Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Investment Trends | Investing in Commodities

Investment Trends

Investing in commodities is going to be one of the more lucrative ways to build wealth in the years ahead, and there are numerous ways and sectors within the overall commodity sector to get it done.

For example, you have commodity futures, where the commodity in and of itself is invested in; for example gold, platinum, silver, copper, palladium, wheat, rice, corn, soybeans, cocoa, coffee, and many others.

You can also invest in commodities through a commodity ETF, commodity ETN, commodity index and commodity fund.

There are mining companies of a wide variety, with some specializing in specific commodities, and others holding a number of different mining interests.

Others like Potash and Caterpillar serve the commodity market through providing tools for those growing grains in this case, or it could be companies providing mining equipment, etc. You get the idea.

In a business world that is getting harder and harder to trust the numbers the companies put forth, or evaluate products that are supposed to wow everyone and drive the revenue and profits of a company, the one thing raw materials, metals and agricultural products assure us all is there will always be a market for them as long as there are people.

We of course have to watch the supply and demand factor, the income the population of a specific country averages, and a number of other factors.

But always comes down to supply and demand eventually, and if there is demand somehow the supply will come.

Like anything else though, look to sources you can trust as to the true nature of where things are at with commodity demand, as even there people can attempt to play you if you let them.

Don't be in a hurry. Do your research. Look at the general and specific economics of the commodity you want to invest in. Even if it's a commodity index, you can check to see if the basket of commodities they're promoting is in fact in a period of demand or not.

No matter what though, commodities should be a part of every investors portfolio in the years ahead, and you can be sure they'll be important to wealth building; as much as any other sector for a long time to come.

Investment Trends

Monday, January 11, 2010

Samsung Electronics Sells 2.6 Million LCD Televisions with LED Technology

Samsung LCD LED TV

Samsung Electronics announced it sold approximately 2.6 million units of LCD televisions which had LED or light-emitting-diode technology. That is far beyond its goal of selling about 2 million for 2009.

Samsung sells more liquid-crystal-display televisions than anyone else in the world, and is looking for its LED-based LCD TV sales to surge by almost four times in 2010 to 10 million units sold.

Assuming that happens, it would really position Samsung as the dominant provider of LCD TVs for probably years into the future.

What makes the LED TVs so popular is their extremely thin makeup, along with a much brighter screen, in contrast to the more traditional LCD TVs we're used to.

A secondary element involved in Samsung TVs is the much-hyped 3-D LED TVs, which a number of companies unveiled at the Consumer Electronics show last week, along with Samsung.

While it's being touted as a big deal, in reality there really isn't that much content available at this time to be a game changer, although several years from now that could change.

At this time the LCD TV technology which dominates the television landscape is based upon cold cathode fluorescent lamp, or CCFL, blacklight technology.

Eventually LED TV is expected to take over CCFL, and there seems to be no doubt that Samsung will be leading that charge.

Samsung LCD LED TV