Soft commodities

The price of sugar is about to rebound – here’s how to profit

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.

The world needs more food - and Latin America is the place to invest

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 best way to play rising food prices

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.

We are facing a severe global food crisis, warns Jeremy Grantham

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.

Food prices soar again

America’s worst drought for half a century has sent the price of agricultural commodities soaring, driving fears of higher food price inflation.

What spiking food prices mean for your portfolio

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.

Is food inflation set to spike?

Record heat waves affecting America’s corn crop may be about to push up Britain’s cost of living.

Soybean prices head for a new record

Strong Chinese demand is behind a sharp rise in the price of soybeans.

The bull market ruse that could destroy your investment

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.

How to invest in water, the world's most undervalued resource

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.

Sugar prices are on the up

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.

How rising food prices will affect your wealth

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.

Tax advice of the week: Lose the taxman in the woods

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.

Fund of the week: A long-term play on agriculture

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.

Buy this beaten-up consumer staple now

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.

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