Commodities

Can Opec boost the oil price?

Oil prices have ticked up as Opec, the oil exporters’ cartel,  launched a renewed attempt to cut output and reduce a glut. But Opec countries are notorious for failing to stick [...]

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Getting to grips with commodities

Investors looking to diversify their portfolios should turn to commodities, having got to grips with shares and bonds, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Gold bumps around – but hang onto it for insurance

Gold jumped by more than 5% on the news of a Trump victory. Then promptly sank to a six-month low. But markets may soon remember why gold is seen as a safe haven and store of value.

Chart of the week: “shrinkflation” hits the chocolate market

Toblerone, Quality Street and Creme Eggs have all been hit by “shrinkflation”, with customers getting less for more after the price of cocoa butter soared – up 40% this year alone.

This metal is enjoying one of the quietest bull markets of 2016

Zinc isn’t a glamorous, rare or particularly controversial metal. But it’s had a stellar year so far. Dominic Frisby examines way, and picks the best ways to buy in.

Chart of the week: bumper harvest hits truffle prices

Heavy rains in the Tanaro river basin in Piedmont, northwest Italy, have led to a bumper harvest of Alba white truffles this year.

Why I sold some of my gold when Donald Trump won

After Donald Trump’s election victory, stockmarkets rallied and bonds sold off. That’s perhaps not too surprising. But gold saw a brutal sell-off too. Dominic Frisby explains why he joined in.

Oil prices will stay low for a long time yet

At a meeting in Algiers a few weeks ago, Opec – which pumps 40% of the world’s oil – said it wanted to reduce production to help shore up low oil prices. But that now seems unlikely.

What will the US election mean for gold?

As the USA finally goes to the polls, Dominic Frisby looks at what the result of the election would mean for gold’s bull market.

Chart of the week: the rise of the garlic-hoarders

The wholesale price of garlic in China, which accounts for more than 80% of the world’s exports, has risen since 2015 as heavy rains damaged crops. Garlic hoarders and speculators have propelled prices to multi-year highs.

US gets relaxed on pot – can investors join the party?

A small San Diego-based real estate firm that plans to invest in medical-marijuana growth facilities has filed to list on the New York Stock Exchange.

Betting on change in Venezuela

Nicolás Maduro’s government is keen not to scare off foreign creditors and has prioritised debt service over other urgent needs.

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