Options trading part 7: ATM implied vol term structure | Contango

Romano RNR
13 min readJun 24, 2022

The ATM implied vol term structure is a measure we can use to evaluate the “implied volatility” of the options contracts across all the different maturities.

Nonetheless, let’s start with the fundamentals and define what a contango market is.

In a contango market, market participants are more willing to pay a premium for long-term contracts than short-term ones. That is because they anticipate more price increases in the future. In consequence, long-term contracts trade at a premium over short-term contracts.

That type of market condition exists when the demand for a commodity expects to increase in price later. Investors are willing to pay more for a long-term contract because they expect the premium to increase even further.

That often happens when there is an expectation of inflation, as investors want to protect themselves from rising prices.

In the next article, I will try to cover what backwardation is.




Romano RNR

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