Raw Materials Price Guide
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With all of the emphasis in the economy on invention, creativity, information, and the financial and service industries, it is sometimes easy to forget just how important raw materials are to the continued success of the economy. There are many investors who prefer to invest in commodities, however, because it can be an excellent way to earn massive profits. At the same time, these building materials, feedstock, and other similar materials do present risks to traders who are inexperienced.
Commodities are typically invested in through a system called futures trading. This is because it is inconvenient to actually buy and store raw materials like building materials and feedstock as a form of investment. Instead, they buy contracts. They purchase a contract to sell the commodity from a provider, and sell the commodity to other investors or directly to a buyer. Producers sell to investors because a buyer isn't always available, and buyer buy from investors because a producer isn't always available.
Most of the buying and selling of these futures is undergone by investors amongst themselves, with several transactions made between the original seller and the ultimate buyer of the commodity. An investor sells the contract when they think the price of the commodity has reached its peak. An investor buys it when they think it has reached bottom. The goal is to buy it when it is low in value and sell it when it is high in value. Investing in these materials requires close attention not just to the behavior of the market, but an understanding of who buys the commodity and what world events could effect these purchases.