INVESTING IN FUTURES & COMMODITIES
Futures and commodities investments provide investors with more intricate financial requirements a means to hopefully gain from both the upward and downward movement of commodity and financial markets.
BASICS OF FUTURES & COMMODITIES INVESTING
Futures and commodities speculators can benefit from greatly leveraged exposures in both financial and non-financial markets (commodities such as energies, meats, metals and grains). Hence, they can buy futures contracts by depositing even a little portion of the total contract price. Their aim is to gain from movements in the value of the futures contract.
Hedgers, those who hold a particular commodity (asset) or have a definite investment (such as energy cost), frequently choose a position opposite of the cash market to help lessen the risk of falling or rising commodity prices.
RISK OF INVESTING IN FUTURES & COMMODITIES
Since futures and commodities markets can be extremely volatile, repeatedly fluctuating significantly, investing in them is not applicable for all investors. You could lose all your investment and in certain instances, even more than that. Moreover, you may at times encounter difficulty in liquidating your futures contracts, which limits your use of cash.