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When the Spot Price for a Futures Contract is trading higher than the Futures Price, this is known as Backwardation.

In the Futures Market, Backwardation refers to a pricing event of any commodity traded in the Futures Markets when the Spot Price is higher than the Futures Price. Backwardation is an unusual occurrence because there is the cost of carrying the commodity. Backwardation can occur due to higher demand for a commodity, compared to contracts which are maturing. To profit from this, futures traders will sell short the commodity at Spot and buy the Futures Contracts at the lower price.


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