With virtually zero correlation to stocks and the potential ability to capitalize on both rising and falling equity markets, energy, metals and grain futures (along with other commodity sectors) are gaining popularity among suitable investors as a potentially efficient, alternative asset class! Please be aware that trading futures and options involves substantial risk of loss and is not suitable for all
Perhaps one of the best ways to participate in the commodities markets is through professionally managed futures with professional money managers commonly called Commodity Trading Advisors ("CTAs"). Some experienced professional CTAs have been shown to achieve attractive returns. Please be advised that these returns are not guaranteed. CTAs are registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and members of the National Futures Association. They are money managers who manage investors' assets using investments in the commodities markets just as a stock mutual fund manager would invest his clients' assets in a variety of different stocks.
According to a CME Group study, Professional CTAs do experience a higher success rate than the individual amateur trader. The fact is there are numerous CTAs with attractive returns achieved through prudent money management! Be advised however, that there are also CTAs who have not experienced attractive returns and you are subject to the risk of loss no matter who is managing your money.