ICON MARKET allows trading the spot price for metals including Gold or Silver against the US Dollar
or Australian Dollar as a currency pair on 30:1 leverage.
Open a trading account with ICON MARKET, and you will gain exposure to the available global market prices on trading gold CFDs and silver CFDs. Trading metal CFDs with ICON
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Suppose you want to trade CFDs, where the underlying asset is the XAUUSD a Metal, also known as Gold vs US Dollar. Let us suppose that the XAUUSD is trading at:
You decide to buy 100 oz of XAUUSD (1Lot of XAUUSD) because you think that the XAUUSD price will rise in the future. Your margin rate is 0.2% (Account Leverage 30:1) . This means that you need to deposit 0.2% of the total position value into your margin account.
Now, in the next hour, if the price moves to 1702.36/1702.80, you have a winning trade. You could close your position by selling at the current price of 1702.36 USD.
In this case, the price of gold moved in your favor. But, had the price declined instead, moving against your prediction, you could have made a loss. This continuous evaluation of price movements and resultant profit/loss happens daily. Accordingly, it leads to a net return (positive/negative) on your initial margin. In the loss scenario where your free equity, (account balance+ Profit/Loss) falls below the margin requirements (200), the broker will issue a margin call. If you fail to deposit the money, and the market moves further against you, when your free equity reaches the 50% of your initial margin the contract will be closed at the current market price, known as “stop out.”
|Symbol||Product||Standard A/c||Raw ECN A/c|
|XAGAUD||Gold vs US Dollar||0.43||0||0.25|
|XAUAUD||Gold vs US Dollar||0.43||0||0.25|
|XAUEUR||Gold vs Australian Dollar||0.43||0||0.25|
|XAGUSD||Silver vs US Dollar||0.43||0||0.25|
|XAGAUD||Gold vs US Dollar||0.43||0||0.25|
|If the price |
|TO||You could Gain or Lose for a Long Position||Resulting in a ReturnSo of the Initial Margin|
|Rises by 10%||1870.71/1871.31||USD 17,012.00||299.33%|
|Rises by 5%||1785.67/1786.25||USD 8,506.00||199.22%|
|Declines by 10%||1530.58/1531.07||-USD 17,012.00||-100.50%|
|Declines by 5%||1615.61/1616.13||-USD 8,506.00||-0.10%|
Precious metals are among the Top Commodities To Trade Metals are classified as a hard commodity as they are mined from the earth or extracted from natural resources. Through Contracts For Difference (CFDs), you can gain exposure to metals markets in a unique way that provides a wide range of advantages.
Go Long or Short : One of the main attractions of CFDs is the ability to speculate in both rising and falling prices. The ability to open short positions and benefit from falling prices is a unique aspect of CFD trading and one that creates additional trading opportunities.
Margin Trading: As CFDs are a leveraged product, you can open large positions by depositing only the margin required. As metals such as gold have high levels of liquidity, commodities trading offers higher levels of leverage than many other tradable instruments.
Risk Management: Advanced trading platforms such as MetaTrader 5 offer excellent risk management tools. Their features include a large range of charting tools but also a multitude of order types and alerts to ensure that you are made aware of any changes to market conditions.
Applicable across all products and services, the same also applies to precious metals. A shortage in metals or the increased demand for their use can affect prices. Let’s take industrial metals such as copper or aluminium. A technological advancement may create an alternative for their use and decrease their value.
ICON MARKET provides metals trading against many major currencies including the US dollar, similar to foreign exchange. Metals tend to be susceptible to the US dollar and have historically traded in the opposite direction to the greenback. This is why they are often used as part of a hedging strategy in times of economic uncertainty.
Data relating to interest rates and GDP affect a significant amount of metals. One of the reasons is because metals are seen as a safe-haven, and an alternative investment to the cash rate provided by financial institutions.
Anything that dilutes the value of a currency helps the performance of metals. Quantitative easing or the printing of additional money causes a rise in inflation with metal prices generally following suit.
As you do not have to not actually own the underlying asset when trading CFDs, there are fewer costs associated with investing in metals this way. There is no need to store the asset and traders can benefit in both rising and falling prices. The prices are comparable to those found on the London Metal Exchange (LME), the world’s largest market for ETFs on base metals and other metals.
With limited correlation to other financial instruments such as stocks and bonds, trading precious metals is a useful way to diversify your portfolio..
Precious metals are often used as part of a risk management strategy. Investors often trade metals to hedge against inflation and currency.
During times of economic uncertainty, the value of precious metals tends to rise. This has historically been the case during economic slumps and key political events including major elections.