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Whether you are involved in commodities trading or investing or simply - like the rest of us - consume them on a daily basis, this guide to commodities book should have something for you. Peter Sainsbury, economist, commodity investor, and blogger at Materials Risk, introduces and explains the essential things you really need to know about commodities in a series of 50 accessible and engaging essays.

Beginning with the basics, such as the price elasticity of supply and the role of expectations, and concluding with the latest thinking on speculation and commodity markets and commodity trading and investing, he sheds light on all the essential topics needed to understand commodity super-cycles, resource scarcity, and security, and the way the world of commodities affects us every day.

Most books about commodities sell you the dream that you can give up your day job and make a killing by trading soybeans. Some suggest that you should invest your pension in gold and a basket of other commodities and look forward to a prosperous retirement. The others are full of complex statistics that are impenetrable to most people.

This book is different. Packed with real-life examples and quotations from key thinkers and market players Commodities: 50 Things You Really Need to Know is a lively and relevant exploration of how commodities and commodity markets influences every aspect of our lives.

Peter Sainsbury is also the author of Crude Forecasts: Predictions, Pundits and Profits in the Commodity Casino and The Winning Formula: Betting on F1.

©2015 Peter Sainsbury (P)2016 Peter Sainsbury

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  • 03-03-2020

Good Explanation

Started adding commodities to my portfolio recently and this helped in getting the lay of the land.

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  • 16-08-2019

A easy and satisfying shot of knowledge

Excellent writing and reading. A must read for someone out of economics background willing to know about commodities. Easy speech and lots of knowledge helping you building an economic background and giving you tools for the future. An improvement suggestion would be the chapters having their names to facilitate navigation on the book. Well done!

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  • 10-01-2018

Straight forward introduction to commodities.

A very solid book explaining the basic attributes of the markets for each othe major commodities. Not sure how useful it would be as a trading guide.

Narrator is fine.

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