Commodities Have Taken Top Spot As Natural Gas And Gold Dominate Retail Investment Interest This Week

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Commodity markets proved popular with retail traders this week so far on the European trading and investing platform, According to data provided by, the number of traders trading derivatives on Natural Gas markets has increased by 35% so far this quarter. Investors have also placed larger trades in the popular commodity with the average trade size growing by over 190% and overall trading volumes surged 490% quarter-to-date.

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Natural Gas Price Has Soared Almost 150% Since April

David Jones, Chief Market Strategist of suggests caution as the commodity continues to grab headlines:

“Even the most casual of market followers will be aware of a crisis going on in the gas markets over recent months - just in the UK, 17 energy suppliers have gone bust since September. The soaring price of gas could be the culprit here. At its peak in October, the Natural gas price had soared almost 150% since April of this year hitting its highest levels in more than seven years. There have been some potential trading opportunities along the way - but there is a note of caution up at these levels for traders. There is an old market saying that by the time the news hits the front pages of the main news media, then the move in the market has been and gone - it’s a warning about being too late to the party after a market has experienced a major move. It's too early to say if this is the case with Natural Gas but it's not surprising that a lot of people have been drawn to this market given the stellar performance and recent headlines. There could well be some more strength left in the price of Natural Gas from here - but traders might consider having stop orders in place should market sentiment suddenly change, to help manage the risk if there is a sudden sell-off.”

Meanwhile, Gold loses some of its shine as the number of clients trading derivatives of Gold drops by 19% quarter-to-date, on Over the same period, gold trading volumes are so far down by 44% from Q3 2021.

Gold As A Hedge Against Inflation

“As stocks, crypto and commodities have soared, poor old gold has struggled to attract much interest. The last six weeks or so have seen the price stage an impressive rally - back to its best levels since June, and price movements are always going to pull traders into a market. On top of this, as expected, concerns about inflation are ramping up in recent months and there are plenty out there who still see gold as a hedge against a rising cost of living.

At the moment the market has been going up - but it should be noted that so far this year, when gold has rallied, it ultimately fizzled out. The $1900 area was at the highest [level] last time around in May 2021 and it would not be surprising to see traders booking at least some profits if the yellow metal pushes back to these levels.”

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