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Trading Commodity Futures – Here’s What You Need To Know

The commodity futures market is one avenue that can provide you with the opportunity to make a return on your capital in a short period of time.

When you trade in commodity futures, you are essentially entering into a speculative transaction. If you expect that the price of a certain commodity, say oil, will rise in the future, you can enter into a contract that will result in a profit if your reading of the market was correct. Conversely, you will lose money if the market moves in the opposite direction.

You can enter into commodities futures contracts for precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum, or agricultural products like crude palm oil, rubber, and sugar. You can also trade in base metals like copper, aluminium, and tin. Futures contracts are also available for light sweet crude, Brent crude, natural gas, and heating oil.

Interested to trade oil commodity futures but don’t know how to start?
Sign up for the Oil Trading 101 webinar now.

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Here’s Why You Need to Improve Your Financial Literacy in Singapore Now

Every investor’s objective is to maximise returns while controlling the level of risk. In a buoyant market, this is easy to do. Consider the appreciation in share prices on the Singapore stock exchange in the recent past. The MSCI Singapore Free Index, which measures the performance of the large and mid cap segments in the Singapore market, gained nearly 15% over the past one year.

But the stock market does not always provide steady returns. There may be long periods when share prices remain stagnant. In the 12-month period between January 2013 and December 2013, the SIMSCI gained just 1.5%. An investor would not have made any returns during this one year.

Every investment that offers the possibility of capital appreciation is subject to a certain degree of risk and losing a part of your capital is one of the risks that you expose yourself to.

Looking to increase the risk profile of your investment, but unsure where to start?
Do it wisely and learn from the experts at Phillip Futures’ seminars.

 

What is the way out? How can you protect yourself from the risks that certain types of investments carry.

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Phillip Futures launches the MetaTrader 5

It is essential to have access to a robust and versatile platform if you are to enjoy any degree of success in trading in the financial markets. To help its customers succeed in their investment goals, Phillip Futures has moved ahead of the curve and launched the MetaTrader 5 trading platform on July 7.

So what is MT5 about? What are the advantages that MT5 has over its predecessor MetaTrader 4?

Want to build your own EA? Then register for Phillip Futures’ Create Your 1st Trading Robot with Phillip MetaTrader 5 seminar now.

Here is what I’ve found unique to MT5, compared with the MT4.

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Beginner’s Guide to Automated Trading

Trading in the financial markets can be both stressful and risky. You have to keep a close watch on various parameters whilst entering and exiting trades at precisely the right moment. If your attention wavers for some time, you may miss out on a lucrative opportunity.

Even if you track the various developments that could affect your trades, you could fail to follow your pre-decided strategy at the last moment. This happens to new traders as well as more experienced individuals when they find some reason to deviate from the plan that they had decided on earlier.

Straying away from the trading system that you have decided upon can negate all the work that you had done since arriving at the rules that would govern your entry and exit points.

By automating your trading strategy, you can help to ensure that your trades are followed through exactly. Envision a computer program that works according to the instructions that you have given, executing trades at the precise moment when all the required conditions are met. As there is no manual intervention, each trade will satisfy the complete set of parameters that you have laid down.

If automated trading sounds good for you, you can start by using MetaTrader 5 to create your own automated trading algorithm.

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5 Reasons Gold Should Already Be In Your Investment Portfolio

There are conflicting views regarding gold investments. According to the naysayers, physical gold is not as liquid as cash or some other forms of investment. Storing it can be expensive. Gold prices do not follow a regular pattern. It can be years before you make a return on your investment.

Despite these shortcomings, the precious metal has been regarded as one of the best ways to safeguard your wealth for millennia. Learn more about gold trading here or start here to put gold in your investment portfolio now.

Even those who hold the view that gold investments are unattractive usually concede that a certain portion of every investor’s portfolio should be in gold.

Let us understand why this is so.

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This is What You Need in a Good Forex Trading Mobile App

Singapore is the largest FX centre in the Asia-Pacific and #3 globally. According to data issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore, April 2016 saw the country’s FX volumes touch US$517 billion, a rise of 35% over the amount three years earlier.

Although most of the trading is carried out by institutional investors and banks, forex trading also provides retail investors with the opportunity to make large gains with a relatively low upfront investment. But being away from your desk may mean that you miss the chance to make a profitable trade.

Fortunately, mobile trading offers a solution. You can trade at home without having to bother about turning on your laptop. Using your smartphone even allows you to carry out FX trades when you are commuting or have some time to spare during the day. Start mobile trading here, and don’t miss another profitable trade.

But which mobile forex app should you use? Which are the essential features that you should look out for when selecting an FX app?

You may want to consider some of the following points in your search for the perfect smartphone app for FX trading.

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Your Complete How-To Guide to Trading Forex

Foreign exchange investment, or forex trading, is not quite as foreign a concept as one would expect. Even a new investor would already have had some experience trading in foreign currencies.

Whenever someone travels overseas to places like Japan for example, they would exchange their Singapore dollars for Japanese Yen in order to pay for their accommodation and travel. Exchanging one currency for another, as in the example above, is a simple form of forex trading.

Forex trading has also served investors well over the years for those willing to do additional research. The foreign exchange market is one of the most liquid markets around with over $5 trillion daily trading volume recorded in recent years. The foreign exchange market comprises many market participants ranging from hedge fund investors, business enterprises and retail currency traders.

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5 reasons you need to invest in China now

In the late 1970s, China liberalised its state-run economy and initiated a series of market reforms. Consequently, the country witnessed a several decades-long economic boom that lifted more than 800 million of its people out of poverty.

But Chinese economic growth has been losing its momentum of late. The rise in GDP has fallen from 10%+ every year to a more subdued 6% to 7%. In 2016, GDP grew by 6.7%. The government is targeting a growth rate of 6.5% for 2016-20. Although this is lower than what the country has achieved in the past, it is substantially more than the rate at which western economies are expanding.

In this environment, is it prudent to invest in China?

Several factors indicate that the China story is far from over. In fact, the country could be at the beginning of the second phase of its growth. This time around, economic expansion would be fuelled by its large middle class and a new wave of measures that could help to reinvigorate the economy.

The five points listed below indicate that the next phase of China’s economic growth may be just about to begin.

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