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A "futures contract" is
an agreement to buy or sell an asset at a specific
date in the future for a fixed price. Unlike options,
a "futures contract" is not a right but well an obligation.
Every discipline has its own special vocabulary. It is also the case
with futures. To avoid needless repetition, we will define them now.
- The fixed price agreed to exchange the underlying asset is
known as the futures price.
- The investor who agrees to buy the futures contract has
what is termed a long futures positions.
- The investor who agrees to sell the futures contract has
what is termed a short futures positions.
- A commodity futures contract is a contract where the
underlying asset is a commodity.
- A financial futures contract is a contract where the
underlying asset is a financial instrument such as a bond, an index,
a currency, or an interest rate.
Throughout the world, many exchanges trade futures contact. Among
them we can mention:
- The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT).
- The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME).
- The New York Futures Exchange (NYFE).
- The London International Financial Futures Exchange (LIFFE).
- The Swiss Options and Financial Futures Exchange (SOFFEX).
- The European Options Exchange (EOE).
- The Hong Kong Futures Exchange (HKFE).
- The Singapore International Monetary Exchange (SIMEX).
- The Tokyo International Financial Futures Exchange (TIFFE).
- The Marché à Terme International de France (MATIF).
In the next section, we will analyze the specifications of the
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