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What are the risks of buying some platinum right now?

Looking at the price of platinum today it is fairly close to gold. http://www.kitco.com/charts/liveplatinum.html http://www.kitco.com/charts/livegold.html I know that platinum is more volatile ...
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How to buy Gold ETF is India?

How to buy Gold ETF in India? Are they the best way to invest in Gold? Are there any other options
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What is a “Spread” (In Commodities)

I was reading an article and it states Tightness has returned to the London Metal Exchange (LME) aluminium spreads. The focus point this time around is the December-January spread ...
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Is Bitcoin a commodity or a currency [duplicate]

Bitcoin can be classified as a currency as it can be used as an medium of exchange or classified as an commodity given its speculative and volatile nature. What should we classify Bitcoin as ??
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What determines price fluctuation of groceries

I understand that the price of gasoline fluctuates based on the trading of the commodity oil futures. Is it the same for grocery items? i.e Can I expect the price of produce, meat and fish to ...
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TOCOM oil in USD [closed]

Where can TOCOM oil be found to be quoted in USD/bbl? I'd rather not go through the conversion process (at least until goog can mix units like volume and currency) to get the USD/bbl version of ...
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How do I find the value of British Energy Nuclear Power Notes?

I purchased British Energy shares when the company was floated on the stock exchange back in the late 90's. Now, many years on, I have ended up with Nuclear Power notes. I receive a quarterly ...
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What is the secondary market like for diamond jewelry?

What is the secondary market like for diamond jewelry? How does it compare to the secondary market for gold jewelry? How do secondary market prices for pieces of diamond jewelry move relative to ...
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Are there debit cards tied to commodities?

I'm wondering if there are debit cards tied to commodities? For example is there a debit card where I can deposit in Gold, Silver, or cash that is immediately converted to the asset and then use the ...
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Is there a Yahoo Finance ticker for NYMEX Crude Oil Front Month?

I see tickers like on specific monthly futures like CLN13.NYM, CLQ13.NYM, etc. But is there on Yahoo Finance something like "CL1.NYM", i.e. ticker that always is pointing on the front month future. ...
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How can I invest in gold without taking physical possession?

I want to buy gold but I do not want to physically store it. I just want to invest in the price of gold. Where can I buy electronic gold certificates? Something like putting money in the bank but ...
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How to invest in gold at market value, i.e. without paying a markup?

At 2013-03-24 - 11:30am, the value of gold in the UK per oz was 1056.7GBP. I can buy a 24 carat 1oz gold coin (999.9) for 1132GBP. I can sell that gold coin for 1010GBP. I am clearly doing ...
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What assets does the term “security” encompass?

From what I understand, the term “security,” as used in finance, refers to equities, debt instruments (such as bonds), and derivatives based on equities and debt. Does the term encompass other ...
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Pros & cons of buying gold directly vs. investing in a gold ETF like GLD, IAU, SGOL?

Google search brings up some articles on this topic, but they can be biased, so: What are the advantages and disadvantages of buying physical gold vs. investing in a gold ETF like GLD, IAU, or SGOL? ...
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Oil Price forcasting

I am looking for sources that give forecasting for price of oil. The reason I am asking is that I would like to buy stock in an oil company but I am trying to time when to get in.
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Where can I get interesting resources on Commodities?

I have a reasonably good background in Quantitative Finance, but I have a small experience in the markets themselves. I would like to be able to start developing my own view on the commodity markets, ...
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How does investing in commodities/futures vary from stocks?

I understand the basic concept behind investing in a company via stock purchases: you get some minuscule percentage of the company, and get to benefit from that ownership. Investing in commodities ...
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Why do gas stations charge different amounts in the same local area?

I've noticed there can be a 5%-10% difference in the price of gas where I live. For example right now the cheapest premium price is $3.85 and the most expensive is $4.17. It's the same state and ...
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Why does money value normally decrease?

When you save money in the bank, you expect interest on your investment. But if you invest, on, say property, gold, or other durable goods, you don't expect your house or gold to multiply. Why? Is it ...
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Pros & cons of investing in gold vs. platinum?

I'm considering moving some of my investments into physical precious metals in case the world economy tanks further. Both gold and platinum are near historical highs, but platinum has been more ...
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How prevalent are futures in the agricultural industry?

I realize that many agricultural companies sell their crops or livestock via futures contracts to manage the risks inherent to their industry. It seems to me that this kind of activity would be ...
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Is it possible to buy commodity ETFs (e.g. silver) through Questrade?

Is there a way to buy a silver ETF through Questrade? Or do they offer only mutual funds?
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Is the gold and silver in the GLD and SLV ETFs leveraged?

There are various blogs and videos that indicate that the gold that GLD holds (via HSBC) and the silver that SLV holds (via JP Morgan) is leveraged 50 to 1 or 100 to 1. For me there are some ...
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What's the role of commodities in a IRA portfolio?

People keep talking about percentage of stocks vs bonds to manage risk when building a personal investment portfolio. What's the role that commodities have in managing risk when building an IRA ...
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Effect of different macro trends on different asset classes

Briefly if possible, what are the effects of the following macro environmental trends: Above-average / high inflation Deflation On the following asset classes: Non-dividend-paying Equities ...
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Index fund that tracks gold and other commodities

Is there an index fund that tracks the index for precious metals? How about a fund that tracks an index just for gold?(I guess this is not possible) And is there a fund that tracks overall commodities ...
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Is there an ETF for commodities without heavy emphasis on precious metals?

Is there an ETF that holds a basket of common industrial commodities (copper, oil, corn, etc.), but places less emphasis on "hoarded" metals such as silver and gold?
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What intrinsic, non-monetary value does gold have as a commodity?

Clearly the main focus of discussion of gold is on its extrinsic value - the value placed on it by investors and others who prize it as a store for wealth. However, it's conceivable that society could ...
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Why are the prices of some commodities (e.g. oil) more volatile than others?

Why are the prices of some commodities (e.g. oil) more volatile than others?
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Is there a general guideline for what percentage of a portfolio should be in gold?

I have some gold (GLD), but not much - a little over 1% of my net worth, and about 2% of my non-retirement investments. I'd like to increase this position as an inflation hedge and to have something ...
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What ETF best tracks the price of gasoline, or else crude oil?

Is there an ETF that very closely tracks the price of gasoline? In lieu of that, which ETF best tracks the price of crude oil?
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What are the different ways to invest in commodities?

Please provide any method for investing in commodities. Please identify the advantages/disadvantages for each method. Please identify if a particular investing method only applies to certain ...
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How does a leveraged ETF track commodity prices?

Does anyone know how etfs track metals markets? I had a position yesterday in silver and when the metal dropped a dollar or so within a few minutes and then recovered, the index does not seem to have ...
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Using stock markets in Europe, how can I buy commodities / resources, to diversify my portfolio?

I am in Europe and I would like to differentiate my portfolio in buying resources, such as oil, sulphuric acid, titanium etc. Of course not in material form, but as stocks. How can I achieve this?
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Why are gasoline prices so hugely different between America and Europe?

I noticed in several cases it's triple or more.
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Historic prices for currencies, commodities,

In a related topic, someone asked for historic prices of stocks. It was pointed out that http://finance.yahoo.com/ and http://finance.google.com/ feature historic stock prices, downloadable in .csv ...
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Does a high demand for long commodities Futures push up the underlying spot price?

Let's take a commodity as an example - oil. Suppose there is suddenly a high demand for a 30-day oil futures contract. Will that push up the spot price on oil? I would guess that this would affect ...
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Free Historical Commodity Prices in txt?

Some ways to track commodity prices: ETF that tracking the commodity such as GLD with gold or USO with oil (but poor correlation) directly but I am lacking the dataa I can find the historical ...
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Tracking Gold and Silver (or any other commodity investment) in Quicken 2010?

I am an avid Quicken user, and I have pretty much every account, investment, liability, and asset tracked in it. I recently started purchasing gold and silver as an alternative, "backup" investment, ...
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Should I stockpile nickels?

As the US dollar continues to be devauled the metal content value of US coins will eventually be worth more than the face value of the coins. There use to be silver in US coins but due to the ...