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.


Gold dips – but don’t give up on it

The gold price has tumbled by more than 10% this year, slipping from a peak of around $1,360 per troy ounce in January to $1,217 last month.

This may be the best defence against escalating currency wars

As governments around the world debase their currencies, you need an asset that can ride out the hard times. And nothing fits the bill like gold, says John Stepek.

The charts that matter: markets are getting nervous about global growth

John Stepek examines what effect investor concerns over global growth have had on the world’s most important charts.

Song of the Siren: an artwork for our era

A solid gold bust of a supermodel will create plenty of headlines, but it would be a poor choice for true fans of the precious metal. Chris Carter reports.

Chart of the week: cheese – the first casualty of the trade war

US cheese prices have crumbled thanks to a glut – the block cheddar cheese benchmark price settled at around $1.54 a pound

Don’t get oil-shocked – prepare your portfolio for pricier crude

Brent crude had been trading at under $45 a barrel. Now it’s around $70 – and it could be a very long time before we see prices that low again.

This is usually a good month to buy gold – but it’s a tough call this year

Conventional wisdom has it that summer is the best time to buy gold and silver. Both metals are certainly looking cheap. But is now really the time to buy?

What’s behind the recent slide in the oil price?

After a year of big rises, the oil price has slipped back recently. Is this just a blip, or are we set for another big tumble? John Stepek explains.

The charts that matter: the global growth jitters

John Stepek examines how concerns over Chinese growth have affect the global economy’s most important charts.

Platinum will regain its shine

Platinum futures have slumped to around $840 an ounce, a near-ten-year low. But the gloom looks overdone.

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