Commodities

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.

How much longer can China prop up commodities?

Donald Trump’s election gave commodities a boost last autumn. But now the trend has reversed, with metals especially weak. The culprit is the key driver of demand: China.

A bad week for gold – but a belter for bitcoin

There have been some interesting moves in our six “charts that matter” this week, says John Stepek.

Are we near a turning point in silver’s relentless decline?

The silver price has been in steady decline for some time. But for Dominic Frisby, the investment case remains compelling. Here, he explains why there’s still hope for silver investors.

Opec can’t tame US shale oil producers

In trying to beat US shale oil producers, Opec has a serious fight on its hands. And it’s only going to get harder.

Trading: stick with oil

Matthew Partridge’s bet on the oil price is becoming increasingly frustrating.

Don’t bet on oil prices getting back above $70 a barrel

Despite the efforts of Opec and Russia, the price of a barrel of oil remains depressed. And it’s unlikely to climb much any time soon. John Stepek explains why.

Mexico’s lucrative Hacienda hedge

Every year “the men from Hacienda” gather to discuss one of the most hotly anticipated deals in banking.

Will oil’s Trump-bump last?

Donald Trump’s missile strike on Syria last week helped boost Brent crude to a four-week high of $56 a barrel. But will it last?

Should you top up on oil?

Oil’s middling price range is holding, and a slump looks unlikely. Max King picks a good way to buy in to oil

Why it still pays to hang on to your gold

Gold is neither cheap nor risk-free – but it holds its value and helps to diversify your portfolio, says Chris Carter.

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