After a year of big rises, the oil price has slipped back recently. Is this just a blip, or are we set for another big tumble? John Stepek explains.
Investors looking to diversify their portfolios should turn to commodities, having got to grips with shares and bonds, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Opec has joined forces with Russia to mop up much of the oil market glut by agreeing to curtail production.
The price of gold is on the rise, gaining around 10% in the past two months, and almost 30% since early 2016.
US natural-gas production will hit a record in 2018. Output should exceed 80 billion cubic feet per day, marking a 60% increase since 2005.
Using leverage – borrowed money – to bet on equities looks like a bad idea right now. But there is one asset that might be worth a carefully considered punt.
Cape Town, South Africa’s second-biggest city, might soon have to turn off the taps. What went wrong? And is this a sign of things to come for other cities?
Blockchain companies are “tokenising” gold, marrying it to freely tradable cryptocurrencies. So should you buy virtual gold, or stick with the real thing?
At first, stocks reacted entirely predictably to the higher-than-expected inflation data from the US, says John Stepek. And then, something else happened.
US oil production eclipsed ten million barrels per day last December, and has nearly caught up with the record set during the Texas oil boom 47 years ago.
The usual answer to the question of how to hedge against inflation is “gold”. But these days, some people prefer bitcoin. Those people are wrong, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Gold rose by 13% last year. And nobody cared. But sentiment could be about to turn. John Stepek explains what’s going on, and how to invest in a gold rally.