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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.

Zinc – 2016’s top metal – has further to go

Zinc, this year’s best-performing industrial metal, has jumped by 50% because the market is so tight. And there’s more to come.

Charles Heenan: patience pays for value investors

The secret of success? Stick to what works, buy cheap, hold out for quality and – above all – bide your time, Charles Heenan tells Merryn Somerset Webb.

How to profit as Opec throws in the towel

Opec has called a truce in its battle with US shale producers, trimming output to maintain prices. John Stepek picks the best way to invest as the oil price rises.

Opec’s cut: less than meets the eye

The oil price bounced by 5% on the news that Opec had agreed to cut output for the first time since 2008. But non-Opec producers are ramping up production.

Chart of the week: America’s butter mountain

Spot butter prices in America hit a record peak above $3 a pound in 2015, but now they are falling. Butter stockpiles are up 52% from a year ago and close to a 23-year high.

Banks make a dash for gold

The dash for gold suggest banks are more worried about the effects of quantitative easing than they let on, says Andrew Van Sickle.

1990: the year Brexit became inevitable

Britain started down the road to Brexit the day it joined the European Exchange Rate Mechanism, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Rejoice: lower oil prices are here for a while longer

Oil producers are meeting in an attempt to bolster prices. But don’t expect them to strike a deal. Here’s why, and what low prices mean for the rest of us.

A monster called exponential growth

Tim Price explains how observing bacteria in a bottle will make you look at the world with a fresh pair eyes.

Coking coal: the year’s top commodity

The price of coking coal has more than doubled to four-year highs around $205 a tonne since the beginning of July. That makes it 2016’s best-performing commodity.

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