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Entries Categorised as 'Commodities'

Are we facing a peak demand scenario for Australian coal and iron ore?

June 10th, 2009 · 32 Comments

Almost everyday we hear about how commodities exports have helped protect Australia (so far) from the worst of the global economic crisis. However although Australian exports have held up well prices and volumes have still fallen for many mining products but almost nobody seems to be asking the question, what will happen if demand and prices for some key Australian commodities never returns to the levels reached in 2008?

Stockwatch: BHP Billition Limited (BHP)

May 31st, 2009 · 6 Comments

BHP Billiton (ASX:BHP) is one of the most widely held stocks in Australia and is often a core holding in many stock portfolios. Over the last few years the stock have reflected the fortunes of the commodities boom and as a result the BHP stock price saw a peak last year of over $45 only to come tumbling down to less than $25 a few months later. But maybe at current prices BHP is once again a stock worth looking at?

The All Ordinaries, the Baltic Dry Index and other charts to watch.

May 27th, 2009 · 6 Comments

Sometimes when confronted by a seemingly endless barrage of economic data it is beneficial to just grab a cup of coffee and calmly review a few stock market related charts to see if they are trying to tell us something. Yes it is pretty chaotic in the global economy these days but believe it or not, some order appears to be creeping back into the Australian stock market.

Are we in a gold bubble? Could gold prices fall?

April 4th, 2009 · 26 Comments

During an economic crisis many investors head for the safety of gold and there is no doubt that since the global economic crisis began that gold was one of the best places to have your money. But is gold still the place to have your money and is it as safe as some commentators seem to imply? Perhaps gold is now trading at bubble like prices and like many commodities last year,  we will see its price correct downwards.

Investing in gold: a basic guide for investors.

January 30th, 2009 · 12 Comments

Few precious metals stir the emotions of investors quite as much as gold. But just as it stirs emotions, it also causes many people to forget about the basics of investing and plunge into gold seeking their fortune, only to suffer losses and heartache. Currently there is a lot of focus on gold as it is seen as a good asset to hold in times of trouble, so now seems like a good time to have a look at what drives gold prices and other gold market fundamentals.

The simple guide to oil prices.

July 14th, 2008 · No Comments

Recently we have all been hearing about the price of oil and the various reasons why oil should either be trading higher of lower. So in an effort to simplify the whole debate here is my quick summary of some of the key points often raised when oil prices are discussed.

Are higher oil prices a bad thing?

June 17th, 2008 · No Comments

Let me dare to suggest to readers of this blog that perhaps higher oil prices are in the longer term, good for the world and good for business. I know this may offend motorists and companies struggling to deal with the additional costs associated with higher prices, but before anyone sends me any nasty comments let’s look at the reasons for my apparently insane comment.

Food Prices and Biofuels.

April 25th, 2008 · No Comments

You have to love the tree hugging environmentalists, now that they have convinced most people the earth is getting warmer because of human activity they are now out to ruin the biofuel industry which is curious, as environmentalists use to be happy with the concept of renewable fuel sources.

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