Basis Grade

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Basis Grade'

The minimum accepted standard that a deliverable commodity must meet to be used as the actual of a futures contract. Also known as "par grade" or "contract grade."

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Basis Grade'

Basis grade is important for futures investors for maintaining uniformity, since a given commodity (e.g. oil) may vary drastically in quality. For example, the basis grade of crude futures contracts is set according to certain levels of hydrogen and sulfur in crude oil.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Actuals

    The physical commodity that underlies a futures contract or is ...
  2. Reference Asset

    An underlying asset used in credit derivatives, which are then ...
  3. Sweet Crude

    A type of oil that meets certain content requirements, including ...
  4. Sour Crude

    The name given to barrels of crude oil that do not meet certain ...
  5. Cash Commodity

    In futures trading, the cash commodity is delivered for payments. ...
  6. Futures Contract

    A contractual agreement, generally made on the trading floor ...
Related Articles
  1. Insurance

    Futures Fundamentals

    For those who are new to futures but want a solid understanding of them, this tutorial explains what futures contracts are, how they work and why investors use them.
  2. Trading Strategies

    Top Day Trading Instruments

    Day trading is an intense and often appealing activity. Investopedia provides the list of top financial instruments for day trading.
  3. Options & Futures

    Avoid Future Shock By Protecting Your Portfolio With Futures

    Worried about protecting your portfolio of diversified stocks and assets? Using futures with correct strategies can help.
  4. Options & Futures

    Give Yourself More Options With Real Estate Options

    Real estate options have many benefits, including a smaller initial capital requirement.
  5. Economics

    This Is A Small Country With Huge Potential to Grow

    Trinidad and Tobago's increased revenue and economic success have been primarily generated by its energy sector, but it still might be best to diversify.
  6. Options & Futures

    How to Use Commodity Futures to Hedge

    Both producers and consumers of commodities can use futures to hedge. We explain, using a few examples, how to achieve commodity hedging with futures.
  7. Economics

    A Ban On SWIFT Could Hit Russia Where It Hurts Most

    A SWIFT ban on Russia could have a crippling effect on its debt-servicing ability and overall economy, and just might force a change in its policy.
  8. Economics

    Higher Oil Prices On the Horizon? Maybe Not.

    Despite a decision by some oil companies to reduce the overall supply of oil, a sustained ascent in oil prices might not be on the immediate horizon.
  9. Brokers

    OptionsXpress Vs. OptionsHouse: Which One To Pick?

    OptionsXpress and OptionsBroker -- each offers a price mix and set of services suitable for certain investors based on their trade approach and priorities.
  10. Options & Futures

    The Future Is Now: All About Futures ETFs

    A new security class - futures ETFs - is gaining popularity. We tell you how futures ETFs work and offer tips.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Fixed-Charge Coverage Ratio

    A ratio that indicates a firm's ability to satisfy fixed financing expenses, such as interest and leases. It is calculated ...
  2. Efficiency Ratio

    Ratios that are typically used to analyze how well a company uses its assets and liabilities internally. Efficiency Ratios ...
  3. Fixed Cost

    A cost that does not change with an increase or decrease in the amount of goods or services produced. Fixed costs are expenses ...
  4. Subsidy

    A benefit given by the government to groups or individuals usually in the form of a cash payment or tax reduction. The subsidy ...
  5. Sunk Cost

    A cost that has already been incurred and thus cannot be recovered. A sunk cost differs from other, future costs that a business ...
  6. Technical Skills

    1. The knowledge and abilities needed to accomplish mathematical, engineering, scientific or computer-related duties, as ...
Trading Center