Soft commodity

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Soft commodities, or softs, are commodities such as coffee, cocoa, sugar, corn, wheat, soybean, fruit and livestock.wikipedia
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Cocoa bean

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Soft commodities, or softs, are commodities such as coffee, cocoa, sugar, corn, wheat, soybean, fruit and livestock.
Cocoa is the world's smallest soft commodity market.

Commodity

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Soft commodities, or softs, are commodities such as coffee, cocoa, sugar, corn, wheat, soybean, fruit and livestock.
Soft commodities are goods that are grown, such as wheat, or rice.

Commodity status of animals

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Commodity status of animals
In commodity markets, animals and animal products are classified as soft commodities, along with goods such as coffee and sugar, because they are grown, as opposed to hard commodities, such as gold and copper, which are mined.

Coffee

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Soft commodities, or softs, are commodities such as coffee, cocoa, sugar, corn, wheat, soybean, fruit and livestock.

Sugar

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Soft commodities, or softs, are commodities such as coffee, cocoa, sugar, corn, wheat, soybean, fruit and livestock.

Maize

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Soft commodities, or softs, are commodities such as coffee, cocoa, sugar, corn, wheat, soybean, fruit and livestock.

Wheat

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Soft commodities, or softs, are commodities such as coffee, cocoa, sugar, corn, wheat, soybean, fruit and livestock.

Soybean

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Soft commodities, or softs, are commodities such as coffee, cocoa, sugar, corn, wheat, soybean, fruit and livestock.

Fruit

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Soft commodities, or softs, are commodities such as coffee, cocoa, sugar, corn, wheat, soybean, fruit and livestock.

Livestock

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Soft commodities, or softs, are commodities such as coffee, cocoa, sugar, corn, wheat, soybean, fruit and livestock.

Futures exchange

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Soft commodities play a major part in the futures market.

Farmer

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They are used by farmers wishing to lock-in the future prices of their crops, by commercial purchasers of the products, and by speculative investors seeking a profit.

Crop

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They are used by farmers wishing to lock-in the future prices of their crops, by commercial purchasers of the products, and by speculative investors seeking a profit.

Normal backwardation

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Soft commodities have been known to adopt a backwardation trend until the late 1990s when futures were actively traded.

Contango

Speculation and investment requirements later shaped the common contango trend.

Commodity market

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Soft commodities are agricultural products such as wheat, coffee, cocoa, fruit and sugar.

Armajaro

The company specializes within the cocoa and coffee markets, managing investments in soft commodity hedge funds.

30 St Mary Axe

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The building stands on the former sites of the Baltic Exchange (24-28 St Mary Axe), which was the headquarters of a global marketplace for shipping freight contracts and also soft commodities, and the Chamber of Shipping (30-32 St Mary Axe).

Allegro Development Corporation

Allegro Development Corporation is a maker of commodity management software for power and gas utilities; refiners, producers and traders of crude oil, refined products, soft commodities and agricultural commodities; and industrial energy consumers.

Flour riot of 1837

Flour Riot
Commodity prices had skyrocketed over the winter of 1836–37, an inflationary boom fueled by foreign investment and two successive years of wheat crop failures.

Orange juice

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Since, it has emerged as a soft commodity, and futures contracts have traded in New York since 1966.

Exchange-traded fund

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Commodity ETFs trade just like shares, are simple and efficient and provide exposure to an ever-increasing range of commodities and commodity indices, including energy, metals, softs and agriculture.

Spot contract

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In contrast, a perishable or soft commodity does not allow this arbitrage – the cost of storage is effectively higher than the expected future price of the commodity.