Oil Rollover Explained

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How oil rollover works

When you’re trading an instrument, such as Oil on the MT4/MT5 platform, if you hold that position over the monthly expiration date of the futures contract that its price is based on, you will encounter what’s called a rollover. This is because Oil is a futures contract which has a set expiration date.

If you do not wish for your position to be rolled over, then you should close your position prior to the rollover date.

Do I incur any losses during the oil rollover process?

The monetary impact is largely nullified, as the changes in values of the open positions, are offset by a debit or credit adjustment made to the account. It appears on your statement as ‘Cash Adjustment-Rollover’.

Example:
CL-OIL futures (May contract) expires with the ask at $20,050 and bid at $20,000.

New CL-OIL futures (June contract) opens trading at ask $26,050 and bid $26,000.

One Standard contract size for CL-OIL is 1,000 barrels.

If you hold one lot of long CL-OIL, you will be charged (26,050-20,000) * $1,000 = -$6,050.
The ‘Cash Adjustment- Rollover’ is Dr -$6,050

If you hold one lot of short CL-OIL, you will be credited (26,000-20,050) * $1,000 = +$5,950.
The ‘Cash Adjustment – Rollover’ is Cr +$5,950

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