The assets to buy now – October 2015

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.

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Commodities: the MoneyWeek view

October 2015: Raw materials prices are at their lowest for over a decade: copper fell to its lowest since the financial crisis, while iron ore fell below $55 a tonne, having hit over $180 a tonne in 2011. But as firms go out of business or restructure, the supply glut will shrink. A quick recovery is unlikely, but the bottom may be close.

See our view on all the major asset classes here.

Stocks will slip up on cheap oil

Stockmarkets have come under pressure from the low price of oil, and there’s no let up in sight.

Chart of the week: VW scandal boosts palladium

Palladium has just had its best week in four years thanks to the bad press over diesel engines.

Glencore: in a deep hole

Glencore’s heavy debt load and the low price of metals have sent investors in the commodities trader running for the door.

Shell frozen out of the Arctic

Royal Dutch Shell has given up on the Arctic after its first well in the region’s Chukchi Sea turned out to be a dud.

This ‘wall of money’ is collapsing – that’s bad news for markets

Saudi Arabia is used to having a big pot of money to spend as it pleases. But that’s now changed. John Stepek looks at what it means for the markets.

Commodities approach 'peak pessimism'

Is pessimism in the commodities sector reaching a peak? Dan Denning looks at the evidence.

Elon Musk: The Bond villain planning world domination

Electric car entrepreneur Elon Musk is plotting great things from his lair. Smart investors should get behind him, says Bengt Saelensminde.

Diamonds look 'less than precious'

The price of rough diamonds is in the doldrums, but the longer-term outlook is more encouraging.

Will the oil price be lower for longer?

Could US oil prices really fall to $20 a barrel? Analysts at Goldman Sachs predict it might.

Chart of the week: Tech darling Amazon comes of age

Internet retail giant Amazon, which launched in 1995, has overtaken Walmart to become America’s most valuable retailer.

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