The agricultural sector has long survived by throwing more pesticides, machines and land at every problem. That won’t work any more. Merryn Somerset Webb explores the agri-tech revolution.
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.
Investors looking to diversify their portfolios should turn to commodities, having got to grips with shares and bonds, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Coffee prices have tumbled to a 12-year low, thanks to a bumper crop in Brazil – the world’s largest producer – and a stronger US dollar.
The price of gold has fallen by 11.2% since 22 January to just under $1,200 an ounce – that’s more than 35% below its peak of $1,900 in 2011. Now may prove a good time to top up your holdings.
The oil price is creeping up – something Donald Trump isn’t too happy about. John Stepek looks at whats behind the rise, and what Trump could do to stop it.
Gold miner Barrick’s buyout of Randgold Resources is good for both companies and the wider mining sector, says Dominic Frisby. But Randgold’s shareholders deserve more out of the deal.
One thing matters more than anything else to the price of gold – the US dollar. Where it goes, gold follows. Dominic Frisby looks at where it may be headed next.
Oil prices reached four-year highs of around $80 this week. And the fundamentals of the market point to even higher prices in the short term.
Fracking for oil has made the US energy independent. Its effects have spread far beyond the energy markets, says John Stepek, shifting the global economy’s balance of power.
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.
Commodities guru Jim Rogers thinks the current oil price is a floor, not a ceiling – but his favourite picks are gold and silver.
Vanilla is one of the world’s most popular flavours, but a dear one. As this chart shows, a supply squeeze over the past few years has propelled prices to record highs, even overtaking silver.