Commodity trading guide 2016
Gold Options were relaunched with updated contract specs on September 20th in conjunction with the new system. While the start was modest with daily average volume of contracts in the first 8 days, we expect more members to start participating in the near future. TOCOM will continue offering educational sessions to raise awareness of the advantages of Option trading. Volume for the first half of the fiscal from April to September was up 4.
Gold Standard was up Gold Rolling Spot began trading in May and has been very popular among retail investors. Dubai Crude volume had remarkable gains as well. I believe our marketing strategy is translating into increased volume. If the trend continues, we will see a brighter future. In the months ahead, we will aim to further increase volume by promoting Gold Options and highlighting the strength of Gold Rolling Spot and Dubai Crude Oil contracts.
It's the energy markets, in the form of oil and gas trading, and metal markets like gold and silver , however, that tend to be more popular with traders these days.
The commodity markets are traded in a similar way to other types of financial markets, but there are some points to be aware of in order to avoid any shocks or surprises when dipping your toe into commodities trading.
In this article, we focus on two of the more actively traded commodities: As these are slightly different blends of oil, the prices vary depending on which one you are trading. Prices don't just depend on how much oil is being pumped out of the ground, for example. As economies slow and demand drops, the price of oil and other commodities also tends to follow suit. Since oil prices are also impacted by world events such as politics and socioeconomic situations, including the Middle East crisis, it helps as an oil trader to keep on top of news so as not to get caught out by an unexpected shift in oil prices.
Other factors influencing oil prices include decisions by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC and other major oil producing nations, such as Iran, on how much oil is produced and supplied to the market.
An ability to try and forecast how well or badly the world economy may fare in the months ahead is a definite plus point when it comes to trading a commodity like oil. But there is plenty of news that can cause fluctuations in the price on a day-to-day basis — and on an even shorter-term scale than that. If for example the US releases figures that show its economy is improving more quickly than expected, this could cause a surge in the price of oil as traders start to bet that demand will increase, consequently putting up the cost of a barrel.
Or it could be that an oil-producing country resists international pressure to stabilise oil prices by increasing production. This could see further slides in the oil price as investors worry that more of the commodity will be produced than is needed. It really is a market that can be buffeted by plenty of world events, so it pays to stay on top of major economic news releases.
Another enduringly popular commodity is gold, which has long been considered a store of wealth and has held a special allure for many of us — as the Californian gold rush back in the s would undoubtedly attest. Traditionally, in times of trouble and market volatility, gold is perceived as a 'safe haven' — somewhere for investors to store their money away from other riskier assets. Although the yellow metal can in theory be traded in many currencies, the typical market quote is to price gold in dollars, usually as 'dollars per troy ounce'.
This relationship to the US dollar is an important one and is another factor that will have an influence on the price of gold. If the dollar becomes more attractive to investors and starts to rise, the price of gold will usually drop. In recent years, some people have seen the US dollar as a safe haven for their money and that has reduced the appeal of gold. This is another aspect to weigh up when trading gold: For example, if the US central bank, the Federal Reserve, decided to cut interest rates, this would normally weaken the US dollar and lift the price of gold.
As with oil, because gold is such a global commodity it pays to keep a watchful eye on the major economic announcements such as interest rates and unemployment figures, which are released on a regular basis. The energy markets are also popular among commodity traders. The advent of renewable energy has generated added interest for commodities such as national gas, heating oil and gasoline.
One way to get a feel for commodity markets is to watch their moves over a period of time so you can experience the sort of things that happen and understand what makes prices change. CMC Markets is an execution-only service provider.
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