Gold futures curves

Data categories: Price and performance

Investors access many commodity markets via futures contracts. Futures contracts are based on expectations of future prices, the cost of carry and interest rates, investors are exposed to an additional source of variability: the shape of the futures curve. When the futures curve is upward sloping (futures prices are higher than spot), which is typical for gold, it is said to be in contango, which generally reflects the cost of carry. 

COMEX (operated by CME Group) and LMEprecious are key market centres for gold futures trading.

Futures curve

Data as of

Sources: Bloomberg, COMEX, London Metal Exchange, World Gold Council; Disclaimer

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Length and frequency

Daily end-of-day futures curves. Futures prices can be available out to 60 months, depending on the exchange.

Update Schedule

Daily.

Units

CME COMEX and LMEprecious prices are quoted in US dollars per troy ounce.