Commodities

Commodities hit the skids

Emerging-market jitters have spilled over into the commodities markets, hitting prices of everything from copper to oil, while lower economic growth in emerging markets could cool demand for raw materials.

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.


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.

The oil price is at the top of a slippery slope

The big story in the markets this year has been the sharp jump in the oil price. The story of 2019 could be how it came back to earth with a bump.

Profit from mining euphoria

The BlackRock World Mining Trust has been on a roller-coaster ride, but is recovering well, says Max King.

Gold looks a better bet than UK property – here’s why

Dominic Frisby looks at the historical relationship between UK house prices and gold, and concludes that your money is better off in the yellow metal than bricks and mortar.

Higher oil prices are here to stay. Here’s why, and what to buy

Matthew Partridge talks to Richard Hulf of the Artemis Global Energy Fund about the state of the oil industry, why US shale is overhyped, and what he’s buying now.

Iran sanctions won’t change the oil game

Donald Trump’s decision to reinstate sanctions on Iran, the world’s fifth-biggest oil producer, has given oil prices another boost, but oil bulls shouldn’t get too confident.

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