Metals are among the most popular commodities for traders, and that of course includes traders at ECN forex brokers. Most ECN brokers and others therefore offer at least some metals for their traders in the form of CFDs. The metals most commonly offered are the four precious metals gold, silver, platinum, and palladium, although some brokers also offer less popular metals like copper and aluminum.
The underlying physical assets that the metal CFDs track are generally traded at the major commodities exchanges of the world, such as the CBOE and CME exchanges in Chicago, as well as the London Metal Exchange (LME). Some great benefits of trading metals as CFDs rather than as futures contracts directly are the ease of trading them with high leverage, shorting them, and the much lower margin requirements.