Commentary

Volatility in the Silver-Gold Ratio

Jun 01, 2020

The silver-gold ratio measures the price relationship between the two precious metals. Silver and gold are hybrid commodities as both have long histories as both metals with a myriad of applications and as financial instruments. Long before there... more

Four Lessons From An Ugly April In Crude Oil

Apr 30, 2020

April 2020 will go down in history as the month that the price of crude oil fell to a low that most market participants did not believe possible. West Texas Intermediate crude oil began trading on the NYMEX division of the Chicago Mercantile... more

A Quarter To Forget In Markets

Apr 05, 2020

Optimism ran high at the start of 2020. The United States and China were about to sign the “phase one” trade deal that de-escalated the trade war that hung over markets in 2018 and 2019. The December 12 election in the United Kingdom paved the... more

Risk-Off In Most Commodities in Late February

Mar 02, 2020

Everything was humming along in the equities and commodities markets in mid-February. The S&P 500 made its latest record high on February 20. On the same day, the price of crude oil traded to a high of $54.66 per barrel on the nearby April... more

Coronavirus Causes Risk-Off In Commodities

Feb 03, 2020

In 2008, the global financial crisis caused by a housing meltdown in the US and sovereign debt issues in Europe caused a risk-off period that sent the prices of all assets appreciably lower. Crude oil, copper, precious metals, and a host of other... more

Fourth Quarter 2019 Overview and the Outlook For Q1 2020

Jan 06, 2020

A weaker dollar and de-escalation in the trade war between the US and China lifted commodity prices in the final quarter of 2019. In Q4, a composite of 27 commodities prices that trade on the futures exchange in the US and forward exchange in the... more

Coffee Makes Upside Progress Since Mid-October

Dec 02, 2019

The coffee futures market can be one of the most volatile markets in the world. The world’s leading producer and exporter of Arabica beans is Brazil. The weather conditions in the South American nation and the level of Brazil’s currency often... more

Crude Oil Keeps Bouncing As OPEC Prepares to Meet and Politics Loom Large

Nov 01, 2019

So far, in 2019, the price of nearby NYMEX crude oil futures has traded in a range from $44.35 to $66.60 per barrel. However, the low came at the very start of the year, and since the week of January 7, it has been at $50.52 per barrel.

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Third Quarter 2019 Overview and Q4 2019 Outlook

Oct 02, 2019

A strong dollar, escalating trade war between the US and China, and many other factors caused increased volatility in the commodities asset class over the third quarter of 2019. However, the overall performance of the sector was not all that... more

Gold and Silver - Bull Markets

Sep 03, 2019

With fear and uncertainty mounting over the prospects of a global recession, interest rates have been falling. Even though the dollar index is in a bull market trend, the price action in the gold and silver market was explosive in August.

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