Oil & Gas

Backwardation and contango: Demystifying market structure

As the oil market collapse has taken WTI into the uncharted and “impossible” territory of negative prices, there has been considerable attention not only on where prices might be going, but also what is happening to the forward curve, and what it means. Even in more normal markets, the structure of the forward curve “backwardation” and “contango” is a source of confusion – mystery even.

Oil & Gas

Oil jumps most since June as Canada cuts after Saudi-Russia pact

Oil was jolted higher by efforts across the globe to support prices as Saudi Arabia and Russia extended their pact to manage the market and Canada’s largest producing province ordered unprecedented output curbs. Prices retreated slightly after Qatar said it was leaving OPEC.