Backwardation - Definition

Refers to the market condition in which the price of a forward or Futures Contract is trading below the expected spot price at contract Maturity.

For example, immediate Delivery of silver may cost $300 an ounce, whereas delivery in two months only costs $200 an ounce, with that $200 to be paid at time of delivery. It is a peculiar situation, because no rational person would buy silver for $300 an ounce today, when they could enter into a contract to take delivery for $200 in two months time, except when they do not believe their Counterparty will be able to deliver at the $200 forward price, or if they needed to use the silver immediately.

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