- (on the London stock exchange) a fee paid by a buyer of securities to the seller for the privilege of deferring payment.
Origin of contango
Also called continuation.
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- (formerly, on the London Stock Exchange) postponement of payment for and delivery of stock from one account day to the next
- Also called: carry-over, continuation the fee paid for such a postponementCompare backwardation
- (tr) to arrange such a postponement of payment (for)my brokers will contango these shares
C19: apparently an arbitrary coinage based on continue
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Word Origin and History for contango
1853, a stockbroker's invention, perhaps somehow derived from continue, or from Spanish contengo "I contain, refrain, restrain, check." As a verb, from 1900.
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