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Mastering the Commodities Markets by Francesca Taylor

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MARKET DEVELOPMENTS AND GLOBAL DRIVERS

In 2004, commodities market guru Jim Rogers wrote in his book Hot Commodities (published by Wiley, 2007, ISBN 978-0-470-51076-6) ‘that a new bull market is underway – and it is in commodities’. This market came to be known as the commodities ‘super-cycle’ and Rogers believes that these cycles typically last around 15 years, and by my reckoning we are just over halfway through.

Listed below are some of the present market drivers.

  • Populations are expected to exhibit continued strong growth, especially in emerging markets such as China and India, with the UN forecasting a 47 per cent increase in population over the period 2000 to 2050 to a staggering 8.9 billion.
  • Emerging markets and developed economies are ...

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