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
By now the story about the tensions in the Ukraine is old news.
But what's changing is the level of tension between Russia and the western world. You see, Russia's decision to ignore the US and Europe and occupy Crimea has seen these world superpowers bumping heads. Just last week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Russia will be making a “grave mistake” if it doesn't halt provocation... ››› more
After staging a slight comeback earlier this year, the price of bullion is struggling. Rising tensions in Ukraine initially helped the gold price, but a stronger dollar is putting the pressure on its price. Not only that, a survey suggests the price of gold is set to fall further as demand for the yellow metal wanes. Let's take a closer look at what's going on with gold.
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Over the weekend, mounting tensions between Russia and Ukraine continued to dominate the news. By the time the markets opened yesterday morning, the yellow metal was itching to start climbing. As investors get worried over what's going to happen in Ukraine, they're turning to the safe haven status of gold. But gold isn't the only metal rising as a result of what's happening in Ukraine. Let's take ... ››› more
Over the weekend, reports emerged that petrol stations are changing the way they operate as the price of fuel continues to rocket. As motorists struggle to contend with the cost of fuel, it appears a rising number of motorists are driving away without paying for their fuel first. Let's take a closer look at what's going on…
Motorists are ask to pay up before filling up
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If you're one of the investors still holding on to your shares in one of the big three platinum miners I feel for you…
AMCU is STILL striking for its massive wage increases at Anglo American Platinum, Lonmin and Impala Platinum…
In their latest update CEOs Chris Griffith, Terence Goodlace and Ben Magara said: “The extended strike on the platinum belt is unprecedented, and at a stage wh... ››› more
The price of silver has been ebbing since March last year. It's currently trading below $20. But silver is getting ready to rally. There are several forces at play that look set to drive the price higher. Silver looks set to trade at more than double its current price within two years. Let's take a closer look at the reasons why…
The four basic drivers of the silver price
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Gold has struggled in the build up to today's release of US non-farm payrolls. Analysts view this jobs data as a major indicator of economic health in the US. There's a growing consensus that the US economy is recovering. This is denting demand for gold, seen as an investor safe haven. Let's take a closer look at what's going on with the gold price…
The gold price is drifting lower
Early th... ››› more
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