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Contango refers to the negative roll yield, which is created by an upward-sloping term structure. This occurs when the price of a futures contract is below the expected future spot price at the time the contract expires. The steeper the futures curve, the larger the roll losses. So in a contango scenario, an investor must “buy high, sell low.”

Backwardation is the opposite of contango and refers to the positive roll yield created by a downward sloping term structure. Occurs when the price of a futures contract is above the expected future spot price at the time the contract expires. In a backwardation scenario, the investor must “buy low, sell high.”

Roll yield is the positive or negative contribution caused by rolling the index between futures contracts at expiration dates.

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