Industrial metals

Saving Port Talbot is hardly 'strategic'

‘Strategic’ is the usual excuse for using taxpayer money to bail out a failing industry, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But this time it isn’t enough.

Here’s why commodity prices are rallying

Commodity prices are rising – some at record rates. John Stepek looks at what’s behind it , and what it means for the global economy – particularly for inflation.

The assets to buy now – March 2016

Asset allocation is at least as important as individual share selection. So where should you be putting your money? Here’s our monthly take on the major asset classes

Are platinum prices ready to rebound?

Platinum prices are still 25% below where they were a year ago, and, unusually, well below the current gold price. Is a rally on the cards, asks Matthew Partridge.

Resource prices are sliding for a simple reason – we have too much

The collapse in oil and commodity prices is freaking markets out. But it’s not the end of the world, says John Stepek. It’s just the normal market cycle playing out.

Carnage in commodities

Commodity prices have hit their lowest level since the late 1990s. And while there is scope for a rally in 2016, an upturn is unlikely to mark the start of the next long-term up-cycle.

Expect a copper bounce

Copper has hit another six-year low, but the gloom looks to be overdone.

Lithium use set to soar

Lithium plays a growing role in the global economy, but new mining concessions can be hard to find.

The decline of British steel

A global supply glut caused by China’s slowdown has halved steel prices this year. Can Britain’s steel industry survive? Simon Wilson reports.

The copper price won’t bounce far

While the copper price could stage a temporary recovery, don’t count on the bounce lasting.

Chart of the week: VW scandal boosts palladium

Palladium has just had its best week in four years thanks to the bad press over diesel engines.

Elon Musk: The Bond villain planning world domination

Electric car entrepreneur Elon Musk is plotting great things from his lair. Smart investors should get behind him, says Bengt Saelensminde.

Giant miner Glencore makes a U-turn

Commodities trading and mining giant Glencore has bowed to shareholder calls to fortify the group against the slump in raw-materials prices.

The assets to buy now – September 2015

Asset allocation is at least as important as individual share selection. So where should you be putting your money? Here’s September’s take on the major asset classes.

How to profit from falling commodities prices

Commodities are plunging lower and that could be a signal everything else will follow. Alex Williams looks at how clever investors can still profit.

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