Why Natural Gas Commodities are in the spotlight
Some interesting facts about the natural gas trading market
Clean and efficient natural gas can be supplied from within the US, although 84% of the world’s natural gas reserves are held by 15 countries, most of which are in the Middle East. Modern technology advancements have also boosted yields significantly, although natural gas still lags a little behind traditional fossil fuels. It can be exported in liquefied form (LPG), but is tricky to store, meaning demand is almost always high. Pipelines cannot be run (easily) across oceans, so the LPG technology that is enabling export opens up an interesting market move. This can have various repercussions on the market and cause great volatility. It has moved from the fossil fuel market throw-away by-product to a critical component of its own.
Why should you choose natural gas commodities?
In short, its low priced, has a favorable environment, great economic position and is in rising demand. Natural gas commodities are becoming exceedingly popular on the market, and natural gas trading could well yield spectacular profits for traders regardless of the trading strategy they choose to adopt.
Of course, as with all commodities there are no guaranteed returns, but natural gas is a market that has the ‘green’ economy watching with interest. It also produces interesting by-products due to the need for refinement and removal of chemical compounds. These products themselves, like ethanol, can also be sold on to refiners who have other uses for them, and contribute to the economy in turn.
What influences the price of natural gas?
Previously, natural gas has been difficult to export as pipes cannot be run to the destination. However, the cost of converting to liquid natural gas has dropped considerably of late, and is beginning to open up the possibility of a lucrative export market.
Qatar is currently the world’s home base for natural gas fields, with potential for 1180 trillion cubic feet of gas – about 20% of the world’s supply. However, strained US and Middle East relations do little to foster an environment for safe exports. Over 85% of natural gas is spread between only 15 countries, and the US doesn’t dominate the international arena despite the potential for local domestic consumption.
All of these factors will have a daily impact on the natural gas price movement, as they influence the economy of manufacturing countries.
On the other hand, improving technology makes gas extractions easier, which will increase demand over time. Likewise, you will have issues of domestic vs. international production to balance within the market demands.
Is natural gas trading and the natural gas commodity market right for you? CMTrading firmly believes that this commodity market offers a lot of potential.