When markets are gripped by crisis and inflation is on the horizon, it's your only choice.
Funds linked to the world's most prevalent industrial metal can often predict mood shifts.
Rising oil prices could create a short-term problem for the miner. There are long-term production issues as well.
Diversify to protect against volatility.
Newmont Mining has what no gold investors want: production costs that keep rising.
Gold's cheaper cousin is trading at 30-year highs and is already up 11% this year. But it's still far from its record.
A sharp rise in cotton prices has been a boon for a fund that tracks them, but it remains a wildly volatile investment.
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