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Commodities look cheap

Gold may be on a bull run, but industrial commodities, including copper, zinc and aluminium, remain cheap.
17 Jan 2020
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Ready to motor: it’s platinum’s turn to shine

Palladium and rhodium have outstripped platinum in the past few years. But thanks to the advent of fuel-cell cars, that could soon change, says Domini…
7 Nov 2019
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Ecuador’s El Dorado: be brave and beat the crowd to the boom

Ecuador is finally set to cash in on its vast metals deposits. The domestic political backdrop has stabilised and international investors are beginnin…
24 Oct 2019
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Chart of the week: Dr Copper diagnoses an ailing economy

The price of copper has slipped by a fifth this year and is now at a near-two-year low of around $5,600 a tonne.
14 Oct 2019
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The cycles in the metals market: when will zinc and copper shine?

The prices of two of the world’s most important industrial commodities have slipped over the past few years. Dominic Frisby assesses the outlook and e…
3 Oct 2019
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Chart of the week: palladium will lose its lustre

Palladium has gained 70% in a year. It now trades at about $1,530 per ounce. But any escalation in the US-China trade could spell an end to the rally.
5 Aug 2019
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Chart of the week: nickel bucks the metals trend

The price of nickel has soared by almost a quarter to a 13-month high in just a fortnight.
29 Jul 2019

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Why I’m betting on a return of the copper bull market

After peaking in 2011, the copper price experienced a painful bear market. But recently, we have been in something of an uptrend. Dominic Frisby is be…
10 Jul 2019
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The lure of Latin America: get set for a new mining boom

Latin America has long been fertile, yet dangerous territory for mining investors. But now the legal backdrop is improving and the prospects for the r…
27 Jun 2019
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Chart of the week: China’s trade war trump card

China is by far the dominant supplier of rare earth metals - a group of 17 elements used in applications ranging from military and industrial lasers t…
3 Jun 2019
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The charts that matter: the great bond bubble revisited

A slide in bond yields this week has driven the yield curve lower. John Stepek looks at how this has affected the charts that matter most to the globa…
1 Jun 2019
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Platinum, palladium or rhodium – which is the metal of the future?

Platinum, palladium and rhodium are all vying to be the metal of the future – evolving vehicle technology will determine the ultimate victor. Dominic …
22 May 2019
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Palladium’s rise has been epic – will platinum ever catch up?

Palladium, used in catalytic converters for petrol cars, has shot up in price. Platinum, used in diesels, has collapsed. The question now, says Domini…
3 Apr 2019
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Chart of the week: rhodium on the rise

Rhodium has gained more than 30% this year, and now costs at least twice as much as gold or palladium.
1 Apr 2019
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Uranium looks a good long-term bet – here’s how to play it

Uranium is viewed with suspicion by the public, but it’s an essential part of global energy production – and we are set for a shortage. Dominic Frisby…
20 Mar 2019
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Chart of the week: Copper's revival

After plunging by a fifth last year, the copper price has jumped to their highest level in eight months: around $6,500 per tonne.
4 Mar 2019
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Watch the copper price – if it keeps rising, this bull market could have legs

The price of copper, one of the most important metals in the world, is climbing. Dominic Frisby looks at what’s behind the rise, and picks the best wa…
26 Feb 2019
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Chart of the week: Palladium – the most precious metal of all?

The price of palladium has hit a new record of $1,495 per ounce. Last year it overtook the gold price, and it is also more highly valued than its sist…
22 Feb 2019
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How self-driving cars could be the next genuinely useful investment bubble

There's a huge amount of investment pouring into self-driving cars. It could turn out to be a "glorious bubble", says John Stepek. Here's what's going…
12 Feb 2019
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The conditions are ripe for a spike in the price of this metal – here’s how to invest

Zinc is in short supply. And that could mean a big price rise. Dominic Frisby looks at the fundamentals, and picks some of the best ways to invest.
23 Jan 2019
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Metals that will shine in 2019

This year has not been kind to commodities, says Marina Gerner. 2019 could well be different.
14 Dec 2018
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“No better bet than uranium”

Things are looking up for the price of uranium. In mid-2018, the spot price stood at $23 per pound, roughly the same as two years ago. Now it is up by…
30 Nov 2018
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Dr Copper’s grim prognosis for the global economy

The price of copper has slumped by 18% in the past year it –  a worrying sign for the global economy.
10 Aug 2018
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What Dr Copper is telling us about China’s tough balancing act

The price of copper has tumbled as China's leaders struggle to keep their economic plan on the road. John Stepek explains why that matters for your mo…
6 Aug 2018
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Platinum will regain its shine

Platinum futures have slumped to around $840 an ounce, a near-ten-year low. But the gloom looks overdone.
13 Jul 2018
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The most-hated metal in the world is due a comeback

During the commodities boom, uranium was the bubbliest metal of them all – but the price of the nuclear fuel has collapsed, alongside support for nucl…
5 Jul 2018
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Chart of the week: copper is getting red hot

Fears of a trade war have dented confidence in copperof late, but the longer-term outlook is encouraging.
15 Jun 2018
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It’s only a matter of time before this hated metal makes a comeback

Having hit an all-time high in 2007, the price of uranium has fallen every year since. But it’s time will come again, says Dominic Frisby, Here’s how …
13 Jun 2018
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Rhodium: the niche alternative to gold

Bored with gold? Uninspired by silver? Platinum too cheap for your tastes these days? Perhaps, says Chris Carter, you need to find a more intriguing m…
26 Apr 2018
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Commodities make a comeback

Raw-materials prices rose sharply in 2017 – and they have made a strong start to 2018, too.
12 Jan 2018
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Chart of the week: cobalt’s rise will level out

Cobalt left other industrial metals “in the dust” in 2017. The price jumped from $30,000 a tonne to $75,000, and has tripled in two years.
12 Jan 2018
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Copper: now a precious metal

We usually think of gold and silver, and sometimes platinum and palladium, as precious metals. But increasingly, copper is a precious metal too.
3 Nov 2017
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This precious metal is rapidly losing status – which is a good time to buy

Upheaval in the car industry could affect demand for one precious metal commonly found in cars today. John Stepek explains why, and how to play it.
17 Oct 2017
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Chart of the week: red metal is red hot

Growth in China and the rise of the electric car sees copper prices rebound after several poor years.
6 Oct 2017
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Why “peak” arguments are always wrong

First we had “peak oil”, now electric cars will bring about “peak lithium”. But don’t worry, says John Stepek, “peak” arguments are always wrong. Here…
28 Sep 2017
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Chart of the week: supply squeeze boosts aluminium

A stronger global economic backdrop has bolstered demand for aluminium, while in China, a clampdown on pollution and excess capacity after years of ra…
8 Sep 2017
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This stealth bull market is still in its early stages

The mining sector has performed extremely well in recent months, even as investors worry about the state of the wider market. But, asks John Stepek, c…
5 Sep 2017
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How to invest as electric cars get the green light

As emissions caps choke demand for diesel vehicles, electric cars will start motoring. Buy lithium miners and battery makers to cash in, says Julie Bo…
24 Aug 2017
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How to profit from the mundane metals miners

A decade-long mining boom has ended. A lack of discoveries today means a shortfall – and price rises – tomorrow. Zinc and lead may not seem thrilling,…
18 Aug 2017
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Zinc is dull but useful, and it’s in short supply – it’s time to buy

Zinc, one of the most widely used metals in the world, is in short supply. That’s good news for investors. Dominic Frisby picks the best ways to buy i…
20 Jul 2017
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Chart of the week: the shine will come off palladium

Palladium, used mostly in catalytic converters in petrol engines, is 2017’s best-performing commodity with a 30% gain.
16 Jun 2017
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How much longer can China prop up commodities?

Donald Trump’s election gave commodities a boost last autumn. But now the trend has reversed, with metals especially weak. The culprit is the key driv…
12 May 2017
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Chart of the week: the aluminium rally falters

Aluminium futures have charged ahead of those of other metals in 2017, hitting a 22-month high in early March, but the rally has now faltered.
17 Mar 2017
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Warning: don’t touch lithium with a ten-foot bargepole

Lithium is the fuel of the clean tech revolution. That’s sent the stocks of lithium producers soaring. But we’ve seen this story before, says Dominic …
22 Feb 2017
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Copper’s shine will fade

Copper has gained around 10% since the start of 2017. But don’t count on high prices lasting.
17 Feb 2017
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What’s next for the US dollar?

A potential peak in industrial metals prices could mean the US dollar is set to go higher. But nothing is certain, says Dominic Frisby. Here’s how he’…
8 Feb 2017
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More mileage in palladium

Palladium reached a near-two-year high of almost $800 an ounce last week. And there may well be further to go.
3 Feb 2017
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Can the uranium rally keep going?

Last week the price of uranium bounced by 10% after Kazakhstan, the world’s biggest producer, said it would cut output by a tenth, or 3% of total glob…
20 Jan 2017