Commodities

An introduction to commodities

The commodity markets have seen a surge in investment in recent years – particularly gold, which has hit record highs. Tim Bennett explains what commodity markets are and the different ways to trade in them.

 

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.


Ecuador’s El Dorado: be brave and beat the crowd to the boom

Ecuador is finally set to cash in on its vast metals deposits. The domestic political backdrop has stabilised and international investors are beginning to take note, says James McKeigue.

A beginner’s guide to gold: what’s it for?

We’re big fans of gold here at MoneyWeek. But why? What’s it for? What use is it? John Stepek explains why everyone should hold a little gold in their portfolio.

The future of money is borderless – and difficult to tax

Borderless money was once the norm, says Dominic Frisby. We used it for centuries before the era of the nation state. And as the physical economy dematerialises, money will become borderless again.

Will solar energy investment funds keep shining?

Investment funds designed to profit from the solar energy have done well, but now look expensive, says Max King.

Artificial diamonds: a girl’s new best friend

Big names such as De Beers are grappling with a cyclical downturn – and a long-term challenge from artificial diamonds. It could change the market beyond recognition. Simon Wilson reports.

Chart of the week: Dr Copper diagnoses an ailing economy

The price of copper has slipped by a fifth this year and is now at a near-two-year low of around $5,600 a tonne.

Nuclear fusion – what it is, how it works and when it could be powering our lives

Securing unlimited clean, safe and carbon-free energy for the rest of time would be revolutionary for the world economy. Is this now within sight?

Chart of the week: palladium hits another high

Palladium hit another record high this week, with the spot price reaching $1,700 an ounce.

The cycles in the metals market: when will zinc and copper shine?

The prices of two of the world’s most important industrial commodities have slipped over the past few years. Dominic Frisby assesses the outlook and explains how to cash in on the next upswing.

The precious metals rollercoaster is heading into a big dip

It has been an exciting summer for precious metals enthusiasts, with gold, silver and platinum all making big gains. But now it’s all unwinding. Dominic Frisby looks at what might be coming next.

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