Generally, commodity trading consists of purchase and sales of the same in futures, though physical trading and derivatives trading are also very popular.
Mostly commodity trading consists of raw materials, basic resources, mining, or agricultural products such as ore, iron, grains like wheat and rice. Commodities also consist of semi-finished products which are further used in further final product production such as chemicals, computer parts like memory, motherboard, etc.
Commodities are of 4 categories:
- Energy – such as heating oil, natural gas, gasoline, crude oil
- Metals – such as copper, aluminum, platinum, silver, gold
- Livestock and Meat – includes live cattle, feeder cattle, lean hogs.
- Agricultural – includes coffee, tea, cotton, corn, soybeans, rice, wheat, cocoa, and sugar.
Advantages of Commodity Trading :
- It’s a pure-play of an underlying commodity
- It can allow traders big profits if traded on the right side.
- Get full-size contracts even in minimum deposit accounts that would not be affordable.
- Option for goes short or long easily.
Disadvantages of Futures:
- Future markets can be very volatile and not recommended to inexperienced investors.
- Leverage can result in both gains and losses.
- In futures, trades can go against you very quickly and could result in you losing initial deposits even before traders are able to close their position.
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