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Don’t worry - we’ve got you covered. In this guide, you’ll learn:
- Why Markets.com scored high for soy (Jump to section)
- Who Markets.com is (and isn’t) suitable for (Jump to section)
- An in-depth feature comparison of the top #3 brokers (Jump to section)
- An overview on soy (Jump to section)
What is the Best Trading Platform
Markets.com scored best in our review of the top brokers for soy, which takes into account 120+ factors across eight categories. Here's the full list of all the brokers we considered.
The following brokers allow soy on their platform:
Here are some areas where Markets.com scored highly in:
- 10+ years in business
- Offers + instruments
- A range of platform inc. MT4, MT5, Web Trader, Tablet & Mobile apps
- 24/7 customer service
- Tight spreads from pips
- Used by + traders
- Allows hedging
- 2 languages
- Leverage up to 100:1
Markets.com offers two ways to trade: Forex, CFDs. If you wanted to trade SOYBEAN through copy trading or other means, skip to part two.
The two most important categories in our rating system are the cost of trading and the broker’s trust score. To calculate a broker’s trust score, we take into account a range of factors, including their regulation history, years in business, liquidity provider etc.
Markets.com have a B trust score, which is good. This is largely down to them being regulated by CySEC, Financial Services Board, segregating client funds, being established for over 10 years, and much more. For comparison:
Trust Score comparsion
|Regulated by||CySEC, Financial Services Board|
|Uses tier 1 banks|
|Segregates client funds|
The second thing we look for is the competitiveness of the spreads, and what fees they charge. We've compared these in detail in part three of this guide.
Who Markets.com is (& Isn’t)
As mentioned, Markets.com allows you to trade in two ways: Forex, CFDs.
- CFD Trading
- Forex Trading
Markets.com offer a wide range of instruments to trade including forex pairs, stocks, indices, and cryptocurrencies . In fact, they’re one of the few brokers to offer not only Bitcoin trading but also Ripple, and many more. In the following section we’ve listed Markets.com’s spreads for a range of popular instruments. You can also see a more detailed breakdown of how Markets.com’s spreads compare in this Markets.com review
Finally, Markets.com isn't available in the following countries: AF, DZ, AS, AO, AU, BE, BA, BR, KH, CA, CN, CU, KR, GU, GY, HK, ID, IR, IQ, IL, JP, LA, MO, MY, MM, NZ, MP, PA, PG, PH, PR, RU, SG, KR, SD, SY, TW, TH, TR, UG, VI, VU, USA, VN, YE.
A Comparison of Markets.com vs. vs.
Want to see how Markets.com stacks up against and ? We've compared their spreads, features, and key information below.
Spread & fee comparsionThe spreads below are illustrative. For more accurate pricing information, click on the names of the brokers at the top of the table to open their websites in a new tab.
|FTSE 100 Spread||2|
Comparison of account & trading features
|Accounts offered||Mini account, Islamic account, standard account, VIP account|
|Platforms||MT4, MT5, Web Trader, Tablet & Mobile apps|
|Risk management features||Limit order, one click trading, trailing stops, price alerts and negative balance protection|
|Funding methods||Payoneer, Credit cards, Bank transfer, PayPal, WebMoney, DebitCard,|
Commodity Trading: Soybean Futures
What are Soybeans?
Soybeans are an agricultural crop grown for their edible bean. Sometimes known as soya bean, soybeans are a type of legume originating from East Africa. They are able to grow in a variety of soil types and in a wide range of climates. Soybeans require less energy to grow and produce fewer greenhouse gases than many other crops – which makes them better for the environment.
Most beans are classed as pulses, however soybeans are classified as oilseeds as they are rich in oil, at around 18%. Like pulses though, their seeds grow in pods. Soybeans are also rich in protein, making up around 35% of their composition, so soybeans are often divided into their component parts – soybean oil and soybean meal – which are then put to different uses.
The bean has numerous uses in today’s society. The oil is one of the main products extracted from soybeans, as it can be used for cooking and dressing salads etc. The protein is used to make tofu, cheese, and other products for consumption. The actual bean itself can be eaten fresh as edamame, which are premature soybeans that are cooked and served in, or are fresh from, the pod.
Soybeans are one of the top animal feed sources. Soybean meal can be used as a food supplement, but the vast majority is used for animal feed, primarily because of its high concentration of protein.
Modern Statistics for Soybeans
The United States has been the biggest producer of soybeans since its introduction into the US in 1765 by Samuel Bowen, a former sailor with the East India Company.
Countries with Largest Soybean Production 2014 (WorldAtlas)
Country – Million Metric Tonnes
USA – 108.0
Brazil – 86.8
Argentina – 53.4
China – 12.2
India – 10.5
Paraguay – 10.0
Canada – 6.0
The global production of soybean oil in 2015/16 was 52 million metric tons (statista).
What Influences the Soybean Market?
There are numerous influencing factors:
The supply and demand for the two main products – soybean and soymeal – are related. In order to hedge against the effect of market forces, a strategy used by soybean traders is to purchase a contract of soybeans, and then sell a contract of soybean meal and soybean oil. This is known as a crush spread, named after the industry to separate the components – the crushing industry.
Soybeans were one of the first crops to be genetically modified, however this can be a controversial issue. If public opinion turns against GM products, then this could have a significant impact on soybean markets.
Environment groups in Brazil are in opposition with the soybean industry about its impact on the Amazon Rainforest. This could lead to a dramatic effect on the price of soybean.
Corn impacts the price of soybeans as they compete in the cooking industry.
How is Soybean Traded?
Soybeans can also be traded by commodity traders. Exposure can be gained using soybean futures, which are available from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), with contract months of January, March, May, July, August, September and November. CME contract sizes are 5,000 bushels (136 metric tons) and carry a ticker symbol of ZS on CME Globex (electronic trading).
Soybean oil futures are also available from CME, with a contract size of 60,000 pounds, and soybean meal futures are available with a contract size of 100 tons. These are all physically delivered futures, which means that the contract is settled on a future delivery date at an agreed price.
Soybean futures are also available on Japanese, Indian and Argentinian exchanges.
A more convenient way to trade soybeans is using Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). There are various agricultural ETFs that offer a limited exposure to the soybean market, however the Teucrium Soybean Fund (SOYB) is purely based on the soybeans market.
Traders also may opt for contracts for difference (CFDs) in order to speculate on the future price of soybeans. These contracts allow traders to take a view on whether the price of the underlying CME futures contract will increase or decrease, and therefore buy or go short on contracts, respectively. Various regulated brokers offer easy to access and easy to use online platforms through which these contracts can be accessed. One example is Plus500, which allows a minimum trade of 4,000 bushels on their CFD, with a leverage of 1:152, and a spread of 0.93. This means at the buy price of 922.47, the minimum margin required would be $247.20 (or £191.22) and this would expose the trader to $37,474 (or 28,974) of the stock. (Prices taken from Plus500 30/08/2017.) It should be noted that this increased exposure due to leverage can also go against the trader, leading to further capital depletion, although most regulated brokers offer negative balance protection.
Trading soybeans can be popular, however it can also be subject to extreme price fluctuations making it a volatile market to trade on. It is important therefore to understand the risks involved and to always choose a regulated broker to obtain reassurance that they are subject to stringent regulations when dealing with their clients.
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