Forward prices for gold turned negative on December 2nd and, according to Antal Fekete the author of the story, this is the first time it has happened in history (with the exception of contract expiry dates for a couple of minutes). Fekete states:
“On December 2nd, at the Comex in New York, December gold futures (last delivery: December 31) were quoted at 1.98% discount to spot, while February gold futures (last delivery: February 27, 2009) were quoted at 0.14% discount to spot. (All percentages annualized.)
The condition got worse on December 3rd, when the corresponding figures were 2% and 0.29%. This means that the gold basis has turned negative, and the condition of backwardation persisted for at least 48 hours.“
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