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.

The charts that matter: bitcoin and Brexit

Bitcoin went even madder this week, and it looks like progress on Brexit. John Stepek examines how the week’s events affect the charts that matter to the global economy

Opec mops up the oil glut

The members of Opec, the oil exporters’ cartel, agreed to “extend-and-maybe-amend” their output deal.

The charts that matter: it’s all about the bitcoin

This week it was all about bitcoin, says John Stepek. The digital currency’s explosive move higher really catapulted it into the limelight.

Micro-finance: do good and turn a profit

Micro-finance is the ultimate example of ethical investing. Here, David C Stevenson looks at one scheme bringing renewable energy to remote parts of Africa.

How to play oil's stealth bull market

Oil is in a bull market, says Dominic Frisby. And in any bull market, you want to be invested. Here, he picks the best ways to buy in.

The next big technology start-up: Saudi Arabia

The desert kingdom is in the throes of radical upheaval – its leader wants to follow Facebook’s example, and “move fast and break things”. Investors should be wary, says John Stepek.

What the purge in Saudi Arabia means for the price of oil

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the most powerful man in Saudi Arabia, is cracking down on the kingdom’s top officials and businessmen. John Stepek looks at what that means for investors.

Oil prices head for a higher range

Last year, oil prices averaged $44 a barrel. Now Brent crude has crept up to $60 for the first time in two years, double the price seen in the spring of 2016

Copper: now a precious metal

We usually think of gold and silver, and sometimes platinum and palladium, as precious metals. But increasingly, copper is a precious metal too.

The greenback makes a comeback

A weak US dollar is usually a good thing for stocks, says John Stepek. So it will be interesting to see how much higher it can go before it impacts on earnings.

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