Commodity Markets

Vietnam Captures Global Coffee Trade

Which country is the world’s largest coffee producer? You would guess correctly with Brazil. But the world’s second largest? The answer is Vietnam. Producers based in Buôn Ma Thuột—the city at the heart of the Vietnamese coffee industry—have seen their share of…
Commodity Markets

Tech Metals Ignite Mining Industry

There may not be enough tech metals worldwide to meet soaring demand. In most cases, mobile phones and solar panels are produced with lithium or indium. Other essential metals for tech-related industries include cobalt and lanthanum; the list is perplexing. The problem is…
Commodity Markets

Populism Is Dominant Gold Fundamental

If political uncertainty across America and Europe shaped gold demand in 2016, then the year ahead could be a banner one for the precious metal. Investors bolstered their exposure to gold last year, primarily through exchange-traded funds. Gold-backed ETF demand was the…
Commodity Markets

Fewer Chickens Eat More Corn

Two trends to watch in agricultural commodities are chicken supply and corn demand. Bird flu is being reported in East Asia and Western Europe, leading to chicken-import bans. Hong Kong restricts poultry trade with China and Japan; Saudi Arabia is acting against France and…