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How to Trade on Commodities?

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

Commodities Contracts

Commodities Contracts

The most common way to trade on commodities is through a futures contract, which is an agreement to buy or sell a specific amount of a commodity at a fixed sum at a pre-determined point in the future. With some commodities, like gold and silver, it’s possible to trade a daily cash market (Rolling Daily), but for the bulk of tradeable commodities we are operating in the futures market.

On the ETX Capital TraderPro platform you will find a list of all the commodities you can trade on. Usually there are futures contracts for the next one or two months, with an expiry day (when the contract is settled).

For instance – Palladium Mar Fut – 24 Feb 17

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Commodity Trading

Commodity Trading

Trading on commodities is similar to trading on equities or indices in that you are choosing whether you think the price will rise or fall. The only difference for the majority of traders is the time element. Most traders of equities and indices trade the rolling daily price and simply rollover their position until they exit the trade.

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In commodities trading the futures contracts expire and so you need to beware being closed out of a contract before you intended.

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