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Commodities are simply defined as a natural resource or raw material, such as gold, silver, corn, wheat, coffee, sugar, gas or oil. In financial terms, commodities are traded on commodities exchanges where they are bought and sold for future delivery.
Commodities traders act like other kinds of traders, for example stockbrokers, in trading these items on behalf of clients such as banks and other financial institutions, as well as for individual investors.
Typical duties include:
Although no specific qualifications are required to become a Commodities Trader, some firms require a relevant bachelor's degree for entry level roles. Most of the profession is learned on the job, as experienced traders pass on their skills and expertise to younger colleagues.
Recent salaries advertised on TopFinancialJobs (February 2010) include:
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