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Students interested in commodities trading should visit one of the futures exchanges. All of them offer public tours, and you'll get to see up close just how the markets work and the roles of the players involved. All the exchanges offer educational programs and publications, and most have a Web site. The CME Group publishes An Introduction to Futures and Options, the full text of which is available at http://www.cmegroup.com/files/intro_fut_opt.pdf. There are hundreds of industry newsletters and magazines available (such as Futures, available at http://www.futuresmag.com), and many offer free samples of publications or products. Read what trading advisers have to say and how they say it. Learn their lingo and gain an understanding of the marketplace. If you have any contacts in the industry, arrange to spend a day with a broker. Watch him or her at work, and you'll learn how orders are entered, processed, and reported.

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