Currency futures may remain a shaky proposition in the coming months amid renewed doubts about the euro‘s long-term prospects. Markets had been showing signs of recovering from previous worries about the euro that carried the Dow Jones Industrial Average to below 10,000 earlier in the week. Earlier in the month, European officials also unveiled a… Read more.
Investors who are interested in 30-year Treasury bond futures can take heart from a recent report by Moody’s indicating that the U.S. is in little danger of losing its AAA credit rating in the short term. However, a Reuters report recently quoted the report as a rapidly rising ratio of debt to gross domestic product… Read more.
For decades, 30-year Treasury bond futures have been an attractive option to investors drawn by the creditworthiness and stability of the U.S. government. However, there is growing speculation among financial experts as to whether this will always be the case, especially now that free-spending European nations are starting to see their own longstanding debts come… Read more.
Those who plan to invest in energy futures in the coming weeks may be interested to know that the U.S. government is calling for an “active to extremely active” Atlantic hurricane season in 2010. This is potentially important because large storms, particularly those that affect states situated on the Gulf of Mexico, tend to disrupt… Read more.
Investors in commodities futures may want to keep an eye on the Chinese economy as they decide which, if any, materials will present solid opportunities in the coming months. Rising industrial production in emerging nations has accounted for a growing percentage of the demand for a wide variety of metals and other materials that are… Read more.
Natural gas futures have reportedly been falling in recent days due to stable supplies as well as a significant increase in U.S. drilling activity. Last week, the Energy Information Administration reported that there were 2,165 billion cubic feet of natural gas in storage, marking an increase of 76 billion cubic feet over the previous week… Read more.
Chinese currency futures have not been immune from growing worldwide concern about the euro zone and its financial prospects. The euro itself has been hit hard amid concern that one or more member states could end up defaulting on their substantial debts, potentially leading to a new round of financial losses for some major banks… Read more.
Oil futures appear to be losing momentum for investors this week in light of renewed concern about the economic recovery, both in the U.S. and overseas. Stock markets around the world were already jittery in light of the ongoing debt situation in the European Union, where some member states are considered candidates for a sovereign… Read more.
An increasingly important thing to consider when investing in commodities will be whether a given material is needed for the manufacture of clean energy products and other emerging technologies. For example, lithium is a key material for the batteries currently used by many hybrid electric vehicles, and gallium is one of several relatively rare metals… Read more.
Despite ongoing uncertainty in the economy, now may be a time to consider investing in livestock futures given the generally favorable conditions being cited by government officials. In its most recent Beige Book survey, the Federal Reserve notes that higher livestock prices in March helped increase profitability in this area, especially for cattle producers. The… Read more.