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Trading Commodities or Stocks
What is more profitable today, trading commodities or stocks? Which is safer? Certainly today’s stock volatility can lead to substantial profits when traders successfully use technical analysis tools such as Candlestick charts to follow and predict market sentiment. And you can lose in the stock market if you don’t use tools like Candlestick signals to assess market sentiment. Commodity trading can be profitable. There may or may not be a different set of fundamentals than when trading stocks. And Candlestick chart patterns had their start in trading commodities, rice, in ancient Japan. In thinking about which is better today, trading commodities or stocks, there are a few issues to be considered.
Factors That Move Markets
Economic uncertainty and a valid concern about the solvency of nations have introduced a note of panic into today’s stock market. But, stocks that depend upon economic growth are more volatile than consumer products stocks. A double dip recession may reduce the sales of computers, cars, new homes, and luxury items but it very likely will not do much to change sales of household bleach, hand soap, or other common household items. In trading commodities, such as with gold futures, traders benefit from economic uncertainty but oil futures fall in response to the threat of an economic downturn. On the other hand, wheat, soybean, and corn futures are typically less affected by the economy and more affected by global weather patterns, which in turn affect harvests.