Commodities

Mark Mobius: “I love gold”

Gold bars © iStockphotos

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.

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: is the recessionary threat real or hype?

With worrying data from bond yields and US jobless figures, John Stepek looks at the global economy’s most important charts to gauge the threat of a recession.

How self-driving cars could be the next genuinely useful investment bubble

There’s a huge amount of investment pouring into self-driving cars. It could turn out to be a “glorious bubble”, says John Stepek. Here’s what’s going on, and the best way to invest.

The charts that matter: the V-shaped rally stalls

As the stockmarket rally peters out, John Stepek looks to the global economy’s most important charts to see where we might go from here.

Gold is back in fashion

Gold’s reputation as a safe haven is also coming to the fore now that markets have become more volatile and the political backdrop less predictable.

The charts that matter: the Powell put is in place

The Federal Reserve has done not so much a U-turn as a handbrake turn on monetary policy this week. John Stepek looks at how that’s affected the global economy’s most important charts.

The gold bulls are back – so let’s just be careful out there

The world has fallen back in love with gold again and the price is on the rise. It could have further to go yet, says Dominic Frisby – but it could be another false dawn.

What Venezuela means for oil

Venezuela’s oil output has been decreasing for more than two decades. But what does the current crisis mean for the oil price?

Britain’s flawed energy strategy

Investors in Britain’s energy infrastructure are cutting their losses and pulling out of projects. The government’s strategy needs a rethink, says Simon Wilson.

The charts that matter: markets are waiting for a trade deal

Markets are starting to realise that any trade deal between China and the US may take some time. John Stepek looks at how this is affecting the global economy’s most important charts.

The conditions are ripe for a spike in the price of this metal – here’s how to invest

Zinc is in short supply. And that could mean a big price rise. Dominic Frisby looks at the fundamentals, and picks some of the best ways to invest.

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