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What is Metals Trading?

There are various types of metals on which investors can take positions. These metals are typically categorized as "precious" or "base." The most well-known precious metals include gold, silver, platinum, and palladium, while the most well-known base metals include copper, lead, nickel, and zinc.

Precious metals are rare, naturally occurring metallic elements that possess inherent value. They typically do not oxidize, corrode, or tarnish naturally. On the other hand, base metals are common metals that naturally oxidize, corrode, or tarnish. Examples of base metals include copper, lead, nickel, and zinc, which are used to manufacture products such as copper pipes or alloys like nichrome, which is an alloy of nickel and chromium.

Trading precious metals means that you’ll be speculating on prices rising or falling with financial derivates like CFDs.



Gold is used in jewellery, decoration and – thanks to its conductivity – the smartphones and computers that we all use daily. It’s also the safe-haven asset of choice for many investors during times of market uncertainty.



Silver is a popular metal in industry, where it’s used for its conductive, anti-bacterial and malleable properties. These give silver a range of applications, including in batteries, dentistry and water purification.


Platinum and Palladium

Platinum in its pure form is used in jewellery and dental work. Palladium is a congener with platinum – meaning the two metals share a common structure, origin or function.

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