Hello Elite Traders ! I am coming from trading stocks and options, and currently learning about the futures market. I am having a difficulty in understanding the philosophy behind it. The role of retail traders like us is Speculator. In stocks, the more the speculators, the higher the stock price would be. This would help increase the value of 401k, bank and insurance holdings, pensions, etc, which in the end would help the economy. Trading Equity Index and Precious Metals would follow the same philosophy. However, for daily life commodity futures like oil, grain, and corn, the more speculators, the higher their price would be. This would make regular people to pay more for gas and food. Wouldn't this hurt the economy instead? I am having a hard time trying to understand the purposeful contribution of speculators on these types of commodity. Thoughts?