basis trading

Definition

An arbitrage strategy usually consisting of the purchase of a particular security and the sale of a similar security (often the purchase of a security and the sale of a corresponding futures contract). Basis trading is done when the investor feels that the two securities are mispriced with respect to each other, and that the mispricing will correct itself such that the gain on one side of the trade will more than cancel out the loss on the other side of the trade. In the case of such a trade taking place on a security and the futures contract, the trade will be profitable if the purchase price plus the cost of carry is less than the futures price.
also called cash and carry trade.

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You should try and figure out a way to make basis trading work in the best interests of your companies portfolio.

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The basis trading strategy of the hyper trader was well thought out as he had analyzed the two securities extensively.

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We did some basis trading and we were all very happy with it and what we were doing,cause we knew it was for the betterment of the business.

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