Over the last couple of months, the oil price has been trending lower. This is in spite of various geopolitical events.
So why is the oil price not responding higher as you might expect? How can you benefit from a tumbling oil price? And are there any disadvantages to a lower oil price?
Let's take a closer look at what's going on with the oil price…
Why the oil price is easing
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The price of gold has continued to limp along. Over the past three months, the price is only 2% higher.
But there is a long-term gold indicator that looks like it's heading towards a buy signal. The last time this buy indicator went off, gold rose an astonishing 80% in just over two years.
Read on to uncover why gold could be preparing for another stellar rally…
The MACD and the gold... ››› more
Until last week, the ‘silver fix' all came down to backroom negotiations between a few dealers.
But now the way the price of silver is determined has gone electronic.
The new system sees participants enter electronic orders at a proposed starting price. The CME Group, who own the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, tracks the price.
So how does it work? And why the change?
Let's take a cl... ››› more
Mining has always been a risky business.
We all know how dangerous underground working conditions can be.
And every once in a while there's a big mining accident that turns the fate of a profitable mine into a deep money pit.
Village Main Reef had that with its Blyvoor mine two years ago after an earthquake collapsed a new mine portion - Making major parts of the mine inaccessible and cut... ››› more
When sentiment turns against an asset, the result is a plunging price. And when this happens, the price levels don't make economic sense.
But the fact is, the longer sentiment is negative, the longer prices stay down.
Yet, at some point, market forces will rule. And this is the case for this unloved, but essential, resource.
So let's take a look at why uranium looks set to fight back…
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Over the month of July, the price of silver fell 3%. But if you look back to see what's happened in the past, August could be the month for silver to rally.
So why does this look like it's shaping up to be the month for silver?
Let's take a closer look…
Historically, August is a good month for the silver price
If you look at the silver price over the past five years, it’s always... ››› more
If you look back through history, money has three primary roles…
Firstly, it's a form of exchange. Secondly, it allows a way of pricing different things, including commodities. And thirdly, it allows a way for you to store value.
Think about currencies, whether it's the dollar, the euro, the pound or the rand. By themselves, they're not worth the paper they're printed on.
Until the 1970... ››› more
This may come as a surprise, but in the 12-months before the US Federal Reserve (Fed) starts to raise interest rates, historically the price of gold soars.
Expectations are that the Fed will begin hiking interest rates in 2015. So that means now is the time to start buying gold.
Let's take a closer look at why you should get into gold now…
How the gold price responds to the Fed’s i... ››› more
At the end of July, Rand Refinery revealed it will receive a shareholder loan to make up for loss of 87,000 ounces or 2.7 tons of gold.
Rand Refinery in Germiston is one of the largest gold refineries in the world. It's the largest in Africa. It's also the largest single site for precious metals refining and smelting in the world.
At the current gold price, that's around $114 million (R1.2 ... ››› more
“What's the best share to buy on the JSE today Francois?”
I get this question a lot… And to tell you the truth the answer changes all the time. Markets aren't static and share prices move - changing what's a good buy all the time.
But if there's a small cap miner that excites me RIGHT NOW, it's the one I'm about to share with you today!
A hot junior miner you need to own right now
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There could be trouble afoot in Africa's largest producer of oil. Issues here will just add to production supply woes.
There are already threats to production in Iraq. And Libya is running at a reduced capacity.
And with elections scheduled for the turn of the year in this oil producing country, there could be major disruptions to supply.
Let's take a closer look at what could be in stor... ››› more
There have been a number of factors pushing the palladium price higher.
The precious metal has benefitted from the five-month platinum sector strike in South Africa. Ongoing tensions with Russia, the world's top palladium producer, have added impetus. And an eight-year supply and demand deficit has played its part.
But with the precious metal trading at such a high price, is there room left... ››› more
This year will see global platinum supply touch its lowest level in 14 years. This as demand for the precious metal is reaching its highest level in six years.
The supply squeeze on platinum is mostly down to the five-month strike that affected the top three producers of the metal.
So where is the platinum price headed? And how can you get in on a platinum play? Read on to find out…
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Last year saw the production of 3,018 tonnes of gold. That's over 100 million ounces. The sector managed to achieve this even though the price of gold was falling.
Now the gold sector is facing a very big problem: A lack of new gold discoveries.
Let's take a closer look at what's going on…
Gold production has been ramping up over the years
Let’s take a closer look at what’s be... ››› more
Over the last couple of months, the gold price hasn't done very much. While bouncing around, the price is just 2% higher.
But it looks like a change is on the cards.
The gold price is showing strong signs that it's going to rally. Let's take a closer look at why…
The gold price has strong support levels
Have a look at the chart below of the gold price…
At the moment, gold i... ››› more
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