Types of commodities
Commodities can generally be divided into three main categories: metals, energy, and agricultural.
Here’s a look at each of these categories.
Metal commodities are commonly used in manufacturing and construction. Some metals, such as gold and silver, are also used in jewellery and for investment purposes.
Examples of metal commodities include:
Energy commodities play a crucial role in keeping the global economy ticking over. Without energy, we would be unable to transport people and goods across the world, power factories, or heat our homes.
Examples of energy commodities include:
- Natural Gas
Agricultural commodities are crops and animals that are grown or raised on farmland. Most agricultural commodities are used to produce food, however, some have industrial uses.
Examples of agricultural commodities include:
Hard vs soft commodities
Commodities are also often classified as either ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ commodities.
Hard commodities are generally natural resources that are mined or extracted out of the ground.
Examples include gold, copper, and oil.
Soft commodities are typically agricultural products or livestock that are grown or raised on a farm.
Examples include sugar, cotton, and wheat.
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