from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The situation in a futures market where prices for future delivery are lower than prices for immediate (or nearer) delivery. Generally arising from a near-term shortage of a commodity.
- n. fee paid by a seller on settlement day either to the buyer or to a third party who lends stock, when the seller wishes to defer settlement until the next settlement day.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The seller's postponement of delivery of stock or shares, with the consent of the buyer, upon payment of a premium to the latter; -- also, the premium so paid. See contango.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. On the London Stock Exchange, the premium paid by a seller of stock for the privilege of postponing its delivery to the buyer until the next fortnightly settling-day. See contango.
A certain degree of backwardation is normal (hence the phrase "normal backwardation").
"The methodology employed by the underlying index of USCI seeks to minimize the harmful effects of contagion by favoring commodities in backwardation (positive roll-yield) and longer-term contracts," he explains.
We are seeing signs of increasing demand for energy, evidenced by the oil market recently moving into "backwardation" -- where current oil contracts are priced higher than future ones.
The result, analysts say, is "backwardation" - a situation in which futures-contract prices are lower than spot prices.
December Nymex crude futures dropped below the January-delivery contract, ending a situation where the front-month contract was priced higher than those further in the future, also known as backwardation.
Front-month Nymex crude ended with a 14-cent premium to the second month in the fourth day of the market price structure known as backwardation, where near-month contracts are priced higher than those further out into the future.
Benchmark crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange is now cheaper further in the future—a phenomenon called "backwardation."
For oil-market veterans, this pattern, called "backwardation" in industry parlance, is a signal that traders are preparing for a period of tight supplies, a clue that higher prices may be ahead.
Another factor contributing to the rise has been a market condition called "backwardation," where oil contracts for nearby months are priced higher than months further into the future.
This week, front-month crude on the Nymex jumped in price above subsequent months, a phenomenon known as backwardation that typically signals worries about a near-term supply crunch.