CMC Markets

Investigation into claims by investors in CMC Markets’ Crude Oil West Texas Intermediate (WTI) Cash product 


Omni Bridgeway, with Mayweathers Lawyers, is investigating potential claims by investors in CMC Markets’ Crude Oil West Texas Intermediate (WTI) Cash product who may have suffered loss and damage relating to their investment.

WTI Cash product investors are invited to register their details below.

Background

CMC Markets offers contracts for difference (CFDs) which allow investors to speculate on the price of oil.  In late April 2020, the crude oil markets, especially West Texas crude oil markets, suffered from severe volatility as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Oil prices dropped severely, and there were widespread fears that crude oil prices would drop below $0. 

On 21 April 2020, CMC Markets changed the underlying reference instrument (URI) for the West Texas crude oil CFD from the May 2020 West Texas crude oil futures contract to a futures contract which would expire later, in December 2020.  At the same time, CMC Markets made two further changes to the terms of the CFD: 


  1. they altered their system to automatically close out positions in the CFD if the CFD’s price dropped below $0. These positions would be closed out at a price of $0, even if the actual price of the CFD had dropped even further, into negative values; and
  2. they changed the CFD’s status to ‘reduce-only’. This meant that investors could not open new positions in the CFD; they could only close their existing positions.
Investors say that they were misled and it was unreasonable and unfair for CMC Markets to change the URI for the West Texas crude oil CFD in response to the 21 April 2020 oil price volatility and that as a result, they suffered loss and damage.

The WTI Cash product was offered by CMC Markets in many countries, including but not limited to Australia, New Zealand, the UK, the US, EU countries and Singapore.

Potential Claim

Further details about the potential claim are available to CMC Markets WTI Cash product investors who register their interest with Omni Bridgeway below. 

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