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Backwardation: CNBC Explains

When you see a futures curve trending downward, it’s possible you’re observing a market in backwardation. The inverse of contango, backwardation occurs when the futures price for a given date falls below the expected value of a commodity on that date. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy illustrates.

From this video, you’ll understand:

  • What it means to have a market “in backwardation”
  • Whether backwardation is bullish or bearish in a market
  • Why markets find themselves in backwardation



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