Online Oil Trading
Crude oil is comprised of bits of metal, organic compounds, and hydrocarbons. It is otherwise known as petroleum and is found within the earth. UK traders will note that there are multiple variants of crude produced around the world. The quality and the innate characteristics of crude oil will be reflected in the price of this commodity. For starters, the total sulfur content needs to be considered. Crude oil can either be defined as sweet or sour, with light or heavy density. Be advised that higher-priced crude oil variants are typically low density (light) with low sulfur content (sweet). The production of diesel and gasoline is significantly cheaper with light sweet crude oil. Oil refineries using a light sweet crude are less energy intensive, and operate at greater efficiency.
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Introduction to Brent Crude Oil
Some 67% of all oil traded internationally is comprised of Brent crude oil – the global benchmark. It has low sulfur content and low density i.e. it is sweet light crude oil.
West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent Crude Oil Trading Options
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Oil CFDs and Energy CFDs
Contracts for difference (CFDs) offer many advantages to UK traders. Here at AvaTrade, you get to enjoy maximum freedom and flexibility with these options. You can trade energy products and crude oil at live market rates with zero fees and zero hassle. The oil futures markets are typically laden with complications, none of which you will encounter here at AvaTrade UK.
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WTI and Brent Crude Oil Exchanges
WTI (West Texas Intermediate) crude oil – West Texas Intermediate – is drilled from US oil wells, and sent to Cushing Oklahoma via pipeline. It is expensive to ship WTI crude oil globally. It is the US benchmark and it is traded on the New York Mercantile exchange (Nymex).
Brent crude oil – the global benchmark – is drilled from oil fields in the North Sea and includes Brent and Forties blends, Oseberg and Ekofsit crude oil. It is easily transported around the world, and it is light sweet crude oil – the high-quality oil used for gasoline and diesel. Brent crude oil is traded on the ICE Europe exchange.
As a newbie trader, or a seasoned professional, you can trade oil with confidence at AvaTrade UK. We offer you many additional benefits to get you started. AvaTrade UK also offers you a wide range of educational resources, tools, and support to allow you to maximize your trading profits. Plus, you can enjoy daily market analysis and charting options to stay abreast of market movements.