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The death of buy-to-let property is a useful cautionary tale for all investors

Investing in buy-to-let property was once a perfectly valid thing to do. But the government killed the market. John Stepek explains what investors sho…
29 May 2020
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Governments’ money-printing mania bodes well for base metals

Money is being printed like there is no tomorrow. Much of it will be used to pay for infrastructure projects – and that will be good for metals, says …
27 May 2020
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Saudi Arabia slips on cheap oil

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had big plans to diversify its economy so that it was no longer so reliant on oil revenue. The current crisis arrived befo…
23 May 2020
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Commodity prices are hitting new lows

Commodity prices are as cheap as they've ever been, but don't expect them to rebound as fast as they did after the global financial crisis.
22 May 2020
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Soft commodities

Invest in water and provide a buffer against future pandemics

Global water shortages have long hampered growth and development, and climate change has exacerbated the problem. Will the coronavirus pandemic be a t…
22 May 2020
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Oil

Oil market begins to rebalance

Oil prices remain historically depressed, but they have perked up a little this week.
7 May 2020
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Gold

Buy gold to shield your portfolio from danger and uncertainty

This is an era of unprecedented money printing and more bailouts may soon be needed. The geopolitical backdrop is shaky too. In short, there have neve…
7 May 2020

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Investment trusts

Solid income from a renewable energy "tortoise" fund

GCP Infrastructure plods along compared with its rivals, but offers an attractive yield at the current price
4 May 2020
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Industrial metals

Keep an eye on steel and iron ore prices

Those hoping for a swift rebound should keep an eye on the steel market.
1 May 2020
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Stockmarkets

Royal Dutch Shell slashes its dividend: what now for income investors?

Shell's dividend cut – its first since WWII – has come as a nasty surprise. And it leaves income investors wondering where to turn now. John Stepek lo…
1 May 2020
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Gold

Should you buy gold coins?

When buying gold coins, it's important to decide whether you are collecting or investing, says Chris Carter.
1 May 2020
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Oil

Negative oil prices are just one result of banning bankruptcy

Negative oil prices are a result of low interest rates and cheap credit propping up inefficient businesses. Bankruptcy is part of the fabric of capita…
28 Apr 2020
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Oil

Oil sector faces collapse

Should embattled US oil producers be bailed out? And what will happen to Shell and BP’s dividends this year? Matthew Partridge reports.
23 Apr 2020
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Oil

How ETFs broke the oil market

The bizarre collapse in US crude may have been worsened by high levels of trading in a popular exchange-traded fund.
23 Apr 2020
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Oil

Below zero: oil plunges into negative territory

US oil’s unprecedented collapse is mostly due to how it is traded – but also to the shock to global GDP, says Alex Rankine.
23 Apr 2020
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Gold

Will gold really hit $3,000 an ounce in the next 18 months?

Bank of America is predicting that the gold price will hit an all-time high of $3,000 an ounce in the next year and half. John Stepek looks at just ho…
23 Apr 2020
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Commodities

My favourite way to buy silver

Unlike gold, you have to pay VAT on the silver you buy. But there is a way to still get a fantastic bargain, says Bengt Saelensminde. Here, he reveals…
21 Apr 2020
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Oil

The negative oil price meant traders couldn’t give the stuff away – here’s what that means

With a lot more oil being produced than anyone can use and storage space running out, the oil price briefly turned negative. John Stepek explains what…
21 Apr 2020
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Oil

The oil-price war is not over – it's just on hold

Both Opec and Russia have agreed to restrict oil output by ten million barrels per day from next month. But the oil price war isn't over yet.
16 Apr 2020
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Oil

Saudi Arabia heads for a "lost year"

The Covid-19 pandemic has frozen Saudi Arabia's economy and left it with lakes of unwanted oil.
16 Apr 2020
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Commodities

The uranium price is finally on the rise – here’s the easiest way to bet on a bull market

The uranium price has been quietly creeping up to hit a four-year high. Dominic Frisby explains what’s behind the rise, and picks the best way to inve…
15 Apr 2020
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Gold

Why now is the time to own gold – and bitcoin

The amount of money spent bailing out our financial system is incredible. Every government and central bank is at it. It’s times like these when you n…
8 Apr 2020