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The dollar surged this morning on the back of only the second Fed rate rise since the 2008 financial crisis.
Investment manager Pimco has been fined nearly $20m (£15.9m, €18.9m) by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for misleading investors about the performance of its actively managed Total Return ETF.
The price of Brent crude oil surged above $50 (£40, €47) per barrel as rumours became reality that OPEC members had finally reached an agreement.
Gold jumped as much as $75 (£60, €68) an ounce on Wednesday, while gold miners surged as investors watched Donald Trump edge ever closer to the White House.
New US investors in gold increased by 81% over the month of October as the price of bullion fell to its lowest level since April at $1266 per ounce.
2016 has been a good year for commodities. Year-to-date, the FTSE World Mining index is up just less than 56% in dollar terms, while the FTSE oil and gas index is up just less than 20%.
European investors have been seeking exposure to commodities at an unprecedented scale in the first eight months of the year. Active commodity funds, however, are losing out.
With gold having been one of 2016’s most popular defensive strategies against persisting low returns and the struggle for income, Legal & General Investment Management’s multi-index fund range manager Justin Onuekwusi outlines four alternatives to gold for the post-Brexit world.
George Cheveley, manager of the Investec Global Gold Fund, details his structured, two-pronged approach, while Ani Markova, head of the Smith & Williamson Global Gold Fund, describes her fund's long-term strategy. Chelsea Financial Services' managing director Darius McDermott offers a neutral viewpoint.
The first half of 2016 was the first time investment has been the largest component of gold demand for two consecutive quarters. Should this leave gold bugs feeling vindicated or afraid?
A negative yielding bond is trading like a commodity, according to Oksana Aronov, managing director of JP Morgan’s Income Opportunity Fund.
The best performing UK trusts in the second quarter of 2016 were focused on commodities and natural resources, Vietnam and Latin America, according to investor research group QuotedData.
Global resources fund manager Benoit Gervais is adamant the commodities sector is about to be reignited but advises caution while recovery is nascent.
Net fund flows into global gold ETFs in the first half this year have already surpassed the same period of 2009 during the financial crisis, as Brexit has created more uncertainties in the global economic outlook.
With the Fed keeping rates on hold and sterling under pressure, it is a good time to look for dips in commodities and increase exposure to emerging market equities, says Trevor Greetham, head of multi-asset at Royal London Asset Management.
While gold funds were the out and out winners of the first half of the year, the worst performers were much more of a mixed bag.
Asset management giant Schroders has launched the Schroder ISF Global Gold Fund, its first gold equities offering.
Providers of self-invested personal pension schemes (Sipps) need to simplify their charging structures to make it easier for financial advisers to compare products, experts in the industry have said.
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