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: the cracks in the market are showing

Gold has had a reasonable week, but most other assets are selling off. John Stepek looks at the charts that matter to see where the global economy might be going next.

Renewable energy investment funds are warming up

The green energy sector is growing, but investors shouldn’t rush in to renewable energy investment funds.

Oil falls back – and won’t bounce far

A month ago, the price of Brent crude oil hit a new four-year high of more than $86 a barrel. In a spectacular reversal of fortune, it is now in a bear market, having plummeted by more than 20%.

The charts that matter: zooming in on oil

The oil price has crashed back down to earth recently. John Stepek emaines why, and explains what it means for the global economy.

The charts that matter: is there one last gasp left in the bull market?

John Stepek looks to the global economy’s most important charts to if they can shed any light on the direction of the world’s markets.

“Peak Water”: how to invest in a world that’s drying up

There’s water everywhere, but if there is to be a drop to drink in the future, big changes will be needed. Investors can help keep the taps running, says Stuart Watkins.

The charts that matter: the market is on the turn

The volatility in global markets has continued this week. John Stepek looks to the charts that matter to get an idea of just what’s going on.

The charts that matter: a short-lived panic – or something deeper?

John Stepek looks at whether the charts that matter most to the global economy point to the market fall being just a blip, or if this is something more serious.

Why it’s worth holding a bit of gold in your portfolio

Global equities are almost in bear market territory. We don’t know what will happen next. But that’s exactly why you should have some gold, says John Stepek.

Oil price rise is another headwind for world economy

Hedge funds are betting that the oil price will top $100 per barrel in 2019, which will drive up global inflation.

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