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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.

Oil jumps as thirst for crude drains the glut

The bulls are back in force in the oil market as supply disruptions around the world reduce the global glut.

Chart of the week: The car metals’ comeback

Platinum and palladium, used in catalytic converters for diesel and petrol engines respectively, have come roaring back this year, and there is scope for more price rises.

The best precious metals trade for the next three years

Silver is set to outperform, says Dominic Frisby. It’s time to buy. It might take a few years to play out, but it’s a trade that could make you handsome profits.

This could herald one of the biggest investment trend shifts of 2016

Oil has been on a rollercoaster for the last few years. But things are changing fast. And it could have a huge effect on your investments, says John Stepek.

Don’t buy into Saudi oil giant Aramco

Saudi Arabia’s oil giant Aramco would give the City a powerful boost, says Matthew Lynn. But here are three reasons why investors would be better off steering clear.

Oil has soared since I tipped it – take profits or hang on?

Back in February, Dominic Frisby tipped oil as a five-year “buy”. Since then, it’s up by 40%. Is it time to sell, or should you hang on for bigger gains?

The assets to buy now – May 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.

Gamble of the week: a diamond miner to keep your eye on

Diamond mining is always a risky investment, says Alex Williams. But this miner appears to have hit the motherlode.

Does it pay to go green for your energy?

Sign up for a green energy tariff and you may think your energy comes direct from a renewable source. As Sarah Moore explains, the reality is a bit more complicated.

Stick with the miners – this rebound is real

The bull market in commodities is here for the foreseeable future at least. That’s good news for mining stocks. John Stepek explains why you should stick with them.

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