Brad Zigler

Features and News

Pork Outdoes Gold In The First Quarter

How did individual commodities fare in the first three months of the year? We run the numbers and find a few surprises.

  • Gold beaten by most metals, including copper
  • Why the market's bullish on gasoline
  • Bullish on cotton, not on sugar

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How To Straddle The Gold Market

Don't pass up a golden opportunity to play cheap volatility premiums in everyone's favorite precious metal.
  • Why gold's caught in a tug of war
  • Why strangles and straddles work in range-bound markets
  • Running the numbers on a gold strangle

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Sugar: Too Much Of A Bad Thing

Sugar's fallen a long way off its 29-year highs. But is the current sell-off overdone?
  • Why sugar's decline comes back to supply catch-up
  • Will seasonality and falling yields help support prices?
  • Is sugar's future sweet?

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Palladium: A Price Too Far

So far, palladium’s skyrocketed this year. But can the good times last?
  • Why palladium's ‘parabolic’ price rise is worrisome
  • How PALL is driven by the news
  • Is it time to take money off the table?

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In Spring, Oil Traders’ Thoughts Turn To Spreads

What’s the real relationship between gasoline and heating oil—and how can investors use it to their advantage?
  • Consumption patterns: gas vs. heating oil
  • What’s inventory got to do with it?
  • Why a spread trade makes sense

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A New Reserve Currency?

China and Russia are calling to replace the world's dollar reserves with the SDR. But does such an idea make sense?
  • What's behind the proposal?
  • How the SDR's currency basket has changed
  • Why switching to the SDR won't work

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A Golden Future In Your Mailbox?

Junior gold miners ‘exploding’ by 1,500%? We examine the outrageous claims made by one direct mail ‘special offer.’
  • Are ‘monster gains’ too good to be true?
  • Truth vs. fiction in returns
  • The Guinness Exploration connection

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Which Commodity ETPs Have Momentum?

What can a fund's 10-month moving average tell you about its future?
  • How to capture long-term cyclicality with ETFs
  • Is COW ready for a bullish turnaround?
  • Is UNG a good momentum buy right now?

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Gold And Stocks Riding The Same Bus

Is the yellow metal losing its historic diversification benefits?

  • Changing correlations
  • The new bond connection
  • A model portfolio look-back