As we wrap up the third quarter of 2012, many look ahead to finalize their portfolios for the year. By most equity standards, 2012 has been a very successful year, but the same cannot be said for commodities. As always, the commodity industry has picked its darlings and singled out its laggards, making profits for some and drawing up big losses for others. With nine months of the year in the bag, it will be a good time to reassess your holdings to see if it may be the right time to reallocate or if there are more promising opportunities out there [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
After a punishing four year run, it looks as though natural gas futures may be ready to cross into the black for 2012. NG had been a very popular short for many investors since 2008, as its price cratered following the recession. Abundant resources and improved technology were among the culprits that turned natural gas into one of the cheapest fossil fuels around. That negative momentum carried through into 2012, but was stopped short as NG was determined to finish the year on a strong note [for more natural gas news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
Although natural gas is arguably one of the most frustrating commodities on the market, trading the fossil fuel has surged in popularity in recent years. Natural gas’s inherent volatility combined with its healthy trading volume has made it quite an enticing investment tool for those investors looking for potentially lucrative returns. Natural gas is also known for being “greener” than its other fossil fuel cousins, like coal and oil, since it is relatively cleaner and produces less greenhouse gas emissions. And thanks to the rapid development of the exchange-traded fund industry, investors now have several ways to gain access to one of the most popular commodities [for more natural gas news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
Nouriel “Dr. Doom” Roubini has long been in the limelight given some of his bold predictions on the economy. But what keeps him at the forefront is the accuracy of a number of his statements and forecasts for the future, so when Roubini gives an opinion on the future, people tend to listen. Aside from the fact that Roubini was prepared for and betting on QE3, he has also predicted a “perfect storm” for the global economy in 2013. He combined stalling U.S. growth, debt troubles in Europe, a military conflict in Iran, and a Chinese slowdown as the main culprits of what he feels is a coming recession [for more economic news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].