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is the same future contract always available

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The future contracts trade on several expiry dates in parallel.
The follow screen short from CME shows you all available NG (natural gas) contracts and the volume traded

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You can at any moment trade any contract that is trading
it is said to be best practice to trade the 'front month',
that is the contract with the highest volume

In the above case it would not be January but February

At some point in time the volume 'rolls over' to the next
contract, some time before the contract stops trading..

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