Commodities
Agriculture

Will the recent rally in agriculture prices continue in 2010?   The beginnings of global economic recovery made 2009 a much easier year to predict.  But there's a lot more to agriculture than whether that recovery falters...  In the year ahead all eyes will be on the weather and harvests, store levels, demand for bio-fuels, political uncertainty and export policies.  Our industry experts give their inside views.

Energy

The long, slow goodbye to oil-fuelled cars is inevitable - if Chinese demand continues, all world oil could be gone by 2030.  So, what is the fuel of the future?  Natural gas, particularly in the US, is in plentiful supply, which has kept the price down - but is the longer term view as positive?  Or does the long-term future lie with renewables?  We ask a panel of commentators where they'd put their money.

Metals

The global economic recovery has boosted demand for industrial metals - both copper and aluminium prices have recently reached 14-month highs.   However, we have already seen slight corrections.  In part this is down to China's huge reserves of copper, but large stocks of other metals, such as nickel, will also have a negative impact on prices.  Our analysts' tip to investors: keep your eyes on the dollar.

Precious Metals

Gold continues to be the big story but recent volatility in the price has left the big investment banks in disagreement about how high it will go.  One leading pundit is predicting $1,400 an ounce in 2011 while another forecasts $1,300.   So what are we to believe? Our expert examines both sides of the argument: can precious metal really reach such record highs?

Precious Gems

Imports of polished diamonds to the U.S., the world's biggest diamond market, roughly halved in the first six months of the year but China's demand grew nearly 13 percent to $300 million, helping buttress the global diamond trade at a critical time.

Hot Commodities

When you work hard, day-in, day-out, there are times when you have to let go and relax.  And, when you work in commodities, an understanding of market values often translates into an appreciation for the finer things in life...

Related Sectors
Banking & Finance

Agricultural commodities have handed investors a steady annual return of more than 8% over the past six years.  But from an actively managed portfolio, under the aegis of a knowledgeable and experienced manager, an investor can look for much higher returns over the next 10 years.

Futures & Options

Prices for industrial raw materials are significantly more volatile than those for manufactured items or services.  While it's tempting to blame this volatility on the harmful and destabilising actions of speculators, trading houses and hedge funds, in reality is it just an inherent characteristic of the commodity markets?

Logistics

DP World is behind the £1.5 billion ($2.4 billion) development of London Gateway's port construction, which will be Europe's largest combined deep-sea port and logistics park.  We look at the effect this will have on the movement of freight around Europe, the reduction of road haulage and its beneficial environmental effects.

Market Analysis

In time with the start of the European Parliament hearings with the designated Commissioners, the European Confederation of Iron and Steel Industries (EUROFER) has published a manifesto of the European steel industry for the European Commission 2010-2014.   We look at the market implications of this.

Law

Can congress and the senate pass a law that will limit the amount of profiteering that a corporation can impose on the public?  What name could we give a law like that? Our suggestion: 'The Necessary Commodity Law'.

Environmental

Catch up with committed environmentalist Adam Davis, who has left his consulting job to launch a futuristic trading forum called the Conservation Exchange.  Its aim is to generate billions of dollars by restoring and protecting nature.

Lifestyle
Travel

Do you actively seek out the ultimate in luxury and demand personalised service covering every aspect of your travel arrangements?  We have the perfect guide for those not content with the mundane or second best - it's as far away from packaged group tours as the sublime is from the ridiculous.

Technology

CES 2010, the Consumer Entertainment Show, unveiled must have gadgets for the coming year.  We take a look at the technology making headlines and the innovations soon to be seen in our homes.

Arts & Culture

In late 2009, Miami yet again played host to the Art Basel Miami Beach, the annual playground for art lovers and those who enjoy their company.   The event signalled the start of the high season and, happily, the current economic climate didn't discourage people, money or art from taking up residence in this tropical locale.

Luxury Goods

Longchamp, named by founder Jean Cassegrain after the famed Paris horse race track, provides travellers with a uniquely continental choice in luxury luggage sets with its clean lines and timeless designs.

Fashion

Ever since Karl Lagerfeld was snapped up by Chanel in 1983, followed by John Galliano at Christian Dior in 1997, other famed fashion houses have had to maintain standards when faced with a gap left by a departed or even deceased creator.   But what will happen as these prestigious design appointments become a revolving door...?

Events

Ever since Karl Lagerfeld was snapped up by Chanel in 1983, followed by John Galliano at Christian Dior in 1997, other famed fashion houses have had to maintain standards when faced with a gap left by a departed or even deceased creator.   But what will happen as these prestigious design appointments become a revolving door...?

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