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?
With talk of global food shortages, most soft commodities have been in a bull market recently. Yet the price of sugar has plummeted. That is about to change, says Matthew Partridge. Here’s how you can profit.
As the growing global population drives food prices ever higher, money is pouring in to boost farm productivity. One area in particular is set to profit – Latin America. James McKeigue explains why.
The ‘commodities supercycle’ is coming to an end as China’s growth falters. But one part of the sector isn’t slowing, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Here she picks the best way to play the rise of ‘soft’ commodities.
Respected fund manager Jeremy Grantham believes we are in a global food crisis that is only going to get worse, but offers some useful tips on to profit from the situation.
America’s worst drought for half a century has sent the price of agricultural commodities soaring, driving fears of higher food price inflation.
America’s worst drought in 50 years has sent the price of grain soaring. The effects will be felt by consumers and businesses worldwide. John Stepek looks at what it means for you and your investments.
Record heat waves affecting America’s corn crop may be about to push up Britain’s cost of living.
Strong Chinese demand is behind a sharp rise in the price of soybeans.
Buying exposure to agricultural commodities on the futures market can be a risky strategy, says Bengt Saelensminde. Here, he tips a far safer way to profit.
With water shortages becoming more common, there is a desperate need for new infrastructure to bring fresh water to those that need it. Merryn Somerset Webb looks at how to invest in this undervalued resource.
A sharp rise in the price of sugar has been blamed on falling production in Brazil. A lack of investment in the sugar industry there has led to older, lower-yielding sugar canes and the price rise is set to continue.
The world faces a decade of rising food prices. Food is becoming harder and more costly to grow, while there are ever more mouths to feed. What does it mean for investors? John Stepek explains.
Over the past five years the number of Britons buying small woodlands has doubled. And there are good reasons for doing so. Woodland provides more than an escape from modern life, it is also a tax-efficient investment.
One of the big problems with investing in agriculture is volatility. And this ‘field-to-fork’ fund has certainly given investors a hairy ride, plunging 20% in its first year before returning 17% a year since then.
This consumer stock has taken a kicking from a savage price-war in the last few years but now is back on track. It is one of the best ways to protect yourself from inflation, says Paul Hill.