Julian Murdoch

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

Features and News

Is GLD A Good Deal?

Headlines last week were about GLD's largest holder making the switch to the hard stuff. Why the move?

  • Bullion vs. GLD by the numbers
  • It's all about assumptions
  • Einhorn's math

Features and News

A Spy In The House Of Iron?

Complications surround the extremely critical Chinese iron ore negotiations - and not just the usual ones.

  • Negotiations are like the energizer bunny: They keep going, and going ...
  • Rio Tinto manager arrested, but why?
  • China still importing iron

Features and News

Pickens’ Epic Wind Fail

T. Boone Pickens was going to change the world with his massive wind farm. Unfortunately, the capital markets got in the way.
  • The Pickens plan
  • What went wrong
  • The future for wind

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Nigeria & Oil: Still Relevant?

How oil prices respond to militant attacks on Nigerian pipelines and pumping stations.
  • A scary economy trumps pipeline disruptions
  • Context and timing are key
  • Quota cuts moot?

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A Big Bearish Day For Ags

The USDA released its Acreage report Tuesday morning and the market got its first gooad look at where final acreage stands for many key crops.

  • Soggy spring no biggie for corn
  • Record soybean plantings
  • Oversupplied in wheat

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Seeds Of Growth For Monsanto?

Monsanto's third-quarter earnings just came out. Are they an alternative for investors looking to go pick-and-shovel?
  • Roundup casualties
  • Seed sale volumes soaring
  • A different path to ags

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(Natural) Gas Pains?

Investors are flocking to the UNG natural gas ETF just as natural gas prices are falling. What's going on?

  • Crazy volumes
  • Killer contango
  • The 6-month weather forecast?

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Housing Starts Just Can’t Support Copper

After hitting an eight-month high just last week, copper has been on a downward slide, and not even crazy housing numbers can stop it.
  • Housing starts jump
  • Copper bows to pressure
  • Inventory overhang

Features and News

Nail-Biting In Shipping

We look at the Baltic Dry shipping index as a canary in the coal mine of commodities, and they've been on a tear. What's not to love?
  • The BDI roller coaster
  • Chinese imports
  • Ship supply issues