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

These new indices give clients the opportunity to invest in multiple raw materials simultaneously and cost efficiently, with just one transaction.

Simon Campbell, Group Head of Trading, commented: 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% in the Precious Metals index, with platinum and palladium weighted at 15%.

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Michael Morton

Michael has worked within the Financial Industry for more than 20 years. Starting out as a financial analyst, he has extensive experience working with fund management groups and brokerages.

With an interest in Stocks and Shares, Funds, ETFs and Commodities, his investment focus is medium to long term gains, with the objective of financial security on retirement, and building wealth for his young children for their adult life. His broker of choice is Hargreaves Lansdown.

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