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.


Silver is set to follow gold

With gold rallying 10% so far this year, some investors are starting to pay attention to silver.

The bullish and bearish cases for oil prices

The oil price is now firmly in a bear market. But saying where it goes next is tricky, says John Stepek. There are good arguments for a big move in either direction.

Increasing tailwinds behind renewables

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Wind and solar are now the cheapest ways to generate electricity in many countries. This should translate into even higher demand for renewables, says Mike Appleby of Liontrust.

Chart of the week: palladium will lose its lustre

Palladium has gained 70% in a year. It now trades at about $1,530 per ounce. But any escalation in the US-China trade could spell an end to the rally.

Gold, the “anti-dollar”, will rise

Debased currencies and overheating bond markets have sparked renewed interest in gold – a tried and tested means of hoarding wealth.

Chart of the week: nickel bucks the metals trend

The price of nickel has soared by almost a quarter to a 13-month high in just a fortnight.

Why I’m still bullish on oil for the long run

The oil price has been trending down for months, now. Technically, it’s in a bear market. But whatever the short-term trend, everybody should have some in their portfolio, says Dominic Frisby. Here, he picks the best way to invest.

Why one of the world’s top hedge fund managers thinks it's time to buy gold

Every now and again, markets undergo a “paradigm shift”. Hedge fund guru Ray Dalio thinks we’re near one now. And he’s buying gold. John Stepek explains why you should, too.

The charts that matter: the un-inverting of the yield curve

The US bond yield curve turned positive again at the tail end of this week. John Stepek looks at how it affects the charts that matter the most to the global economy.

Mark Mobius: “I love gold”

Mark Mobius, perhaps the best-known emerging markets investor in the world, reckons that gold should form at least 10% of any investor’s portfolio. And now is a good time to buy.

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