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.

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.

This may be one of the only cheap assets left out there

Wherever value investors look, assets are expensive, says Dominic Frisby. There is, however, one last hold-out where you might still be able to pick up a bargain.

Chart of the week: silver has some catching up to do

It takes 76 ounces of silver to buy an ounce of gold. Yet the average over the past century has been 40.

Electric cars are just the start – our entire energy infrastructure is being disrupted

The rise of the electric car has seen big advances in battery technology. But the real game changer is renewable energy, says John Stepek.

This precious metal is rapidly losing status – which is a good time to buy

Upheaval in the car industry could affect demand for one precious metal commonly found in cars today. John Stepek explains why, and how to play it.

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