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.

Oil could be about to take off – but nobody seems to care

Oil is off most investors’ radar. But that could be a mistake, says Dominic Frisby. The price could be about to take off. Here’s how he intends to play it.

Chart of the week: supply squeeze boosts aluminium

A stronger global economic backdrop has bolstered demand for aluminium, while in China, a clampdown on pollution and excess capacity after years of rampant growth is squeezing supply.

Can gold’s winning streak continue?

The price of gold rose steadily over the summer as international tension fuelled investor demand. Dominic Frisby looks at where it might go next.

This stealth bull market is still in its early stages

The mining sector has performed extremely well in recent months, even as investors worry about the state of the wider market. But, asks John Stepek, can this bull market last?

Chart of the week: vanilla could soon be off the menu

Vanilla prices have rocketed to a record peak of more than $600 a kilo, after a cyclone in March dented supplies from Madagascar, which accounts for half of world output.

How can you profit from the electric car bonanza?

As governments mandate cleaner vehicles and manufacturers abandon the internal combustion engine, the electric car takeover is now just a matter of time. John Stepek looks at how to profit.

How to invest as electric cars get the green light

As emissions caps choke demand for diesel vehicles, electric cars will start motoring. Buy lithium miners and battery makers to cash in, says Julie Boote of Pelham Smithers Associates.

The charts that matter suggest that investors are nervous

John Stepek explains why the gold price spiked up last week, and catches up with the action in the other markets.

How to profit from the mundane metals miners

A decade-long mining boom has ended. A lack of discoveries today means a shortfall – and price rises – tomorrow. Zinc and lead may not seem thrilling, but Dominic Frisby is getting excited.

Why oil-price rallies soon falter

Opec, the oil exporters’ cartel, has never been very good at sticking to deals to rein in output and prop up the oil price.

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