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Carnage in commodities

Commodity prices have hit their lowest level since the late 1990s. And while there is scope for a rally in 2016, an upturn is unlikely to mark the start of [...]

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Resource prices are sliding for a simple reason – we have too much

The collapse in oil and commodity prices is freaking markets out. But it’s not the end of the world, says John Stepek. It’s just the normal market cycle playing out.

Carnage in commodities

Commodity prices have hit their lowest level since the late 1990s. And while there is scope for a rally in 2016, an upturn is unlikely to mark the start of the next long-term up-cycle.

Expect a copper bounce

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The decline of British steel

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This popular metal is heading for a major fall – here’s why

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The copper price won’t bounce far

While the copper price could stage a temporary recovery, don’t count on the bounce lasting.

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.

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.

Giant miner Glencore makes a U-turn

Commodities trading and mining giant Glencore has bowed to shareholder calls to fortify the group against the slump in raw-materials prices.

The assets to buy now – September 2015

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

How to profit from falling commodities prices

Commodities are plunging lower and that could be a signal everything else will follow. Alex Williams looks at how clever investors can still profit.

The collapse in commodities

The fall in commodity prices has moved centre stage in investors’ worries, with the pace quickening in the past few days.

A great bear market in raw materials

The Bloomberg Commodity index, which tracks 22 hard and soft raw materials, has fallen to a 13-year low.

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