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How to mitigate the cost of contango

Edith Southammakosane -

An investor in commodities using futures contracts is not only exposed to the price of the raw material but also to the cost of holding a futures contract and rolling it from one contract to another. The mechanism of contango and backwardation continues to intrigue. While contango is known to… Read More »



US Dollar may go down heading into FOMC minutes

Arnaud Masset -

Most currency pairs have been trading sideways so far this week as investors remained reluctant to choose sides between Dollar bears or bulls. Obviously against this backdrop of uncertainties, the Japanese Yen took the best of the situation and extended gains as it returned below the 111 threshold. Investors will… Read More »


Oil-linked FX gets a boost

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Oil prices rallied to a one-month high as expectations increased ahead of EIA inventories reports. There are clear signs that U.S inventories have fallen from record high levels. WTI crude today has reached $51.50 in early European trading on tightening supplies speculation. Improving US consumer health has seen a deeper… Read More »


Swiss Franc as Safe Haven Currency

Joachim Corbach -

The Swiss Franc has always seen strong demand in times of elevated risk, be it market risk or geopolitical risk.And in the past it has probably been the number one “safe haven” currency, even ahead of the JPY and USD. While JPY and USD in risky times usually experience an… Read More »


Solar remains a bright spot for silver demand

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Silver demand for solar panels is a growing segment of its industrial demand with record levels expected in 2018. Global silver demand for solar set to riseSilver’s unique reflective and conductive properties make it a key component in capturing and generating electricity through sunlight. The fastest growing industrial segment for… Read More »



Market Overview by eToro

Mati Greenspan -

The Jobs numbers on Friday were great! The headline number, 235 Thousand Jobs added in February far surpassed analysts estimates, but wage growth was a bit less than expected. Stocks on Wall Street managed to chug a green day out but ended up at a loss for the week, the… Read More »


Copper outlook 2017: eighth year of supply deficit

Nitesh Shah -

Copper is likely to enter another year of deficit, but stocks are still elevated and will cap price gains. While capex cuts have been aggressive, it will take time for supply to fall. Projects in pipeline are unlikely to be cancelled Investors optimisticCopper has rallied 40% since January 2016, erasing… Read More »