commodity prices

Russia's Heatwave Means Higher U.S. Food Prices

Record heat in Russia is hurting its wheat crop, sending the grain's price soaring. This may drive up corn and soybeans prices too, while the cost of coffee and cocoa, chocolate's key ingredient, are rising as well. Get ready to pay more for food.

Polishing Your Portfolio: Is Silver the New Gold?

Because of its industrial applications and its inherent value as a precious metal, silver -- which has doubled in price since the beginning of the recession -- could help protect investors against market uncertainty, recovery or not.