Commodities

Selling the silver

Beware of investment trusts that are spending beyond their means

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.

Opec is drowning in shale oil

Try as it might, says Alice Gråhns, oil cartel Opec just can’t seem to mop up the oil glut.

Oil is back in a bear market - how much longer will it last?

The oil price has fallen to around $45 a barrel. John Stepek examines the reasons behind the oil bear market, and asks how much further prices are likely to fall.

Gold investors are going to need all their patience this year

For many years, gold performed outstandingly, rising up to 20% a year. But the tide turned. Now the price is meandering frustratingly. Dominic Frisby asks where it will go next.

Chart of the week: the shine will come off palladium

Palladium, used mostly in catalytic converters in petrol engines, is 2017’s best-performing commodity with a 30% gain.

Chart of the week: a seismic shift in energy markets

Opec and the oil giants expect decades of growth in the energy market. But they may be missing “seismic shifts” in technology or policy that could nullify or crimp oil demand.

Why the sun hasn’t shone for SQN

Jon Rebak takes another look at SQN Asset Finance Income Fund to see how the fund has got on.

It looks like we’ve reached stalemate in the oil price wars

The oil price has refused to budge despite oil cartel Opec and Russia cutting back on production. John Stepek explains why, and looks at what that means for investors.

The UK's diesel emissions crisis is another gift from the EU

Statism and corporatism led to misplaced support for flawed diesel engines, argues James Lewisohn.

“Whatever it takes” – can Draghi’s magic words work in the oil market too?

Saudi Arabia’s finance minister says Opec will do “whatever it takes” to bring the oil price under control. Will it succeed? John Stepek investigates.

Hang on to your gold

Gold has slipped to a two-month low of around $1,220 an ounce. But hang on to some, just in case.

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