Julian Murdoch

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

Features and News

How Do You Buy Spot Oil?

We get the emails all the time: How do I get into ‘spot' oil? The answer is, it depends.

  • The shifting definition of ‘the price of oil'
  • Separating contango from correlation
  • Real investment options

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The Soy Game

Soybeans are supposed to do great in a recession, just not this one. Is that turning around?
  •  The tragedy of the rearview mirror
  •  Diminishing stocks
  •  The biodiesel future

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OPEC: As Irrelevant As Ever

All eyes were on OPEC this weekend. Yawn.
  • OPEC thinks it has cut enough
  • Compliance level for previously agreed upon cuts are high
  • Russian support?

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Recessionary Commodities

Last week's interview with Tom Fernandes from GreenHaven Commodity Services pointed to a Yale study on recessionary commodities. We dig in...

  • The power of sugar
  • Signal value: How far are we though the recession?
  • The big caveat

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Cheap Gas

The price of natural gas is at 6-year lows.
  • Low demand
  • The importance of rig counts
  • Where does it go from here?

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The Obama Budget: How Will It Impact Commodities?

The Obama budget is on the street, and depending on your perspective, it's either great, or terrible, for commodities.
  • Agriculture effects
  • Oil's pain
  • Green investment

Features and News

Barrick Gold Nails The Hedge

The close-to-pure-play miner reported earnings last week. Here's a look under the hood.
  • Hedging copper
  • Letting gold ride
  • The big picture

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Panic = Gold

Like clockwork, the sky falls, and gold shoots to the moon. But what does the supply/demand situation reveal?
  • Gold crosses $1,000
  • Physical demand is skyrocketing
  • An unlikely source of supply

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BDI & DSK: Shipping Chaos

The Baltic Dry is supposed to be a real measure of shipping values, but the recent insanity shows it's a flawed indicator.
  • The life-threatening drop
  • The 200% pop
  • Diana Shipping's strong earnings