The oil price is down from $110 a barrel to $47 a barrel in the past seven months.
I'm sure you enjoy this 57% drop in the oil price it every time you fill up your car, I certainly do… But the picture is dire for all companies that make their money from the oil sector.
Layoffs, drilling shutdowns... and now bankruptcies are a real and imminent threat.
On Tuesday 20 January oil-field ser... ››› more
Since June last year, the oil price has lost over half its value. This is thanks to an oversupply in the market and weak demand.
But after closing at a six-year low on Monday, the price of oil has held. This could suggest that the oil price has finally found its bottom.
Let's take a closer look at what's going on…
The oil price steadies around $48 a barrel
The oil price was very s... ››› more
Over the last few years, investors stayed well clear of gold mining companies.
Gold producers peaked at the end of 2010. By 2012, they were heading swiftly lower. In November last year, it looks like the gold producers hit their low.
So what has changed now? And why should you consider adding some gold producers to your portfolio?
Read on to find out…
Why gold producers had such ... ››› more
The gold price has been climbing higher and today touched levels not seen for nearly five-months.
This is thanks in part to the decision by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to cut its global economic growth forecasts for this year and next.
Also helping take the yellow metal higher are concerns over the state of the European economy. Speculation is growing over whether the European Cent... ››› more
Since June last year, the oil price has more than halved. In the face of oversupply and dwindling demand, the price of oil has headed swiftly south.
A lower oil price is beneficial to many. Motorists in SA and around the world have welcome large cuts to the price of petrol.
But for companies in the oil industry, it's a different story. Take South African energy company Sasol. Its share price... ››› more
The US dollar is surging and the South African rand is crashing.
While this is great news for the purchasing power of US consumers, it's crushed the value of almost all commodities such as oil and gold.
However one commodity is showing massive promise for 2015…
They’re just not making enough of these metals to meet demand…
If you go back to 2012 platinum stockpiles made up about 5... ››› more
Today, oil has continued its slump and is now trading well below $50 a barrel.
With a glut of supply taking the blame for the current oil price rout, a lower oil price benefits most of us.
Unless you work for an oil producer, chances are you're applauding the fall in the price of this vital commodity.
So apart from the welcomed drop in the price of fuel, what are the other benefits from a... ››› more
One of the main talking points of the year so far has been the unprecedented drop in the price of oil.
Despite nearly halving in value during the last six-months of 2014, the commodity has continued to fall sharply this week.
So what's going on with the oil price? And when it is likely to stop falling?
Let's take a closer look…
The oil price falls to $49.92
For the first time i... ››› more
As the trading year gets underway, the gold price has edged higher.
The price of the yellow metal has struggled over the past few years. But as investors worry about the global economic recovery and the current oil slump, could this be the year for gold?
Let's take a closer look…
Gold is creeping higher
Over the last few months, the financial headlines have been full of what’s ... ››› more
The drop in the oil price has surprised most investors and traders. Who would have thought that this precious commodity's price could more than halve in six short months?
The start of trading in the New Year saw the oil price dropping further and it hasn't stopped yet.
Today, the oil price dipped under $52 a barrel.
So what's leading to the price of oil being under so much pressure? And h... ››› more
After the slide in the oil price last year, few could have anticipated the further fall in price.
But as the first trading week of 2015 gets underway, the price of Brent crude oil has continued to fall.
So why is the price of oil continuing to slide?
Let's take a closer look…
The oil price hits a five-and-a-half year low
The oil price is still under pressure as it hit a five-an... ››› more
Across the world, the most popular treat is chocolate. Loved by young and old, there are few who don't enjoy tucking into a bar.
But could the days of plentiful chocolate be numbered?
Demand for chocolate is on the rise, yet supply of the cacao bean used to make it is dwindling. And with drought and disease playing havoc with crops, a shortfall could be less than five years away.
Let's ta... ››› more
The vast drop in the oil price has surprised many.
Companies in the oil sector are the losers. That includes oil producers and oil services companies.
So which sectors are the beneficiaries of a lower oil price?
Let's take a closer look at one sector in particular…
The sector set to thrive from a lower oil price
The one sector rubbing its hands in glee over a lower oil price i... ››› more
For a third year running, the gold price is coming to the end of another disappointing year.
So what's going to happen to the yellow metal next year? Is it going to recover?
There are two main factors that could determine the price of gold in the New Year.
Let's take a look at what these are…
Factor #1: The role of the dollar on the gold price
One overbearing factor on the gol... ››› more
It's easy to understand why many investors follow the herd when it comes to investing.
They only feel comfortable buying when prices are high.
But that goes against the grain of a contrarian investor. When prices are rock bottom, that's when a contrarian investor thinks about buying. Not after the price has already gone up.
One sector that's fallen hard over the past few years is resource... ››› more
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