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Ted Butler: Common sense and the CME Group

By cpowell
Created 2020-04-21 23:50

By Ted Butler
Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Monday's spectacular and unprecedented collapse of oil prices is, rightly so, the subject of nonstop commentary. Already considered depressed on Friday's close, at $18.27 per barrel, the he May NYMEX crude oil futures contract, at Monday's official settlement price, had fallen to negative $37.63, down $55.90.

Most observers asked how the heck this was possible -- how could a futures contract for crude oil fall to minus $37 a barrel?

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The process by which the negative price was determined was illegitimate, as is the exchange on which it trades, the NYMEX, as well as the owner-operator of the exchange, the CME Group (which also owns and operates the COMEX).

Yes, I'm fully-aware that the CME Group runs the largest energy and precious metals derivatives exchanges in the world, but since when did size alone guarantee integrity and legitimacy? ...

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