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What is Metals trading?

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Precious Metals are rare, naturally occurring metallic elements with high economic value. They are unusual in that they are both industrial elements and investments. Manufacturers use these metals to make electronic components, jewelry, dental equipment and catalytic converters among other things. Investors, on the other hand, collect coins and bars made out of precious metals.

This second use – as investments – makes precious metals the objects of intense speculation in commodity markets. Precious metals traders see these commodities as a form of money that holds its value better than printed paper money. Skeptics, however, argue that precious metals are simply rocks with little utility beyond their limited industrial uses. Ironically, the high premium placed on precious metals by traders makes them too expensive and impractical for most industrial applications.

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How to trade Gold

How does Metals trading work?

Trading a contract for difference (CFD) on gold is similar to trading currencies. You are buying or selling a gold CFD in response to price movements in the market. Trading gold allows you to enter and exit trades without ever physically owning this precious metal. The concept is very similar to forex trading. Gold is traded against the US dollar and the symbol is XAUUSD. If you decide to add precious metals to your portfolio you can trade it as you would a currency pair. If you believe the gold price will fall, you can sell the “pair”, and when you think the gold price will rise, you can buy it.

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For example, XAUUSD shows us that 1 ounce of Gold = $1895.24 USD.

When you’re ready to trade you will choose to go long or short. In the example above, going long means that you think that the value of Gold will rise against the US Dollar. Going short means you think it will fall.

A Beginner’s Guide to
Precious Metals

The limited supply of precious metals and characteristics including resistance to corrosion make them highly valuable. The soft texture and shiny appearance of precious metals allows for a range of applications including jewellery, industrial uses and dentistry. Gold, silver, platinum and palladium are the most traded precious metals.

Benefits of Trading Metals

Aside from being rare and valuable, there are numerous benefits associated with trading precious metals. Historically, during economic slumps and periods of market uncertainty the value of precious metals has risen. Consequently, metals are considered a safe-haven investment and are often used as part of a risk management strategy. Metals are used as a hedging tool against inflation and fluctuations in currency prices. It is very common for traders and investors to diversify their portfolio by allocating a percentage of it to precious metals.


How Can I Invest in or
Trade Precious Metals?

Investing or trading precious metals does not have to mean holding a gold bar or coin. With metal CFDs you no longer need to own and possess the actual precious metal. Through Contracts For Difference (CFDs) you can gain exposure to precious metal prices that are comparable to the largest metals exchanges in the world. The benefits of CFDs include leveraged trading and the ability to open both long positions and short positions. Metal CFDs eliminate the risk of theft and have no storage costs as you do not own the underlying asset. Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are another way to invest in precious metals and commodities in general.

Factors Affecting
Precious Metal Prices

The factors that influence precious metals include but are not limited to:

Supply and Demand

Like all products and services, the laws of supply and demand also apply to precious metals. A shortage, surge in need or interruption in production will result in an increase in metals prices. Conversely, faster extraction through technological improvement or other factors could saturate the market and diminish their value.

Economic Instability

Market conditions including currency prices have a direct impact on metal prices. Precious metals are traditionally negatively correlated with the US dollar making them a useful hedging tool in times of economic instability. The same applies during political uncertainty and unexpected global events.

Regulation and Economic Decisions

nything that dilutes the value of a currency results in an increase in precious metal prices. This is the case with quantitative easing (printing additional money) and higher rates of inflation. As metals are considered an alternate investment to the cash rate provided by financial institutions, their value generally decreases when interest rates rise.

Industrial Output

The continual increase in industrial uses will have a positive impact on metal prices. Precious metals are being used in high performance applications such as electronics, energy and automotive related products. An increase of demand in these products and new applications will increase demand and precious metal prices.

Are Precious Metals a Good Investment?

Precious metals are a unique asset class as they have intrinsic value, provide protection against inflation and carry a safe-haven status. When utilised to diversify a portfolio, precious metals will reduce both volatility and risk.

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MT5 are the favourite choice for Metals traders around the globe. Zero Markets’ MT5 are packed with extras to ensure you’re equipped with all the tools you need to make better informed trading decisions. Tight Raw Pricing, fast execution and superior charts are the building blocks for our MT5 solutions.


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Gold trading example

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The gross profit on your trade is calculated as follows:

Opening Price

$1,899.55 × 1 lot (100 ounces)= $189,955

Closing Price At $1902.05 × 1 lot = $190,205Gross Profit on Long Position $190,205 – $189,955 = $250

Closing Price At $1,897.05 × 1 lot = $189,705Gross Loss on Short Position $189,705 – $189,955 = -$250

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Opening the position

The price of Gold against USD (XAUUSD) is $1,899.55 and you decide to buy 1 lot. The total value was $189955 USD.

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Closing the position

Two weeks later, if the price of Gold against USD (XAUUSD) is $1,902.05 and you decide to take your profit by selling 1 lot XAUUSD, the total value is $190205 and the gross profit is $250; if the price of XAUUSD has fallen to $1,897.05 and the total value is $189705 the trade loses $250.

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Typical Metals spreads

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XAUUSD Gold vs Us Dollar 0.16 0.21 0.02 0.07
XAUAUD Gold vs Australian Dollar 0.21 0.72 0.11 0.62
XAUEUR Gold vs Euro 0.14 0.45 0.27 0.19
XAGUSD Silver vs Us Dollar 0.14 0.19 0.08 0.13
XAGAUD Silver vs Australian Dollar 0.41 0.41 0.35 0.35
XAGEUR Silver vs Euro 0.02 0.02 0.02 0.02

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