DEFINITION of 'Commitments of Traders Report - COT'

A report published every Friday by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) that seeks to provide investors with up-to-date information on futures market operations and increase the transparency of these complex exchanges.

BREAKING DOWN 'Commitments of Traders Report - COT'

This report provides valuable information about changes in the position commitments of various types of investors. It breaks down the open-interest positions of all major contracts that have more than 20 traders. These reports are used to help determine the likelihood of a trend continuing or coming to an end. Long and short positions are calculated as well as changes from the previous week's positions.

  1. Small Trader

    An options or futures trader holding or controlling positions ...
  2. Double Hedging

    Hedging a position by using futures and options, thereby doubling ...
  3. Transparency

    The extent to which investors have ready access to any required ...
  4. Position Limit

    A position limit is a preset level of ownership, or control, ...
  5. Short The Basis

    A futures strategy involving the purchase of a futures position ...
  6. Against Actual

    An order between two traders looking to hedge their positions, ...
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