Commodities

Commodities are the objects of trade in commerce around the world. Gold, silver, oil: Commodities are the goods exchanged raw, rather than in a manufactured state. Commodities can be traded in physical states, as in gold bars, using futures and spot prices. Many traders, however, use electronic trading, as in EFTs, in lieu of physical shares, focusing instead on the spread of the buy and sell price. Dive deeper into commodity markets.

  • Top South African Gold Mining Companies

    Over the course of human history, gold (XAU/USD) has played a wide range of tangible and financial roles. Whether as a means of exchange, artisan medium, or store of wealth, acquiring bullion piques the interest of people from all walks of life. South Africa (SA) is among international leaders in gold exploration and production. Surveys from Thomson Reuters show SA to rank 8th globally in production of bullion, just ahead…

  • How Does An Oil Price War Impact The Markets?

    On 8 March 2020, Russia and Saudi Arabia initiated the first large-scale oil price war since 2014. Following a breakdown of negotiations between the OPEC+ members, there were extreme price cuts and production hikes. Subsequently, global oil values swiftly collapsed, led by a sudden 33.8% loss in U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures. The price destruction of the 8-9 March 2020 trading session was not confined to…

  • Commodity Dollars

    What Are Commodity Dollars? The term "commodity dollar" is used to define a currency closely correlated with raw materials integral to a nation's export sector. Also referred to as a "commodity currency" or "comdoll," commodity dollars derive a great deal of their value from specific underlying assets. The markets of oil, gold and agricultural products often play key roles in the exchange rate valuations of these currencies. Generally speaking, the…

  • Futures Industry Association (FIA)

    The Futures Industry Association (FIA) is a leading authority on the global derivatives industry. Headquartered in Singapore, Brussels, London and Washington D.C., the FIA is an advisory body to the world's futures and options market participants. Operating as a network of clearinghouses, exchanges and trading firms, the FIA aims to satisfy its self-stated, multifaceted mission: Support market transparency, competition and open accessibility Preserve the integrity of the financial system Promote…

  • OPEC Oil Embargo Of 1973-74

    In 1973, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) placed an oil embargo on allies of Israel during the Yom Kippur War. Until March of 1974, exorbitant energy prices plagued the global economy, prompting the creation of the petrodollar.

  • Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)

    The Intercontinental Exchange is an industry leader in the provision of derivatives and over-the-counter products. Since launching in the late 1990s, ICE has become a global destination for the trade of energies, agricultural and debt-based instruments.

  • What Is OPEC?

    OPEC is made up of some of the largest oil-producing nations in the world, making it a major political and economic player. Learn more about OPEC at FXCM.

  • Energy CFDs: A Look At UKOIL And USOIL

    Commonly referred to as the economic lifeblood of a nation, crude oil is a sought-after commodity and popular mode of trade. The global oil markets are premier destinations for traders and investors the world over. Featuring robust liquidity and consistent volatility, oil is an ideal product for individuals interested in capitalising on long- or short-term fluctuations in pricing. While determining crude oil's relative value may be complex, trading it on…

  • What Is The Petroyuan?

    The petroyuan is a crude oil futures contract offered by the Shanghai International Energy Exchange (INE). It prices crude oil in terms of CNY and is backed by gold. Learn more about the petroyuan at FXCM.

  • What Is The Petrodollar?

    The petrodollar is any U.S. dollar exchanged for oil. Since a 1974 agreement between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, the petrodollar system has been the global standard for the crude oil trade. Accordingly, the U.S. dollar is the official denomination for commerce.

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