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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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]
  • It's just a matter of time before the price of silver explodes
  • The supply of silver has remained buoyant due to central banks dumping their holdings and investors cashing out of silver-backed exchange traded funds. But with the streams from both of these sources diminishing, less silver is coming available. The demand for silver is another story. The uses of silver are boundless. It's such a versatile metal. So where does all this leave silver? Let's take a c... ››› more
  • [26 May 2014]
  • The key drivers for gold demand look set to stay
  • China is a massive consumer of gold. Last year saw record levels of consumer demand. Its emerging middle class are buying gold jewellery and coins. And the Chinese government is stocking up on the yellow metal. Experts believe this is an attempt by the Chinese government to move its foreign reserves away from the dollar and into gold. The relationship between China and gold serves as a reminder of... ››› more
  • [26 May 2014]
  • Could China be trying to keep its gold imports completely out of the public eye?
  • It's no secret that the price of gold has struggled over the past few years. Despite staging a half decent rally at the start of the year, gold is now wallowing around $1,280. It's well publicised that China mopped up a lot of gold last year. But this year, the pattern is looking at bit different. Why is this? Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Imports into China from Hong Kong h... ››› more
  • [26 May 2014]
  • Could this be a sign of the next major gold rally?
  • It's been a tough year for gold. The yellow metal kicked off the year with a rally of 15%. This took it within touching distance of $1,400 an ounce. But since then it's been sliding lower and lower. It's currently trading at around $1,288 an ounce. So what's going on with the gold price? And are there any signs of what could be ahead? Let's take a closer look… The gold price has trended lower... ››› more
  • [26 May 2014]
  • Investing in commodities: What you get for your money
  • When you invest in gold and other precious metals, you're investing in commodities. And investing in these metals is very similar to investing in other commodities like sugar, cocoa, coffee and wheat. But it's very different to investing in stocks, property or art. So what makes investing in commodities different from investing in financial investments? Let's take a closer look… Investing in ... ››› more
  • [26 May 2014]
  • Revealed: How commodity markets work
  • Commodities trade on specialist commodity markets. The largest commodity market in the work is the Chicago Mercantile Board of Exchange. Here you'll find commodities ranging from gold to orange juice and oil to coffee trading. So how do commodity markets work? And what determines commodity prices? Let's take a closer look… Commodity markets all come down to supply and demand The buyers and s... ››› more
  • [26 May 2014]
  • What's the best way to buy gold in South Africa? Here are your top two options
  • If you want to invest in physical gold, you have a number of options open to you. Here are two great ways you can easily invest in the yellow metal. So what are these options to buy gold? Let's take a closer look… Buying gold option #1: Kruger rands One of the easiest ways to buy gold is to buy Kruger rands. You can do this through a variety of dealers in South Africa. It’s very simple to ... ››› more
  • [26 May 2014]
  • Investing in gold coins: What are your options?
  • If you've decided that you want to buy gold coins, the next decision you need to make is what type of gold coin to go for? Do you go for Kruger rands? Or do you opt for a more collectible type of gold coin? There are pros and cons to each. Let's take a closer look at what each type of coin offers you… Investing in Kruger rands If you want to buy gold coins and are looking for pure exposure t... ››› more
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