The assets to buy into now – January 2014

Asset allocation is at least as important as individual share selection. So where should you be putting your money? We give our monthly view on the major asset classes.

Commodities

A better year ahead?

Raw materials had a poor 2013. The Dow Jones-UBS Commodity index fell by 10%. A sustained comeback looks unlikely anytime soon. On the demand side, the global recovery may quicken this year; the International Monetary Fund expects growth to hit 3.6% in 2014, from around 3% in 2013. But this is tepid compared to the 4% annual average in the ten years before [...]

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