The fifth issue of the Global Commodities Applied Research Digest (GCARD) draws from the JPMCC’s varied expertise across academia and industry. The Summer 2018 issue includes a special focus on the JPMCC’s inaugural international commodity symposium that took place in August 2017. The current issue also examines the prospects for commodities in light of geopolitical tensions and trade war concerns. In addition, the present edition examines various futures trading strategies, including momentum trading, positioning analysis, pairs trading, and volatility analysis. Finally, members of the GCARD’s Editorial Advisory Board have contributed articles on the fundamental developments in the crude oil market as well as on the considerations in evaluating renewable energy contracts. We welcome reader feedback on this issue.