Many Latin American countries depend on oil exports for income, says James McKeigue. Falling crude prices could spell trouble ahead.
Commodities: the MoneyWeek view
October 2014: A stronger dollar takes its toll The dollar's rally is hurting raw materials across the board; the prospect of higher US interest rates is also undermining sentiment. Supply and demand doesn't look good either. China's growth has eased, Europe's recovery is weakening, and most metals markets look well supplied.
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The oil price is stuck in a downward trend. That may be bad for oil producers, but it’s good for consumer economies like ours, says John Stepek.
Whether it’s stocks, property, commodities or currencies, things aren’t looking good. Dominic Frisby looks at what’s going on, and asks if it’s time to bet on the short side.
Russian stocks have been in free fall for quite some time. But as David Thornton explains, there is one event that might herald a rebound.
Commodities are looking cheap at the moment. But beware. China’s weak growth spells more trouble ahead, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Members of oil cartel Opec are beginning to feel the fiscal squeeze of low oil prices – some more than others.
The opportunity for fracking to transform some of Britain’s poorest areas is too good to pass up, says Matthew Lynn.
Renewed political commitment to tackling climate change, cheaper renewables technology, more costly prospecting – can fossil fuels survive this triple whammy? Simon Wilson reports.
The return of high-grade Libyan oil to the market has caused a sharp slide in the price of crude.
The price of oil has been stuck in a narrow range for some time. So are we due a breakout? Dominic Frisby looks at where oil might go next.
Power is being generated in ever more imaginative ways. Bengt Saelensminde explains how that’s creating opportunities for investors in one specific resource.