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Commodities: Gold And Zinc Crush It In Q1, Energy Gets Smoked [Infographic]

By Jeff Desjardins, Visual Capitalist The start of 2016 has been a roller coaster for investors. Global markets had their worst ever start in the first trading days of the year, with the S&P 500 eventually shedding 10.5% by early February. Stocks have rebounded since then, but tension is still in the air with record longs on … Continue reading

ETF Due Diligence: Critical Questions And Key Considerations To Make Your Investment Choice Accurate

By ETFalpha As a boutique ETF research house we know how important it’s to conduct a proper due diligence process before choosing an ETF as your investment or a building block of a wider investment strategy. Exchange Traded Funds, also known as passive investments, may sound as more simple investment options than hedge funds or … Continue reading

How Important Are Services To Economic Growth In Kenya?

By Anzetse Were A report by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) analyses four services sectors in Kenya to determine the role of services in economic growth. The four sectors analysed are the financial sector, IT services, transport services and tourism services. The report argues that services are becoming increasingly important, even for non-industrialised countries such … Continue reading

The Kenyan Economy Continues To Exhibit Key Weaknesses That Must Be Addressed

By Anzetse Were On Tuesday last week the World Bank launched the Kenya Country Economic Memorandum with the theme ‘From Growth to Jobs & Prosperity’. Apurva Sanghi Lead Economist and Program Leader at the Bank made three core points during his presentation. The first is that economic growth in Kenya is volatile, non-inclusive and marked … Continue reading

Short Commodities, This Rally Will Falter: Goldman Sachs

“Goldman Sachs Group Inc. predicted a rally in commodities from iron ore to gold will falter and forecast copper and aluminum prices will slide as much as 20 percent over the next year,” Bloomberg says. According to the news agency: Any increase in raw material prices will prompt more supplies to enter the market, making … Continue reading

De-Dollarization: Moscow And New Delhi Transitioning To Trade In National Currencies

India and Russia are developing a road map for mutual settlements in national currencies which could open prospects for both countries, India’s Ambassador to Russia Pankaj Saran told RIA Novosti on Wednesday. Transition to mutual settlements in national currencies of the BRICS looks promising. Russian and Indian companies are interested in using national currencies in … Continue reading

Commodities: To Short, Or Not To Short? (Infographic)

COMPARING “DOGS OF THE DOW” INSPIRED STRATEGIES OVER THE LAST DECADE The Chart of the Week is a weekly Visual Capitalist feature on Fridays. Over the last week, we have received a wide variety of reactions from our audience regarding the Periodic Table of Commodity Returns that we published last Thursday from our friends at … Continue reading

Plummeting Commodities Saves Beijing $460Bn A Year

While a sharp drop in commodity prices is hitting resource-based economies hard, analysts suggest China has arguably become the biggest beneficiary. Last year, China became the world’s top buyer of crude oil and nearly every other commodity. According to calculations by Kenneth Courtis, former Asia vice chairman at Goldman Sachs Group, the world’s second biggest … Continue reading

The Periodic Table Of Commodity Returns

At the beginning of each year, U.S. Global Investors puts out a fantastic visualization called the Periodic Table of Commodity Returns. This year’s version has an interactive design that allows users to sort returns by various categories including returns, volatility, and other groupings. For those keeping score, 2015 was a historically bad year for commodities … Continue reading

The Global Commodity Crash Tells Us That A Major Deflationary Financial Crisis Is Imminent

By Michael Snyder If we really are plunging into a deflationary global financial crisis, we would expect to see commodity prices crash hard.  That happened just before the great stock market crash of 2008, and that is precisely what is happening once again right now.  On Thursday, the Bloomberg Commodity Index closed at 79.1544.  The last … Continue reading

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