Soybean Oil Futures Price
The soybean oil futures price is different than the soybean oil price in the cash (physical) market. Generally, the price of a commodity for future delivery is higher than the cash price due to carrying costs (insurance, interest, and warehousing fees). This is called contango. The opposite of contango is backwardation. Backwardation is when the price of a commodity for future delivery is lower than the cash price Backwardation is normal in a “seller’s market.”
When you trade soybean oil futures, your futures price depends on where you get into the market. After you post your initial margin, your profit or loss depends on where you enter and exit the market (minus transaction costs).
The contract size for soybean oil is 60,000 Lbs. So each $.01 move equals $600. As the market moves your account value adjusts. If your account value drops below the maintenance margin, a margin call is due. A margin call can be met by offsetting positions or adding money to your account.
Trading futures is like driving a car without insurance. You save the insurance premium, but if you crash you will wish that you were insured. If you have very deep pockets or deal with the physical soybean oil product then futures may be for you. If you are a speculator with a limited amount of risk capital then soybean oil options is a better way for you to invest in the soybean oil market.