Brent Crude Oil is the trading classification for sweet light crude oil, which made up of a variety of crude blends drawn from the North Sea. It is the leading global price standard in Oil, and is used to price roughly ⅔ of global crude oil market. Named by the Shell UK Oil Company after the local Brent Goose, it is an acronym for the formative layers of an oil field: Broom, Rannoch, Etieve, Ness and Tarbat. Most Oil production thats comes from Europe, Africa and the Middle East and flows Westwards is priced in relation to Brent Crude. It should be noted that major blocs of Europe now import Oil supplies from Russia.
Since 2005 Crude Oil has been traded on the electronic IntercontinentalExchange, known as ICE. One contract is equal to 100 barrels and is quoted in U.S. Dollars. In the world of Forex, Crude oil is traded as a CFD using the same quantities relative to "barrels" with USD as a base currency( 1 Lot = 100 Barrels). Because of global demand, Crude Oil is seen as an extremely sensitive and volatile commodity that can jump dramatically in response to heightened political and economic circumstances. A clear example, would be the recent civil war in Libya which caused Oil prices to jump sharply from $85 to roughly $115 a barrel over a very short period of time. MQF realizes how important having optimal Crude Oil trading conditions can be to the individual trader, and offers Crude Oil trading in G.B.P. as well as traditional U.S. Dollar pricing (shown as UKOIL and US OIL respectively).
Crude Oil Trading Examples
Now let’s see how some Crude Oil positions look in the actual market. The most straightforward way is by going through the calculations involved.
Let’s take a 100 Barrel “UKOIL” (1 Lot) position bought at a market price of $106.00 per/barrel. The USD value of the position will be: 100 Barrels X $106.00= $10,600. With a margin requirement of 1% (1:100 leverage) the result will be $106.00 required to open the position.
Now, let’s take a 1000 Barrel “USOIL” (10 Standard Lot) position bought at a market price of $85.00 per/barrel. The USD value of the position will be: 1000 Barrels X $85.00= $85,000. With a margin requirement of 1% (1:100 leverage) the result will be $850 required to open the position.
It should be noted a client may choose to speculate in Crude Oil in both GBP or USD, but margin requirements will be calculated by the currency base (USD, EURO,GBP) chosen for the account by the client.
MQF recognizes how important trading Oil is to any investor who takes the market seriously. As a result MQF understands how important it is to provide the trader with the best possible market conditions.
Fast Execution & Tightest Spreads Available.
Trading Crude Oil via Multiple Platforms (Web, Desktop, Mobile).
Balanced Leverage and Exposure , 1:100 , 1% of transaction value.
Flexibility of trading a fixed spread on Crude Oil or variable ECN spread
Crude Oil Trading Conditions
|Minimum Lot for trade 0.1 Lots = 10 Barrels||Pip Value 1.0 Lot=$1||Pip Size (Increment) 0.01|
|Leverage||ECN Leverage||Lot Size||Min. Trade||ECN Min. Trade||Roll Sell||Roll Buy|
|UKOIL||60||50||1:100||1:100||100||0.1 Lots||0.1 Lots||-1.1375||-1.5375|
|USOIL||60||50||1:100||1:100||100||0.1 Lots||0.1 Lots||-1.1375||-1.5375|
Additional information regarding Crude Oil
At MQF rollovers are dealt with on a "spot" basis only. Meaning that all positions are settled two business days from inception, as per market rules. MQF will not facilitate actual physical delivery of either precious metals/currency.
* The above illustrations are mere fictitious examples and are not to be construed in any way to constitute investment advice.
** The performance figures quoted are only estimates and may not be reliable indicator of future performance of this investment.
*** This information does not constitute an offer or solicitation and is provided for information shall not be deemed to constitute advice and should not be relied on as such to enter into a transaction or for any investment decision. Any opinions expressed in this document represent the views of MQF at the time of preparation. They are thus subject to change without notice. MQF believes that the information contained herein is accurate as at the date of publication. However, no warranty of accuracy is given by MQF and no liability in respect of any errors or omissions, including any third party liability, are accepted by MQF or any director, officer or employee.