Buying (Going Long) Palladium Futures to Profit from a Rise in Palladium Prices

If you are bullish on palladium, you can profit from a rise in palladium price by taking up a long position in the palladium futures market. You can do so by buying (going long) one or more palladium futures contracts at a futures exchange.

Example: Long Palladium Futures Trade

You decide to go long one near-month NYMEX Palladium Futures contract at the price of USD 185.40 per troy ounce. Since each NYMEX Palladium Futures contract represents 100 troy ounces of palladium, the value of the futures contract is USD 18,540. However, instead of paying the full value of the contract, you will only be required to deposit an initial margin of USD 2,750 to open the long futures position.

Assuming that a week later, the price of palladium rises and correspondingly, the price of palladium futures jumps to USD 203.94 per troy ounce. Each contract is now worth USD 20,394. So by selling your futures contract now, you can exit your long position in palladium futures with a profit of USD 1,854.

Long Palladium Futures Strategy: Buy LOW, Sell HIGH
BUY 100 troy ounces of palladium at USD 185.40/ozUSD 18,540
SELL 100 troy ounces of palladium at USD 203.94/ozUSD 20,394
ProfitUSD 1,854
Investment (Initial Margin)USD 2,750
Return on Investment67%

Margin Requirements & Leverage

In the examples shown above, although palladium prices have moved by only 10%, the ROI generated is 67%. This leverage is made possible by the relatively low margin (approximately 15%) required to control a large amount of palladium represented by each contract.

Leverage is a double edged weapon. The above examples only depict positive scenarios whereby the market is favorable towards you. If the market turn against you, you will be required to top up your account to meet the margin requirements in order for your futures position to remain open.

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