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  • What's behind the plunge in commodities?
  • The financial markets have certainly been on a rollercoaster ride over the past month or two. This includes the drama around Greece nearly defaulting and receiving yet another bailout; the crash of the Chinese stock market; and the fall in global markets this week as investors worry about how state of the Chinese economy. These events haven't helped the performance of commodities. Their down... ››› more
  • [26 August 2015]
  • How gold helped fund Marko's European holiday - even as the gold price dipped 8%
  • If you've been reading the news for the past month or so, you'd have seen the significant drop in the gold price. If you'd invested in gold at the beginning of 2015, you'd be 8% down now. In fact, gold has dropped almost 10% is the past month alone. Not to mention, the gold companies on the JSE have taken a huge knock due to the decreased gold prices. So, many gold-loving investors are curr... ››› more
  • [28 July 2015]
  • Kumba cuts its dividend for the first time in nine years
  • This morning, Kumba Iron Ore released its results for the six months to the end of June. The company's results reflect the harsh trading conditions the business is enduring. This led Kumba to withhold its interim dividend. This is the first time the company has done this since listing in 2006. Shares in Kumba are trading lower on the news. Let's take a closer look at what the results reve... ››› more
  • [21 July 2015]
  • Natural resource stocks are offering a fantastic buying opportunity
  • The key to making money on the stock market is to buy low and sell high. But many investors ignore stocks when they drop hard in price. And this has happened to natural resource stocks. Solid companies are trading at multi-year lows. So should you take advantage of their low prices? Read on to find out… Natural resources have taken a hammering Natural resources have had it tou... ››› more
  • [25 June 2015]
  • How to control your risk trading commodities
  • Thanks to spread trading, it's never been easier to trade commodities. If you want, you can trade gold, coffee, cotton and oil. But the commodities market is notoriously volatile and this underlines the importance of risk management. So how can you control your risk when trading commodities? Read on to find out… How to limit your losses when trading commodities Making hefty pro... ››› more
  • [22 June 2015]
  • Where is the price of gold headed for the rest of 2015?
  • If you're thinking about investing in gold, it's a good idea to have a look at the factors behind its price first. These factors include supply, demand, trend and sentiment. With these factors in mind, where is the price of gold headed for the rest of the year? Let's take a closer look… Gold so far this year – the driving factors Demand During the first quarter of this year... ››› more
  • [18 June 2015]
  • The ONLY time you could get an income FROM the Gupta's
  • In 2011, the world witnessed a massive nuclear disaster - Fukushima. After this tragic event, the nuclear power market died down. Many countries put their projects on hold, and the price of uranium caved more than 50%. Mining uranium became unprofitable, so miners stopped producing. But four years later, the chaos has died down, the world's major players are facing up to the reality that ... ››› more
  • [09 June 2015]
  • How to trade international markets without taking your money offshore
  • By trading South African stocks and indices, you can gear up your potential returns. And if you want to look further afield for trading opportunities, it's never been easier. Whether it be commodities, forex or international stocks, you can trade these international markets without taking your money offshore. So what are your options? Read on to find out… It’s easy to trade ... ››› more
  • [01 June 2015]
  • How to trade the international commodities market in South Africa
  • Commodities are raw materials. They include soft commodities, like coffee and wheat. And hard commodities, like gold and platinum. So if you want to trade the international commodities market, what are your options? Let's take a closer look… How to trade commodities To trade commodities, you have two options if you don’t want to take your money offshore. You can trade commodi... ››› more
  • [29 May 2015]
  • An easy way to trade international markets
  • Do you want to trade commodities, forex or international indices? The good news for you is it's now easier than ever to trade them. And you can do it without taking your money offshore. Let's take a closer look… The ins and outs of international markets When it comes to trading, you’re not just limited to what the Johannesburg Stock Exchange has to offer. The world is your tradi... ››› more
  • [13 May 2015]
  • How the silver futures price drives the silver price
  • In the world of commodities, the futures market drives their prices. And this is certainly the case for silver. The vast majority of silver futures trading is purely paper contract based. It doesn't involved dealing of the metal itself. Market participants trade silver futures for hedging and speculative purposes. So how does this trading affect the silver price? Let's take a closer lo... ››› more
  • [06 May 2015]
  • Trading uncovered: How a silver futures trade works
  • Just like you can trade shares with futures, you can also use futures to trade commodities such as silver. So how does a futures trade work with a commodity? Let's take a closer look… What happens when you put a silver futures trade on? If you decide to trade silver futures, you’ll need a broker who deals with the trading of this type of commodity. To place trades, you’ll trad... ››› more
  • [05 May 2015]
  • Trading commodities 101: The ins and outs of silver futures trading
  • When you check the price of silver, it may not be the current spot price you're looking at. It may be the futures price. So how do silver futures trading work? Read on to find out… The price of silver In many instances, the price of silver is not the spot price (the price you’d pay for immediate delivery). It’s usually the most actively traded futures contract for the delivery... ››› more
  • [04 May 2015]
  • Is the worst finally over for commodities?
  • After seven rocky years, there are signs that things are turning around for commodities. Since 2008, prices of commodities are down around 60%. Over the past year, they're down about 25%. But change could be on the cards for commodities. Read on to find out more and if you should start thinking about getting back in… There is a hint of a recovery in commodities Have a look at t... ››› more
  • [01 May 2015]
  • Where's the price of platinum headed?
  • Just last month, the price of an ounce of platinum fell below $1,120. Levels not seen since the aftermath of the financial crisis in 2008. A few weeks down the line and the price of the precious metal isn't doing much better. So what's going on with the price of platinum? And is it likely to rise in value this year? Read on to find out… The ins and outs of the price of platinum ... ››› more
  • [13 April 2015]
  • The JSE rallies as Assore soars nearly 30%
  • Following the release of the US Federal Reserve's statement last night, the dollar's recent rally came to an end. This gave commodities a boost during the course of the day. Resource and mining stocks were the best performers, with Assore adding nearly a third to its share price. Let's take a closer look at what went on… Assore climbed 29.58% Mining firm Assore [JSE:ASR] rose a st... ››› more
  • [19 March 2015]
  • Commodity stocks drag the JSE sharply lower as the World Bank slashes growth forecasts
  • Yesterday, commodity stocks around the globe fell sharply. This came after the World Bank cut its economic global growth forecast. This weighed heavily on commodity stocks as worries about demand resulted in a massive sell-off hitting the sector. This dragged the JSE down over 3%. Let's take a closer look at what happened… Commodity stocks put severe pressure on the JSE The pri... ››› more
  • [15 January 2015]
  • Discover 2015's hottest commodity and three mining shares to profit from it!
  • 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
  • [13 January 2015]
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