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CMC Markets launches three new indices for energy, agricultural and precious metals sectors


CMC Markets, a spread betting and contracts for difference (CFD) provider, is now offering its customers three new commodity indices: the Energy Index, Agricultural Index and Precious Metals Index. 

This gives clients the opportunity to invest in multiple raw materials simultaneously and cost efficiently, with just one transaction. It can also reduce the volatility risk of the individual commodities. Please remember, spread bets and CFDs are complex products and come with a risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage.

Simon Campbell, Group Head of Trading, says: “Gold and oil in particular have moved more and more into traders’ focus in recent weeks. While precious metals are being hailed as a safe haven during turbulent times on the stock markets, the oil price is reacting to the recent rise in geopolitical risks. However, since oil prices and other energy commodities such as natural gas do not generally react equally well or in the same direction, our new Energy Index offers a good opportunity to spread risk across multiple commodities. In addition, our Precious Metals and Agricultural indices offer similar diversification benefits for these commodity sectors.”

The Energy Index is composed of two types of crude oil, West Texas and Brent, as well as heating oil, natural gas, gasoline and diesel. The Agricultural Index consists of a total of 12 commodities, including wheat, corn, soybeans, sugar and coffee. As a rule, the individual commodities are weighted according to their average daily trading value of the nearest six futures contracts. Gold and silver are each weighted at 35 per cdent in the Precious Metals index, with platinum and palladium weighted at 15 per dent.

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