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.

My oil trade has done well – so should we pull out now?

A while ago, Dominic Frisby suggested oil would be the best trade of the next five years. Today, he checks back in to see how it’s doing.

Zinc is dull but useful, and it’s in short supply – it’s time to buy

Zinc, one of the most widely used metals in the world, is in short supply. That’s good news for investors. Dominic Frisby picks the best ways to buy in.

I hate to say it, but a gold bull market seems a long way away

It’s been very a disappointing year for gold. Its time will certainly come again, says Dominic Frisby, but for now, a bull market is a very long way off.

Canada adds to oil gusher

Canada’s oil output is set to rise by 570,000 barrels per day in 2017 and 2018 combined.

Bet on a recovery in this oil giant

This Brazilian oil company has been quietly restoring the business to profitability, says Matthew Partridge.

Opec is drowning in shale oil

Try as it might, says Alice Gråhns, oil cartel Opec just can’t seem to mop up the oil glut.

Oil is back in a bear market - how much longer will it last?

The oil price has fallen to around $45 a barrel. John Stepek examines the reasons behind the oil bear market, and asks how much further prices are likely to fall.

Gold investors are going to need all their patience this year

For many years, gold performed outstandingly, rising up to 20% a year. But the tide turned. Now the price is meandering frustratingly. Dominic Frisby asks where it will go next.

Chart of the week: the shine will come off palladium

Palladium, used mostly in catalytic converters in petrol engines, is 2017’s best-performing commodity with a 30% gain.

Chart of the week: a seismic shift in energy markets

Opec and the oil giants expect decades of growth in the energy market. But they may be missing “seismic shifts” in technology or policy that could nullify or crimp oil demand.

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