Commodities for the first timer

Financial spread betting is now one of the most cost-effective ways to trade global commodities markets. Perhaps the most high profile and widely traded commodities for spread bets are oil and gold. However, with the ongoing boom in commodities prices, more traders are looking at other markets, including favourites like copper and silver.

As ever with spread betting, you are not trading the actual physical commodity markets, nor are you trading commodities futures contracts. You are trading a price quoted by your spread betting company, which will be loosely based on the underlying commodities futures market. Even so, as a private investor, spread betting remains the most effective way to capitalise on the ...

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