Some of the best investment opportunities can happen simply by ignoring the Wall Street herd and venturing onto the road less traveled.
Take such traditional "breakfast club" commodities as sugar, cocoa, coffee and orange juice. They all enjoyed a great year, despite bearish forecasts of doom and gloom. Sugar and cocoa even traded at multi-decade highs.
Similarly, cotton got a bad rap going into 2009, though it motored into the end of the year with a tidy profit, rising on the standard laws of supply and demand.
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Archer Daniels Midland Oilseed Harvest Reaps Big Rewards
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