Featured StoryGold is grabbing the headlines setting daily record highs. Silver is setting an-even-more-torrid pace. Wheat and coffee - American breakfast table staples - are surging due to bad weather around the world.
But there's another commodity that's up big: It's surged as much as 55% in the last 12 months to reach its highest price level in 15 years. And there's plenty more to come: Global demand far outstrips supply, creating an imbalance that won't be solved anytime soon.
I'm talking about cotton, the "new" king of the commodities sector.
"We have an extremely bullish situation," Mississippi State University Prof. Emeritus O.A. Cleveland said during a recent Ag Market Network conference call. Cleveland, a noted agricultural market economist, said prices could climb another 30% or more due to the ongoing supply/demand imbalances in play worldwide.
For three ways to profit from the continued rally in cotton, please read on...
Brazil Wins Eight-Year Battle Against U.S. Cotton Subsidies After Threatening Sanctions
The United States and Brazil yesterday (Tuesday) announced a trade agreement to end their long-standing dispute about U.S. cotton subsidies. The countries reached the deal one day before Brazil was to impose up to $830 million in sanctions authorized by the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The United States will give $147.3 million in assistance to Brazil's cotton producers and suspend its export loan program that guarantees loans foreign buyers use to purchase U.S. cotton. The program - known as GSM-102 - will eventually restart with... Read More...
The Scramble for Africa: Profiting From World's Largest Cache of Commodities
In the quarter century stretching from the late-1880s to the First World War, there was a mad rush by the world's leading powers to occupy and annex African territory. Now, 100 years later, the world's elite again are scrambling to make their respective marks on the continent.
The methods of extraction have changed, but the end goal remains the same - to gain access to Africa's coveted bounty of commodities.
Most notably, Chinese interests have swarmed Africa, constructing roads, rail lines, municipal buildings, schools, ports, and pipelines in exchange for access to natural resources.
Two Ways to Profit From Wall Street's "Soft Commodity" – Cotton
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.