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Fair value is a term used to describe the perceived true value. It's what an investor believes an equity or derivitive to be worth. And, because everyone has a different perception, there is never any one real "fair value". You can arive at an estimate of fair value all sorts of ways: mathematical models, price to earnings ratios, outright guesses, etc. In the context you describe, (I've never watched the program so I can't say for sure) I would surmise that "fair value" probably refers to something dealing with the price of the underlying index and some financial model calculating a theoretical premium for the futures. One such formula often used for options is the Black-Scholes formula. You can go to to learn more about it. I would imagine some of the same kinds of things go into determining a fair value for futures. Any way you cut it though, fair value will always be different for every person that you have give you an answer as to what it is.
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