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More about Futures

Futures are a special type of forward contract. A forward contract is concluded at one moment in time for the delivery of a commodity at some point in the future for a price defined at contract closing. Futures are forward contracts traded on derivatives exchanges:

  • Chicago Mercantile Exchange,
  • New York Futures Exchange

Contractual conditions for individual contracts are standardized and follow the rules of the given exchange. Such a contract is a fixed agreement between two partners who have the right and obligation to buy/sell a quantity of the given financial instrument at a specific moment in the future with and agreed-in-advance term price.

Futures specifications
Contract size Standardized, mini, micro
Collateral In the form of an additional margin
Contract liquidation before maturity Compensating contract (closing opposite position before maturity)
Contract conditions Standardized
Delivery date Standardized
Market Public - futures exchange
Fees Standard broker and market fees, no entry, exit or management fees are charged.
Daily valuation of futures Yes (mark - to - market)
Delivery Normally agreed as a compensating contract before maturity
Price limits The exchange can set a daily price limit and maximum number of open positions.



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