Soft commodity

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A soft commodity or Softs,[1][2] are a commodity such as coffee, cocoa, sugar, corn, wheat, soybean and fruit. This term generally refers to commodities that are grown, rather than mined.[3] Soft commodities play a major part in the futures market. 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. Sometimes the term soft is restricted to commodities which are identified as primarily tropical, such as coffee, cocoa, sugar, cotton, and orange juice.

Soft commodities have been known to adopt a backwardation trend until the late 1990s when futures were actively traded. Speculation and investment requirements later shaped the common contango trend.

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  1. ^ Scott Barrie, Lita Epstein The Complete Idiot's Guide to Options and Futures 2006 Page 49 "The Food and Fiber futures, also known as the Softs, are a hodgepodge of commodities ranging from Coffee to Cocoa, and Sugar to Orange Juice."
  2. ^ Carley Garner Trading Commodities, Commodity Options and Currencies 0133091325 - 2012 "Many of the softs are grown in third-world countries, and the data is far less reliable than that published by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) on domestically produced commodities. The softs are among the most complicated"
  3. ^ "Soft Commodity Definition". Investopedia. 2009-02-15. Retrieved 2012-12-06.