Introduction In this write-up, we explore how the front month price and time to expiry of the front-month contract can be used to model the C UZ spread.
Seasonalality Using a similar methodology to the Calendar Spread Seasonal Entries and Exits post, we study the roll adjusted seaonal behaviour of the C UZ spread.
The plot below shows the continuous and roll adjusted C UZ spreads since 2000.
Introduction Traditionally we identify possible inter-commodity and calendar spreads based on whether the spread is stretched or suppressed compared to historical levels. As a reference we normally use the period closest to expiration of the first contract, say the last forty days before exipry, to compare the spreads. This method can be enhanced by studying the seasonal tendancies of the different spreads. Intuitively this makes to most sense for cyclical commodities such as the agricultural and meats markets.