Commodities

Racing to victory

As May calls a snap general election, is it time to buy British stocks?

  • Should everybody get a handout from the state?

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.

Was 2016 a false dawn for gold?

In the first half of 2016, gold shone like no other asset class. But the second half was different, says Dominic Frisby. The truth is, we’re in a bear market.

The oil bear market is well and truly over

A deal between Saudi Arabia and Russia means the oil bull market is back. John Stepek explains what that means for the global economy and for the rest of us.

Opec strikes a deal – but oil prices are “going nowhere fast”

Opec has agreed to cut production from January by 1.2 million barrels per day, the market is not convinced of the long-term effects of the agreement.

Three promising sectors for 2017

Max King tips a host of funds in various sectors to do well in the forthcoming year.

Saudi Arabia has lost the war of attrition in the oil market

Opec has finally come to an agreement to reduce production, sending the oil price soaring. John Stepek looks at why the market is so excited.

Can Opec boost the oil price?

Oil prices have ticked up as Opec, the oil exporters’ cartel,  launched a renewed attempt to cut output and reduce a glut. But Opec countries are notorious for failing to stick to agreements.

Gold bumps around – but hang onto it for insurance

Gold jumped by more than 5% on the news of a Trump victory. Then promptly sank to a six-month low. But markets may soon remember why gold is seen as a safe haven and store of value.

Chart of the week: “shrinkflation” hits the chocolate market

Toblerone, Quality Street and Creme Eggs have all been hit by “shrinkflation”, with customers getting less for more after the price of cocoa butter soared – up 40% this year alone.

This metal is enjoying one of the quietest bull markets of 2016

Zinc isn’t a glamorous, rare or particularly controversial metal. But it’s had a stellar year so far. Dominic Frisby examines way, and picks the best ways to buy in.

Chart of the week: bumper harvest hits truffle prices

Heavy rains in the Tanaro river basin in Piedmont, northwest Italy, have led to a bumper harvest of Alba white truffles this year.

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