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  • Commodity Spreading: An Art of Price Differentials by DR. BASIL VENITIS

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Commodity Spreading: An Art of Price Differentials by DR. BASIL VENITIS A Commodity Spread or Straddle is a combination of a long position and a short position in related commodity futures. It is a sort of arbitrage between futures. (The same way hedging is a sort of arbitrage between spot commodities and futures.) Four basic types of spreads are the following: 1. The arbitrage between different delivery months of the same commodity is called an interdelivery spread. 2. The arbitrage of the same commodity in different exchanges is called an intermarket spread. 3. Arbitrage of different bu...

  • Commodity Portfolios by DR. BASIL VENITIS

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Commodity Portfolios by DR. BASIL VENITIS The techniques introduced here are a pre-requisite for any serious commodity investor who does not play the game just for the fun of it. They are the guidelines that separate the men from the boys. The main reason futures traders lose money is poor portfolio management. Some economists subscribe to the random walk theory for commodities, i.e., they believe that it is impossible to forecast prices. Even when this extremely cynical point of view is considered, it is still possible to profit greatly in a consistent way by controlling the risk and proper ...

  • Modern Hedging For Everyone by DR. BASIL VENITIS

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Modern Hedging For Everyone. by DR. BASIL VENITIS The business world is entering a new period full of excitement, which one day might well be called the Era of Hedging. When this period matures, everyone in the free enterprise system will probably be directly or indirectly involved in hedging! What is hedging? It is the arbitrage* between futures and their corresponding spot commodities financial instruments, or services. The classical hedger assumes a futures position exactly opposite to his spot position. For him, hedging is a sort of insurance against severe price fluctuations. On the oth...

  • Taking Stock of Commodity Trading Methods by DR. BASIL VENITIS

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Taking Stock of Commodity Trading Methods by DR. BASIL VENITIS Fundamental Analysis Fundamental Analysis is price analysis based on basic economic, political, and ecological factors. These factors include supply and demand, seasonal cycles, weather, government policy, and so forth. Fundamental Analysis is different from Technical Analysis, which is based on psychological factors such as open interest, trade volume, price chart formations, commitments of large commercial houses, trends, and the like. In Fundamental Analysis, the present price of a commodity can be expressed as a function of ...






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