Closing the Gap - Futures Edition

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Crude, Term Structure, and Volatility

Closing the Gap - Futures Edition

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Crude Oil futures, /CL, are consistently one of the most liquid commodity markets to trade and in recent weeks, price activity has made oil a hot topic in the news.

With significant back-and-forth tape action, is there a way that traders can add crude oil to their portfolio while maintaining some control over volatility?

In today's Closing the Gap: Futures Edition, Pete Mulmat walks us through Crude and its Term Structure (the prices of each expiration's contract). After discussing the current state of the curve, he explains how calendars can be used to add exposure to a commodity market, what expirations to use for this position, and how to add a theta component with options!

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