Commodities

  • 22 Aug
    Gold Royalty Companies – Reap The Reward Without All The Risk

    Gold Royalty Companies – Reap The Reward Without All The Risk

    • Gold streaming companies carry much less risk than a miner thanks to lower costs and better diversification.
    • However, these companies are still exposed to exploration upside and benefit from higher commodity prices.
    • Most of them even pay a dividend.

    Introduction

    Central banks will continue to print money even if it looks like they are taking a breath now. Therefore, gold investing still remains an important hedge for every portfolio. A hedge that is even cheap if gold prices are at a subdued level. More →

  • 07 Aug
    Palladium Is On The Rise, But Is It Worth The Investment?

    Palladium Is On The Rise, But Is It Worth The Investment?

    • Palladium has been in a deficit for the past 6 years and it’s expected to remain in a deficit for the foreseeable future.
    • Palladium is both a precious metal and an industrial metal which has its pros and cons.
    • I’ll describe a few potential ways to invest in palladium.

    Introduction

    When someone mentions precious metals, the first metal that comes to my mind is gold. However, there are other precious metals and one of them is palladium.

    Palladium, platinum, rhodium, ruthenium, iridium, and osmium form a group of elements referred to as the platinum group metals (PGMs). More →

  • 03 Aug
    This Is What To Watch For When Thinking About Investing In Junior Gold Miners

    This Is What To Watch For When Thinking About Investing In Junior Gold Miners

    • There are many risks—ranging from political risks to meteorological—to keep in mind with junior gold miners. I’ll describe some of them to give you a better picture of what can happen.
    • However, the negative attitude towards junior miners also provides excellent investing opportunities.
    • We’ll look at what makes the stock price of a gold miner move and how to recognize the pattern.

    Introduction

    The VanEck Vectors Junior Gold Miners UCITS ETF (NYSEARCA: GDXJ) has gone through some significant restructuring in the last few months because it was getting too big. The ETF simply had too much in the way of funds to continue buying stocks of junior gold miners (market capitalization below $2 billion), and had to increase the threshold by including gold miners that have a higher market cap. More →

  • 28 Jul
    Miss Out On The Rise In Cobalt & Lithium? Here’s Another Metal To Keep An Eye On

    Miss Out On The Rise In Cobalt & Lithium? Here’s Another Metal To Keep An Eye On

    • Nickel is used in Tesla’s batteries, but its price hasn’t surged like cobalt or lithium has.
    • Supply is expected to be stable while more electric vehicle production could increase demand by 20% per year.
    • A long period of low investments, higher demand alongside stable supply could lead to a spike in nickel prices.

    Introduction

    When most people think about batteries and their composition, they mostly think about lithium as batteries are called “lithium-ion batteries.” However, lithium is only one of the metals that goes into a battery. The approximate amount of lithium used in a Tesla Model S battery pack is 63kg of a 453 kg battery. So there is another 390kg to address. A look at what other metals are used to make batteries for electric vehicles will give us interesting investing ideas. More →

  • 26 Jul
    Central Banks Have Made The Rich Richer. Here’s How To Take Advantage.

    Central Banks Have Made The Rich Richer. Here’s How To Take Advantage.

    • Central banks have intentionally inflated asset prices that benefit those who own assets, while wages and real prices have remained equal.
    • There’s no case for being a saver. The risks are too high for miserable returns.
    • I’ll discuss three options to protect yourself and take advantage of the next quantitative easing rounds.

    Introduction

    In the last 10 years, the financial environment has changed significantly. You might not see it in your everyday life, but the 2007 environment and the environment today are hugely different. The wealth effect hasn’t really worked as Central Banks had planned and has significantly skewed asset values compared to fundamentals.

    In today’s article, I’ll describe what happened, compare it to what the previous situation was, show who benefited from the significant monetary policy market intrusions, and who will keep benefiting in the future to find ways to take advantage of the situation. More →

  • 25 Jul
    Is It Time To Invest In Natural Gas?

    Is It Time To Invest In Natural Gas?

    • There are many influences on natural gas in the short term, but the long term is pretty clear.
    • Despite the growth in demand, there is no supply gap expected, and thus cost and moats should be looked for in potential investments.
    • As the long-term trend is positive, it’s a good thing to buy when there is pessimism in the sector, which is usually for a relatively short period.

    Introduction

    I recently wrote an article on oil where I discussed the implications of and best timing to invest in oil. A commodity that is closely related to oil is natural gas. However, the long-term supply and demand trends are a bit different than those for oil which make natural gas an interesting long-term investment opportunity. More →

  • 21 Jul
    Why Investing In Australia Is A Good Idea Now

    Why Investing In Australia Is A Good Idea Now

    • Positive demographics, strong economic growth, a good business environment, and relative cheapness is what you should look for when investing abroad.
    • Australia has it, and on top of it, Australia offers a high dividend yield and a large potential currency tailwind.
    • The ETF is highly skewed toward financials but a decent stock picker can find a few great picks on the Australian stock market.

    Introduction

    Before investing in a country, I first like to check the demographics because it’s an easily predictable trend that has a huge impact in the long term.

    Because demographics are a long-term trend, it’s usually shunned by most analysts, but a population that grows at 3% per year adds at least 30% to a country’s GDP over 10 years in comparison to a country without population growth (think some European countries). More →

  • 17 Jul
    How The Economic Machine Works & Why You Need To Prepare Your Portfolio For It

    How The Economic Machine Works & Why You Need To Prepare Your Portfolio For It

    • Productivity growth is the long-term key, make sure your portfolio follows it.
    • The global distribution of wealth is shifting very quickly.
    • Preparing your portfolio for what’s going to happen doesn’t even cost that much. On the contrary, it is even more profitable.

    Introduction

    Ray Dalio is famous for many things. One of them is his explanation of how the economic machine works where he describes how productivity growth, the long-term debt cycle, and the short-term debt cycle affect an economy.

    Today, I’ll briefly summarize his findings as they are reported in a 300-page document and, most importantly, see how Dalio’s economic philosophy can affect our investing strategies. More →

  • 16 Jul
    Sunday Edition: What Asset Class Rises 300% In 2 Months?

    Sunday Edition: What Asset Class Rises 300% In 2 Months?

    To say the last few months have been wild for cryptocurrencies would be to put things mildly.

    On April 1, all cryptocurrencies combined had a market cap of $25 billion. But by the beginning of June, that number had risen to just over $100 billion. That’s a 300% increase in value in just over 60 days…

    By now, I imagine every investor has heard of bitcoin and it needs no introduction. The digital currency heavyweight itself was up roughly 160% in the same time frame, but the growth of other digital currencies contributed as well. Ethereum, for one, increased 439% in the same two months. More →

  • 06 Jul
    The Only Way To Invest In The Automotive Sector Today

    The Only Way To Invest In The Automotive Sector Today

    • Automotive stocks are best bought in a recession. I’ll explain how patience pays off.
    • There are no indications of a recession, but car sales have already reached their ceiling.
    • However, a new trend is booming and you may want to expose your portfolio to it.

    Introduction

    The automotive industry is a perfect example of sector cyclicality. What’s important for us investors is that cyclicality offers great investment opportunities. However, a lot of patience is necessary as such opportunities usually only arise once in a decade and only when there is a recession.

    If we take a look at Ford’s (NYSE: F) stock price over the last 30 years, we can see how stock price dips coincide with economic recessions. The stock was the cheapest in 1991, 2002, 2008, and 2012 when there was a recession in Europe. More →

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