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Forward Contract

An agreement to buy or sell an asset at a certain date at a certain price. That is, Investor A may make a contract with Farmer B in which A agrees to buy a certain number of bushels of B's corn at $15 per bushel. This contract must be honored whether the price of corn goes to $1 or $100 per bushel. Forward contracts can help reduce volatility in certain markets, but they contain the risks inherent to all speculative investing. These contracts may be sold on the secondary market, but the person holding the contract at its end must take delivery of the underlying asset. Forward contracts are identical to futures contracts except that their provisions are not standardized. That is, forwards may be written with any provisions the parties desire. While this allows for greater flexibility, this makes the contracts less liquid on the secondary market and prevents them from being traded on an exchange.
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The Government has promised to bring forward proposals and allow MPs a free vote on the issue.
But while teenagers get at least some respite from the threat of unnatural practises, the rebuff for the Blair Government is said to have increased the likelihood that it will bring forward plans to abolish the House of Lords or at least the powers of it s hereditary peers.
Mr Brown has written to Newcastle City Council leader Coun John Shipley to urge him to bid for this cash in the context of the failure to bring forward the schools money.
The association has called on the Government to bring forward plans for workers to be automatically enrolled into workplace schemes - from 2012 to now.
The first LCO would confer extra legislative powers, allowing the Assembly to bring forward measures on special educational needs.
Birmingham City Council's cabinet has backed efforts by BIA to bring forward the extension.
Waterlogging had threatened to wipe out the fixture yesterday, but a spell of dry weather allowed officials to bring forward a 3pm inspection.
Austria will host its final Formula One race on May 18 this year because of plans to bring forward a tobacco advertising ban to 2005, according to a report.
Those who are affected need to bring forward their concerns and work constructively to find solutions.
Its goal is to bring forward interoperable, open-standard technologies for the financial services industry that makes possible new products and services.
Through the working group we are continuing to work hard to provide support services and bring forward initiatives which will help the West Coast through these tough times.
Stuart Monk, who founded the company in 1971, says he is poised to bring forward projects which have been on hold since the property crash in 2007-08.