Will the green economy drive the next commodity super-cycle?

Commodity prices tend to go through extended boom and bust periods, sometimes known as super-cycles. The presence of super-cycles in commodity prices matters for a number of reasons but most importantly they can help to determine the long-term prospects for prices.
Simona Gambarini Markets Economist
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