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Commodity brokers buy and sell physical commodities (such as crude oil, metals, coffee, sugar etc.) on behalf of private and commercial clients. Historically, commodities were limited to basic supplies such as corn, tobacco and other perishables that could be shipped across the Atlantic or from the East. Now the commodity market has grown to encompass all forms of trade.
A Commodity Broker will monitor the international market performance carefully and provide investment advice and market recommendations to clients who are wishing to invest. Once a deal has been made, it is the broker's responsibility to liaise with transport, shipping and insurance companies so that deals can be completed.
Broking is a career that offers high levels of responsibility and huge financial rewards but the work can be stressful and the hours can be long.
Trading for commodity brokers mainly involves:
A broker is the messenger between clients and the market. The broker will keep clients updated on market news, provide technical analysis, execute orders and manage their accounts. Having good relationships with clients is obviously important as well as keeping up-to-date on the changes in commodity markets.