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Glossary Term: FUTURES

Definition(s) for FUTURES:


1. ) A contract specifying a future date of delivery or receipt of a certain amount of a specific tangible or intangible product. The commodities traded in futures markets include stock index futures; agricultural products like wheat, soybeans and pork bellies; metals; and financial instruments. Futures are used by business as a hedge against unfavorable price changes and by speculators who hope to profit from such changes.

2. ) Contracts that require delivery of a commodity of specified quality and quantity, at a specified price, on a specified future date. Commodity futures are traded on a commodity exchange and are used for both speculation and hedging.

3. ) Contracts that require delivery of a commodity of specified quality and quantity, a specified price, on a specified future date. Commodity futures are traded on a commodity exchange and are used for both speculation and hedging.

4. ) Securities bought or sold for future delivery. There may be no intention to take them up, but to rely upon price changes in order to sell at a profit before delivery.

5. ) A futures contract is an agreement or obligation to buy or sell a given quantity of a particular security, at a specified future date at a pre-determined price.


See Also:
COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION (CFTC), CURRENCY FUTURES CONTRACT, FUTURES COMMISSION MERCHANT (FCM), FOREIGN CURRENCY FUTURES CONTRACT, INDEX FUTURES, NEXT FUTURES CONTRACT, FUTURES CONTRACTS, FUTURES CONTRACT, FUTURES OPTION, COMMODITY FUTURES TRADINGCOMMISSION (CFTC), FUTURES COMMISSION MERCHANT (FCM), FUTURES CONTRACT, MANAGED FUTURES, UNDERLYING FUTURES CONTRACT, COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION (CFTC), FINANCIAL FUTURES


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