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More Than a Trickle: Investment Implications of the Cape Town Water Shortage

April 4, 2018

The water crisis in Cape Town, South Africa, has been making the news in recent weeks with headlines like “Drought-hit South African city risks becoming world's first big metropolis to go dry”1 leaving many stunned. As Cape Town approaches...

Timber ETFs get bump from natural disasters

October 27, 2017

Clients who want to branch out into commodities might consider timber ETFs. Commodities funds have produced lackluster returns this year, losing 0.08% vs. a 16.22% gain for the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index. The top-performing commodities...

Gold bulls head for the exits on strong dollar, lack of fear

May 21, 2018

The strong dollar is proving too much of a headwind for gold. Hedge funds and other large speculators pared bullish bets on bullion to the lowest in more than two years as the price fell below $1,300 an ounce for the first time this year, spurring...

A 20% allocation to gold? Seriously.

August 21, 2014

If history is your guide, the case for owning lots of gold all the time is an easy one to make. With a 40-year compound annual growth rate of more than 7.5%, gold's long-term performance is second only to equities, at 8.2%. Jerry Wagner, founder...

Oil supply shock and awe suggests more downside

January 13, 2015

In just one week, oil prices skidded by more than 10%, sparking a selloff in U.S. equities of 3.5%, a Treasury rally of more than 20 basis points, and global headlines of growth fears and tumult. Surprisingly, I'm not talking about last week....

Time to add commodities to client portfolios?

February 5, 2018

The economy is booming, and the stock market is falling, at least as of this moment. It may be time to think about adding commodities to clients' portfolios. If putting commodities in a stock portfolio seems like adding coal to a tire fire,...

Are commodities still a justifiable diversifier?

July 21, 2013

By now, advisers can't help but wonder if they should get their clients out of commodities-linked funds and exchange-traded products. Certainly, the performance numbers have been nothing to cheer about. Year-to-date through June, open-end commodities...

Goldman Sachs' oil forecasting prowess … or lack thereof

October 30, 2014

The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is often in the limelight for hiring the best talent on Wall Street, winning the high-profile deals, having close ties to the government and paying enormous compensation. It's also a firm under intense scrutiny and...

Midas moment: States rushing to make gold legal tender

April 10, 2013

Distrust of the Federal Reserve and concern that U.S. dollars may become worthless are fueling a push in more than a dozen states to recognize gold and silver coins as legal tender. Arizona is poised to follow Utah, which authorized bullion...

Gold drops 6% in May on Europe's woes

May 31, 2012

Gold futures fell in New York, capping the longest monthly slump since 2000, as Europe's worsening debt crisis and signs of a U.S. economic slowdown crimped demand for the precious metal. Higher borrowing costs in Spain are putting pressure...

Where GLD's $70B in gold is hidden

March 12, 2012

There's roughly $70 billion in gold bars backing the GLD Spider Trust - all secretly stashed at one vault in a location that few people in the world currently know, and few people have ever even seen. CNBC was granted access (with Bob Pisani...

Chart of the day: Investors' obsession with gold

February 22, 2012

Gold is up roughly 13% since the beginning of the year and a number of bullion bulls - including John Paulson - are becoming more vocal about the prospects of gold prices going forward. “By the time inflation becomes evident, gold will probably...

The price of tea in China — and what it means for your clients

May 11, 2011

An interesting — and somewhat worrisome — article from Bloomberg today reported that China's inflation rate held above 5% in April. In fact, the inflation rate in the People's Republic has exceeded Premier Wen Jiabao's 4% target each month...

Is the gold party over?

March 5, 2013

Investors fled from gold exchange-traded funds in record numbers last month as the economy continued to improve. A record $4.1 billion was pulled from gold ETFs in February, the largest single month of net outflows for the group ever. It's almost...

There's gold in them thar commodities

November 1, 2009

The secular bull market in commodities, which took a breather during the stock market downturn last year, is back on track and poised for an extended rally, according to money managers and market watchers. “The real move in commodities hasn't...

The Takeaway: Lead — yes lead — could shield investors from Treasury yield spike

January 4, 2013

Portfolio Scott Krisiloff: It's very hard for top Dow stocks in any given year to repeat that performance in the following one. (Avondale) Some bank stocks that still have room to run even after last year's sector dominance. (iBankCoin) The...

INsider: Wheels about to come off commodity super-cycle

November 20, 2012

The commodity super-cycle is on track to hit a major speed bump next year — if it hasn't already. Surpluses across a variety of commodities and a consumption slowdown in China have Edward Morse, global head of commodities research at Citigroup...

Jeffrey Saut: Bulls are still in control

August 28, 2012

The following is an excerpt from the commentary of Jeffrey Saut, chief investment strategist and managing director of equity research at Raymond James & Associates, for Monday, Aug. 27. To read the full commentary, click here. Unfortunately,...

Peter Schiff: Why Warren Buffett is wrong about gold

March 6, 2012

The gold doomsayers have found their champion in the media's favorite financial adviser and one of the world's richest men. Warren Buffett, the man dubbed the "Oracle of Omaha," has repeatedly and publicly denied that gold is an investment,...

Frank Holmes: What's really driving gold?

November 15, 2011

Frank Holmes, chief executive officer and chief investment officer of U.S. Global Investors, stopped by the InvestmentNews office to talk about the direction of gold throughout the remainder of 2011, and beyond. Mr. Holmes also offered a unique...

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