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Futures Measures

Rolling: What to Consider

Futures Measures

Options involve risk and are not suitable for all investors. Please read Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options before deciding to invest in options.

When a futures trader holds a position nearing expiration, the choices are:

  • Close out or (in the case of /ES) let it expire to cash
  • Carry it forward (i.e. enter a similar contract expiring at a future date)

This last choice is called rolling.

Today, Pete and Katie walk through what futures tradiers need to think about when rolling and maintaining a futures trade. Find out how "cost of carry" and liquidity play an important role.

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