Iron Ore

  • 24 Apr
    Global Growth Is Finally Getting Some Traction, Be Sure Your Money Follows

    Global Growth Is Finally Getting Some Traction, Be Sure Your Money Follows

    • Macroeconomic trends are extremely important for your investing or trading returns.
    • The IMF’s World Economic Outlook is a great starting point for understanding where the risks and opportunities lie.
    • Long term trends show emerging markets and commodities are the place to be.

    Introduction

    Investing is both difficult and easy. It’s difficult if you try to guess what the market’s sentiment will be next week or next month, while it’s easy if you simply look at slow moving structural macroeconomic trends. These trends are like little forces that shape the market, similar to the gravitational forces among planets in our solar system. 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 →

  • 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 →

  • 18 Aug
    Commodities: Stick To The Fundamentals, Beware Of Speculation

    Commodities: Stick To The Fundamentals, Beware Of Speculation

    • Oil prices are increasing the number of rigs, putting pressure on prices.
    • Soros sold his gold, should you?
    • Iron ore is hot, but waiting until winter might provide better purchasing opportunities.

    Introduction

    Yesterday we discussed how Treasury Inflation-Protection Securities (or TIPS) are a great protection during times of inflation. Today we are going to take a deeper look into another great inflationary protection, commodities.

    The general feeling is that commodities have surged since January, but there is a high level of divergence. This divergence in commodity price movements is due to speculation in some commodities and fundamental reasons in others. More →

  • 27 Jul
    Will A Bet On Commodities Pay Now?

    Will A Bet On Commodities Pay Now?

    • Iron ore prices are falling as supply continues to grow, while copper and zinc prices show signs of supply gaps forming.
    • Low exploration and discoveries indicate that metals will be winners again in the future.
    • The possibility of future inflation increases the appeal of commodities.

    Introduction

    Diversification is the ultimate protection against various economic factors, in recessions you might want to hold gold or treasuries, in inflationary times you want to be long stocks and commodities. Therefore it is very important to always know what is happening in each potential diversification sector. More →

  • 04 May
    Investment Opportunities in Iron Ore

    Investment Opportunities in Iron Ore

    • Iron ore as a commodity faces long term oversupply.
    • The shift to a service oriented economy lowers Chinese steel demand growth.
    • Short term euphoria makes iron ore and related assets great for trading.

    Introduction 

    Iron ore is the world’s most mined and commonly used metal as 98% of it is used to make steel. As steel is mostly used for infrastructure and building it is not surprising that China is the world’s biggest consumer of iron. China produces 50% of the world’s steel output and 47% of the world’s iron ore. More →