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.

Opec and Moscow strong-arm oil price

Opec has joined forces with Russia to mop up much of the oil market glut by agreeing to curtail production.

What gold is telling us about the direction of interest rates

The price of gold is on the rise, gaining around 10% in the past two months, and almost 30% since early 2016.

Chart of the week: US natural-gas production heading for a record high

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.

The one asset I feel tempted to bet on right now

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.

The city that ran out of water

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?

Gold goes virtual on the blockchain

Blockchain companies are “tokenising” gold, marrying it to freely tradable cryptocurrencies. So should you buy virtual gold, or stick with the real thing?

Inflation is picking up in the US – and there’s more to come

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 set to dethrone Saudi Arabia as the oil king

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.

Forget bitcoin – the best hedge against inflation is gold

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.

Is this a turning point in gold’s fortunes?

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.

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