Trade Oil


CFD refers to a deal made between a buyer and a seller, not to trade the actual product but a deal on the difference in the product's price (CDF = Contract For Difference). Trading CFDs on commodities such as crude oil requires investors to speculate about the up and down movements in the price of the trading instrument.

In contrast to buying oil, CFDs on commodities allow the trader not purchase the underlying asset and not take delivery of it. What trade is doing is taking either a short or a long position, depending on whether they think the market will go up or down. This means the trader will take a short position if he thinks the price will decrease or a long position if he thinks the price will increase. If the speculation was correct – a profit is made. This structure allows the traders to benefit from greater flexibility. It gives him better chances to profit from the market movement.

Frequently Traded Commodity


Oil is actually the most traded commodity! Other commonly traded commodities are precious metals: gold, silver, and copper. Oil is considered to be energy besides natural gas. Another “soft commodities” group includes cocoa, coffee, cannabis, and sugar.

How to start trading CFD?

The first thing to do is research – find out about the available commodities and their trade volume. Your choice will also be made based on the commodity's unit price. After you have established which commodity you want to trade, you will have to decide the size of your preferred deal. The leverage determines this, which allows you to trade with a bigger volume than your initial deposit. Checking predictions and analysis will help you to determine whether to take a long or short position. You want to open a long position if you believe that the oil price will rise and a short position if you believe it will fall.

Trading CFDs on OIL

As we know, crude oil, or petroleum, is a fossil fuel formed as a result of the activities of bacteria on the remains of plants and algae. As this continues for millions of years with heat and density, these components transform into carbon. Thus, we have a mixture of hydrocarbons and cyclo-paraffin deposited in deep rock strata or scarcely near the earth’s surface. To successfully trade CFDs on oil, you must understand the factors influencing the demands for oil.

The transportation sector is the largest consumer of oil and indicators show that things are not likely to change until 2040. This is followed by the construction industry consisting of cement, glass, iron, and steel. Sectorial industry and agriculture are the third and fourth consumers. Anyone trading CFDs on oil should also take note of the factors influencing the price movement. These include:

  • Oil demand
  • Current supply
  • Future supply
  • World crises
  • Natural and man-made disasters, and
  • Currency strengths

A word about the Saudi Aramco IPO

When the world’s largest oil producer goes public, it will definitely create a new dynamic for all the players in the oil market. In today’s unstable economy, it may sometimes be hard to feel confident about making investment decisions. Therefore, as mentioned above, investing in CFDs can be a great idea. They provide you with greater liquidity and easier implementation, ensuring that you cover all possible market movements. By trading on the CFDs, you can profit from any movement, whether up or down, in Saudi Aramco’s stock price. Another benefit of trading Saudi Aramco’s IPO with CFDs is leverage. Trading with leverage allows you to open considerably larger positions in a trade while depositing small initial funds.

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CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 87.10% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

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