WTI calendar spread

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looking at chart you can see the spread in the oil             front to back contracts displayed is normally closer to 0, currently the spread is around -3. So the idea is to buy the front month CL             contract and sell the Z contract.
This also can be done with short options adding a decay component, contact me if you like further details on the option trade
a year ago

Calendar spreads in crude are based off the cost of storage, when there is oversupply.So CLM-CLZ is the cost to store the crude for 6 months, cheep storage is about 10 cents a month and ocean storage is about 110 cents a month. So the spread should be between $0.60 and $6.60 as all the cheep storage is used then the spread must increase due to higher storage costs. So the idea is if there is more crude put into storage than expected the spread should become more negative if there is less crude then expected the spread should go back towards $0.6. So yes the spread can get smaller, that would be a bullish position on oil itself. The point I'm trying to make is that there is not a normal but it depends on the amount of crude in storage and storage costs. Currently crude costs between $0.5-$0.8 a month to store.
a year ago
Thanks for the comments, I will be looking to take profits on this trade as soon as I have a reasonable return on investment, my intent was never expecting a return to past normal. We are in abnormal times and the cost of forward storage is getting greater, so do not expect a full mean reversion
a year ago
5:45 EST currently 33% return on invested capital will take profit on this trade
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