Ways To Participate In The Crude Oil Trading Business

In this piece, I want to reveal to you fxlagi you can possibly participate in the oil trading business. Relax and enjoy yourself as you read and understand the following 4 ways to get involved in the highly lucrative online crude oil trading business. They are listed and explained below:

Participate in a Trading Pool
Trade On Your Own
Hire a Fund Manager
Get a Trading Advisor

Participating in a Trading Pool:

This simply means pulling your resources together in a pool with others and then a good and profitable trader appointed to trade the account. This is similar in concept to a common stock mutual fund. It is the only method of participation in which you will not have your own individual trading account. Since your money will be combined with that of other participants in the pool, and in effect, traded as s single account, there will be an agreement on profit and loss sharing ratio in proportion to each participant’s investment in the pool.


One potential advantage of this method is greater diversification of risks than you might obtain if you were to establish your own trading account. Another is that your risk of loss is generally limited to your investment in the pool, because most pools are formed as limited partnerships. And you won’t subject to margin calls.


It is worthy of note however, that the risks which a pool incurs in any given transaction are no different than the risks incurred by an individual trader. The pool still trades in future transaction which are highly leveraged and in markets which can be highly volatile. The pool can as well suffer substantial losses just like an individual.

The Way Out:

A major consideration, therefore, is who will be managing the pool in terms of directing its trading. There are some pools that operate independently of the brokerage company, while some other brokerage companies, in order to serve those customers who prefer to participate in a pool, establish relationships with one or more trading pools or operate theirs. But ensure always that the broker is regulated by FSA in the United Kingdom or CFTC in the United States of America.

In most instances, a Commodity Pool Operator (CPO) cannot accept your money until it has provided you with a Disclosure Document that contains information about the pool operator, the pool’s principals and any outside persons who will be providing trading advice or making trading decisions. It must also disclose performance records, if any, of all persons who will be operating or advising the pool ( or, if none, a statement to that effect). Disclosure Documents contain important information and should be carefully read before you invest your money. Another requirement is that the Disclosure Document advises you of the risks involved.

In the case of a new pool, there is frequently a provision that the pool will not begin trading until (and unless) a certain amount of money is raised. Normally, a time deadline is set and the CPO is required to state in the Disclosure Document what the deadline is (or, if there is none, that the time period for raising funds is indefinite). Be sure you understand the terms, including how your money will be invested in the meantime, what interest you will earn (if any), and how and when your investment will be returned in the event the pool does not commence trading.

Determine whether you will be responsible for any losses in excess of your investment in the pool. If so, this must be indicated prominently at the beginning of the pool’s Disclosure Document.

Ask about fees and other costs, including what, if any, initial charges will be made against your investment for organizational or administrative expenses. Such information should also determine from the Disclosure Document how the pool’s operator and advisor are compensated. Understand, too, the procedure for redeeming your shares in the pool, any restrictions that may exist, and provisions for liquidating and dissolving the pool if more than a certain percentage of capital were lost.

Ask about the pool operator’s general trading philosophy, the contract traded and whether they will be day-traded. Please carry out your due diligence.

Trade On Your Own

This is simple; you have to enroll for quality training, practice and go through an apprenticeship program with a qualified trader before you venture into doing it yourself. After your training and apprenticeship, you can then go ahead and open your personal account with the broker of your choice. You may get a broker directly by yourself or do that through an introducing broker. Note that you will bear all the risks and take all the benefits all by yourself. Hence, you need to ensure you establish your skills through demo trading or engage in micro trading with little money before you commit bulk investment money according to your ability. Get quality education before you commit real money.

Hire a Fund Manager

Although this is another way for you to participate in this market if the first two above do not go down well with you. But I will be very careful in advising you to take this route as good fund and portfolio managers are very few to the best of my knowledge.

A managed account is also you account

The only difference is that you open the account and then look for a fund manager to manage it for you. You more or less give him or her power of attorney to trade on your behalf. He or she will have discretionary authority to buy or sell for your account or will contact you for approval to make trades he or she suggests. You, of course, remain fully responsible for any losses which may be incurred and, as necessary, for meeting margin calls, including making up any deficiencies that exceed your margin deposits.

Although an account manager is likely to be managing the accounts of other persons at the same time, there is no sharing of gains or losses of other customers. Trading gains or losses in your account will result solely from trades which were made for your account. In most instances, the amount of money needed to open a managed account is larger than the amount required to establish an account you intend to trade yourself. Different firms and account managers, however, have different requirements and the range can be quite wide. Be certain to read and understand all of the literature and agreements you receive from the broker. Some account managers have their own trading approaches and accept only clients to whom that approach is acceptable. Others tailor their trading to a client’s objectives. In either case, obtain enough information and ask enough questions to assure yourself that your money will be managed in a way that’s consistent with your goals.

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