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.


The charts that matter: it’s all about the US dollar

As the US dollar continues to bully the currency markets, John Stepek looks at all the other charts that matter to the global economy.

Opec turns on the taps again

Oil cartel Opec’s decision to raise production was seen as bullish for the oil price, even though a lot more crude is heading to market.

Oil producers are pumping harder – but don’t expect oil prices to slide

Oil cartel Opec and Russia have decided to pump more oil. Normally, higher production means lower prices. But that’s not likely to happen this time, says John Stepek. Here’s why.

The charts that matter: Amazon – the stock that carries no career risk

Fund managers buy the things that won’t get them fired when the crash comes. With that in mind, John Stepek looks at Amazon and the other charts that matter.

The miner growing its own diamonds

De Beers is marketing a new kind of diamond that it insists is not special and not real. Alex Rankine explains why the move could shake up the industry.

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.

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