Fortunately, due to the dramatic OPEC+ supply cuts, as well as a host of other factors, oil prices have climbed meaningfully from their 2020 lows. The Roll has fully recovered as a result, and in much less time than the forward markets anticipated back in April/May.
In fact, with the WTI forward curve mostly in backwardation today, forward Roll prices are once again positive. It's a hedging opportunity for producers.AEGIS has a favorable view of hedging the Roll because of fundamentals. OPEC+ is still withholding over 7 MMbpd of production to balance the market. That is a significant impediment to the oil curve's ability to get more backwardated. On the other hand, there are plenty of downside risks to oil prices that could weaken the front of the curve and hence put WTI back into contango for a period of time.
We should point out one caveat. The Roll, like the underlying WTI, tends to increase in value in times of undersupply. Further, the back of the Roll curve typically moves a lot less than the does the front. Therefore, if you hold a bullish personal point of view on Cal '22, that the market could be materially tighter, then hedge the Roll in chunks, focusing on the first nine months.
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