A commodity is anything that can be bought and sold. We people usually buy the commodities that keep us healthy and alive first before we purchase those other items that we can very well do without within our lives.

That is, after we pay those other expenses that provide heat, lights and power to our homes. Yes, we should pay those annual insurances that keep us safe in the event of an accident and/or injury or other from of a natural disaster. Then too, we have to provide for our families in the same manner if we are married and/or have dependent parents that require our help financially or otherwise.

For those of you who still have available money after you pay for those above named responsibilities there is one other thing that you can do to enrich yourself, if you are willing to risk the lost of such surplus income.

You can invest in the future price fluctuations of the worth of those commodities contracts that are freely traded within the principal commodities markets within the United States of America. To do so you must seek the services of a commodities broker. Every major investment brokerage house within the Country has such people for that purpose, the same as they have people who can buy of sell various other forms of financial instruments, including corporate stocks and bonds.

Basically, you deposit on account a stated amount of money with which your commodities broker will use to purchase whatever commodities contract you desire. As luck would have it, if the price of such a contract rises you can then sell the contract and the difference, minus the commission, is your profit.

If you have not already guessed, you could lose a whole lot of money as well, and within a very short period of time. After contacting such a commodities broker it is wise to read all of the information provided by that person before you do anything more. Dozens of books have been written about how to trade commodities and you better believe that smarter people than you have gone broke and ended up homeless and on the street to eventually suffer and most likely die one way or another.

That is why you should gamble away money that you can afford to lose and no more. You see, occasionally there are times when you cannot stop your losses, due to severe price swings within the market. You will also be liable for those losses, should they occur. Do you feel lucky? Then again, maybe you have the ability to see into the future. Knowledge is power and the more you know the better off you will be in the long run.