Asia was able to get ahold of rice through Alexander the Great’s armies. It arrived on…
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Zinc Inc

Zinc is currently the 4th most widely used metal in the world after iron, aluminum and copper, like the metals mentioned, Zinc has a great anti-corrosive matter, and bonds well with other metals, much like the other metal Zinc is used to galvanize other metal. This matter is also found in living organisms and plays…
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Wheat Industry

Centuries of Wheat: Wheat has provided food for humans and has been around for thousands of years. Believed to have origins in Southwestern Asia, the earliest remains of wheat have been found places like Jordan, Syria, and Turkey. Wheat’s more primitive relatives have been found in some of the oldest archaeological site sites in the…
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The Age of Aluminum

The history of aluminum was modest but this metal was once considered more rare and precious than gold or silver. It was first used as tanning agents, fabric dying and was also used for fire proofing Aluminum is a silvery-white metal, which takes up 8% of the earth’s crust by mass; this mineral is the…
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Natural Gas

Natural Gas is a fossil fuel that can be found underground, it is produced when living organisms that have died sunk to bottoms of bodies of water, or under coal beds. The process of decomposing these dead matter releases the Natural Gas The so-called Natural Gas can be collected through different sources like in deep…
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Brent Oil

Fuel from Fossils: Harvested from the remains of living organisms that once roamed the Earth, fossil fuel has been around for centuries providing a source of power for the people. The most common form of fossil fuel harvested at the time was coal. The discovery of oil would further revolutionize the already evolving industry. The…
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Crude Oil, Not Just Your Basic Oil

Humble Beginnings: Fossil fuel, natural fuel formed from the remains of once living organisms, has been around for centuries with coal being the most common and harvested form at the time. This would all change with the discovery of a new form of fuel. The Industrial revolution, a period that saw the revolution of power…
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Copper

Copper was discovered around 8000 B.C. and was one of the first metals to be extracted and used by humans; the metal was first used as coins or a form of currency and ornaments. It was the discovery of this metal plus the incorporation of tin marked the beginning of the Bronze Age at around…
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Silver lining

Silver’s Origin: Throughout history silver has enjoyed a variety of uses in the form of money, decoration, and jewelry. Evidence of the first silver mines date back to 3, 000 B.C. in a place called Anatolia, now known as Turkey. It gained popularity in the years 1, 000 to 1, 500 thanks to the discovery…
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