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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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

Test-driving retirement plans

July 22, 2012

For many preretirees, the idea of post-career living, where every day is like Saturday, is tantalizing. In reality, nearly half of retirees find it difficult to adjust to the lack of structure, loss of identity and boredom. The problem is inadequate...

Lump-sum offers present risks and opportunities

July 8, 2012

Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. made headlines over the past two months when they offered nonunion retirees a chance to swap their monthly pensions for a lump-sum payout. Although only about 130,000 retirees are affected by the auto giants'...

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...

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...

Flag pattern says gold is about to flag

October 23, 2011

Gold prices, down 14% since touching a record last month, are poised for more losses, according to technical analysis by Steel Vine Investments LLC. Bullion's advance from the Sept. 26 low of $1,535 an ounce to a high of $1,696.80 last Monday...

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...

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