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China's Silk Road has Silk Roadblocks

For a decade or more, it seemed that China could not get enough of every commodity under the sun.  From coal to gold, an aggressively-expanding economy snapped up raw ...

Sunken Crops Make Grain Prices Float High

In the ancient Roman Republic, Marcus Crassus famously became the city's first millionaire (in terms of the sestertius, a coin that would buy a loaf of bread or a bottle of ...

Soybeans And Corn Just Hit Records

Simple but dry mathematics can determine the price of any given commodity with a far greater accuracy than some major world events.  While major headlines like Russian ...

Intercontinental Exchange: Cotton Is King Again

Consistency has never been a hallmark of investors.  The course of a week, a month, or a year will create a roller-coaster ride for a portfolio, leaving some rich and some ...

Dry Soil and Ukrainian Wheat

The most fundamental law in all of agriculture is that crops require water.  Like humans, dogs, and brine shrimp, all life on planet Earth needs a regular influx of ...

Weathering a Bull Palm Oil Market

Look up the factors that define the price of gold or oil and you'll never once see weather under any category, not even when stormy seas cause a shipwreck that leaves Arctic ...

Brazil's Sugar Shrink: Right Around the Corner

Buying low and selling high applies to the commodities market in more ways than just the actions of the individual investor.  Bigger fish are attracted to ailing industries ...

Potash's Potential: Fertile Returns

Take a gander at the list of the most popular commodities and bring out a magnifying glass to look up potash.  It's on the list even if it's very far down, offering ...

Stink Bugs are Making Soybeans Smell Sweet

As the Asian carp work their way up the major riverways of the nation while kudzu chokes off the southern states and zebra mussels wreck havoc on the Great Lakes, there's ...

Chinese Chocolate Isn't Tasting So Sweet

Would chocolate by any other name taste so sweet?  Since Shakespeare lived several centuries before the commodification of chocolate, he never penned a sonnet on the ...

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