Julian Murdoch

Julian Murdoch is a former staff writer of HardAssetsInvestor.com, which is now part of ETF.com.

Features and News

Green Gold Trumps Black Gold

Investment in sustainable energy just sustained itself in 2008. But the actual investments look pretty sweet.

  • New investments up (a little) in 2008
  • Renewable winners and losers
  • A look at green ETFs

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Playing Chinese Oil

A look at three of the biggest Chinese companies in the oil industry.

  • Chinese oil consumption up
  • Chinese oil companies benefit
  • Which company is best positioned?

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The Mighty Bean - Soybean, That Is

Soybeans are in the middle of a sustained rally. What's the story?
  • Tight supplies
  • Bad harvests & plantings
  • How to invest

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Whither Wheat?

This is supposed to be prime time for wheat farmers. Instead, it's looking pretty dire.
  • Early harvests are bad ...
  • ... Spring plantings are miserable ...
  • ... But prices won't rally much

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How Gold Gets Out Of The Ground

If you really want to understand how to invest in gold mining companies, you have to understand how mines operate ... and how costs can be controlled.

  • How gold mining works: a primer
  • Open-pit vs. underground
  • What factors influence price?

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Brazil’s Big Oil Bet

Brazil's biggest oil field highlights Petrobras earnings. Will Tupi change the oil world?
  • Brazil's move on up the league tables
  • Big drilling challenges
  • Initial successf

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Coal (Stocks) On Fire

There is an interesting thing happening in the coal market right now - prices have fallen, but coal stocks are up over 50% on the year.
  • The state of the coal market
  • Exceptional execution
  • The China syndrome

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Oil Business: Could Be Worse (But Not Much)

Earnings season for oil majors is thankfully over. Let's walk through the killing floor and examine the carcasses, shall we?
  • The good, the bad & the ugly
  • The stock market reaction
  • Where do we go from here?

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Ag Roundup

Corn, soybeans & wheat all popped at the end of last week. Where's the beef? Or perhaps the bull?
  • Wet weather and corn plantings
  • Wheat won't sustain its rally
  • Uncertainty and soy