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Advantages of Commodity Trading Online

May 31, 2008
Commodity trading online has become much more of an interesting business endeavor with real time commodity quotes and live charting services now offered by a number of Internet based commodity futures brokers.

Internet technology has made the type of commodity trading services previously reserved for the deep pockets professional trader available to even small traders who have limited amounts of risk capital to trade. However, whenever you trade commodities the risk of sudden adverse price movements are still present, so even with great trading software, charts, and other facilities a trader should always protect his capital by using stop loss orders.

As always, great trading platforms or not commodities should only be traded with true risk capital. By that I mean funds that if lost would not impact your standard of living at all. No one likes to lose money but if you lose risk capital your life would go on without missing a beat. If you disregard this advice and risk your mortgage payment money you will almost certainly lose.

Commodity trading online makes the collection of commodity information, up to date prices, weather forecasts, USDA and CBOT reports, and commodity charts so much more convenience to access compared to old before the Internet trading days. However, greater convenience doesn't mean that it is easy to become a successful commodity trader. Commodity trading requires skill sets and discipline that some people just don't have.

One good thing about online commodity trading is that most online commodity brokers offer demo trading accounts that will let you try out their trading platforms without risking real money. While trading a demo account is not the same as trading your own funds, believe me, the emotional factors are different, you can still get a good feel for what is required in order to be successful and if online commodity trading is for you.

There are so many commodities that you can trade it is easy to at first become confused as each commodity futures contract is a bit different. In getting started it is best to limit yourself to just one or two futures contracts.

There are contracts in the precious metals, like gold, silver, and platinum.

Then you have contracts in the base metals like copper, aluminum, nickel, zinc, and tin.

Don't forget the "soft" commodities like sugar, cocoa, and coffee.

The grains have a lot of action these days and are subject to weather influences. Record prices were hit this year in corn, soybeans, rice, and wheat.

Then the big daddy of them all would be crude oil and the entire energy complex including natural gas and heating oil. With crude oil in a tremendous bull market and trading above $130 a barrel new trading price records seem to be made every few days. There is plenty of excitement, profit potential, and risk in the energy complex.

Commodity trading online can be a fantastic business for the well informed trader who takes the time to develop the necessary skill sets to trade well consistency. Commodity trading is not for the lazy who rely on luck for trading profits. Chances are their money will not last long in the extremely competitive trading environment offered by the commodity markets.

If you have an interest in online commodity trading you can run a Google search for "commodity trading online" and find a number of commodity resources. To find online brokers run a Google search for "online commodity brokers" and you will find plenty of firms to research.

In researching online commodity brokers make sure that they are members of the NFA and are registered with the CFTC. By dealing with firms who are NFA members and registered with the CFTC you will have some measure of protection as to how your funds are handled and as to the accuracy and fulfillment of your orders.

With most online commodity trading brokerage firms just a few mouse clicks will provide you with a world of useful information that will assist you in making better trading decisions.
About the Author
Gerald "Taipan" Greene is a retired forex trader and portfolio manager who worked in Asia for over 20 years. The nickname was acquired in Hong Kong and is now used for a number of financial, political, and Internet business related blogs. One of them is at Commodity Trading Online
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