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Getting to grips with commodities

Merryn Somerset Webb explains the basics of commodities, including what counts as a commodity, why bother investing in them, and how to go about doing it.

What will Saudi Arabia’s pipe dreams mean for oil?

Saudi Arabia is hoping to break free from its dependence on oil. Can it do it? And what will that mean for the rest of us – and for the oil price? Matthew Partridge reports.

Can gold’s spectacular 2016 run continue?

With its best start to a year in three decades, gold’s long bear market is finally over. John Stepek asks if it can continue, and picks the best way to profit from it.

Chart of the week: orange juice goes out of fashion

Production is set to fall by a quarter and inventories are at a six-year low. That sounds like a recipe for higher prices for orange juice. But demand is declining.

British profit warnings at post-crisis high

A headwind for British equities may be gathering strength: corporate profit warnings have reached their highest level since the financial crisis.

Gold gains as faith in paper declines

Gold has fallen for four years on the trot, but 2016 could be a different story.

The anti-freeze in the oil market

A lack of agreement in Doha over freezing oil production sent the oil bulls rushing to unwind their positions.

Markets have recovered their poise, but investors haven’t

There is still too much talk of central banking, radical monetary policy, and how quickly we can implement it, says John Stepek.

What now for the oil price?

Failure by oil producing nations to reach agreement on production quotas could threaten the recovery in the oil price. John Stepek looks at where it might go from here, and what it means for world markets.

Gamble of the week: a risky bet on coal

Royalty trusts might look enticing as a sector, says Alex Williams. But it’s best to keep your distance.

Battery technology – the final piece of the puzzle

Battery technology is the key piece in the puzzle for renewable energy, says Nick O’Connor. It will change the electricity industry forever.

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