Commodities

  • 28 Dec
    2017 Looks Like Another Excellent Trading Year

    2017 Looks Like Another Excellent Trading Year

    • Rebalancing your portfolio between sectors and markets should lower your risks and increase your returns in 2017.
    • 2016 is an excellent example of how such a strategy works when the general stock market is overvalued.
    • Things like avoiding REITs in August 2016 or entering metals will be easy to spot and act upon, even in 2017.

    Approaching The Current Market Risk Reward Puzzle

    A recent Wall Street Journal article raised the question of whether investors looking to get into the market now are too late for the Dow 20,000 party. Many investors watched the 7-year stock bull market from the side-lines after they got burned during the latest financial crisis and didn’t overcome their anxiety and invest again. The article suggested that investing now is a good thing to do if you are a long-term investor. More →

  • 27 Dec
    The Silver Story

    The Silver Story

    • Silver has a big industrial application and could be also used for batteries.
    • The metal has been in a supply deficit for the last three years but prices haven’t yet reacted.
    • The bullish case is very strong. There’s significant downside, but the upside is greater.

    Introduction

    Two weeks ago we discussed how it’s a good time to start dollar cost averaging precious metals due to ballooning central banks’ balance sheets, the end of a 30-year low inflation period, and the current relative cheapness of precious metals in relation to their 5-year highs. Today, we’ll discuss how silver might be the better option to gold as it’s historically cheap, it has been in a supply deficit for the past three years, and its industrial usage is growing while production is declining. More →

  • 16 Dec
    Why You Might Want To Start Dollar Cost Averaging Precious Metals

    Why You Might Want To Start Dollar Cost Averaging Precious Metals

    • Central banks’ balance sheets have quadrupled in the last decade.
    • Balance sheets will continue to balloon as there isn’t another option for economic growth in developed countries.
    • You should start to think about protecting yourself from inflationary pressures now, when such fears seem distant and unlikely. It’s the cheapest time to do it.

    Introduction

    Yesterday we discussed the three drivers that could push markets higher if all other factors like interest rates, risk perceptions, and global political issues stay as they are now. However, we didn’t discuss what happens if the underlying pillars that have been holding up global financial markets since the Great Recession change. Today we’ll discuss what could change and how to properly diversify. More →

  • 02 Dec
    The Crazy World Of Mining Costs

    The Crazy World Of Mining Costs

    • Don’t take a description of costs for granted as they vary from miner to miner.
    • Mining costs aren’t an accounting metric, but most miners should follow the World Gold Council’s guidelines.
    • Apart from disclosure metrics, there is a metric that doesn’t deceive.

    Introduction

    As gold is getting more interesting as a buying opportunity, it’s important to identify the miners that offer the highest reward for the lowest risk. More →

  • 30 Nov
    Think You’re Comparing Apples To Apples? Think Again.

    Think You’re Comparing Apples To Apples? Think Again.

    • This article is a warning for novice investors and a reminder for experts.
    • When investing, nothing can be taken as a certainty as all are moving parts, especially financial metrics and prices.
    • Comparing current prices to past prices doesn’t help much, while understanding the fundamentals does.

    Introduction

    Investing shouldn’t be a comparative profession, but that is exactly what we do. We try to find the best stocks by comparing one to others, the best financial vehicle for our investments by comparing the options available, or we compare current prices with those of the past.

    Unfortunately, comparative analysis more often than not gives us poor risk-reward assessments. In this article, we’ll discuss the pitfalls of comparative investing and what can be done to avoid making unnecessary mistakes. More →

  • 27 Nov
    Sunday Edition: Extreme Investor Sentiment Indicates A Tradable Bottom In Gold

    Sunday Edition: Extreme Investor Sentiment Indicates A Tradable Bottom In Gold

    The longer you’ve invested in, or traded financial markets, the more you probably realize just how difficult it is to accurately time financial markets. Pundits and talking heads will tell you it’s impossible. However, after 20 years of trading and investing, including stocks, bonds, currencies, futures, and options, I do believe it’s possible to identify key characteristics that are present at or near every major turning point in virtually every market. More →

  • 16 Nov
    The Metal Conundrum After Trump’s Victory

    The Metal Conundrum After Trump’s Victory

    • The current copper spike may not last, but it shows copper’s long-term potential, especially if part of the announced infrastructure program materializes.
    • Unlike copper, other metals aren’t in a sweet spot due to unlimited supply, and recent and large price increases.
    • Gold is the riskiest of all metals, especially now with no more election uncertainty, a stronger dollar, and the expected FED action in December that will have us seeing higher interest rates.

    Introduction

    In the last couple of weeks, metal prices have moved.

    Copper has made an historic surge of 21.5% in the last two weeks, while gold fell 7.5% from its peak.

    As Trump won the election, the expectation of intensified construction and increased investments in infrastructure have pushed copper prices higher while gold suffered as the world didn’t come to an end. The short term moves in metal prices aren’t that significant as they are influenced mostly by speculators, but an analysis can show us where the long-term risks and opportunities lie. More →

  • 06 Nov
    Sunday Edition: What Does EWT Portend For The S&P 500?

    Sunday Edition: What Does EWT Portend For The S&P 500?

    This Sunday Edition will conclude our series on the Elliott Wave Theory (EWT). I hope you have enjoyed reading them as a different perspective on the markets, and hope I haven’t confused you too much.

    To wrap things up we are going to analyze the S&P 500 and see what the future holds for the major stock market indices – that is, according to EWT. More →

  • 04 Nov
    This Metal Offers The Best Risk Reward Potential… And Has A Minimum 50% Upside Potential.

    This Metal Offers The Best Risk Reward Potential… And Has A Minimum 50% Upside Potential.

    • Copper consumption in relation to GDP per capita is essential for understanding the future demand for the metal.
    • At higher than $1.5 per pound, the copper cost curve becomes very steep indicating a sharp boom in copper prices when deficits eventually arise.
    • The five-year investment perspective necessary for copper seems long, but returns of 1,000% are on the table.

    Introduction

    Yesterday we discussed iron ore, aluminum, platinum and zinc. Today we will focus in on copper.

    Copper prices haven’t moved much since the beginning of this year, trading in a range between $2 and $2.2 per ounce. More →

  • 03 Nov
    Which Metals Are Shining The Most In 2016?

    Which Metals Are Shining The Most In 2016?

    • The issue with aluminum and iron ore is that there is plenty of both.
    • Platinum demand is related to demand for internal combustion engine cars.
    • Zinc might continue to be a winner if China continues to grow at the rates it has been.

    Introduction

    As metal prices are very volatile in nature, it’s important to regularly check on what’s going on in order to see where the greatest opportunities and risks are.

    Today we’ll walk through the main investable metals, and look at structural trends, demand and supply balances, and investing opportunities. More →

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