Inflation is in the news, but the imbalance may abate as productivity increases. To understand what's happening, consider a few basic economic concepts.
Market volatility and inflation can both be effective at destroying investment value. Here’s how investors can account for both in their long-term portfolio strategy.
Industrial and precious metals are key components for investing, trading, and understanding the market. Learn how industrial and precious metals markets may potentially affect economic growth and sentiment.
Commodities have been red-hot in 2020 and 2021. Is this the start of a so-called commodity supercycle? And what might that mean for investors?
Recent supply chain disruptions and the semiconductor shortage have led policymakers to rethink the trend of industries moving overseas for efficiency’s sake.
A commodity “supercycle” can last for years and lift commodity prices across industries. Is one brewing as we emerge from COVID-19, and what does it mean for investors?
West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and North Sea Brent: What’s the difference between these two global crude oil benchmarks?
Crude oil futures are one of the most actively traded in the world. Understand the different ways an investor might participate in the crude oil market.
As long as there have been markets, there have been occasional market bubbles. Here’s a look at a few of them, and what today’s investors can learn about avoiding the excesses of exuberance.
Beyond the world of stocks and bonds lies another category of assets: alternative investments. Learn about commodities and other alternative types that may be available to retail investors.
When market volatility throws a wrench into diversification strategy, some investors consider alternative investments. Here’s a look at the world beyond stocks and bonds.
Investing in silver can be a defensive strategy, especially when equity markets are trending lower or when interest rates are low.
Stock trading versus futures trading each pose intriguing possibilities. But although stocks and futures share some common ground, they differ in several ways that investors should understand before diving in to either.
Are you looking to include gold in your portfolio? Learn about the different alternatives and their pros and cons.
The fortunes of shipping, rail, and trucking companies could indicate where the global and domestic economies might be headed.
Rare earth metals, used in everyday products such as electronics, automobiles and medical devices, have emerged as a potential weapon in the ongoing trade dispute. Here’s a primer on rare earths, and the stocks and sectors that may be affected.
Want to learn about commodities trading, or how to invest in commodities? Start with this overview.
What are the different assets you can use to help build your investment portfolio? Explore the major asset classes: stock, fixed income, cash, and alternatives.
Interested in learning about futures contracts? Here's a primer on multipliers, tick size, and other futures contracts specifications.
OPEC’s biannual meeting takes place June 22, with the cartel under pressure from Washington to raise production as prices remain near three-year highs.
Learn how retail investors, even those with limited funds, can pursue a diversified portfolio mix using exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Investing in ETFs can provide exposure to a wide variety of markets, sectors, and asset classes.
Are you worried about the Dollar? Discover ways to leverage volatility, inter-market correlations, and overall bias to help you make smarter decisions.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) has scaled all-time high after all-time high this year. But what about transportation index?
Trading in a foreign market isn't easy, but leveraging global news might be all you need to potentially grow your portfolio exponentially.
Even though the rate of inflation has been low, it still impacts interest rates, bonds, and your portfolio. Find out more before the Fed’s next meeting.
What you should know about rising interest rates, and practical trading strategies for dealing with them—approaching Fed decisions in four different arenas.
Tea is hot, and that’s good news for consumers and investors looking for a new beverage to tempt their taste buds.
Study intermarket analysis for a more complete investing picture. Pull in bonds, currencies, and commodities with typical stock market research.
Inflation signals are evident in a host of everyday household items, and investors should learn what to look for and how to seize potential opportunities.
The line between “good” and “bad” inflation is a thin one and tough to recognize. We grade the standard inflation measures.
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