from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The situation in a futures market where prices for future delivery are higher than prices for immediate (or nearer) delivery.
- n. The amount by which prices for future delivery are higher than prices for near delivery.
- n. Fee paid by a buyer to the seller on settlement day when the buyer wishes to defer settlement until the next settlement day.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The premium or interest paid by the buyer to the seller, to be allowed to defer paying for the stock purchased until the next fortnightly settlement day.
- n. The postponement of payment by the buyer of stock on the payment of a premium to the seller. See Backwardation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. On the London stock exchange, the charge made by a broker for carrying over a bargain to the next fortnightly settling-day; the consideration paid by the buyer of stock for the privilege of deferring settlement until the next settling-day.
That increase from contract to contract is called contango, and it can cut into fund returns.
In commodities lingo, the trading pattern is called contango.
However, the company on Monday admitted that like other independent refiners, second-quarter results will be pressured by low margins amid increased crude costs and a contraction in a trading benefit known as contango, which in the first quarter helped earnings.
A key dimension to continued pressure for higher prices is coming from various commodity funds trying to maintain a near-term contango in the futures market.
George Gero, vice president with RBC Capital Markets Global Futures, said September copper has a premium over the next-most-active July contract beyond normal "contango" -- where farther-out prices are higher because of costs including storage.
The forward curve for Nymex crude prices currently slopes upward -- known as a "contango" -- and is extraordinarily steep.
The crude futures market is now in what oil traders call a "contango" - in which oil delivered in the next few weeks is cheaper than in the following months.
This leaves ETFs more prone to so-called contango effects, as well as vulnerable to tax hits and front-running — when traders can jump ahead of expected trades to profit from the subsequent demand.
Many advisers recommend against oil ETFs, which suffer from a market malady known as "contango."
The expiring ones are usually worth less than the new ones—a condition known as "contango"—so they lose money with each roll.