Commodities Rally on US and North Korean Tensions

It’s tense times right now. I’m sure you’ve heard all about the North Korean missile that flew right over Japanese heads.

The missile fell around 1,180 km from the Japanese coastline, as shown below.

North Korea Missile Over Japan - 30-08-17

Source: CNN

The North Korean news agency, KCNA, acknowledged the missile launch. They reported that the North Korean leader guided the launch of the Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan.

They also said the launch was a strong message in response to the ongoing joint US–South Korean military exercise in the southern half of the Korean peninsula.

And as you would imagine, US President Donald Trump got the message loud and clear.

Trump has vowed not to let the rogue state develop nuclear missiles that could reach the US mainland. But since North Korea has refused to back down, a dose of uncertainty has been thrown into the market.

Riskier assets like equities have stumbled recently. From 31 July to present, the S&P 500 is down 1.2%.

Gold Price Rallies

The value of safe havens like gold have also rallied in the past few days. For the first time in 2017, the price of gold rallied above US$1,300 an ounce.

Even the price of copper is hitting three year highs. The price of iron ore has also rallied more than 8% in the last month.

Should the situation between the US and North Korea continue to worsen, you could see more of the same results, but exaggerated.


Härje Ronngard,

Junior Analyst, Markets and Money

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Harje Ronngard is a Junior Analyst at Markets and Money. With an academic background in finance and investments, Harje knows how simple, yet difficult investing can be. He has worked with a range of assets classes, from futures to equities. But he’s found his niche in equity valuation. It’s not good enough to be right on average when it comes to investing. The market is volatile and it only takes one bad day to ruin your portfolio. You don’t want to end up like the six foot man that drowned in the river that was five foot deep on average. It’s why Harje is constantly reminding investors of their downside risk here at Markets and Money. He does so by simply asking just two questions.  What is it worth? And how much does it cost? These two questions alone open up a world of investment opportunities which Harje shares with Markets and Money readers. Right now Harje is focused on managing research and investments over at the Legacy Portfolio. An investment publication designed to significantly grow investor’s wealth over time with deeply undervalued businesses. Harje also contributes his insights in Total Income, headed by income specialist Matt Hibbard. Harje loves cash-rich businesses, so he feels right at home amongst Matt’s high yielding income plays.

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