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Futures Market Books

Are there any recommendation for futures market or commodity trading books? I am not interested in trading myself, but would like to have a better understanding of it for my research.
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Optimal commodity taxation - solving for the optimal tax rates?

I need to solve for optimal tax rates for two products. In my model there are N identical households that maximize their utility function subject to a budget ...
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Understanding Options Quotes

Below is a picture of today's Rough Rice Options Quote. I would like to understand how to interpret the information in the table below. Firstly, with regards to the future contract we see that it ...
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What are the issues with currencies backed by commodities?

I have seen it suggested that currencies that are backed by a commodity are generally considered to be a bad idea in most cases. However, I have done a bit of my own research into representative money ...
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Will there be any significant impact if oil was priced/traded in another currency other than USD?

There is an abundance of conspiracy theories online that the USD is propped up in part by the fact that oil is traded in USD, and that countries which think about allowing trades in a different ...
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In what contexts are stable markets sub-optimal?

My understanding is that market stability is a good thing, because it allows more reliable estimates of profits (revenues minus expenses) and expected return-on-investment related to new investments. ...
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Model for the psychology of trading?

In some cases I see otherwise stable stocks or commodities having wild swings in price on exchanges. Even though the underlying company or commodity is going along normally and there is no news that ...
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What is the impact of a technology to produce gold at low cost?

Let's say in a few decades we can find a new technology to produce gold at low cost which will cause the price of gold to be as low as other metals. My question is that how would this have an impact ...
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Why does Burton Malkiel recommend investing in commodity companies instead of commodities?

Source: p 185 , ETFs for Canadians for Dummies (2013; by Russell Wild and Bryan Borzykowski). In a recent interview with the Journal of Indexes, famed investment guru Burton G. Malkiel, professor ...
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Economic Achilles' heels of global financial economy

The latest attacks on oil production in Saudi-Arabia highlights the need for risk managers to follow up on possible terrorist targets that can have a global impact on the global financial economy, ...
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What can we infer when a commodity has a high stock-to-flow ratio?

If one commodity has a higher stock-to-flow ratio than another, what does this market signal tell us about that commodity? If it makes a difference, I'm talking about when this is a long-term ...
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Characterizing nations in global commodity market

I'm not an economist, so I'm looking for help making sure I'm not reinventing the wheel, or if I am, that it's at least round. I've been set the task of modeling a multi-step supply chain using UN ...
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Average Return for Commodity

Suppose I have a function of a varying values represented by randomness. A stock or price of a commodity would be a good example. What is the average return for that stock on any given interval of ...