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Investor interest shows signs of picking up in 2014

Posted on 20 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Afer a weak year for commodities when a net $36 bn was withdrawn from commodity investments-the largest total ever, 2014 promises to be a better year with several promising signs of a pick-up in investor interest recently, according to Barclays Research.
The withdrawals in commodity investments were mainly on account of liquidation of gold exchange traded funds (ETFs). After adjusting for gold etf outflows, commodity investments witnessed inflow of $2 bn. Moreover, several institutional investors made decisions last year to exit the sector but are not due to do so until early this year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodities: China gets taste for cafe latte but investors must wait for returns to stir

Posted on 20 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Longer-term investors have already started to position their portfolios to capture higher yields they hope will eventually come from rising demand for beans in emerging markets, especially China.
Coffee prices slumped late last year to a seven-year low on a supply glut but investors should focus on the long-term outlook for the commodity as the emerging trend for cafe latte replacing green tea among Chinese consumers picks up………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Afraid of stocks? Commodities are one place you can look

Posted on 17 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

With the growing number of calls for a significant stock market pullback ahead, one area likely to start seeing investor inflows is commodities. The space has suffered a rough couple of years as the so-called Commodity Supercycle broke down.
Strong supplies of various crops, wobbly global economic growth and a meltdown in gold and other metals caused prices to sag and money to flow to equities. But the damage may have been done, setting the stage for a rebound. Experts see opportunities in metals outside gold as well as selected agricultural commodities………………………………………..Full Article: Source

No love for gold in 2014? Here’s how to profit

Posted on 17 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold ended a 12-year bull run in 2013 after posting the largest annual decline for the metal since 1981. After such a bearish year, traders and investors are beginning to position themselves for what can be an uncertain year for gold futures in 2014. Uncertainty surround the tapering of the Fed’s quantitative easing program could still weigh on gold prices.
With gold futures currently trading around $1,241 analysts at major banks are expecting a sideways to down year for gold. UBS, HSBC, Barclays, Bank of America and Deutsche have all come out with their 2014 forecasts for gold prices, and it seems that they are expecting a lackluster year for gold. The average of the banks forecast says that gold should trade on average round $1,200 an ounce this year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Investing when exchange-traded investments recover

Posted on 17 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Should you buy when there is blood in the streets? While the prospect of buying low may sound great, a beaten-up asset can always get battered some more. There’s no certainty when it comes to recognizing precisely when the bludgeoning will stop or when the knife will hit the floor.
There are times, however, when enough evidence comes to the forefront to make a rational re-entry. For example, few asset classes received as much “hate mail” as emerging market debt in the May-June tapering swoon of 2013………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Global investment in clean energy falls for second year running

Posted on 16 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

New figures show investment fell to $254bn in 2013, with a drop in Europe of 41%. Global investment in clean energy fell for the second year in a row to $254bn last year, with green investment in Europe crashing by 41%, new figures showed on Wednesday.
The drop casts a pall over a high-profile investor summit at the United Nations on Wednesday. The summit, organised by the Ceres investor network, was supposed to build momentum for the shift to a clean energy economy – a transformation requiring global investment of some $1 trillion a year by 2030………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Commodities set to boom in next phase of recovery, says Cantor

Posted on 15 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors should be shifting out of cyclical sectors and into natural resources and energy stocks that have lagged behind the market in the past couple of years, according to Charles Tan, investment companies analyst at Cantor Fitzgerald.
Tan says the rally in cyclicals that has dominated the past two years is nearing its conclusion and past economic cycles suggest commodities are about to rally hard next. Closed-ended funds sitting on large discounts are an excellent high-beta, high-yielding way to play this new trend, he explains………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Reasons to buy gold NOW!

Posted on 15 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold fell by 28% in 2013. That’s a huge reversal of a decade-plus trend. Between 2001 and 2012, gold managed positive gains every single year, a track record unmatched by any major asset. The precious metal went from a low of $255 in April 2001 to a high of $1,900 in September 2011, for a peak return of 745%.
Since then, gold has given back 35% from its $1,900 high, leading many to call the end of the gold bull market. But is it really finished? By looking at history and numerous indicators, I’ve found a different story. One that will jumpstart your 2014 profits………………………………………….Full Article: Source

The new commodities cycle is less super than the last one, but don’t dump them from your portfolio just yet

Posted on 14 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The commodities supercycle of the previous decade, which saw insatiable emerging market demand drive raw materials prices higher, is over. As a result, commodities prices growth has basically ground to a halt in the past few years.
In his latest note, Goldman’s Jeff Currie says that long-term, he remains bearish on the sector. But he says that a new commodities cycle has begun replacing the old one - and argues for hanging on to commodities a bit longer………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Speculators build bullish positions in gold, cover shorts in silverp Platinum - CFTC data

Posted on 14 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A rise in price prompted large speculators to add to their bullish futures and options positions in gold at the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, as seen in the latest weekly commitments of traders data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, released Friday.
Large speculators also increased their net-long positions in silver and platinum; however, the rise came because of short covering, which is the buying back of previously sold positions. The data is as of Jan. 7. Speculators added to their palladium net-longs, but their activity between the legacy and disaggregated reports were mixed in copper………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Bullish bets fell most in seven weeks before slump: Commodities

Posted on 13 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Hedge funds cut their bullish commodity wagers by the most in seven weeks before prices dropped to an eight-month low on signs of surplus supply and slowing economic growth in China.
The net-long position across 18 U.S.-traded commodities fell by 11 percent to 678,885 futures and options in the week ended Jan. 7, U.S. Commodity Future Trading Commission data show. Investors are the most bearish on wheat ever and anticipate lower prices for corn, coffee, sugar and soybean oil. Bullish gold wagers rose to the highest since mid-November………………………………….Full Article: Source

API predicts massive oil industry spending spree

Posted on 13 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Energy companies will spend close to $1 trillion on oil and gas infrastructure and storage over the next decade, to support more than 900,000 US jobs as the US becomes the global leader in oil production capacity growth, according to a new report from the American Petroleum Institute (API).
The report, conducted by IHG Global, estimates that between $85 billion and $90 billion of direct capital will be invested this year alone to build new pipelines, storage and processing facilities, and rail cars and marine vessels needed to transport oil and natural gas across the country………………………………….Full Article: Source

Commodities 2013: Not the best investments, by a long shot

Posted on 09 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodities, which include everything from industrial and precious metals to agricultural goods and energy supplies, fared badly almost across-the-board in 2013, according to a Capital Economics research note on Wednesday.
“Dismal returns” confronted commodities investors by the end of 2013, as key benchmark indices like the S&P GSCI index fell significantly, led by poor precious metals and agricultural prices. Gold fell 28 percent in its worst year since 1981, while corn had its worst year since 1970………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Why you should consider commodities in 2014

Posted on 08 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investing is not just about buying and selling securities; it is also about buying and selling asset types. Given the aging bull market in stocks, downside pressure on bond prices, and near-zero yields for cash, asset allocation in 2014 will be a challenge, to say the least.
Tactical asset-allocation in 2014: With a tactical approach to your portfolio structure, you will have a target allocation, but you may sometimes find yourself “overweight” some assets and “underweight” others. For example, let’s say your target asset allocation is 70% stocks and 30% bonds………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold mining deals seen rebounding on price discount

Posted on 08 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investment bankers see gold-mining deals rebounding this year from a near-decade low as producers target assets at fire-sale prices after the metal plunged.
Gold-mining companies are close to their cheapest relative to book value in at least two decades, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Meanwhile producers will be enticed to replace some of the output lost when they sold or curtailed less-profitable mines, said Barclays Plc’s Paul Knight………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Copper fluctuates as investors assess lower stockpiles

Posted on 08 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Copper fell for the third time in four sessions in New York on concern that new financing rules may curb demand in China, the world’s biggest user of the metal.
China’s Cabinet imposed new controls on shadow finance, the multi-trillion-dollar lending that operates outside of the country’s banking system, according to three people familiar with the matter. Some copper is used in the Asian nation as collateral to back loans………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Return & volatility in stocks, bonds & commodities

Posted on 07 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

2013 proved to be a revealing lesson in risk and reward, where high rates of return were not always necessarily accompanied by proportionately high levels of risk, and negative or low returns were not necessarily volatile.
The risk-return chart of 21 securities (15 equity indices, 2 bond indices and 4 commodities) shows the percentage price change over the 12-month period ending on January 3rd (proxy for 2013 performance) on the x-axis, and the 90-day volatility, ending on the same day on the y-axis. Here are the findings:……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Ways to invest in gold

Posted on 07 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

If you were dealing in several stocks until now and want to bring some diversity in your investment, gold investment might be a good option for you. Investing in varied fields has various benefits one of which is staying safe at time of market fall or imbalance.
Gold market is always considered as a better option when the rest of the stocks are not doing well. The reason for this is that gold has an inverse relation from all other stocks. There are various ways how you can make an investment in gold. Here are some ways how you can make an investment in gold………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold is no longer a safe investment

Posted on 06 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The crash in gold prices was one of the biggest shockers of 2013. A correction had already begun at the fag end of 2012, but prices really crashed in 2013, triggered by fears that the US Federal Reserve would scale down and do away with the economic stimulus.
However, Indian investors in gold were cusioned against the crash due to the fall in the rupee. As the dollar became costlier, gold continued to fetch a higher price in India………………………………………..Full Article: Source

No bounce seen for a deflated commodities sector

Posted on 02 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Many investors expect commodities markets to struggle for a fourth consecutive year in 2014, as steady-but-unspectacular economic growth extends a rough patch for what had been one of the hottest investment niches of the past decade.
In 2013, investors appeared to finally give up on hopes for the return of the “supercycle,” the confluence of tight supplies and surging demand that propelled prices for commodities ranging from oil to aluminum to wheat to records in the past decade………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity market assessment for 2014

Posted on 02 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodity investments this year are on track to register their largest ever outflows. The decline in assets under management in the year till November is the largest on record, indicating withdrawal of funds from the sector by global investors. However, despite this bleak outturn, there are signs that some sectors like base metals are starting to generate investor interest again.
The Federal reserve’s QE stimulus had no major impact on commodity markets and there are unlikely to be very many negative effects as it is tapered. The exception is in precious metals, where investor holdings in these two markets have fallen sharply and a resulting price crash………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Should you invest in stocks or commodities in 2014?

Posted on 30 December 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

It’s the dawn of a new year and investors are facing an array of fresh challenges. One of the intriguing investment parlor games is to contemplate whether stocks or commodities loom as the vehicles offering the best returns.
Stocks enjoyed a spectacular showing in 2013. But investors may fret that it is unrealistic to expect continued glowing returns from the Standard & Poor’s 500 in 2014 and thus turn to commodities………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Investors should abandon long-term commodity bets

Posted on 20 December 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A key rule in financial markets is that rational investors should not take unnecessary risks. It is strange, then, that some savvy investors still allocate to commodities over a long-term, five-year-plus horizon. The assumption is that commodities diversify portfolios, hedge against inflation, and, in the case of gold, offer a safe store of value. But our research suggests these justifications for long-term bets on commodities are illusory.
First, the correlation between commodity and other asset price changes was near 20 per cent in the 1980s and 1990s. Commodities were better placed to diversify investment portfolios and hedge against risk………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Scotiabank’s top commodity picks for 2014

Posted on 20 December 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Scotiabank’s Commodity Price Index declined by a sharp -5.8 per cent month-over-month in November and is currently -10.4 per cent below a year earlier. While commodity prices lost ground in 2013 — partly due to disappointingly slow global growth (2.9 per cent in 2013, down from 3.2 per cent in 2012) — signs point to a bottoming in 2014 and a return of the ‘Bull-Run’ in the second half of the decade.
Zinc is a Top ‘Pick’ for early investors. Lumber should post another solid advance in 2014, with a 19 per cent year-over-year gain expected in Western Spruce-Pine-Fir 2×4 prices………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Go short gold, long nickel - Barclays

Posted on 20 December 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

2014 is likely to be another difficult year for Commodities, writes Barclays, in a note out earlier this week. But, it expects base metals to out perform both oil and precious metals in the early parts of the year.
The main reasons for this are twofold. Firstly, on the base metals side, Barclays expects 2014 to mark the end of a period of structural surplus that has afflicted base metal markets to a greater or lesser degree since 2007/2008………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity investments seen by Barclays set for record outflow

Posted on 18 December 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodity investments are heading for record outflows driven by withdrawals from gold exchange-traded funds as some investors lost faith in the traditional store of value, according to Barclays Plc.
Assets under management declined $88 billion since the start of the year through last month, Barclays said in a report e-mailed today. Net outflows reached $36.3 billion, also set for a record decline, it said. Investments in precious metals slid 40 percent since 2012 to $119 billion………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Chinese investors warned about African mining risks

Posted on 17 December 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Chinese companies are keen to pour money into mining projects in Africa, but investors have received a fresh warning about the risks in the continent’s mining sector. Speakers at the recent Global Resource Investment Conference in Shenzhen told of some of the problems that can beset projects in resource-rich Africa.
“There are many potential Chinese clients who are interested in investing in mines in Africa, but there are lots of challenges,” said Cindy Pan, a lawyer at international law firm Dentons. Pan cited poor infrastructure, political instability, corruption, cultural differences, as well as other political and legal risks………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity traders step up investments as prices decline -Trafigura

Posted on 16 December 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The golden era for commodities is far from over and declines in previously overheated prices offer opportunities for trading houses to extend ownership of assets while still betting on continued growth in China and Africa, top player Trafigura said.
In its first fully public annual report since being set up 20 years ago, Trafigura said 2013 has been a year of “reappraisal in commodities” as many resource markets appeared to move into large surpluses while global growth looked insufficient to absorb increases in supply………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Speculators most bullish since October before drop: Commodities

Posted on 16 December 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Speculators got the most bullish on commodities since October, buying more gold, cotton and soybeans, before prices fell the most in six weeks on signs of surplus supply.
The net-long position across 18 U.S.-traded commodities rose 8.9 percent to 677,505 futures and options in the week ended Dec. 10, the highest since Oct. 29, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data show. Gold wagers rose for the first time in six weeks. The Standard & Poor’s GSCI Spot Index of 24 raw materials fell 1.3 percent last week, the most since Nov. 1………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold investors urge caution as miners consider return to hedging

Posted on 13 December 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors in major gold miners say a return to hedging future production after a slump in gold prices would be a sign of financial weakness in companies and could rob them of the chance to reap the rewards of any price rebound.
The incoming chairman of Barrick Gold, the world’s largest gold miner, last week rekindled the debate over the practice of selling production forward. John Thornton, a former senior executive at Goldman Sachs, said he would seriously consider hedging………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodities become the new asset class, spark investor interest

Posted on 10 December 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Financial products like fixed income, equity and currency have always been in the limelight. However, in the past decade, there has been a major shift towards commodities because of the need to diversify the investment portfolio during times of uncertainty, geopolitical tensions and financial crises.
In recent times, the global markets have witnessed a flux of events that have heightened uncertainty, leading to increased volatility. According to earlier research studies, 15-20 per cent of commodities in a portfolio leads to a better risk-adjusted return. Therefore, the benefits resulting from investment or trading in the commodities space cannot be neglected and must be considered before making the right investment or trading decisions………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Reality check for commodity investors

Posted on 09 December 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

It seems that, to paraphrase that old Chinese saying, commodity investors will in 2014 be living in interesting times. Those who, at the height of the commodities boom in 2007, read “stronger for longer” as “stronger forever” are getting a harsh reality check.
And there may be more to come: Goldman Sachs says to get ready for falls of 15 per cent or more for gold, copper, iron ore and soybeans. Stocks are off to the races, so the hot money is being punted there. Wherever you look, it’s hard to make head or tail of what is going on for the mining and energy sectors………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Large investors turn cold on commodities

Posted on 06 December 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After two years at the helm of the world’s worst-performing asset class, managers of commodities funds could be forgiven for feeling unloved. Wall Street analysts, big-picture strategists and powerful consultants have turned cold on oil, metals and grain futures as a decade-long rally peters out.
And investors are listening, with many now reluctant to commit further funds. Some are heading for the exits………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Should I invest in more than one precious metal?

Posted on 06 December 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After 12 years of gains in the gold price, investors are now facing the true reality of unlucky number 13. Gold is set to end the year down for the first time in over decade. Having hit an all-time in September 2011, gold has failed to return to that spot. Silver has had a similar experience, touching $50 in 2011 and it is currently floundering below $20.
Meanwhile there are repeated calls for 2014 to be the year for both platinum and palladium, the industrial metals of the precious metals. Which is the right metal to invest in and should you invest in more than one?……………………………………….Full Article: Source

More private equity investment expected in mining – Deloitte

Posted on 06 December 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

More private equity investment is on the horizon for the mining sector, Deloitte South Africa mining industry leader (assurance) Tony Zoghby said on Wednesday. In 2012 alone, eight mining funds raised private equity of $8.5-billion as mining majors wrote off asset value of $75-billion in impairments.
Zoghby and Deloitte South Africa mining industry leader (advisory) Abrie Olivier were speaking at the presentation of Deloitte’s sixth ‘Tracking the Trends’ yearly report, which outlined how mining companies would next year continue to face rising costs, falling commodity prices, supply-and-demand imbalances and decreased productivity levels………………………………………..Full Article: Source

How to guess right on commodities and still lose

Posted on 05 December 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Skeptical investors who concluded a few years ago that the decadelong commodities rally was running out of steam have been vindicated, and the timely bets they placed on falling prices have often paid off. But in a handful of cases, investors learned a painful lesson: You can be right about the big picture, but little things can still erode your returns.
The big picture has been broadly negative for commodity prices since early 2011. The Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index, which tracks futures contracts for nearly two dozen raw materials, is down 11% this year through November. Barring a rebound, the index will drop for the third straight year for the first time since its launch in 1998………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity investment goes back to fundamentals

Posted on 02 December 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The past year has not been a good one for commodity investment. Passive commodity indexes have delivered disappointing returns, while a number of high-profile commodity hedge funds have been forced to close. What is the outlook for investor interest in commodities?
Nonetheless, some investors will remain sceptical, says AllianceBernstein’s Ruff. “A lot of investors feel burned by commodities in whatever form they had invested in the past couple of years, from strategies such as commodity trading advisors to managed futures. They have not had a good run and the passive indexes haven’t done well either.”………………………………Full Article: Source

‘Now is a very good time to buy’ – Ron Paul on gold

Posted on 29 November 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Ron Paul gave gold bugs a reason to smile this week, reiterating his confidence in the precious metal’s store of value. “It may well have seen the bottom as far as I’m concerned,” Paul said. “And I think if anybody has a need to hold more gold, now is a very good time to buy.”
When asked about his preferred investments, the former politician said precious metals and properties are a safe bet – things you can “see and feel.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Weak gold prices an opportunity of a lifetime for contrarian investors?

Posted on 28 November 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Given the recent further weakness in the price of gold bullion, should investors be running for the exit doors? Some well-known “gold bugs” have recently turned bearish on the precious metal. But I’m on the opposite side of the spectrum; I see the pullback in gold prices as an opportunity of a lifetime for contrarian investors.
The gold bullion price chart below shows the long-term trend in gold bullion is still intact. Since 2001, the precious metal’s price has marched higher. Note there have been many pullbacks along the way, but in all cases, gold bullion prices recovered and moved higher after their pullback. And I believe we will see gold prices recover again from their current price correction………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Australia: Commodity forecaster says mining investment boom has peaked and projects have declined

Posted on 28 November 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Federal Government’s commodities forecaster says the mining investment boom has peaked and the number of major resources projects has fallen. In its latest report, the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics says Australia is seeing the transition from record mining investment to the mining production phase.
The Bureau says lower commodity prices and rising costs have led to a fall in the number of resources projects compared to six months ago………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Points to keep in mind while investing in commodities

Posted on 26 November 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Like any other asset class, commodities take cues and direction from a variety of factors and developments in the world markets. Since these are raw materials, their core application is in the specific sectors that they are used in, but as they are traded on the global platform now, their role has expanded from a commodity to a trading and investment avenue, and an important asset class.
So, while the macroeconomic changes affect the commodity price movements, the movement in commodity prices also impacts the global economy, making it an inter-dependent global phenomena………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Is it good to invest in gold?

Posted on 25 November 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold is a fascinating investment. Sceptics in gold missed the run-up of the last 10 years or more. Late believers got in nearly at the peak. However, whenever one got in, Indian investors seem to have been rescued by the Indian rupee.
And unlike stocks, no one believes that gold can go to zero (like some vanishing companies). It is reported that the cost of mining an ounce of gold is close to $1,100, so that kind of sets a floor on gold. Of course, the caveat is that someone out there still likes gold………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Why active investors should avoid commodities right now

Posted on 21 November 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

If your focus is asset allocation and you’re not concerned with market timing, you don’t need to bother reading any further. As the research on efficient frontier shows, including commodities in your asset allocation is a benefit in the long run in terms of return for a given level of risk. However, if you do shift your allocation actively, there are technical reasons to have little or no allocation to commodities markets right now; i.e. avoid commodities.
As the recovery from the depths of the financial crisis found its legs, a lot of us were lulled into thinking risk-on always involved buying stocks, the euro and commodities. And for a while it did. But that nice, clean risk-on/risk-off phenomenon which was easy for market reporters to write about (and the high correlations that drove hedge funds crazy) ended earlier this year. ………………………………..Full Article: Source

How to invest in the most precious commodity on earth

Posted on 21 November 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

“Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink.” This line from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” is apropos not only for those lost at sea but for the Earth in general.
The Earth is indeed the “water planet,” with more than 70% of its surface covered with the liquid. However, more than 97% of this water is unusable salt water, meaning freshwater accounts for less than 3% of the world’s supply. Of that total, more than 70% is frozen, resulting in a very limited supply of usable freshwater. Only 0.007% of all of Earth’s water is available for human use. ………………………………..Full Article: Source

Asian investors tip tough year for commodities

Posted on 20 November 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Asian investors believe commodities are in for a bad year, with just 2 per cent surveyed rating them as their favourite asset class for 2014. Bank of America Merrill Lynch gained responses from 272 investors who attended finance conferences in Beijing, Singapore and Hong Kong last week — with two-thirds favouring equities.
They were as bearish about government bonds as about commodities. Their favourite equity market within Asia is China, backed by 39 per cent, followed by Japan at 26 per cent, the ASEAN countries (12 per cent) and South Korea (11 per cent)……………………………………Full Article: Source

Gold loses its sheen with ETF investors

Posted on 18 November 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold investors who are worried by the downward spiral of prices for the yellow metal over the past year have focused their attention almost entirely on guessing when the US government will start to taper down its monthly $85bn (£53bn) asset-purchase programme.
Gold investors who are worried by the downward spiral of prices for the yellow metal over the past year have focused their attention almost entirely on guessing when the US government will start to taper down its monthly $85bn (£53bn) asset-purchase programme………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold bears return before Yellen signals more easing: Commodities

Posted on 18 November 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors got less bullish on gold as hedge funds doubled their short holdings just before prices erased a weekly loss and Janet Yellen pledged to press on with economic stimulus if confirmed as Federal Reserve chairman.
The net-long position in gold slumped 37 percent to 55,456 futures and options in the week ended Nov. 12, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data show, the biggest drop since February. Short bets climbed to 54,143, the highest since mid-August, from 26,490 a week earlier. Net-bullish wagers across 18 U.S.-traded commodities dropped 12 percent to 576,224 contracts as investors became more bearish on wheat and cut their silver holdings by the most in five months………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Investors flock to silver coins

Posted on 15 November 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Silver coins are gaining favor among investors and sales could rise to a record high in 2013, thanks to a sharp fall in the precious metal’s price.
Demand for silver, which is sought after by investors and industrial users alike, is expected to rise, consultancy Thomson Reuters GFMS said in a recent report. The industrial sector accounts for about 45% of global silver consumption, it said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Time to rethink your gold investments?

Posted on 14 November 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Is it time to rethink your gold investments? This question is being asked by those who have held on to their investments as the prices of the precious metal have come down significantly. It wasn’t too long ago when gold bullion prices soared beyond $1,900 an ounce; this year, they are facing scrutiny. Gold bullion prices witnessed plunges in April and June, and now sit close to $1,300, down more than 31% from their peak.
This decline in gold bullion prices has caused concern, and I completely understand why. For example, gold miners’ share prices have collapsed, both senior miners and exploration companies. With this in mind; I certainly think it’s time to rethink the gold investments that investors hold in their portfolio………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Invest in copper if you believe in growth

Posted on 14 November 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Steel demand makes big headlines because of the metal’s role in everything from buildings to automobiles and washing machines. However, every one of those also needs copper to make it work. And copper also goes into developed world staples like electronics. That’s why copper miners like Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold and Southern Copper Corp are worth a closer look.
Copper is used in the construction, electricity, transportation, and industrial machinery spaces, among others. These are some of the most important driving forces as countries develop………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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