The Variable Storage Rate (VSR) mechanism in Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) SRW Wheat futures examines nearby calendar spreads to determine adjustments in maximum contract premium (storage) charges. The September 2015 – December 2015 wheat calendar spread averaged 34.83 percent of financial full carry during the period of July 20, 2015 through August 21, 2015. Although this result is below 50 percent of financial full carry and would normally trigger a reduction in maximum Wheat premium charges, the current premium charge is already at the minimum allowed by the mechanism. Thus, the maximum premium charge that a Wheat regular delivery facility may charge holders of its outstanding shipping certificates will not change from the current maximum charge of 16.5/100s of one cent per bushel per day (approximately 5 cents per bushel per month).
The next evaluation period will measure the December 2015 – March 2016 calendar spread relative to financial full carry during the period of September 21, 2015 to November 20, 2015 with the next possible adjustment to contract premium charges on December 18, 2015. Please note that the current maximum storage rate of 16.5/100s of one cent per bushel per day is the contract minimum storage charge and a VSR calculation at or below 50 percent on the December 2015 – March 2016 spread cannot trigger a lower storage rate.
Questions may be directed to Fred Seamon in Research and Product Development (312-634-1587 or Fred.Seamon@CMEGroup.com).