Commodities are the objects of trade in commerce around the world. Gold, silver, oil: Commodities are the goods exchanged raw, rather than in a manufactured state. Commodities can be traded in physical states, as in gold bars, using futures and spot prices. Many traders, however, use electronic trading, as in EFTs, in lieu of physical shares, focusing instead on the spread of the buy and sell price. Dive deeper into commodity markets.

  • What is Behind Copper’s Rising Price?

    Copper prices have skyrocketed in the past year and recently hit record highs in the latter half of May 2021. Prices have been driven up by high demand of various industries around the world, as the post-Covid recovery takes off. What makes copper valuable? Primarily it is a metal with excellent electricity conducting properties, it's other properties include: • Excellent heat conductivity. • Good corrosion resistance. • Good biofouling resistance.…

  • How Does COVID-19 Impact Gold Prices?

    During periods of crisis, gold has proven to be a time-honored safe-haven asset. Scarcity and built-in utility have made the yellow metal a sought after commodity throughout recorded human history. Whether in physical or paper form, gold bullion is the world's go to financial hedge against uncertainty. Gold's validity as a financial safe-haven underwent a formidable test during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic of 2020. Traders, investors, central banks and…

  • Top South African Gold Mining Companies

    Over the course of human history, gold (XAU/USD) has played a wide range of tangible and financial roles. Whether as a means of exchange, artisan medium, or store of wealth, acquiring bullion piques the interest of people from all walks of life. South Africa (SA) is among international leaders in gold exploration and production. Surveys from Thomson Reuters show SA to rank 8th globally in production of bullion, just ahead…

  • How Does An Oil Price War Impact The Markets?

    On 8 March 2020, Russia and Saudi Arabia initiated the first large-scale oil price war since 2014. Following a breakdown of negotiations between the OPEC+ members, there were extreme price cuts and production hikes. Subsequently, global oil values swiftly collapsed, led by a sudden 33.8% loss in U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures. The price destruction of the 8-9 March 2020 trading session was not confined to…

  • Commodity Stocks

    What Is A Commodity Stock? A commodity stock is a debt offering from a corporation involved in the consumption, extraction, refinement or delivery of raw materials. Accordingly, both company performance and share price are correlated to the relative value of an underlying commodity(s). Valuing Commodity Stocks Acting as the basis for a broad spectrum of securities, commodities are a premier asset class in the global marketplace. Essentially, any item with…

  • Commodity Dollars

    What Are Commodity Dollars? The term "commodity dollar" is used to define a currency closely correlated with raw materials integral to a nation's export sector. Also referred to as a "commodity currency" or "comdoll," commodity dollars derive a great deal of their value from specific underlying assets. The markets of oil, gold and agricultural products often play key roles in the exchange rate valuations of these currencies. Generally speaking, the…

  • Futures Industry Association (FIA)

    The Futures Industry Association (FIA) is a leading authority on the global derivatives industry. Headquartered in Singapore, Brussels, London and Washington D.C., the FIA is an advisory body to the world's futures and options market participants. Operating as a network of clearinghouses, exchanges and trading firms, the FIA aims to satisfy its self-stated, multifaceted mission: Support market transparency, competition and open accessibility Preserve the integrity of the financial system Promote…

  • OPEC Oil Embargo Of 1973-74

    In 1973, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) placed an oil embargo on allies of Israel during the Yom Kippur War. Until March of 1974, exorbitant energy prices plagued the global economy, prompting the creation of the petrodollar.


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