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Carbon and chemicals experienced a complicated year in 2016. Overarching trends included debt reduction by the major public mining companies, adjustment to China's slowing economy, and market reactions to the growing public sentiment against 'business as usual' - the European referendum vote and the presidential election in the USA. The end of the year saw a paradigm shift in how major governments view trade.
Bond prices are falling pretty much across the board: a market-driven rate-hike has already begun regardless of what the Fed says or does.
Australia is pivoting its economy away from dependence on resources like coal and iron ore, but are there other commodities we can bank on to take up some of the slack? In this “future commodities” series we explore the economic future for commodities we’ve always relied on, and some we haven’t.