backwardation

Approaching the Point of No Return? UPDATED

By |2018-11-13T15:18:52+00:00November 13th, 2018|Commodities, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

At the end of June, the crude curve really got out of hand. WTI futures had returned to backwardation many months before, and then the eurodollar/collateral explosion May 29 sapped some crude strength. Over the following month, curve backwardation would become extreme as the benchmark price seemed ready to skyrocket. After getting up near $80 [...]

Let’s Just Pretend This Isn’t Happening, Again

By |2018-11-01T16:43:47+00:00November 1st, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Why aren’t more people talking about this? It’s a huge development and nary a peep anywhere. The mainstream media is filled with baited expectations for 3% wage growth on Payroll Friday. All eyes are on the labor market, which is a lagging indication, instead of on the oil market, which is forward looking. As of [...]

COT Black: Term Oil Means Turmoil

By |2018-10-29T12:57:27+00:00October 29th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Inflation hysteria was as much crude oil as anything else. After all, it was the sudden spike higher in oil prices that would eventually push the US CPI, PCE Deflator, Europe’s HICP, and even Japan’s moribund inflation index. Central bankers were giddy, as was mainstream commentary extrapolating these trajectories into actual economic acceleration. For a [...]

COT Black: Futures Curve Twisting

By |2018-07-12T17:34:08+00:00July 12th, 2018|Commodities, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

There is an interesting, ongoing academic debate about what shape the crude oil futures curve “should” take. Quite naturally, it seems backwardation is the market baseline. Most people, I think, presume otherwise because of their familiarity with commodities like gold. Backwardation in that market implies a physical shortage. Unlike that precious metal, crude oil is [...]

COT Black: Bad News For Jerome, Swap Dealers Seem Really Convinced

By |2017-12-07T16:37:37+00:00December 7th, 2017|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

US domestic stocks of crude oil continue to be quite high and now the futures curve is only a few pennies in the front month contract from being fully backwardated again. Contango is gone, which suggests that oil market is in sight of achieving some measure of balance. That anticipated equilibrium, however, is registering at [...]

(Un)Welcome Back ‘Dollar’

By |2016-07-13T13:19:00+00:00July 13th, 2016|Commodities, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

On June 3, the May payroll report was released shocking convention by its “unexpected” weakness. It was, and so far remains, the worst headline number since 2009. Because the suggestion of a far weaker labor market than policymakers have been claiming undermined their whole economic narrative, “markets” immediately reversed course and bid as if there [...]

Reading Curves and Finding Only the Death of Money

By |2016-01-11T18:58:21+00:00January 11th, 2016|Bonds, Commodities, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

When analyzing the full and true nature of the dissonance between the idea of continued recovery and the financial markets’ scenario for something much worse you realize that this is not a new occurrence. In curve after curve, negativity has been building for years. Financial curves are important because they tell us the health of [...]