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  • Commodities

    With your Finspreads spread betting account, you can take a position on an extensive range of commodities markets, including UK and US crude oil, cocoa, coffee, sugar, wheat and soyabean.

    Spreads and margins

    We offer competitive spreads on commodities including US Crude Oil from just 4 points, UK Crude Oil from 5pts and Sugar from 8 points.

    Our margins on commodities starts from just 1% for US and UK Crude Oil, meaning you only need to commit 1% of the total notional value of the trade in margin in order to take a position.

    Our commodities markets are available for trading across all our three account types, enabling you to react to fast moving prices 24 hours a day.

    Commodities Spread* Margin
    US Crude Oil (Future) 4 points 1.00%
    UK Crude Oil (Future)  5 points  1.00%

    *Spreads may vary according to the underlying market spread, market conditions and liquidity.

    Margin rates in the table above represent the first margin step for each specific market. The margin factor will increase depending on the size of your trade - for more information, please see the market information pages via the trading platform.

    See our spread bet examples page located in our how to spread bet section for more information on how you can spread bet commodities.

    What Affects Commodities Prices?

    Commodities prices can be affected by a range of factors, including supply and demand, politics and socio-economics. The price of UK and US Crude Oil is especially vulnerable to factors such as politics and political turmoil in oil rich nations.

    For example, in July 2008, Crude Oil prices rose above $147 per barrel, reaching then all-time highs, as growing concerns over hostilities between Iran and the US and unrest in Nigeria triggered fears that production and supplies would be affected.

    If, as a spread bettor, you had speculated at the time that Crude Oil prices would move higher still and if it had, you would have made a profit.

    If, however, you had speculated that Crude Oil prices had reached their peak and would fall lower and had taken a short position in keeping with this view, and the markets had moved the way you had anticipated (ie oil prices had fallen), you would have net a profit.

    Remember, however, that if prices move in the opposite direction (ie if you had speculated that prices would rise and they fell instead, or if you had said that prices would fall but they climbed higher instead), you would net a loss.

    It is important to keep abreast of the factors affecting the pricing of commodities when trading. For instance, unrest in the Middle East or a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico typically pushes up the price of US and UK Crude Oil, as these events can disrupt production and hurt supply.

    With a Finspreads spread betting account, you can speculate on moving prices and net a potential profit irrespective of whether you expect prices to move higher or lower in the coming days.

    Our online trading platform and mobile trading apps enable you to speculate on fast moving prices even when you’re on the move.

    Find out more about how you can spread bet with Finspreads or see our Learn to Spread Bet section and find out how you can spread bet the financial markets.

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    Spread bet from 10p per point with tight spreads and low margins