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The Economist Guide to Commodities: Producers, players and prices; markets, consumers and trends Paperback – 28 Mar 2013

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Economist Books (28 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846688957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846688959
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

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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Really of limited use- mainly a textbook on a limited range of commodities and which parts of the world they come from.Does not cover anything about really trading issues around the commodities or investment issues or historical analysis in any depth. Has no recommendations or pointers. A big yawn
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Despite the attention that commodity investing has received over the past 10 years or so few books have actually sought to introduce the fundamental supply and demand factors affecting each commodity. Perhaps this was because an investor could buy pretty much any commodity and be confident that Chinese demand would lead to ever rising prices. Now, as commodity prices become less correlated and fundamentals are coming back to the fore `Guide to Commodities' is a timely publication.

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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Excellent clear guide to a wide range of traded commodities. Nothing else like it on the market. Hopefully the next edition will cover even more.
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I have always been interested in different commodity markets, I wanted to find out what world events would cause price movements in specific markets, the book was not quite as I hoped in that regard however there is a good summary on all of the major commodities such as sugar, cocoa, oil and gold etc. Delving quite deep when it comes to attention to detail, I would therefore recommend this book to people who invest in commodities however it is not a complete and fulfilling view of the commodity markets and the factors that affect them. There are a few pieces of information in this book that you will end up highlighting for future reference. Therefore this is a worthy 4 stars, its not quite as good as I hoped but well worth a read none-the-less
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