Iron

  • 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 →