LIFFE

Trading Basics

LIFFE

London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange. Now owned by Euronext.

Other Trading Basics

Bid

Traders can go short at the bid price.

The terminology is from the broker point of view, they are bidding to buy from you.

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Backwardation

Backwardation occurs when a bid price exceeds the ask price.

This usually occurs when stock is suspended or under a share repurchase scheme.

It can also mean that a futures contract will trade at a higher price when it is coming close to expiring.

The opposite of backwardation is known as contango.

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