Trading crude oil

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Why invest in crude oil?

Crude oil trading means to buy or sell barrels of oil as a Contract for Difference (CFD) investment product. Price fluctuations in the value (of a barrel) of oil traded against the US dollar provide the opportunities for investors.

A hugely important industrial commodity and is a popular investment globally, with some significant trading advantages:

An Industry Essential

Crude oil has superb physical and chemical features. Other than its nature of being a kind of energy, its industrial features are widely applied on national economic and in a number of different sectors. It is a critical foundation for the promotion of national economies and industrial modernisation. Any line of business today cannot survive without petroleum just like how human body cannot survive without blood, hence crude oil also being called the “industrial blood”.

Strategic Position

The control over oil after WWII promoted and consolidated the leading position of the United States as a major power, acting as the critical booster of the United States becoming the dominant power. With similar rapid industrial development, now the entire world faces the same pressure from economic development and energy dependency. As crude oil is an uncommon commodity its price may be greatly affected (volatile) by geopolitical, economic positioning and military situations.

Enormous Trading Volume

At present, the major oil markets in the world are: northwest Europe, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Singapore, the United States and five other markets. Due to global economic development and increasing demand for energy, crude oil has long been considered the king of commodity trading, recognized as the world’s largest trading volume of goods.

Crude Oil History

A look at the history of oil pricing, such as WTI crude shows the commodity has been subject to regular and substantial price movements. There may be significant opportunity for investors who understand the fundamental factors that affecting the market.

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Why invest in crude oil?

What is a crude oil deal?

Crude oil is also known as petroleum or black gold. Unprocessed petroleum, directly taken from oil rigs and drilling platforms is called crude oil, which is mainly a dark brown or dark green viscous fluid, or a semi-solid combustible matter comprised of various of hydrocarbons.

Crude oil investment refers to earning from the difference between the buy-in and sell-out of crude oil barrel price fluctuations on the international markets as a virtual trade, a Contract for Difference.

The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc

The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc was jointly founded by the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) and the Commodity Exchange, Inc (COMEX) in 1994. It is the largest commodity exchange in the world. The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc is located in the financial center of Manhattan, New York, right next to the New York Stock Exchange. The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc plays an important role in commercial, urban and cultural life of New York. It creates thousands of jobs for the financial industry, supports community culture and social services through its own charity funds, which it uses as a way to expand its philanthropic efforts in such a mega-city. The exchange’s transactions are mainly involved in energy and precious metals, but the transactions of energy are far more than that of other products. The transactions were mainly futures goods and options trading. Up till now, the number of futures transactions greatly exceeds the volume of share options.

Crude oil trading conditions

Instrument namingUSOIL
  • ATFX reserves the right during volatile market conditions to adjust the spread or margin requirements.
  • For specific details, please see the displayed information within the trading platform itself.
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CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage.  Between 74-89 % of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs.
You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.