This week, we’ve opened ourselves up to the risk of an environmental backlash with our two main investment features. Our cover story delves into the reasons why, as we strive to create a world free of carbon emissions but keep all the 21st century comforts that the developed world enjoys and the developing world aspires to, we still need fossil fuels. And there’s no getting away from the fact that we’re going to need them for quite a while to come. Andrew Hunt explains why, and picks some of the best ways for you to invest.
Elsewhere, Dominic Frisby looks at another power source that many environmental campaigners hate but which has few, if any, carbon emissions: nuclear power. For the last 70 years, nuclear power stations have “provided huge amounts of reliable, affordable, “clean” and almost infinitely renewable electricity”, says Dominic. The focus in the industry now is switching to small modular reactors, says Dominic. Find out all about them, and how to profit from them, in this week’s issue of MoneyWeek magazine.
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Merryn is joined by our own John Stepek in this week’s edition of the MoneyWeek Podcast. They talk about the current state of the world, with its rising inflation, energy crisis and threats of strikes and ask – are we going back to the 1970s? They also talk in depth about the post-Covid labour market, productivity and much more. Listen to the whole episode here.
Here are the links for this week’s editions of Money Morning and other web articles you may have missed:
- Monday Money Morning: Why the world’s most important economic data release has unnerved markets
- Tuesday Money Morning: The Bank of England is keen to raise interest rates – what does that mean for you?
- Merryn’s blog: What to do as taxes and inflation rise and the growth-stock bull market ends
- Wednesday Money Morning: Will silver finally realise its potential? I’ve no idea – but I’ve just bought a load
- Thursday Money Morning: Inflation isn’t transitory – but what does that mean for markets?
- Friday Money Morning: When will supply chains sort themselves out and what might that mean for inflation?
- Cryptocurrency roundup: US overtakes China as biggest bitcoin miner
Now for the charts of the week.
The charts that matter
Gold spiked up as investors started to worry more about inflation, though it remains below $1,800 an ounce.
(Gold: three months)
The US dollar index (DXY – a measure of the strength of the dollar against a basket of the currencies of its major trading partners) softened a little after a month of gains.
(DXY: three months)
The Chinese yuan (or renminbi) strengthened a little against the dollar (when the red line is rising, the dollar is strengthening while the yuan is weakening).
(Chinese yuan to the US dollar: since 25 Jun 2019)
The yield on the ten-year US government bond slipped.
(Ten-year US Treasury yield: three months)
The yield on the Japanese ten-year bond mirrored the moves in US Treasury bond yields.
(Ten-year Japanese government bond yield: three months)
And the yield on the ten-year German Bund fell off, too.
(Ten-year Bund yield: three months)
Copper rose sharply as rising energy prices hampered supply.
(Copper: nine months)
The closely-related Aussie dollar climbed against the US dollar.
(Aussie dollar vs US dollar exchange rate: three months)
Bitcoin bulls cheered as the price topped $60,000 – not far off its record high.
(Bitcoin: three months)
US weekly initial jobless claims fell by 36,000 to 293,000. The four-week moving average fell by 10,500 to 334,250.
(US initial jobless claims, four-week moving average: since Jan 2020)
The oil price headed even higher.
(Brent crude oil: three months)
Amazon recovered some ground after earlier falls.
(Amazon: three months)
Tesla continued to climb on news of record sales in China and the company’s Model 3 saloon becoming the UK’s best-selling car in September.
(Tesla: three months)
Have a great weekend.
Ben studied modern languages at London University's Queen Mary College. After dabbling unhappily in local government finance for a while, he went to work for The Scotsman newspaper in Edinburgh. The launch of the paper's website, scotsman.com, in the early years of the dotcom craze, saw Ben move online to manage the Business and Motors channels before becoming deputy editor with responsibility for all aspects of online production for The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Edinburgh Evening News websites, along with the papers' Edinburgh Festivals website.
Ben joined MoneyWeek as website editor in 2008, just as the Great Financial Crisis was brewing. He has written extensively for the website and magazine, with a particular emphasis on alternative finance and fintech, including blockchain and bitcoin. As an early adopter of bitcoin, Ben bought when the price was under $200, but went on to spend it all on foolish fripperies.
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