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Getting to grips with commodities

Merryn Somerset Webb explains the basics of commodities, including what counts as a commodity, why bother investing in them, and how to go about doing it.

Gold is back in a bull market – and there’s every reason for it to continue

After four years of decline, gold is back in a bull market. And in times like these, you want to be buying. Dominic Frisby explains why.

The assets to buy now – July 2016

Asset allocation is at least as important as individual share selection. So where should you be putting your money? Here’s our monthly take on the major asset classes.

Chart of the week: gold’s record surge against sterling

As the EU referendum results emerged, gold rose more than 6% overnight in dollar terms as nervous investors piled in. Priced in sterling, the overnight jump was 22%, a record move.

Chart of the week: China snacks on peanuts

A surge in demand for peanuts in China is outstripping supply from the top exporter Argentina, sending the price of the legumes soaring.

Why Mervyn King is going for gold

The former Bank of England governor has issued a stark reminder of the importance of holding some gold as portfolio insurance.

Apple Energy could be the smartphone king's move into solar power

The maker of iPads and iPhones could be moving into the renewable power industry as it registers the company “Apple Energy”.

The energy revolution is hitting a tipping point

There is a huge shift going on in the energy markets, with the decline of coal mirrored by the stunning rise of renewable energy. Here’s what it means for investors.

What is geoengineering?

Andrew Lockley talks to D’Maris Coffman, a university professor working on the economics of geoengineering, about the radical steps we may have to take to tackle climate change.

The weak US dollar trade is still on – stick with gold

With little chance of higher US interest rates in the near future, the weak dollar trade is still on. John Stepek explains why, and the best way to profit.

Will oil’s latest rally last?

Last week, the price of oil edged above $50 a barrel. Will the trend continue, asks Andrew Van Sickle.

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