Copper mining stocks are issues of stock in companies that explore, mine and refine the mineral, copper.
Copper mining stocks are issues of stock in companies that explore, mine and refine the mineral, copper. Copper mining stocks do tend to rise with inflation, but copper has the added advantage that its price also rises with general economic growth. Copper has a wide range of industrial uses (unlike gold and silver, which are thought of more as hedges against inflation). Copper is heavily used in the power-transmission and construction industries, in cables, wires and plumbing.
Copper stocks have more appeal than gold stocks. That’s partly because they have higher dividend yields than gold stocks. As well, they’re usually much cheaper than gold stocks in relation to their earnings and cash flow. That means they have less room to fall if investors sour on them. That’s just another way of saying they are less risky than golds. To sum up, we like copper’s long-term prospects.
Copper should benefit not just from rising demand, but also from tightening supply. In the short term, labour problems and technical delays will continue to slow global copper production. We think that most portfolios should include 10% to 20% exposure to the Resources and Commodities sector of the economy-and that includes copper mining stocks.
However, stay out of promotional penny mines that are merely drilling for copper. Also stay out of investment vehicles (like options or futures) that will only make money for you if copper jumps in the short term. Whatever stocks you decided to buy, keep TSI Network’s three-part Successful Investor philosophy in mind:
Invest mainly in well-established companies;
Spread your money out across most if not all of the five main economic sectors (Manufacturing & Industry; Resources & Commodities; Consumer; Finance; Utilities);
Downplay or avoid stocks in the broker/media limelight.
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