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Commodities: the MoneyWeek view

September 2014: Out of fashion again Raw materials had their best first half since 2008 this year. But they have been hit by tepid demand growth and healthy supply. But mining stocks are worth buying. Long-term, agricultural commodities look good. But beware of investing directly – fertiliser or farm-equipment stocks are best.

See our view on all the major asset classes here.

A good time to buy diamonds

Diamonds have had a good year so far, and the outlook remains bullish.

Palladium rockets to 13-year high

The price of palladium has surged to its highest level since February 2001.

Asia’s demand for gold keeps growing – but will it last?

As Asia adopts a more middle-class lifestyle, will it fall out of love with gold? And if it does, what will it mean for the gold price? Dominic Frisby investigates.

Oil: expect a supply shock

Conflict in the Middle East could contribute to rising oil prices.

Don’t ditch the insurance policy

The crisis is over and the economic recovery seems to be picking up speed. Does that mean the case for holding gold is finished? We wouldn’t be so hasty.

This unfavourable company 'spin off' could be a great opportunity for us

Mining giant BHP Billiton’s plans to spin off unwanted assets could present investors with a rare opportunity, says David Thornton.

The silver dilemma: five great reasons to buy – and two good reasons to sell

No metal is quite as erratic as silver – but its potential to make its buyers rich is huge. Dominic Frisby examines the charts.

Mexico’s energy industry is open for business

President Enrique Peña Nieto has reformed Mexico’s energy industry. James McKeigue explains why that’s great news for investors.

US natural gas: a long-term bull market

Natural gas prices slipped over the summer, but expect prices to rise in the longer term.

BHP dismantles the empire

Mining giant BHP Billiton is to spin off some assets into a separate company, allowing it to focus on its most profitable businesses.

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