Cash-And-Carry Trade

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DEFINITION of 'Cash-And-Carry Trade'

A trading strategy in which an investor holds a long position in a security or commodity while simultaneously holding a short position in a futures contract on the same security or commodity. In a cash-and-carry trade, the security is held until the contract delivery date, and is used to cover the short position’s obligation. 

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Cash-And-Carry Trade'

By selling a futures contract, the investor has taken a short position, and knows how much will be made on the delivery date and the cost of the security because of the cash-and-carry trade’s long position component. For example, in the case of a bond, the investor receives the coupon payments from the long position plus any investment income earned by investing the coupons, as well as the pre-determined future price at the future delivery date.

Investors use this strategy when the cost of buying a security or commodity today is less than how much the security or commodity can be sold for in the future. The general strategy when seeking to gain arbitrage profits through a cash-and-carry trade has several steps. The investor must first purchase a security or commodity. He or she then sells a futures contract for the security or commodity, and then carries that futures contract until it expires. Upon expiration, the investor delivers the commodity or security.

 

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