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How to invest in water
How to invest in water

How to trade in water

Discover how to trade in water with us, the world’s No.1 CFD trading provider.1

Start trading today. Call +44 (20) 7633 5430, or email sales.en@ig.com to talk about opening a trading account. We’re here 24/5.

Contact us: +44 (20) 7633 5430

Start trading today. Call +44 (20) 7633 5430, or email sales.en@ig.com to talk about opening a trading account. We’re here 24/5.

Contact us: +44 (20) 7633 5430

Ready to starting trading in water? Follow these steps:

1. Make a decision to trade

Trading lets you speculate on rising or falling prices. With us you can trade derivatives via CFDs.

2. Identify a stock or ETF through your own analysis

Carry out your own technical and fundamental analysis to identify a stock or ETF that you’d like to take a position on.

3. Open an account and place your trade

Open a trading account to speculate on prices with CFDs.

Learn about the water industry

The water industry is concerned with the supply of water to both residential and industrial properties. This includes the supply of drinking water, waste water, sewage works and water distribution systems. In many respects, water is part of the utilities industry – and access to water is regarded as a basic human right.

That said, water is currently facing a different set of challenges to the rest of the utilities industry. That’s because it’s in high demand due to the inherent nature of human life, but there are growing concerns about a supposedly increasing scarcity of clean, readily usable water. This is especially true with a growing global population, and the water industry will face ever-increasing pressure in the coming years to ensure that peoples’ daily water needs are met.

illustration capturing global water supply and anticipated population growth

Discover why people trade or invest in water

Water trading and investing is how people are looking to capitalise on the increasing uncertainty surrounding the water industry and the future of water security. The idea behind trading or investing in water is that access to a commodity that’s so essential for life on Earth might become harder to obtain in the coming years.

Let’s put this into perspective with an example. China is set to have a 25% annual water deficit by 2030. This is one supposed reason for the country’s occupation of the Tibetan plateau – the glacial meltwater from which feeds the Yellow and Yangtze rivers in China, as well as the Brahmaputra and Indus in India. Control of the plateau secures a greater certainty of a steady water supply.

Water is one of several thematic opportunities that’ve gained popularity in recent years – and people are interested to see exactly what this industry has in store. Other thematic trading opportunities include 5G, electric vehicles and artificial intelligence.

Remember, with us you can only trade derivatives via CFDs.

Decide which water asset you want to take a position on

With us, you’ll be able to trade in stocks of water companies or ETFs that track the performance of the water sector:

  • Stocks give you exposure to the share price movements of companies that are involved in the water sector
  • ETFs are a basket of different securities – often the shares of multiple companies – that will give you broad exposure to the water sector
  • Stocks
  • ETFs
Trading
Speculate on stock prices rising or falling with CFDs.

Trading
Speculate on ETF prices rising or falling with CFDs.

  • Water stocks live market prices
  • Water ETFs live market prices
water stocks and their respective brand names

Trade in water via CFDs

Trading
Markets Water shares and ETFs
Method Trading derivatives like CFDs
Time frame Short to medium term
Initial capital required Deposit (margin)
Returns Profit from long and short positions
Cost of trading Commission when CFD trading. Margin requirements vary
Risk Leverage can magnify both your profits and losses as they’ll be based on the full exposure of the trade, not just the margin required to open it. This means losses as well as profits could far outweigh your margin, so always ensure you’re trading within your means.
Style Day trading, swing trading, trend trading and position trading

Trading vs investing in water

Trading and investing are similar terms that are sometimes used interchangeably – but there are some important differences between them.

‘Trading’ means that you’re speculating on the price of something rising (going long) or falling (going short) using derivatives like CFDs. These are leveraged products, which means they enable you to get full market exposure for an initial deposit – known as margin. But, it’s worth mentioning that leverage can increase both your profits and your losses.

‘Investing’ means that you’re taking direct ownership of water company shares or shares in water ETFs to benefit from prices rising. Leverage isn’t available for investments, so you’ll need to commit the full cost of the position upfront. But, this also caps your maximum risk at this initial outlay.

Remember, with us you can only trade derivatives via CFDs.

Trading water opportunities

  1. Create or log in to your CFD trading account
  2. Go to our platform
  3. Search for your opportunity
  4. Decide whether to go long or short, choose your position size and take steps to manage your risk
  5. Open and monitor your trade

Identify an opportunity through your own analysis

Competent analysis can be the difference between making a profit or incurring a loss. It’s important that you do both fundamental and technical analysis before you open a position on a water stock or ETF.

  • Technical analysis looks at chart patterns, technical indicators and historical price action
  • Fundamental analysis is based on the fundamentals of a company, including its net revenue and profit and loss statement

Interested in analysis? Find out more at IG Academy

Pick your platform and place your water trade

Our award-winning trading platform is available on desktop or our mobile app.2 You’ll get in-platform news and analysis from our team of experts, as well as Reuters newsfeeds, plus you’ll receive access to a range of technical indicators to help in your chart analysis.

Step-by-step guide to making a water stocks or ETFs trade

Here’s a screenshot of our trading platform and five steps to show you how to open a water position using CFDs.

  1. Search for and select your opportunity
  2. Choose ‘buy’ to go long or ‘sell’ to go short
  3. Put in your position size
  4. Set your stops or limits to help manage your risk
  5. Place your deal and monitor your position
screenshot of how to trade on IG platform

If you’re not ready to take a position on the live markets yet, we’ve also got free educational courses at IG Academy to help you get the most out of your time on the markets. If you’re not ready to trade with a live account, maybe you’ll want to try our demo – which gives you $20,000 in virtual funds to help build your confidence in a risk-free environment.

1 Based on revenue (published financial statements, 2023).
2 Best Finance App, Best Multi-Platform Provider and Best Platform for the Active Trader as awarded at the ADVFN International Financial Awards 2023.