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Trading commodities like copper is a popular way to diversify your portfolio. Here's everything you need to know.
The rapid growth in China, India, Brazil and others in recent decades has increased the demand for copper significantly. Copper traders should keep an eye on the performance of emerging markets, in particular their ability to keep up their growth rate.
Political instability can have a direct effect on the price of copper. For example, South America is a key region for mining copper. In 2007, Bolivia nationalized the country’s mining industry, causing severe disruption in the supply and pushing the price higher.
Copper is widely used in housebuilding. Given the vast size of the US domestic market, it is wise to keep track of the American housing market. Data such GDP (Gross Domestic Product) and Non-Farm Payrolls are key clues for the future price of copper.
This is where traders seek cheaper options when the price of a good or asset increases. The can serve to depress the price of a copper price as cheaper metals like nickel or iron are sought out when copper is expensive.
Your research suggests a stronger than estimated GDP figure from China and you expect the price of copper to rise.
You buy 10 contracts of copper at 3.1140. This position size equals a gain or loss of $10 per 0.0001 price movement.