Summary of After the Freefall, What to Expect from Commodity Prices


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After the Freefall, What to Expect from Commodity Prices summary
The year 2015 was not kind to commodity prices, but some signs point to improvements in 2016 and beyond.


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The drop in commodity prices in 2015, along with the prospect of rising interest rates in the United States and declining demand from China, clouds the outlook for raw materials in 2016. However, as this expert analysis from the Economist Intelligence Unit points out, 2016 could be the year in which commodity prices finally stabilize after four years of consistent declines. Although getAbstract never offers investment advice, it recommends this perceptive review and forecast to economists, investors and executives in commodity-related businesses.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why commodity prices could stabilize in 2016 after four consecutive years of decline
  • What market pressures affect the prices of industrial and agricultural commodities
  • What price movements analysts project for specific commodities in 2016 and 2017


The plunge in oil prices that began in 2014 is igniting renewed fears among commodity investors. Demand from China, which accounts for almost half the global consumption of aluminum, coal, and copper, has plummeted, while lower prices are hurting exporting nations. The strengthening of the US dollar...
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