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.


A sneaky oil boom is getting underway

The price of Brent crude hit a two-year high yesterday. John Stepek looks at what that might mean for the global economy – and for inflation in particular.

The charts that matter: bitcoin and Brexit

Bitcoin went even madder this week, and it looks like progress on Brexit. John Stepek examines how the week’s events affect the charts that matter to the global economy

Opec mops up the oil glut

The members of Opec, the oil exporters’ cartel, agreed to “extend-and-maybe-amend” their output deal.

The charts that matter: it’s all about the bitcoin

This week it was all about bitcoin, says John Stepek. The digital currency’s explosive move higher really catapulted it into the limelight.

Micro-finance: do good and turn a profit

Micro-finance is the ultimate example of ethical investing. Here, David C Stevenson looks at one scheme bringing renewable energy to remote parts of Africa.

How to play oil's stealth bull market

Oil is in a bull market, says Dominic Frisby. And in any bull market, you want to be invested. Here, he picks the best ways to buy in.

The next big technology start-up: Saudi Arabia

The desert kingdom is in the throes of radical upheaval – its leader wants to follow Facebook’s example, and “move fast and break things”. Investors should be wary, says John Stepek.

What the purge in Saudi Arabia means for the price of oil

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the most powerful man in Saudi Arabia, is cracking down on the kingdom’s top officials and businessmen. John Stepek looks at what that means for investors.

Oil prices head for a higher range

Last year, oil prices averaged $44 a barrel. Now Brent crude has crept up to $60 for the first time in two years, double the price seen in the spring of 2016

Copper: now a precious metal

We usually think of gold and silver, and sometimes platinum and palladium, as precious metals. But increasingly, copper is a precious metal too.

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