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Commodities: the MoneyWeek view

October 2014: A stronger dollar takes its toll The dollar's rally is hurting raw materials across the board; the prospect of higher US interest rates is also undermining sentiment. Supply and demand doesn't look good either. China's growth has eased, Europe's recovery is weakening, and most metals markets look well supplied.

See our view on all the major asset classes here.

Palm Oil: A storm in a Pot Noodle

Palm oil recently hit a five-year low, but the Chinese demand could see prices pick up.

Profit as oil hits the skids

The oil price is stuck in a downward trend. That may be bad for oil producers, but it’s good for consumer economies like ours, says John Stepek.

This market looks grim – are we heading for a crash?

Whether it’s stocks, property, commodities or currencies, things aren’t looking good. Dominic Frisby looks at what’s going on, and asks if it’s time to bet on the short side.

How low can Russia go?

Russian stocks have been in free fall for quite some time. But as David Thornton explains, there is one event that might herald a rebound.

Don't be tempted to dive into commodities just yet

Commodities are looking cheap at the moment. But beware. China’s weak growth spells more trouble ahead, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Chart of the week: Will Opec turn off the taps?

Members of oil cartel Opec are beginning to feel the fiscal squeeze of low oil prices – some more than others.

Fracking would unleash our very own economic miracle

The opportunity for fracking to transform some of Britain’s poorest areas is too good to pass up, says Matthew Lynn.

The end of fossil fuels

Renewed political commitment to tackling climate change, cheaper renewables technology, more costly prospecting – can fossil fuels survive this triple whammy? Simon Wilson reports.

Oil prices take another tumble

The return of high-grade Libyan oil to the market has caused a sharp slide in the price of crude.

Oil – the next big move

The price of oil has been stuck in a narrow range for some time. So are we due a breakout? Dominic Frisby looks at where oil might go next.

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