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Metals And Oil: A Tale Of Two Commodities

By Rabah Arezki and Akito Matsumoto “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” With these words Charles Dickens opens his novel “A Tale of Two Cities”. Winners and losers in a “tale of two commodities” may one day look back with similar reflections, as prices of metals and oil have … Continue reading

Commodity Prices Expected To Remain Weak In 2015 Despite Slight Rebound In Oil Price

The World Bank is nudging up its 2015 forecast for crude oil prices from $53 in April to $57 per barrel after oil prices rose 17 percent in the Apr-Jun quarter, according to the Bank’s latest Commodity Markets Outlook, a quarterly update on the state of the international commodity markets. The Bank reports that energy … Continue reading

Australia Lowers Iron Ore Price Forecast As China Outlook Softens

Originally posted on Peace and Freedom:
AFP Iron ore is transported at a port in Rizhao, east China’s Shandong province on March 4, 2015. AFP Photo Sydney (AFP) – Leading global producer Australia on Tuesday lowered its forecast for iron ore prices as Chinese steel production eases, but said export volumes were expected to grow…

Why Is JP Morgan Accumulating The Largest Stockpile Of Physical Silver In History?

By Michael Snyder Why in the world has JP Morgan accumulated more than 55 million ounces of physical silver?  Since early 2012, JP Morgan’s stockpile has grown from less than 5 million ounces of physical silver to more than 55 million ounces of physical silver.  Clearly, someone over at JP Morgan is convinced that physical silver … Continue reading

Most Commodity Prices Expected To Continue Declining in 2015, In Rare Occurrence, Says World Bank Report

This year may well see a rare occurrence for world commodity markets – a decline in all nine key commodity price indices, says the World Bank’s latest Commodity Markets Outlook, released today. While oil prices have seen the most dramatic decline, the third largest since World War II, other commodities have also been gradually weakening … Continue reading

Why Are Commodity Prices Falling?

By Jeffrey Frankel Project Syndicate Oil prices have plummeted 40% since June – good news for oil-importing countries, but bad news for Russia, Venezuela, Nigeria, and other oil exporters. Some attribute the price drop to the US shale-energy boom. Others cite OPEC’s failure to agree on supply restrictions. But that is not the whole story. The price … Continue reading

China’s Little (Or Not So Little) Secret

By Jodie Gunzberg Global Head of Commodities S&P Dow Jones Indices Below are some quotes from the latest Oil Market Report from the IEA that may overpower Chinese slowing demand growth – even with a surprise interest rate cut. “there is a degree of opacity” “The Chinese administration does not routinely disclose information… thus little up‐to‐date official information is available” “A … Continue reading

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