Similar to other commodities, virtually anything can be traded where a sufficient supply and demand exists. The most traded energy commodities are crude oil and its derivatives, gas, coal, and power.
Since these commodities often fluctuate abruptly, they can be attractive to speculators.
- Global energy demand growth
- Recent returns
Oil and Refined Products
Trade physically delivered and cash-settled crude oil and refined products, including WTI, Brent, gasoline, heating oil and gas oil.
Trade physically delivered and cash-settled North American and European natural gas derivatives, including basis and strips.
Trade North American, European and Australian power derivatives, including daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and calendar contracts for peak, off-peak and base load power.
Energy can be traded on the financial market in the form of energy derivatives. Energy derivatives are contracts based on an underlying physical asset such as crude oil, power, natural gas etc. The contracts can be in the form of futures, options, and over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives such as forwards, swaps, options, and swap options.
Before you jump into trading energy CFDs, it’s important to understand what moves prices for commodities like oil and natural gas up or down. The factors affecting every energy commodity are slightly different, but in general energy prices come down to supply and demand.