The best way to make money from the stock market is to buy when prices are low and sell when prices are high.
To achieve this, you need to buy stocks when they're dirt cheap. And this is usually when the sector the stocks are in is brimming with bad news.
When it comes to such a sector, you can't look by resources. So is now the right time to be thinking about in investing in the sector?
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Since June last year, the oil price has trended steadily lower, trading well below $50 a barrel. With a supply glut and ailing demand, the oil price has been under severe pressure.
But yesterday, the price of oil rebounded strongly. At one stage it was up over $55 a barrel.
So why the sudden turnaround for the oil price?
Let's take a closer look…
The oil price soared as speculatio... ››› more
Tawana Resources is an exploration company focusing on iron ore. The company has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange…
Full name: Tawana Resources NL
Short name: Tawana
Sector: Basic resources – mining
Five top facts about Tawana Resources
In the past, Tawana Resources has partnered with bigger companies like BHP Billiton in joint ventures.
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Commodities have suffered over the past couple of years. You just have to look at the recent performance of the oil price to see that.
But if you have a longer-term investment window, is it worth betting on a recovery over the next year or two?
Let's take a closer look…
The outlook for commodities
Over the next year or so, it doesn’t look like commodities are going to enter a su... ››› 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
On Sunday, the citizens of Switzerland voted on whether its central bank should substantially increase its gold holdings. In other words, return to the gold standard.
If the Swiss had voted ‘yes,' the central bank would have had to increase holdings to 20% from their current 8%. A move of this magnitude would have pushed the price of gold higher.
With 77% voting against the move, the price... ››› more
The resources sector is renowned for its volatility. Resources by their very nature are cyclical. And investing in them isn't for everyone.
But there is a way you can improve your chances of investing in shares that should go on to perform well.
Let's take a closer look at what this is…
How to uncover the next opportunity in the resources market
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The commodities market is a vast one. With South Africa being so rich in commodities, like gold and platinum, perhaps you're interested in putting some money into the market?
Before you make any decisions, you need to know more.
So what exactly is the commodities market? How can you trade and invest in it? And how is investing in commodities different from investing in other financial instru... ››› more
Over the past few months I've been recommending investors buy these ‘Losers' because I believe some of them could be the best performing stocks of the next three years.
I know this sounds odd. But let me explain…
Losers are shares that have fallen dramatically. Shares in a market that have underperformed or lost you money for a multiyear period.
And the market I see the best value in ... ››› more
If you're prepared to go against the market masses, natural resources could be presenting themselves as a perfect investment opportunity.
These stocks have had it hard. They include companies involved in gold, coal, uranium, platinum and copper.
But there are a few factors that suggest now is the time to get into natural resources.
Read on to find out more…
If you’re a value inv... ››› more
Silver is currently trading at around 60% less than its peak back in April 2011. Silver's had a worse time of it than gold.
And silver is now presenting itself as a great opportunity to buy into.
Let's take a closer look…
The silver price slumped
Silver has fallen 60% since 2011. Gold is only down 20% in comparison.
When assets fall like silver has, investors tend to give up on it. ... ››› more
The gold sector is starting to rally. With this, it looks like it's time to buy into gold producers. But gold producers are notoriously risky. And with that in mind, investing in gold stocks might not be the right investment choice for you.
So why is the gold sector rallying? Why is investing in gold shares a mistake? And what's the best way to get exposure to the move up?
Let's take a close... ››› more
Come 14 August, the London Silver Fix is no longer. That's after 117 years of its existence.
This has come as good news to investors who want a free market. They believe silver prices have been the victim of manipulation.
So what is the London Silver Fix? And what will the price of silver do after the London Silver Fix comes to an end?
Let's take a closer look…
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There are a number of fundamentals suggesting the time is nearing to start buying miners.
This includes the large diversified miners like Anglo American, BHP Billiton and Glencore Xstrata.
So what's changed? Why are these companies now looking like good investments?
Read on to find out…
The mining sector has went from excess supply to famine
The mining sector as a whole is very cyc... ››› more
Gold, platinum and palladium continue to edge higher. A weaker dollar is helping to boost prices.
Geopolitical tensions are helping push gold up. And supply concerns over platinum and palladium continue to drive prices higher.
Let's take a closer look at what's going on…
The prices of precious metals continue to rise
Precious metals look likely to complete a “sixth consecutive week... ››› more
Over the last few weeks, tensions have been mounting in Iraq. An outright civil war is underway. The insurgence led to the oil price hitting highs not seen for nearly ten months. So is there any way to play this surge in the oil price? Let's take a closer look…
The oil price responded higher on developments in Iraq
Since events in Iraq started to snowball so has the oil price. With Iraq as o... ››› more
At the Federal Reserve Bank in New York, the fifth subfloor hosts the largest gold vault in the world.
The vault is 25 metres below the street, and is made of steel and concrete. Protecting its entrance is a 90 ton steel cylinder. There are very few with security clearance that can enter.
But is there something afoot at the world's largest gold vault? Are the contents not exactly what ever... ››› more
The way things are shaping up, uranium is poised to jump in value over the coming five years. It all comes down to the production costs associated with uranium. Commodities go through booms and busts all the time. When prices are low, more people start to use the commodity. This causes a boom to begin and increases supply. This leads to a price rise, which eventually results in a bust. And it look... ››› more
For the first time in nine months, yesterday the price of Brent crude oil hit over $115 intraday. The oil price is responding to escalating tensions in Iraq as insurgents continue to battle for ground. The latest targets are oil fields around Baghdad. Let's take a closer look at what's going on and what this means for the oil price longer-term…
Risks to oil production are pushing the oil pric... ››› more
The South African government's plans to take a 20% stake in all new energy projects is under fire. The ANC want to push a change to the current law through before the next general election. But industry experts warn the move could mean SA misses out on opportunities as companies will simply take their business elsewhere. Let's take a closer look at the proposal…
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