At times like this, gold and silver typically grab all the attention... And attract all the "safe" money. But there's another metal that could blast past both of these. That's because it has unique physical properties for which there is just no substitute - something its biggest consumers lose quite a bit of sleep over. It's 15 times more rare than platinum... and 30 times more rare than gold. Rea... ››› more
South Africa sits with the ‘achievement' of having 8 out of the world's ten deepest mines.
While this is clearly an achievement in engineering - it's a problem specifically for our gold mining industry.
Production costs have skyrocketed, accidents in the deep mines make it even more difficult to profit.
In fact, in the 1970's South Africa produced as much as 80% of the world's gold,... ››› more
The mining sector is in talks with mining minister Mosebenzi Zwane on 25 and 26 April 2016.
This comes after the release of the new “Draft mining charter”.
In the draft mining charter the minister of mining set new requirements for mining companies in South Africa.
You might think this doesn't affect you as an investor. But it does.
Even if you're not invested in... ››› more
Between July 2015 and 21 January 2016 the JSE's Resource's index crashed a whopping 63.89%. Mining and resource shares all over were crushed as investors clamoured over one another to shout "SELL" harder than their neighbour.
But since the end of January 2016, there have been THREE important announcements that spell the end of this downturn. At least for a couple of tiny miners on the JSE.
I... ››› more
The Rand has crashed to R16.70 a dollar.
On 30 November 2015 a Bloomberg report speculated the rand could hit R20 to a dollar.
Then on 8 January 2016 a Fin 24 report again reiterated the R20 to a dollar level for 2016 and Cees Bruggemans, a well known economist predicts we could see R22.50 to the dollar before 2018!
In short, if you're not investing in rand hedge shares you're losing mone... ››› more
I recently wrote an article detailing the unstoppable global trends that have made many people billions of dollars throughout history.
Just to recap, the trends are energy (renewables), technology, war, healthcare and demographics.
I said that these trends have been at the centre of wealth creation since the dawn of time. And as we look towards the future, these trends will continue to gener... ››› more
It doesn't seem that long ago when the prices of commodities were hitting the lights out.
But the commodities super cycle is definitely over for now.
So why were commodities doing so well? And what's changed?
Let's take a closer look…
The recovery of commodities
Back in 2000, prices of commodities hit historically cheap levels. Take zinc. When you adjust its price for i... ››› more
As the global economy recovers from the financial crisis, one sector that is still bearing the brunt is commodities.
Commodities are at multiyear lows, but this doesn't mean there aren't opportunities to take advantage of.
So where should you look to put your money in the sector?
Read on to find out…
The woes of commodities
It’s not easy to find commodities that a... ››› more
Commodity prices are at multiyear lows. It's hard to find a commodity which is thriving in the current climate.
One commodity to stay clear of at the moment is copper. If the charts are anything to go by, this metal still has a long way to fall.
Let's take a closer look at what could lie in store for the metal…
Don’t underestimate how far copper could fall
The price of c... ››› more
In the middle of last year, the oil price started its decent. This year, the price of oil has struggled to get above $60 a barrel.
In the past when demand for oil ebbed, producers pulled back production to help the price out. But this time around, producers continue to pump oil out of the ground.
This leaves the industry with a bit of a problem. What to do with all the excess oil? But this p... ››› more
When uncertain times hit, investors tend to move to gold.
Gold gives you a way to hedge your portfolio against a financial crisis. It's wise to hold a small portion of your portfolio in gold.
So how can you invest in gold for the long-term?
There are five ways…
Way to invest in gold #1: Coins and bars
This is the most direct way you can invest in gold. As you hold physi... ››› more
If you have a smart phone or a laptop, chances are it's running off a lithium battery. Electric cars also use lithium batteries to keep them moving.
So where does lithium come from? How does the future look for lithium? And how can you profit from its rise?
Read on to find out more…
A bit about lithium
The demand for lithium is growing.
Only three countries ho... ››› more
Wind power is all about harnessing the power of the wind through turbines to produce energy. It's a way to generate electricity that's environmentally friendly and it is growing in popularity.
In Scotland, for instance, many wind farms now sit across the landscape, using nature's power to generate electricity.
But are there any issues with turbines? And is it a sector worth investing in?
... ››› more
Commodities have had it tough over the last few years. As the Thomson Reuters/CoreCommodities CRB Commodity Index shows, from 2011, commodities are down around 48%.
The vast majority of commodities are sitting at lows not seen in years.
But this doesn't mean commodities won't recover. The sector is cyclical. And this means is will recover at some stage.
Let's take a closer look…
W... ››› more
Commodities have had it hard over the past few years. The vast majority are struggling not to sink lower in price.
But there is an exception. And this is cocoa.
Cocoa is rising in value. And it looks like it has a lot further to rise.
Let's take a closer look…
The case for cocoa
Have a look at the chart below showing the performance of different commodities over the... ››› more
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