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  • Strong demand for coal could mean profits for those investing in the industry
  • There continues to be a growing focus on renewable and clean energy. If someone asked you what the quickest growing energy source is at the moment, you'd be mistaken to answer solar or wind. The fact is, it's coal. Yes, it isn't a clean energy source, but it's one of the cheapest. And this has led to an explosion in its use. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Boom times look afoot f... ››› more
  • [02 July 2014]
  • What's going on at the world's largest gold vault?
  • At the Federal Reserve Bank in New York, the fifth subfloor hosts the largest gold vault in the world. The vault is 25 metres below the street, and is made of steel and concrete. Protecting its entrance is a 90 ton steel cylinder. There are very few with security clearance that can enter. But is there something afoot at the world's largest gold vault? Are the contents not exactly what ever... ››› more
  • [01 July 2014]
  • These two events in India are about to send the gold price to record levels
  • When it comes to the gold price, India calls the shots. You see, the world's second largest population demands the metal more than most countries. Just take a look at how much gold they've hoarded... India owns about 34,170 tons of gold and the estimated gold mined throughout all of history is just 167,550 tons. In other words, India owns 20% of all the gold ever produced. And its a... ››› more
  • [30 June 2014]
  • Bullion uncovered: Why the way gold pricing works is open to manipulation
  • At the end of May, Barclays received a fine for $43.8 million by a British financial regulator. This was down to its part in a gold price fix incident in 2012. This incident brought to light the issues with the way gold pricing works. Let's take a closer look at what went on and what it means for the gold price… The way the gold price fix works was itself fixed The incident at Barclays was d... ››› more
  • [27 June 2014]
  • Uranium: A commodity that's set to rocket over the next five years
  • The way things are shaping up, uranium is poised to jump in value over the coming five years. It all comes down to the production costs associated with uranium. Commodities go through booms and busts all the time. When prices are low, more people start to use the commodity. This causes a boom to begin and increases supply. This leads to a price rise, which eventually results in a bust. And it look... ››› more
  • [27 June 2014]
  • Why you should be interested in this emerging trend in the gold market
  • China is daft about gold. It's widely regarded as THE symbol of wealth in the country. People traditionally give gold on the birth of a baby, on birthdays, at Chinese New Year and at weddings. To give you an idea of the popularity of gold in China, the state broadcaster even shows adverts to encourage its people to invest in gold between TV programmes! So why should you care about this? And what d... ››› more
  • [26 June 2014]
  • Workers take the first steps to getting back to work at the platinum mines
  • Following the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) and the platinum producers signing new wage deals yesterday, workers are streaming back to the mines today. But it will be at least a week before any type of production resumes. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The longest strike in South African history is over This morning saw thousands of workers going back... ››› more
  • [25 June 2014]
  • The Labour Court rules the AMCU cannot strike in the gold sector
  • In January, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) attempted to down tools at three gold producers as it began strike action in the platinum sector. The affected gold producers took the AMCU to court over the matter. They obtained an interdict preventing the AMCU from striking. Today, the Labour Court made the order permanent. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… ... ››› more
  • [23 June 2014]
  • The oil price hits its highest level in nine months as the Iraq crisis deepens
  • For the first time in nine months, yesterday the price of Brent crude oil hit over $115 intraday. The oil price is responding to escalating tensions in Iraq as insurgents continue to battle for ground. The latest targets are oil fields around Baghdad. Let's take a closer look at what's going on and what this means for the oil price longer-term… Risks to oil production are pushing the oil pric... ››› more
  • [20 June 2014]
  • Is a gold bull market around the corner?
  • The current bear market for the price of gold is in its 127th week. For about two years, the gold price has struggled. So surely the price of the yellow metal is due some respite? Surely a new gold bull market is just around the corner? Let's take a closer look at what could be in store for the price of gold… What happened to the gold price in the past? Over the past 44 years, of the five ma... ››› more
  • [19 June 2014]
  • Why you should go against what Warren Buffett thinks about gold
  • World famous investor Warren Buffett doesn't like gold as an investment. He says it doesn't have an intrinsic value. And he would rather invest in assets that do. But just because Warren Buffett doesn't like gold means that you should either. In fact, having some of your wealth in physical gold makes good investment sense. Read on to find out more… Why you should invest in gold Regardless of... ››› more
  • [18 June 2014]
  • A blue diamond unearthed in SA could fetch up to $50 million
  • Last week, Petra Diamonds announced its latest monster find. The diamond company, listed in London, revealed on Friday that it had unearthed a rare blue diamond. The diamond is over 122 carats. The huge rock is set to break records when it goes up for sale. Let's take a closer look… The diamond weighs in at a staggering 122.5 carats Numis Securities says the rare “blue 122.5 carat diamond ... ››› more
  • [17 June 2014]
  • The oil price soars as OPEC's second biggest producer is under attack
  • Over the last few days, Iraq is under siege. Insurgents have stormed the country taking over at least nine towns and cities so far. The news has led the oil price strongly higher. And led the US markets down yesterday. Let's take a closer look at what's going on with the oil price… Crude oil hits a nine month high The events in Iraq saw “Brent crude oil hit a nine-month high near $115 a ba... ››› more
  • [13 June 2014]
  • This forgotten metal is up 19% this year... And it's about to double!
  • There's one ignored precious metal that's gained nearly 20% this year. It's not gold or silver. The thing is, if you want to find investment opportunities, you have to look in often forgotten - but still in demand - places. And this precious metal is in for another run! Let me explain... Three things that have choked the supply of this one metal will see your profits soar   ... ››› more
  • [13 June 2014]
  • The palladium price climbs as supply fears grow
  • Today, marks 20 weeks to the day since the strike by members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) downed tools over wage demands at the world's top three platinum producers. The price of palladium has been rising steadily since the beginning of the strike. And this week, the metal showed a spectacular rally. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The palladium... ››› more
  • [12 June 2014]


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