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?
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.
Rice has been one of the worst performers in the commodity complex this year, down 25%. But could a price spike be on the cards?
While global demand for food will only increase, investing in soft commodities is fraught with danger. So it’s better to put your money into the tools that increase food production than into the foods themselves, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
One of the best ways to profit from rising demand for food is to invest in firms that increase crop yields. That fact hasn’t escaped mining giant BHP Billiton, which has made a $39bn bid for Canada’s Potash Corp. John Stepek explains what’s going on, and how you can cash in.
Having gone nowhere for most of the year, wheat prices are now rocketing. Is this a rally that is set to continue?
Wildfires are devastating Russia’s crops. And as the Kremiln blocks wheat exports, the price of bread is set to soar. But Bengt Saelensminde isn’t convinced we’re going to see rampant inflation any time soon.
Grain prices are rising fast. That means we’ll soon all be paying more for our food. But the fallout goes far beyond higher bread prices. John Stepek explains what the rising price of soft commodities means for the economy – and your investments.