The Economist Guide to Commodities: Producers, players and prices; markets, consumers and trends Paperback – 28 Mar 2013
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From aluminium and platinum to zinc and gold, oil and gas to cocoa and wheat, a comprehensive overview of the forces at work in the world of commodities.
About the Author
Caroline Bain is the Senior Commodities Economist at Capital Economics. She previously held the same title at the Economist Intelligence Unit. She holds economics degrees from Trinity College Dublin and the University of London.
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The book goes through the major commodities in turn, focusing on base and precious metals, energy and agricultural commodities highlighting the main trends in demand, supply and price followed by an outlook for the future. This is a useful guide to anyone that buys or sells the physical commodity, a business which is in some way exposed to underlying commodity prices or indeed someone looking to invest in commodities
Although the book is an excellent guide to the major commodities, what I would have liked to have seen is more attention on emerging commodities such as rare earth metals. In addition each commodity is discussed in isolation so there is little discussion of recent or likely future substitution affects between commodities, for example substituting oil for natural gas in the US transport system.
The book includes an introduction to commodity market fundamentals, introducing the basic economics of commodities and commodities as a financial asset. However, the book misses out on any discussion of the longer term impact of high commodity prices and the financial crisis on demand destruction and measures to improve efficiency. Finally the book fails to recognise climate change as an emerging trend affecting both price volatility in agricultural commodities and also potential future supplies of a broad range of other commodities.
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A good and helpful overview to the basics of the commodity sector upon which to further one's reading! Thank youPublished 18 months ago by Simon Comment
Received it on time and in good condition. very good book for learning about commodities, especially for beginners, recommended to me by a PhD student in BusinessPublished on 22 Jan. 2014 by Kevin Mustong