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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.

The best way to play the oil market

Shale oil has revolutionised US oil production and released the oil market from Opec’s iron grip. John Stepek looks at the sector and explains how to play it.

Where next for the oil price?

The price of oil has drifted above $55 a barrel, the highest in 18 months. And pretty much everyone seems to think it will keep rising.

What wages in ancient Athens can tell us about the silver price today

Compared with the last few thousand years, silver is hugely undervalued, says Dominic Frisby. But it does make sense to own a little.

Warning: don’t touch lithium with a ten-foot bargepole

Lithium is the fuel of the clean tech revolution. That’s sent the stocks of lithium producers soaring. But we’ve seen this story before, says Dominic Frisby. It never ends well.

Copper’s shine will fade

Copper has gained around 10% since the start of 2017. But don’t count on high prices lasting.

Gold’s rally should continue

Matthew Partridge looks at where the gold price is heading next, and what that means for your online trading.

The interest rate that really matters for investors

Inflation in the US is at a five-year high and much higher than interest rates are at the moment. John Stepek explains what that means for your investments.

Should you go prospecting?

The resources business can offer tantalising prospects for investors. But don’t get caught out, says Matthew Partridge. Here’s what to look out for.

Silver lining to Trumpflation

Silver has risen in price by more than 12% this year, and there should be further to go.

Chart of the week: oilfield finds fall to 60-year low

The world’s energy companies found only 174 new oil and gas fields last year, a 60-year low, compared to an annual average of 400-500 in the years leading up to 2013.

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