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  • Could the slump in commodities indicate something's awry with the global economy?
  • Commodities have taken a tanking over the last couple of months. Gold, oil and platinum are just some of the commodities falling in price. So is a fall in commodity prices just bad news for companies concerned with natural resources? Or could it indicate problems with the global economy? Let's take a closer look… The effect of a strong dollar on commodities The dollar has been... ››› more
  • [29 September 2014]
  • Three shares that'll crash and burn before you can count 1, 2, 3…
  • A recent survey of on international stock exchange, the ASX, found that as much as a third of the 2,100 companies listed there are at risk of financial catastrophe. In fact, 58% of the bottom 500 companies on the ASX published warnings they could go bust within 12 months. But surely this isn't the case in South Africa, is it? Well if that’s what you thought, you’re sadly mistaken my fr... ››› more
  • [29 September 2014]
  • Three reasons behind the slide in the oil price
  • Over the last few months, the price of crude oil has continued to ebb. It's now just sitting at over $97 a barrel. But is the price of oil expected to fall further? And what is leading to this fall in the crude oil price? Let's take a closer look… Is the price of crude oil going to continue to fall? The price of crude oil has been trending lower since mid-June. Have a look at th... ››› more
  • [26 September 2014]
  • Where to now for gold? The yellow metal is struggling to hold its ground…
  • Having a small allocation of your portfolio to gold can make good investment sense. It acts like an insurance policy against financial catastrophes. When other assets fall hard, gold tends to perform. If you're a gold bug, you'll have watched in angst as the yellow metal continues to wallow. So what's going on with gold? Is there any chance that it's going to recover any time soon? Le... ››› more
  • [26 September 2014]
  • The silver price is down again… What's going on?
  • If you like silver as an investment, you'll probably have noticed that its price has slid once again. So why is there so much pressure on the silver price? Let's take a closer look… Why is the silver price sliding? A report by Reuters last week showed that silver holdings of exchange traded funds (ETFs) reached all-time highs. Unfortunately this is a very bearish signal, Domini... ››› more
  • [25 September 2014]
  • Three ways to invest in precious metals
  • Holding a portion of your portfolio in gold and other precious metals like silver is like having an insurance policy against bad things happening in the market. When shares and other asset classes drop in value, gold tends to rise in price. So if you want to have some exposure to precious metals in your portfolio, what's the best way to go about it? Let's take a closer look… How to i... ››› more
  • [23 September 2014]
  • Fancy trading or investing in commodities? Here's what you need to know
  • The commodities market is a vast one. With South Africa being so rich in commodities, like gold and platinum, perhaps you're interested in putting some money into the market? Before you make any decisions, you need to know more. So what exactly is the commodities market? How can you trade and invest in it? And how is investing in commodities different from investing in other financial instru... ››› more
  • [22 September 2014]
  • Why I'm recommending ‘Losers' right now
  • Over the past few months I've been recommending investors buy these ‘Losers' because I believe some of them could be the best performing stocks of the next three years. I know this sounds odd. But let me explain… Losers are shares that have fallen dramatically. Shares in a market that have underperformed or lost you money for a multiyear period. And the market I see the best value in ... ››› more
  • [22 September 2014]
  • Could gold hit $5,000 an ounce by 2017?
  • The last couple of years have been hard on the gold price. From the dizzy heights of over $1,900 an ounce in 2011, the price is now hovering around $1,230 an ounce. So the big question now is, when will the price of gold recover? And when it recovers, how high will it go? Let's take a closer look… Why the gold price could soar in a few short years Rob McEwen, the CEO of the wo... ››› more
  • [16 September 2014]
  • Petra Diamonds sells a 122.5 carat blue diamond for $27.6 million
  • In June, Petra Diamonds unearthed a massive blue diamond, weighing in at 122.5 carats, at its Cullinan mine near Pretoria. When Petra Diamonds revealed the find, experts thought the diamond would bring in anything between $35 and $50 million. Its sale price comes in well below these estimates. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The blue diamond came from the infamous Cul... ››› more
  • [16 September 2014]
  • Commodities uncovered: How to exploit the vital role of supply and demand
  • Supply and demand are perhaps the most important driving forces in economics. These two factors play a very important role in the commodities market. Ultimately they determine the prices of commodities. And they provide investors and traders a chance to make great profits too. Let's take a closer look at the vital role of supply and demand in the commodities market… The role of su... ››› more
  • [04 September 2014]

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