The prohibitionist era is over: countries are rapidly legalising marijuana for medical and recreational use. Ben Judge reviews the latest developments and explains how to profit from pot.
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.
Commodities are becoming scarcer, but as resources get harder to come by, opportunities crop up for canny investors. John Stepek looks at the key influences on commodities prices, and picks the best investments to buy now.
As the global population rises and climate change begins to bite, improvements in agricultural methods are needed to feed an increasingly hungry world. James McKeigue looks at the farming industry, and picks the best investments to buy now.
The government wants to sell off much of England’s publicly owned forest, turning the Forestry Commission from an owner of woodland into a regulator. But the idea has sparked strong opposition across the political spectrum. Simon Wilson looks at what the government hopes to achieve, and weighs up the arguments for and against.
Chocolate’s main ingredient, cocoa is getting rapidly more expensive. It’s up 12% so far this year. Tim Bennett explains how to play the price rises with a spread bet.
Food prices now are higher than in 2007 and 2008 – when shortages led to rioting in several countries around the world. John Stepek looks at what’s causing the price rises, and what investors should do.
Last Monday, the price of corn notched up its biggest daily gain since 1973 – reaching almost $5.60 a bushel.
Britain’s economy is slowing, but inflation remains stubbornly high. And as rising grain prices push up the cost of food, life will become yet more expensive for all of us. John Stepek explains what’s going on, and the best way to protect yourself.
Although many ‘soft’ commodities have hit fresh highs this year, prices tend to fall back as supply is ramped up. But a permanent shift in demand could soon make cheap food a thing of the past. John Stepek explains why.
Rocketing food prices across the globe have been causing widespread fears of another food crisis. But the price rally does not look set to last.