An investment strategy that involves taking a position on a commodity followed by an equal but opposite futures position on a different commodity with similar price movements. Because the price movements of the two commodities should be closely correlated, a negative movement on the present commodity should be offset by a positive movement on the opposite futures position, and vice versa. Cross hedging is often used in markets where there is no viable futures market for the presently-owned commodity. See also: Commercial trader.
In futures trading, an offsetting position in a futures contract for an existing position in a related commodity in the cash market. An example would be the sale of a contract on wheat for delivery in two months in order to offset an existing cash position in oats.