BONDS, CURRENCIES & COMMODITIES


Rahul Sonthalia 26 April 2011
Silver has risen to an all-time high, immediate delivery prices are up 5.4% at $49.79/ounce, surpassing the previous high of $49.45 in 1980. But as global analysts predict, this rally may not sustain—and a correction could be on the cards There is a very interesting theory in financial...

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Devarajan Mahadevan 07 April 2011
Over the past decade, the correlation between returns from fine wine and crude oil returns was 90% Investors are dumping bonds; that’s old hat. If you are looking for returns, you have to look much beyond the markets. And if you go along with the trend in China, you should raise a toast to a...

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Sharad Matade 11 March 2011
Nippon Steel is reported to have tied up supplies from Anglo American at $330 a tonne for the next quarter, compared with the current $221. Indian steel producers are hoping that this is an exception and that prices will settle down Indian steelmakers' margins a likely to come under...

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Moneylife Digital Team 28 February 2011
Pranab Mukherjee blames supply chain problems for rising food inflation, but announces long-term initiatives that will not resolve the problem of the aam aadmi quickly enough Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee has attributed galloping food prices to "shortcomings in distribution and marketing...

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Moneylife Digital Team 24 February 2011
The Intelligence Bureau has, in its January report, blamed adverse weather and global conditions for the rise in prices of commodities. Its focus is mainly on the commodities’ price rise, which perhaps indicates the concerns of the government ahead of the union budget The Intelligence Bureau...

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The January report of the Intelligence Bureau, available with Moneylife, attributes rising prices of gold and silver to higher demand, oblivious of the raging global speculation If the Intelligence Bureau (IB) has to be really useful in the quality of information it sends to various top...

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Moneylife Digital Team 22 February 2011
The precious metal has outperformed gold recently, apparently due to an unusual condition in the silver futures market Silver spot and futures prices hit a record high on Monday on the spreading unrest in the Middle East and the falling dollar. However, it seems that the real reason for the...

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Sharad Matade 22 February 2011
Prices of cotton that are at record highs are expected to stay firm in the near future due to a global shortage Cotton prices, which have touched record highs recently, are expected to stay firm as farmers and traders hold on to supplies in local markets, in anticipation of higher prices in...

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Moneylife Digital Team 14 February 2011
With onion prices having dropped considerably over the past few days, onion growers have been holding back stocks hoping for a better price through exports Onion growers from Nashik in western Maharashtra, one of the principal onion-growing areas, have called off their 10-day strike in...

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Bharti AXA Life Insurance has launched its Bright Stars Edge and True Wealth. The period from January to March is the season for tax savings, and hence the rush of fresh ULIP offerings Bharti AXA has launched its new Unit-linked Insurance Plan (ULIP) with new names, but carrying the same old...

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Sharad Matade 02 February 2011
Aluminium also edges higher, signalling better-than-expected recovery in the US, Europe and continuing Chinese demand Prices of base metals, mainly copper, are likely to continue to climb on rising demand, which is seen as an indication of a recovery in the US and European economies, and a...

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Moneylife Digital Team 27 January 2011
The global economy is recovering—and commodity prices are looking up As the adage goes, be careful about what you wish for. Since 2008, there have been some heated debates on whether the world economy will plough its way back to the growth path—that too, at a rapid pace. But whatever be the...

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Sharad Matade 07 January 2011
Natural rubber prices are at their highest-ever, as heavy rain hampers production, increasing concerns that supply may not keep pace with demand Natural rubber prices have climbed to record highs and are likely to continue to climb in the near-term on falling output by major rubber-producing...

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Sharad Matade 06 January 2011
Experts believe that with demand rising and only a small surplus in the global market, sugar producers will be encouraged to export more Sugar, which left a bitter taste in the mouth in early 2010 because of high prices, may not be much sweeter this year despite record production expected in...

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Sharad Matade 28 December 2010
Government delays decision to allow more cotton exports as cotton traders wait eagerly to take advantage of higher global prices   The uncertainty over increasing cotton exports and the delay in issuing licences for export may result in excess domestic supply of cotton that could pull down...

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Sharad Matade 08 December 2010
Last month, the Centre appointed a commission to probe into illegal mining of iron and manganese ore. But it is strange that worse activities in the coal industry are going on unhindered The Centre has appointed a commission to probe into the illegal mining of iron and manganese ore in various...

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History seems to suggest that gold prices will never decline. Gold loan companies have created a growth model around this belief. But how robust is this assumption? The last of a four-part series We have seen how gold loan companies are riding on the crest of a massive gold rally. By...

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Moneylife Digital Team 12 November 2010
The newly-established USE boasted of a world record for capturing the highest market share and daily turnover. Turnover has crashed now. With trading being literally free, will the USE survive? The country's newest stock exchange, the United Stock Exchange (USE), was launched amid much...

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