In most countries, there's a very high reliance on petrol and diesel. Oil is powering cars, vans, trucks, ships and trains. As this continues, there's another energy source that could become widespread in its use. And that natural gas. It's cheaper, cleaner and quieter than crude oil products. So what does it mean if there's a shift to natural gas? And is there a potential for you to profit from t... ››› more
If you've bought gold jewellery or a Kruger rand or two, have you thought about where the gold came from? There are essentially two main suppliers of gold in the world. And with gold becoming a much sought after commodity, there are also companies out there now that will buy your gold from you in practically any form. These companies then sell this gold on. Let's take a closer look at the world's ... ››› more
Platinum-backed exchange traded funds (ETFs) are sucking up vast quantities of platinum group metals (PGMs). One of the main drivers behind this was the launch of Absa's NewPlat last year. It's been very successful. Add to that the addition of two palladium-backed ETFs and palladium holdings are also rising. The demand for PGM-backed ETFs is adding to the unprecedented demand for these metals. Dem... ››› more
Investing in gold is a great way to provide your investments with a safety net. If the financial markets go awry, gold will help stabilise your portfolio. So what's the best way to invest in gold bullion? You can buy Kruger Rands and stash them away. Or you could put money into a gold-backed exchange traded fund (ETF). But what if there was a better way to invest in gold bullion. Read on to find o... ››› more
The most common use of platinum group metals (PGMs) is in catalytic converters. Manufacturers fit them in vehicles to help reduce harmful emissions from petrol and diesel engines. Since the introduction of catalytic converters, platinum is the primary metal used. But now more catalytic converters are using palladium. Whichever PGM you pick, both are seeing a supply squeeze. Let's take a closer loo... ››› more
Tomorrow marks four months since the start of the platinum sector strike. The world's three largest platinum producers have had their production crippled. Even though new talks are underway, there's no certainty when full production will resume. And this is having other knock-on effects that are sure to affect platinum, not to mention other linked metals like palladium. Palladium is under severe s... ››› more
Platinum has had a rough year so far. The strike hitting the world's three largest platinum producers is nearly four months old. And through this the supply of platinum continue to be under severe pressure. There's a supply crunch on the horizon. But these aren't the only reasons why platinum is set to take off. Let's take a closer look at two reasons why this is only the beginning of a bull marke... ››› more
From the Second World War until 1971, the price of gold was pegged at $35 an ounce in the US. President Nixon brought an end to the practise, breaking the link between the US dollar and gold. The value of gold was higher than $35 an ounce after rising US government spending. And higher inflation was putting pressures on the US financial system. Let's take a closer look at what happened when the pr... ››› more
Bloomberg announced yesterday that more than $6.9 billion worth of gold was sold out of gold funds in the last week alone. And that means that exchange traded funds are now holding their lowest levels of gold since 2009.
But just because gold is selling off doesn't mean you can't profit from precious metals. In fact, one precious metal is looking better than ever.
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Governments first introduced gold coins as a way for members of the public to easily invest in gold. Gold coins are a great way to invest in gold. They're very portable due to their small size. You can easily buy and sell them. And they're easy to store. So if you want to invest some of your cash in gold coins, what options do you have? Let's take a closer look…
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Chinese scientists have warned that the country's toxic air pollution is now so bad that it resembles a 'nuclear winter', slowing photosynthesis in plants — and potentially wreaking havoc on the country's food supply.
Chinese officials know they have a massive problem on their hands if they want to transition into a consumer driven economy.
Nobody wants to raise a family in a place that'... ››› more
If you want to invest in a resources stock there are a few things you should check out before you jump in. Investing in a resources stock is different to investing in a physical resources themselves. And because of this, they can perform differently. Let's take a closer look at what you should weigh up…
Resources stocks can be risky
Mining and resources stocks can be risky. They’re in... ››› more
Have you noticed how we're becoming more and more reliant on items that run on rechargeable batteries? Think about it… Your laptop, your mobile phone, your tablet… The list is growing. Now electric cars appear to be increasing in popularity, fuelling further demand for rechargeable batteries. Modern batteries use a particular substance. Its price has shot higher over the past decade. Let's tak... ››› more
When you think about it, we've been through a crazy few years... The prices of stocks and bonds have soared, thanks to the Fed's long-term commitment to near-zero-percent interest rates.
But surprisingly, investors have completely left commodities behind - so far.
In fact, resource shares have a had a horrible time in the past couple of years.
Between February 2012 and November 2013 the ... ››› more
When it comes to investing, you've probably heard the word ‘commodities' before. But do you know what commodities are? And where do commodities fit in in your investment portfolio? Read on to find out what you need to know about commodities…
What are commodities?
Commodities are ‘real’ assets. To put it another way, they are ‘real stuff’.
The most common commodity you’ll be fa... ››› more
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