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.


Chart of the week: copper is getting red hot

Fears of a trade war have dented confidence in copperof late, but the longer-term outlook is encouraging.

It’s only a matter of time before this hated metal makes a comeback

Having hit an all-time high in 2007, the price of uranium has fallen every year since. But it’s time will come again, says Dominic Frisby, Here’s how to play it.

The race to exploit the Antarctic

For almost 60 years, the southern polar regions have been protected by international treaty. But the continent’s commercial potential is putting co-operation under threat. Simon Wilson reports.

The charts that matter: investors are bored with gold, but they like copper

As investors fall out of love with gold, John Stepek looks at what’s happened in the last week to the charts that matter most to the global economy.

Energy fund experts have failed investors - look elsewhere

There are plenty of positive signs for the energy sector, says Max King, even if its long-term future is one of declining output. But specialist energy fund managers are asleep at the wheel.

Why it can pay to follow the local press when making investment decisions

Keeping an eye on the local news can pay off for investors. Here, a tale of drug gangs, intimidation and the risky business of mining leads Dominic Frisby to an adventurous silver trade.

Why gold is losing its lustre

Gold has slipped by 5% or so from January’s 17-month high and now costs about $1,300 an ounce.

A dip in the oil price could be very bullish for stockmarkets

Major oil producers may soon raise production. That could drive the oil price down, deflect inflation, and boost stocks. John Stepek looks at how likely that is to happen.

Three long-term reasons to be bullish on gold

There are several reasons to believe that we are in the early stages of a new bull market in gold. Here, Dominic Frisby outlines three of the most compelling.

The charts that matter: the Fed hints at a more relaxed pace of rate hikes

John Stepek looks at how the US Federal Reserve’s more dovish stance as affected the global economy’s most important charts.

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