Investing in commodities is a hot topic these days. A commodity is a physical substance that investors buy or sell, usually through futures and options contracts. Foreign currencies and financial instruments (including stocks, bonds and indexes) are also traded on commodities exchanges using options and futures contracts. But for those interested in directly investing in the commodities market, there are many Internet resources to help you analyze, pick and track your investments.
BarChart.com is a futures and equities Web site for traders that offers some of its data, charting, analysis tools and commentaries for free. The home page provides an overview of the current market along with delayed futures data. Futures discussed on the site range from currencies and energy to a variety of agriculture commodities and indexes. Educational materials on futures investing are also available.
Chicago Board of Trade
The Chicago Board of Trade (which in the summer of 2007 merged with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange) offers free quotes, charts, contract and trading information, and educational sections for variety of products. The CBOT trades agricultural commodities, interest rates, and Dow products based on various indexes and metal (gold and silver). Each product category offers recent market news and articles including numerous tutorials. And the Education area offers a wealth of classes, tutorials, webinars, a glossary and a trading simulator.
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