THE SINGLE MOST COMPREHENSIVE SOURCE OF COMMODITY AND FUTURES MARKET INFORMATION AVAILABLE Since 1939, professional traders, commercial hedgers, portfolio managers, and speculators have come to regard The CRB Commodity Yearbook as the 'bible' of the industry. Here is a wealth of authoritative data, gathered from government reports, private industry, and trade and industry associations, all compiled by the Commodity Research Bureau, the organization of record for the entire commodity industry itself. Absolutely essential for identifying changing trends in supply and demand and for projecting important price movements, the Yearbook gives the investor: * Worldwide supply/demand and production/consumption data for all the basic commodities and futures markets-from A(luminum) to Z(inc), including all the major markets in interest rates, currencies, energy, and stock index futures * Over 900 tables, graphs, and price charts of historical data, many of which show price history dating back to 1900 * Fact filled CD-ROM: As an added bonus to this year's edition, a companion CD-ROM has been included to provide readers with valuable commodity information in an easy-to-use electronic format * Concise introductory articles that describe the salient features of each commodity and help put the quantitative information in perspective * Articles by prominent professionals on key markets and important issues concerning the commodity industry. The 2004 Yearbook features articles by CRB Chief Economist, Richard W. Asplund, including: «Major Commodity Bull Market Emerges in 2003,» «U.S. Economic Surge Drives Global Economic Recovery,» «Free-Trade Talks Produce Some Successes but Move from Global to Regional,» and «China Breaks Out as a Major Player in Global Commodity and Financial Markets.» For anyone dealing in commodities, The CRB Commodity Yearbook 2004 offers an abundance of valuable information and indispensable guidance for decision-making.