Gold, cocoa and cotton are among a number of recent rising commodities. But anyone keen to try their hand needs to remember that winners can quickly become losers in this fast-moving scene.
Oil prices were lower this morning despite a joint Russia-Saudi Arabia declaration yesterday to maintain curbs on production. Fears of recession and excess production are keeping a lid on crude prices.
The FAANG stocks - Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google – have been the toast of the long stock-market boom of recent years. But are they past their peak, and do they still have much in common with each other?
Russia’s rouble has held steady against major currencies in the past 12 months, reflecting surpluses in both the country’s public finances and its current account. However, such government caution has resulted in delays for a number of planned infrastructure projects.
Gold has seen its price swing markedly higher during the past 12 months, helped on its way by lower US interest rates. But more normal monetary conditions and a return to political stability could send the price sharply back to earth.
Easier credit has propelled the blue-chip Dow Jones index out of its late-2018 doldrums, this momentum seems set to continue. But are there lessons from history for traders and investors?
Critical talks between London and Brussels resume today as the October 31st deadline for leaving the European Union comes into sight. Markets were steady this morning but that could change very quickly if no deal is agreed.
This is looking to be a big week for the oil industry, with changes to the Saudi Aramco float package and warnings of war with Iran from Riyadh. Furthermore, the OPEC cartel has asked all oil-producing nations to join forces.
Unemployment may seem like a secondary economic indicator when set against growth or the prices or the current account. But it can be a rich source of information to guide traders towards profitable strategies.
The Swiss franc (CHF), the hardest currency in the world, is touching 12-month highs against the euro (EUR) and the dollar (USD). But this is not always good news for the country’s export sector
The gold price has been on a roll for most of this year, buoyed by the prospect of US interest rate cuts. But recently, bullion’s upward momentum seems to have faltered.
Figures for government borrowing are eagerly scrutinised by market players, but what do they really mean? Is high borrowing always bad, and if not, why not?
Japan’s blue-chip Nikkei 225 index has caught the fall-out from the US-China tariff war, perhaps unfairly given Tokyo and Washington are making progress on their own trade deal. But the country’s economic prospects remain generally sound, according to the International Monetary Fund.
UK-listed stocks fell this morning as investors wait for the Supreme Court to rule on a key Brexit-related issue. These share-price losses were mirrored across Europe, with the pound actually rise against the euro.
Foreign direct investment (FDI) flows total more than $800 billion as capital jumps national frontiers in search of profitable returns. But the numbers have declined recently, and there are drawbacks as well as benefits to being a magnet economy for FDI.