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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (30 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470510765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470510766
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Hot Commodities, published this year, is a testament to his bullish outlook on the [commodities] sector" ( Financial Times, 21 December 2005)

"...a great book for anyone looking for an easy–to–understand treatise on commodities..." (TheMotleyFool.co.uk, February 2005)

"...[Jim Rogers′s] commodities book is first class and one that I would strongly recommend, ..." (The Independent, 5th February 2005)

"Hot Commodities is an easy–to–read introduction to the world of commodity investing." (Professional Investor, September 2006)



"Hot Commodities, published this year, is a testament to his bullish outlook on the [commodities] sector" ( Financial Times, 21 December 2005)

"...a great book for anyone looking for an easy–to–understand treatise on commodities..." (TheMotleyFool.co.uk, February 2005)

"...[Jim Rogers′s] commodities book is first class and one that I would strongly recommend, ..." (The Independent, 5th February 2005) 

"Hot Commodities is an easy–to–read introduction to the world of commodity investing." (Professional Investor, September 2006)

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The next bull market is here. It s not in stocks. It s not in bonds. It s in commodities – and some smart investors will be riding that bull to record returns in the next decade.

Before Jim Rogers hit the road to write his best–selling books Investment Biker and Adventure Capitalist, he was one of the world s most successful investors. He co–founded the Quantum Fund and made so much money that he never needed to work again. Yet despite his success, Rogers has never written a book of practical investment advice – until now.

In Hot Commodities, Rogers offers the low–down on the most lucrative markets for today and tomorrow. In late 1998, gliding under the radar, a bull market in commodities began. Rogers thinks it s going to continue for at least fifteen years – and he s put his money where his mouth is: In 1998, he started his own commodities index fund. It s up 165% since then, with more than $200 million invested, and it s the single–best performing index fund in the world in any asset class. Less risky than stocks and less sluggish than bonds, commodities are where the money is – and will be in the years ahead.

Rogers s strategies are simple and straightforward. You can start small – a few thousand dollars will suffice. It s all about putting your money into stuff you understand, the basic materials of everyday life, like copper, sugar, cotton, corn, or crude oil. Once you recognize the cyclical and historical trading patterns outlined here, you ll be on your way.

In language that is both colourful and accessible, Rogers explains why the world of commodity investing can be one of the simplest of all – and how commodities are the bases by which investors can value companies, markets, and whole economies. To be a truly great investor is to know something about commodities.

For small investors and high rollers alike, Hot Commodities is as good as gold . . . or lead, or aluminium, which are some of the commodities Rogers says could be as rewarding for investors.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Mar. 2005
Format: Hardcover
We are accustomed to reading headlines like the above in The Wall Street Journal and in the business sections of other publications. If you are like most people, you use the information to get a general sense of what future inflation might be . . . and go back to buying and selling stocks and bonds.
Jim Rogers has a different suggestion for you. Learn enough about the commodity markets so that you can consider whether they offer an appropriate alternative for investing some of your funds. His book, Hot Commodities, is designed to help you achieve that goal.
I found Hot Commodities to be an easy-to-understand introduction to the subject that will appeal most to those who know nothing. If you were alive during the commodity-driven inflation of the 1970s and 1980s, you will find this book to be a little too simple for you. But you will probably enjoy the book, nevertheless. Mr. Rogers has a straightforward, humble approach to his writing that will appeal to most.
Some may avoid this book because they don't want to use the tremendous margin that is available with commodities. That's a mistake. Mr. Rogers is suggesting a plain vanilla index-fund approach to owning a portfolio of commodities over the long term with no trading and no financial leverage. His point: During a commodity up-cycle, many commodities will rise by ten-fold. Hitting most of the rise over a 10-18 year period will provide returns that exceed what bonds and stocks usually provide.
In addition, he shows that commodities tend to be countercyclical to stock and bond returns so commodities can be a useful diversification for part of a portfolio. Interestingly, commodities have also been less volatile than stocks in the last 25 years or so.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Mar. 2005
Format: Hardcover
We are accustomed to reading headlines like the above in The Wall Street Journal and in the business sections of other publications. If you are like most people, you use the information to get a general sense of what future inflation might be . . . and go back to buying and selling stocks and bonds.
Jim Rogers has a different suggestion for you. Learn enough about the commodity markets so that you can consider whether they offer an appropriate alternative for investing some of your funds. His book, Hot Commodities, is designed to help you achieve that goal.
I found Hot Commodities to be an easy-to-understand introduction to the subject that will appeal most to those who know nothing. If you were alive during the commodity-driven inflation of the 1970s and 1980s, you will find this book to be a little too simple for you. But you will probably enjoy the book, nevertheless. Mr. Rogers has a straightforward, humble approach to his writing that will appeal to most.
Some may avoid this book because they don't want to use the tremendous margin that is available with commodities. That's a mistake. Mr. Rogers is suggesting a plain vanilla index-fund approach to owning a portfolio of commodities over the long term with no trading and no financial leverage. His point: During a commodity up-cycle, many commodities will rise by ten-fold. Hitting most of the rise over a 10-18 year period will provide returns that exceed what bonds and stocks usually provide.
In addition, he shows that commodities tend to be countercyclical to stock and bond returns so commodities can be a useful diversification for part of a portfolio. Interestingly, commodities have also been less volatile than stocks in the last 25 years or so.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Koetzsch on 27 July 2008
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In his book `Hot Commodities", Jim Rogers gives us an account why he thinks investors should stop ignoring commodities as these potentially offer a better rate of return than running after stocks, bonds, real estate, some currencies or timber (that's an interesting one).

The first four chapters of the book give you the nuts and bolts of investing in commodities accompanied by plenty of anecdotes from Rogers' own investment activities. Of this first half of the book, chapter 4 is by far the most important. You need to know this information inside out, otherwise there is little point in investing in the futures market.

In the second part of the book - chapters five to the end - Rogers explains why China is likely to drive commodity prices in future largely based on where it is going economy-wise and even though there are certain long-term risks with regards to China's political stability, this is unlikely to dent much the country's demand for raw resources. Rogers follows this up with looking at five commodities, namely, oil, gold, lead, sugar and coffee. Some of his thoughts are quite convincing, but at the end of the day you will have to make up your own mind. In fact Rogers mentions on more than one occasion that every investor must do his own research before committing his money.
In his conclusion, Rogers again urges the investor to look `deeply' into commodities if only that it should make any investor a better investor even if he only ever invests in stocks and bonds.

I also urge you to read the appendix. You will find the information given here quite useful.

This book was published in December 2004 but this does not make it history as many of the underlying fundamentals of commodities are little changed.
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