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  • Three reasons why the gold price is struggling
  • After making a half decent attempt at a rally earlier this year, the gold price is back down in the doldrums. So what's going on with the yellow metal? Why is it struggling to hold onto any gains it makes? Let's take a closer look… The gold price is on a downtrend Have a look at the chart below. After hitting a high in March this year of $1,383, the gold price has fallen to its lowest level ... ››› more
  • [09 June 2014]
  • The silver price continues to languish but opportunities beckon
  • The last three years have been tough for silver. The price kept falling. But in April, it looked like silver was finally preparing itself for a move upwards. Then last week, the price took another dip. This saw it trading below $19 an ounce. The question now is, what's in store for the price of silver? Let's take a closer look… Where next for the silver price? Silver’s surprise fall last w... ››› more
  • [06 June 2014]
  • The AMCU's case for a strike at gold producers goes ahead today
  • Back in January, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) had to stop its plan to strike at three of the country's gold producers. The gold producers obtained a court interdict to prevent the strike. The case is in court today. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The AMCU must provide reasons for the interdict’s removal In March, the union and the Chamber of Mi... ››› more
  • [05 June 2014]
  • Nickel has had a superb year so far… here's why it's set to continue
  • This year has seen a supply demand squeeze going on with nickel. And it looks set to continue. It's possible the squeeze is going to get tighter. It all comes down to China and its use of nickel. Let's take a closer look at why the price of nickel should continue to rise… China uses the lion’s share of the world’s nickel China is the largest user of nickel in the world. The Chinese us... ››› more
  • [28 May 2014]
  • Eskom demands better quality coal from supplier following last week's power crisis
  • Earlier today, the government said the quality of coal supplied to Eskom's coal-powered power stations must improve. Eskom blamed wet coal for load shedding last Thursday. And the power utility has since asked BHP Billiton for a quality report on the coal supplied last week. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Government gives mining sector an ultimatum Yesterday, the spokesman for... ››› more
  • [28 May 2014]
  • Could government's move to get its slice of new energy action backfire?
  • The South African government's plans to take a 20% stake in all new energy projects is under fire. The ANC want to push a change to the current law through before the next general election. But industry experts warn the move could mean SA misses out on opportunities as companies will simply take their business elsewhere. Let's take a closer look at the proposal… What the amendment to the bill ... ››› more
  • [28 May 2014]
  • If you're worried about currencies devaluing - buy gold
  • Gold is a great way of protecting you against any currency devaluation or governments' printing presses being hard at work. Gold is a ‘real' asset. And that's why gold is the only commodity that can provide you this protection. Why can't you buy other commodities instead? Let's take a closer look at why gold is the commodity to own… Gold is the traditional currency Gold is a ‘real’ ass... ››› more
  • [26 May 2014]
  • Commodities uncovered: Is it time to buy silver?
  • After staging a rally in February, silver prices have tumbled more than 10%. From 2011's peaks, the prices of gold and silver have suffered. Over that period gold is down 32%. But silver is down a staggering 60%. This makes this commodity very cheap. Let's take a closer look at why now could be the time to buy silver… How to use the silver-to-gold ratio If you go back to April 2011, one ounc... ››› more
  • [26 May 2014]
  • What are agricultural commodities?
  • You might have heard the term agricultural commodities bandied around. What exactly is an agricultural commodity? How do investors trade them? And can you trade agricultural commodities in South Africa? Let's take a closer look at the ins and outs of agricultural commodities… A definition of agricultural commodities Let’s start with a quick look at what a commodity is. A commodity simply d... ››› more
  • [26 May 2014]
  • Before you trade commodities you need to understand the risks and the market
  • Over the years, commodities have become ever more popular. You can see this trend is the launch of several different commodity-backed exchange traded funds (ETFs). But before you jump in, you need to understand exactly what investing in commodities is all about and the risks involved. Read on to find out what you need to know... How you can trade commodities If you want to trade commodities, y... ››› more
  • [26 May 2014]
  • The role of gold in the economy and your portfolio
  • Gold is a currency. Before paper currencies existed, people used it to pay for produce and services. Through early-2000, gold lost its shine as some investors and governments lost interest in the yellow metal. This saw the price of gold fall below $300 an ounce in 2001 after trading over $800 an ounce in 1980. But the shine has returned to gold. Read on to find out more about gold and why you shou... ››› more
  • [26 May 2014]
  • Why you should insure your portfolio with gold
  • Gold is a volatile commodity. After staging a decent run, last year was disastrous. It started 2013 off trading at about $1,650 to end the year down at around $1,200. The volatile movements of the gold price can put many investors off investing in it. But instead of looking to gold as an investment opportunity, look to it as insurance. Let's take a closer look at how to do this… Use gold to i... ››› more
  • [26 May 2014]
  • If history is anything to go by, the silver price is about to recover
  • The price of silver has been on a downward trajectory for the last few years. After hitting nearly $50 an ounce back in April 2011, it's now trading at around $19.60 an ounce. That's nearly 60% less. So what's going on with the metal? Is the silver price going to start climbing? Let's take a closer look at what's going on with the price of silver and where it could be going… Silver’s bear m... ››› more
  • [26 May 2014]
  • Two reasons why China's demand for gold is growing
  • In 2013, demand for gold in the Chinese private sector soared to record levels of 1,132 tonnes. The World Gold Council (WGC) anticipates China's demand for the yellow metal to grow another 20% by 2017. This underlines the fact that China loves gold. So what's driving the gold market in China? Let's take a closer look… Chinese gold driver #1: An emerging middle class Until recent years, China... ››› more
  • [26 May 2014]
  • Four factors fuelling silver's next bull market
  • The price of silver has been languishing for the past few years. It's lucky to get close to $20 an ounce after trading near $50 an ounce three years ago. But there are several factors that will put upward pressure on the price of silver and propel it on a new bull run. Let's take a closer look at what these are… Silver bull market factor #1: Demand by the US Mint The steep drop in silver pri... ››› more
  • [26 May 2014]


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