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The dollar index moved lower by 2.02% in the first quarter of 2017, and commodities prices moved higher with four of the six major sectors posting gains. Many raw materials made multiyear lows in late 2015 and early 2016 but have recovered in... more

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The dollar index exploded higher by 7.23% in Q4 2016, but most raw material prices ignored the greenback. The principal raw materials traded on US and UK futures exchanges rose by 3.75% in Q4. The dollar was up by 3.59% in 2016 and commodities... more

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These upcoming events will impact commodities:

Election Day on November 8 OPEC meeting on November 30 Fed Funds rate decision in mid-December

It has been a busy year, beginning with a tumultuous sell off in the Chinese... more

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The second quarter of 2016 is now in the books. It was a quarter of fear of uncertainty, volatility, and gains for commodities. Overall, a composite of the 29 primary commodities that trade on futures markets moved 10.75% higher. So far in 2016,... more

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First quarter of 2016 is now in the books. It was a quarter of fear, of uncertainty, of losses, and redemption. Overall, a composite of the twenty-nine major commodities traded on futures markets moved only 1.63% higher. When I include iron ore,... more

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​As it is now the beginning of March, the spring season is fast approaching. Across the fertile farmlands of the United States, farmers are preparing to seed their acreage for the 2016 crop year. In the world of agricultural commodities, each... more

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Third quarter of 2015 is now in the books, and the results were not pretty for commodity bulls. Overall, a composite of over thirty futures-market-traded commodities moved lower, making the last three months the worst of the year for raw material... more

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Will the Recovery Hold?

In June 2014, active month NYMEX crude oil was trading north of $107 per barrel. The price moved to lows of $42.03 by the middle of March 2015 - a decline of around 61%. The move lower began as a response to... more

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The rally in the US Dollar that commenced in May 2014 continued to gain steam throughout much of the first quarter of 2015. The reserve currency of the world has an inverse relationship with commodity prices. In this piece, I describe how... more

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Soybean and corn prices have certainly turned around over the past few years. After reaching highs during the aftermath of the 2012 drought, prices have gone south. In 2012, corn traded to highs of almost $8.50 per bushel while soybeans reached... more