Commodities

Commodities hit the skids

Emerging-market jitters have spilled over into the commodities markets, hitting prices of everything from copper to oil, while lower economic growth in emerging markets could cool demand for raw materials.

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 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.

Fed interest-rate rises won’t hold the gold price back

Some analysts worry that higher US interest rates are bearish for gold. But the evidence doesn’t bear this out.

Oil soars, but hits a ceiling

The price of oil has now reached $70 a barrel for the first time since early 2015, and is still rising. But unless there is a serious supply disruption, it’s unlikely to go much higher.

Buy gold: the original and best bitcoin

Bitcoin may be the flavour of the month, says Max King. But gold has been in fashion for thousands of years.

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