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What is Commodities Trading?

Read more about what commodities trading is, how to trade on commodities and discover a range of tips and strategies.

Trading on commodities is a way to speculate on the future price of a physical good such as gold, oil or cotton. Unlike the forex market, commodity trading itself takes place on structured exchanges where a relatively small number of buyers and sellers come together to agree prices.

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Whether spread betting or trading on commodity CFDs, you are trading on the underlying market price using a leveraged-based derivative product. Leverage means you can trade on larger positions than you could if you were to purchase the commodity outright. Leverage magnifies profits and losses.

Derivatives mean you can trade on the price without requiring to ever take delivery of the commodity – which it makes it possible for just about anyone to trade on commodities providing you have access to a phone or computer.

At ETX Capital you can trade on commodity futures and commodities with no expiry points.

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