Commodities

Cash in on a profitable end to the oil era
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Oil

Cash in on a profitable end to the oil era

Cheap oil stocks could still make a lot of money and carve out a new future before oil demand peaks
20 Oct 2020
Oil shares have never been this cheap – but will they just get even cheaper?
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Energy

Oil shares have never been this cheap – but will they just get even cheaper?

The oil sector is staggeringly cheap. But oil is still one of the most important commodities in the world. John Stepek looks at where energy stocks mi…
16 Oct 2020
What would negative interest rates mean for your money?
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UK Economy

What would negative interest rates mean for your money?

There has been much talk of the Bank of England introducing negative interest rates. John Stepek explains why they might do that, and what it would me…
15 Oct 2020
Oil stocks: share prices in this hated sector are back at their Covid-19 lows – time to buy?
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Oil price

Oil stocks: share prices in this hated sector are back at their Covid-19 lows – time to buy?

Demand for oil plummeted as the world locked itself down, and oil producers’ share prices remain stuck at rock bottom. John Stepek explains why the se…
8 Oct 2020
Platinum has lost its shine – but the green energy revolution could change all that
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Silver and other precious metals

Platinum has lost its shine – but the green energy revolution could change all that

Platinum has had a terrible few years – right now, it is at the same price as it was in 2003. But that could soon change. Dominic Frisby puts the case…
7 Oct 2020
The oil-price rebound has stalled
Oil

The oil-price rebound has stalled

The post-lockdown rally in the oil price has now stalled, with prices down by 6% since the beginning of September
1 Oct 2020
It’s getting harder for big investors to ignore gold
Gold

It’s getting harder for big investors to ignore gold

The world’s biggest hedge fund group has come out in favour of gold. John Stepek explains why you should own gold too, and what would happen to the pr…
1 Oct 2020

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Two commodities that could lie at the heart of the next resources bubble
Energy

Two commodities that could lie at the heart of the next resources bubble

Commodities tend to move in cycles. And if you can identify early on which ones are about to surge in demand, you can profit handsomely. Dominic Frisb…
30 Sep 2020
The electric-car bubble could get an awful lot bigger from here
Renewables

The electric-car bubble could get an awful lot bigger from here

The switch to electric cars is driving a huge investment bubble. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, says John Stepek. Fortunes will be made and l…
24 Sep 2020
The rising dollar is proving bad news for most other assets – will it last?
Investment strategy

The rising dollar is proving bad news for most other assets – will it last?

Precious metals, stocks and pretty much every other asset has taken a tumble as the US dollar strengthens. Dominic Frisby looks at how long this trend…
23 Sep 2020
Oil producers are back at their Covid-19 lows – is it time to buy?
Oil

Oil producers are back at their Covid-19 lows – is it time to buy?

With demand for oil hammered by Covid-19 and talk of “peak oil demand”, there are lots of good reasons to be bearish on oil producers. So, asks John S…
22 Sep 2020
Is this the end of the oil era? And if so, what should you invest in?
Oil

Is this the end of the oil era? And if so, what should you invest in?

Oil major BP says we may already have seen “peak oil demand”. What would that mean for your portfolio? John Stepek investigates.
17 Sep 2020
A “new deal” needn’t be green
UK Economy

A “new deal” needn’t be green

Britain is seeking measures to revive its Covid-ravaged economy. It should choose from a broader palette than just “green”, says Matthew Lynn.
13 Sep 2020
The oil price comes off the boil again
Oil

The oil price comes off the boil again

The oil-price rally has come unstuck, with Brent crude falling back by 12% so far this month to hit a two-month low. 
11 Sep 2020
10 September 1951: Britain boycotts Iran over the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company
This day in history

10 September 1951: Britain boycotts Iran over the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company

On this day in 1951, Britain boycotted and blockaded Iran after the latter nationalised the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company.
10 Sep 2020
Why helium is headed a lot higher
Commodities

Why helium is headed a lot higher

Shortages of key resources never last, but investors can profit with careful timing, writes Dominic Frisby
7 Sep 2020
Gold and the US election: does it matter who’s president?
Gold

Gold and the US election: does it matter who’s president?

With just two months to go until the American presidential election, Dominic Frisby looks at how the result could affect gold’s bull market, and asks:…
2 Sep 2020
The charts that matter: China stimulus drives copper demand
Global Economy

The charts that matter: China stimulus drives copper demand

With China promising more infrastructure building, the price of copper continues to rise. Here’s how that’s affected the rest of the charts that matte…
29 Aug 2020
China adds shine to base metals
Industrial metals

China adds shine to base metals

Metals prices have rallied hard after China's government unveiling plans for new infrastructure building, including railways, power lines and electric…
28 Aug 2020
27 August 1859: The birth of America’s oil industry
This day in history

27 August 1859: The birth of America’s oil industry

On this day in 1859, Edwin Drake struck oil in Titusville, Pennsylvania, proving that his pioneering drilling techniques were economically feasible.
27 Aug 2020
CCI: this indicator can help you decide when to buy and sell silver
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CCI: this indicator can help you decide when to buy and sell silver

CCI - the “commodity channel index” – is a technical indicator that can help traders spot entry and exit points. Dominic Frisby runs it over the silve…
24 Aug 2020
The charts that matter: gold dips after Buffett buys in
Global Economy

The charts that matter: gold dips after Buffett buys in

Warren Buffett bought into gold's bull market just as the price slipped again. Here's how the charts that matter most to the global economy reacted.
22 Aug 2020