USO says it may have to hold larger amounts of Treasurys and cash

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The U.S. Oil Fund said in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission that it may be limited in its ability to buy oil futures and may be required to invest in other permitted investments including other oil-related interests and may hold larger amounts of Treasuries, cash and cash equivalents. “Significant market volatility has occurred and is continuing in the crude oil markets and the oil futures markets. Such volatility is attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic, disputes among oil-producing countries over the potential limits on the production of crude oil, a corresponding collapse in demand for crude oil and a lack of on-land storage for crude oil. These conditions have severely limited USO’s ability to have a substantial portion of its assets invested in the Benchmark Oil Futures Contract and certain other Oil Futures Contracts of the same month, such as cash-settled, but substantially similar, oil futures contracts traded on ICE Futures,” the fund said.


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