Futures contract


Futures contract
Agreement to buy or sell a set number of shares of a specific stock in a designated future month at a price agreed upon by the buyer and seller. The contracts themselves are often traded on the futures market. A futures contract differs from an option because an option is the right to buy or sell, whereas a futures contract is the promise to actually make a transaction. A future is part of a class of securities called derivatives, so named because such securities derive their value from the worth of an underlying investment. The New York Times Financial Glossary

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futures contract UK US noun [C] FINANCE, STOCK MARKET
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Financial and business terms. 2012.

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