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Hot Commodities: How Anyone Can Invest Profitably in the World's Best Market [Paperback]

Jim Rogers
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March 27 2007
The next bull market is here. It’s not in stocks. It’s not in bonds. It’s in commodities –and some smart investors will be riding that bull to record returns in the next decade.

Before Jim Rogers hit the road to write his bestselling books Investment Biker and Adventure Capitalist, he was one of the world’s most successful investors. He cofounded the Quantum Fund and made so much money that he never needed to work again. Yet despite his success, Rogers has never written a book of practical investment advice–until now.

In Hot Commodities, Rogers offers the lowdown on the most lucrative markets for today and tomorrow. In 1998, gliding under the radar, a bull market in commodities began. Rogers thinks it’s going to continue for at least fifteen years–and he’s put his money where his mouth is: In 1998, he started his own commodities index fund. It’s up 165% since then, with more than $200 million invested, and it’s the single-best performing index fund in the world in any asset class. Less risky than stocks and less sluggish than bonds,, commodities are where the money is–and will be in the years ahead. Rogers’s strategies are simple and straightforward. You can start small–a few thousand dollars will suffice. It’s all about putting your money into stuff you understand, the basic materials of everyday life, like coal, sugar, cotton, corn, or crude oil. Once you recognize the cyclical and historical trading patterns outlined here, you’ll be on your way.

In language that is both colorful and accessible, but Rogers explains why the world of commodity investing can be one of the simplest of all–and how commodities are the bases by which investors can value companies, markets, and whole economies. To be a truly great investor is to know something about commodities.

For small investors and high rollers alike, Hot Commodities is as good as gold . . . or lead, or aluminum, which are some of the commodities Rogers says could be as rewarding for investors.


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Commodity investing has gotten a bad rap. Everyone seems to have heard of someone who "lost his shirt" trading commodity futures. What are commodities? Commodities are "things," the essential raw materials that go into making everything from bread to automobiles. This includes foodstuffs such as sugar, wheat, soybeans, and coffee; the fossil fuels crude oil and natural gas; and industrial materials such as lumber, copper, lead, gold, and silver. As a group, they typically do well when stocks are doing poorly, and vice versa. But unlike stocks, the price of commodities can never go to zero. Rogers, known for his world travels, his ability to size up any market, and his contrary approach to investing, says we are in the beginning of a multiyear bull market in commodities. Although he is promoting his new commodities fund, he makes a very good case that commodities belong in any balanced portfolio, particularly now. Rogers walks us through the sometimes obscure language of commodity trading, and shows us how to get involved without "losing our shirts." David Siegfried
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"Hot Commodities, published this year, is a testament to his bullish outlook on the [commodities] sector" (Financial Times, 21 December 2005) "...a great book for anyone looking for an easy--to--understand treatise on commodities..." (TheMotleyFool.co.uk, February 2005) "...[Jim Rogersa s] commodities book is first class and one that I would strongly recommend, ..." (The Independent, 5th February 2005) "Hot Commodities is an easy--to--read introduction to the world of commodity investing." (Professional Investor, September 2006) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
We are accustomed to reading headlines like the above in The Wall Street Journal and in the business sections of other publications. If you are like most people, you use the information to get a general sense of what future inflation might be . . . and go back to buying and selling stocks and bonds.

Jim Rogers has a different suggestion for you. Learn enough about the commodity markets so that you can consider whether they offer an appropriate alternative for investing some of your funds. His book, Hot Commodities, is designed to help you achieve that goal.

I found Hot Commodities to be an easy-to-understand introduction to the subject that will appeal most to those who know nothing. If you were alive during the commodity-driven inflation of the 1970s and 1980s, you will find this book to be a little too simple for you. But you will probably enjoy the book, nevertheless. Mr. Rogers has a straightforward, humble approach to his writing that will appeal to most.

Some may avoid this book because they don't want to use the tremendous margin that is available with commodities. That's a mistake. Mr. Rogers is suggesting a plain vanilla index-fund approach to owning a portfolio of commodities over the long term with no trading and no financial leverage. His point: During a commodity up-cycle, many commodities will rise by ten-fold. Hitting most of the rise over a 10-18 year period will provide returns that exceed what bonds and stocks usually provide.

In addition, he shows that commodities tend to be countercyclical to stock and bond returns so commodities can be a useful diversification for part of a portfolio. Interestingly, commodities have also been less volatile than stocks in the last 25 years or so.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but where's the social conscience? March 11 2008
Format:Paperback
Jim Rogers' "Hot Commodities: How Anyone Can Invest Profitably in the World's Best Market" provides a good overview of why and how commodities outperform and are considerably less risky than equities over the long-term. In essence, unlike equities which can plummet to values of less than zero, futures contracts will always maintain a certain inherent value. Also, given the fact that the discovery is rare and the extraction process is difficult, commodities tend to have longer bull runs. While profiting from futures trading requires a basic knowledge of basic supply and demand economics, world politics and even meteorology, Rogers provides a few key examples of rising powers in China, India and Brazil and how these affecting the exchange rates of a number of commodities.

Indeed, Rogers' analysis of oil, gold, lead, sugar and coffee are quite insightful. The tendency of OPEC countries to over-inflate their petroleum reserves means that the "End of Cheap Oil" is certainly a modern reality. While gold is "sexier" than most other commodities, Rogers is somewhat hesitant about it. In spite of the fact that humans have long recognized the potential dangers associated with lead, a larger number of automobiles in China means that more lead-acid batteries will be required. Increased need for alternatives to traditional oil will undoubtedly signify new highs in the prices of sugar. Finally, Rogers teachers us that coffee is largely an American drink, but the "Westernization" of China has brought greater interest in consumption.

In spite of the interesting analysis, Rogers evidently has a few flaws.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Jim Rogers Jan. 14 2011
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If you know nothing about the commodity market, this is a good place to start. Jim lays down the foundation you need to be successful in the commodity game. Remember this, never invest in something you don't know anything about. Educate yourself and research.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hot Commodities July 23 2010
By Bulldog
Format:Paperback
Excellent introduction to Commodities for those with little or no knowledge. Well written and interesting
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4.0 out of 5 stars good personal story but not far-reaching June 17 2006
Format:Hardcover
Jim is doing it again and it is a very good story, but on the larger issues, Jim is less than far-reaching. By this, I mean the surge in China and India. For a far more insightful book, I recommend: China's global reach: markets, multinationals, and globalization by a Chinese consultant George Zhibin Gu: China's global reach: markets, multinationals, and globalization, which offers sweeping views on current China and global affairs.
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