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Commodities 2015: The outlook for investors
Commodities 2015: The outlook for investors

Mon, 13/04/2015 - 11:30

Investing in commodities can yield handsome returns, but investors need to focus sharply on timing and diversify their portfolios away from traditional safe havens and into sectors such as agriculturals and products such as ETFs. As one expert reveals in this special report, "Gold is not the only yellow commodity one should have in their portfolio"

The 'Commodities 2015: The outlook for investors' special report comprises 5 separate articles listed below, these can be read individually or as a sequence.

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Agriculturals provide a greater diversifying effect than gold

Mon, 13/04/2015 - 11:30

There are some commodities that investors rarely overlook when building their exposure to the complex: gold and energy commodities being top of the list. Agricultural commodities just aren’t as popular.  »

Nicole Thomas, Commodity Analyst for McKeany-Flavell

Soybean and sugar boom in response to dollar strength

Mon, 13/04/2015 - 11:30

“We’re dealing with a global glut of soybeans compared to what we’ve seen in years past,” states Nicole Thomas (pictured), Commodity Analyst for McKeany-Flavell. “In the US last year we saw phenomenal yields; we’re sitting at 385m bushels.” »

Jeremy Baker, Senior Commodity Strategist, Harcourt Investment Consulting

Focus on CapEx cuts to deep-water production

Mon, 13/04/2015 - 11:30

The last six months have been turbulent times for crude oil. On 17 March, WTI futures fell to USD42.63 – their lowest level since March 2009 – whilst Brent crude futures moved close to a six-year low of USD53 a barrel as the market reacted to the potential of Iran raising production on the back of sanctions being lifted.  »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Commodities outlook for 2015: The four key sectors

Mon, 13/04/2015 - 11:30

Oil – According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) US oil production increased by 1.2m barrels per day last year to 8.7m barrels per day: the biggest annual change in US field production of crude oil in over a century. This supply glut caused crude oil prices to drop off a precipice last year, falling from USD107 per barrel in June to USD45 per barrel in March this year. Despite this, production has continued unabated.  »

Nitesh Shah, Research Analyst and Director at ETF Securities

Could El Niño drive up grain prices in 2015?

Mon, 13/04/2015 - 11:30

The price of wheat and corn fell quite substantially last year, mainly on the back of strong planting and favourable weather. Between April and September, the price of corn futures fell from USD5.00 a bushel to USD3.30 a bushel. This year, as a result, US farmers have reduced their planting intentions. »


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