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Why trade commodities with IG?

Unique range of markets
Spread bet or trade CFDs on a wide range of popular and niche metals, energies and softs

Trade commodities on margin
Spread bet or trade CFDs to gain full exposure with just a small initial deposit, but remember with leverage comes increased risk

Sophisticated risk management
Use our risk management tools to manage your positions even in volatile times

Low spreads on popular markets
Deal on gold from 0.5 points, silver from 3 points and US Light Crude from 4 points



Spread bet costs and details

Full commodities spread bet details, including spreads, margins and dealing hours. Learn more

MT4 costs and details

Full commodities MT4 contract details, including dealing hours, spreads and margins. Learn more

CFD costs and details

Full commodities CFD details, including dealing hours, spreads and margins. Learn more

Summary of standard spreads

Deal on commodities either as a spread bet or a CFD. Download MT4 to get faster execution and greater automated trading (only available for gold and silver). 


Spread betting



Spot Gold 0.5 0.5 0.7
Spot Silver (5000oz) 3.0 3.0 4
US Light Crude 4.0 4.0 n/a
Brent Crude 4.0 6.0 n/a
Chicago wheat 1.0 1.0 n/a
London sugar 0.8 0.8 n/a
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New to commodities trading?

Commodities are the basic building blocks of the global economy. They are natural resources traded on dedicated exchanges around the world. 

There are two types of commodity – soft and hard. Soft commodities are typically agricultural like wheat or sugar, whereas hard commodities are metals or energies like silver and gas.

The production and consumption of commodities depends on many factors, including:

  • Supply and demand 
  • The weather
  • Economic and political events
  • The US dollar (commodities are normally priced in the US currency)

As a result of all these factors, commodity prices can fluctuate significantly.

How and where commodities are traded

Commodities are traded on a number of exchanges that specialise in particular markets, including:

  • LIFFE – agricultural products
  • London Metal Exchange – non-precious metals 
  • Chicago Mercantile Exchange – energy and metals
  • ICE Futures US – agricultural products
  • Chicago Board of Trade – agricultural products 
  • ICE Futures Exchange - energy

Commodities are also generally traded as futures contracts. These are simply agreements to trade an asset at an agreed price and date in the future. This enables you to trade the contracts themselves without ever having to own the underlying asset.

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