Commodities

Flexible access to global commodities markets

Available on an international account

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Trade commodities with IG through an international account

In order to trade on price movements across thousands of global markets, you need an international account. Find out why.

Trade commodities with us using CFDs.

CFDs offer a number of advantages over traditional commodities trading.

Our charges

We keep our pricing as clear, consistent and competitive as possible:

  • No commission
  • Spreads from 0.5 points
  • Tiered margin from just 1%
  • Premium for guaranteed stops
  • No platform or settlement fees

Review our full list of charges and prices or find out more about our tiered margins.

Popular markets

Metals

Spread from

Spot Gold 0.5 points
Spot Silver (5000oz) 3 points

 

Energies

Spread from

US Light Crude 6 points
Brent Crude 6 points
Natural Gas 20 points

 

Softs

Spread from

Cocoa (London) 4 points
Orange Juice 40 points
Soyabeans 2 points

 

CFDs

Leveraged access to all our markets, plus DMA shares and forex, from one account.

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Who trades commodities and why?

Speculative traders take advantage of price volatility by trading derivative contracts like CFDs. They tend to be investors who don’t have the capital to actually trade large quantities of expensive commodities like gold.

Visit trading skills for a detailed guide to commodities.

Hedgers buy or sell commodities to help manage their risk. Commodities provide a good hedge, as they tend to move in an unconnected or opposite direction to certain stocks and bonds.

Producers who grow, harvest or mine commodities often hedge against adverse price movements by buying or selling futures contracts.

Commodities update
View our weekly round-up of the latest commodity news.

Our clients' views on key commodities today

These charts show the percentage of IG client accounts who have long and short positions on these markets. This is calculated to the nearest 1%.

Trading technology

Our trading technology is fast, reliable and accessible via mobiletablet or our web-based platform:

  • 0.1 second execution1
  • 99.95% platform uptime2
  • No requotes
  • Open trades at the price you request or better
  • 24-hour telephone support
  • No commission

Why IG?

We are a trusted, local and global provider of CFDs, with more than 130,000 clients all over the world.

We started in 1974 as the Investors Gold Index, providing a new and more affordable way of trading the price of gold. Since then we have committed ourselves to maintaining the highest possible standards, delivering complete transparency and continual innovation.

We’re regulated by the FCA and fully segregate client funds from our own accounts. See our comprehensive education programme to find out why we’re the most popular CFD provider in the world.

If you have any feedback, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

 

 

Ready to get started?

Start trading commodities in minutes by applying for an account and completing our simple online form. You can also try our trading platform or open a demo account for free, with no obligation to create an account or trade.

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  • Explore our platform preview, risk-free
  • Search for your favourite commodities and open deal tickets
  • Access charts and technical analysis tools

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  • Trade with £10,000 practice funds for two weeks
  • Access charts and view live prices
  • Trade online or via our mobile apps

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1 Average per month, IG globally (12 months to September 2014)

2 99.95% core platform uptime, January 2010 – April 2013

South African residents are required to obtain the necessary tax clearance certificates in line with their foreign investment allowance and may not use credit or debit cards to fund their international account.

Example: buying Spot Gold light

Buying Spot Gold

  CFD
Market and price Spot Gold 1447.96/1448.46
Trade

Buy at 1448.46

Trade size Buy 1 lot (1 lot = $100 per point)
Margin required

Margin required is 1% of total exposure = $1448.46

What happens next? Gold rallies more than $10 over the day.
Close

The market continues to rally and you sell your position to close at 1463.46

Gross profit

$1500

1463.46 – 1448.46 = 15

Value per point = $100

15 x $100 = $1500
What if...

If the market dropped 15 points instead ($15):

$1500 + $4.80

Net loss = $1504.80

 

Example: buying Spot Gold

Buying Spot Gold: detailed

  CFD
Market and price Spot Gold 1447.96/1448.46
Trade

Buy at 1448.46

Trade size Buy 1 lot (1 lot = $100 per point)
Margin required

Margin required is 1% of total exposure = $1448.46

What happens next? Gold rallies $10 over the day. At 10pm, the cut-off time for funding, the market is at 1458.46
Funding

0.048 x $100 = $4.80*

(tom-next rate + 0.3% pa admin fee) x trade size

Close

The market continues to rally and you sell your position to close at 1463.46

Gross profit

$1500

1463.46 – 1448.46 = 15

Value per point = $100

15 x $100 = $1500
Costs

0.5 point IG spread (included)

Funding cost = $4.80
Net profit

$1495.20

What if...

If the market dropped 15 points instead ($15):

$1500 + $4.80

Net loss = $1504.80