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Investing In Commodities: 10 Things You Must Know

The commodities marketplace is a platform where different types of commodities are bought or sold every day based on its derivative contract. Whereas commodities are raw materials through which other products can be made. Investors can make a huge profit by investing in the commodities market.

Mentioned below are 10 things to know before you start investing in commodities:

Tradable And Non-tradable Commodities

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Before investing in the commodities, you must know what commodities are tradable and non-tradable.

a. Tradable commodities: Livestock and meat (lean hogs, pork bellies and live and feeder cattle), metals (gold, silver, platinum and copper), agriculture (corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, cocoa, coffee, cotton and sugar) and energy (crude oil, heating oil, natural gas and gasoline).

b. Non-tradable commodities: Diamonds,  Eggs, Electricity, Potatoes, Lemons, Carbon dioxide and Potatoes.

Plan Your Goal


Sit down and decide for which commodity you would like to invest. Get a clear picture of your goal as per your choice. The clear-cut idea will give you more benefits in the long-run.

Open A Brokerage Account


Either you can open a brokerage account at an online broker or seek stock broker’s help for the same. You can deposit money in your brokerage account. The brokerage firm will use that investment to buy commodities on your behalf.

Get Advice


Decide first whether you will do your own research or need a financial advisor to guide you about commodities market based on your goal. Better advice will help you to save, invest and grow your money appropriately.

Types Of Commodities To Invest


You need to know the various types of commodities available to be invested in the commodities market. A few types of commodities are physical commodities, commodity futures, commodity-related stocks, exchange-traded funds and mutual funds or index funds.

Diversifying Your Portfolio


Diversification aims to reduce associated risk factors by spreading your investment. If one investment doesn’t perform well, other investments may perform better during that period, minimizing a huge loss of your investment.

Rebalance Your Portfolio


If you rebalance your portfolio periodically, then you are able to maintain an original desired level of the asset allocation and reduce the associated risk factors at the same time.

Advantage Of Price Swings

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There can be huge price swings in the commodities market as it is likely to change suddenly or unexpectedly. Smart investors can use these price swings in the best way to generate more profits.

Good Options To Invest


Commodities like silver and gold are good options to invest as they are of immense value. Both gold and silver are hedges against inflation as they have already shown positive results during the market volatility.


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It is easy to buy and sell commodity futures. Investment in commodity futures can offer a high liquidity. You can liquidate your dealing position whenever you want.  

[The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and/or the official policy of the website. ]

Shabnam Dhar is a Copy Editor for OWLT Market.

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