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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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Mr Michael told BBC TV's Breakfast with Frost, ``I hope to bring forward the proposals in weeks rather than months.
This sitting period, Minister Fitzharris will deliver an election commitment to create more smoke-free public spaces and Minister Rattenbury will bring forward practical legislative amendments to make our roads safer.
I am keen to have this case progressed urgently as it's a real opportunity to bring forward this much-needed development by about four years and at a considerably lower cost.
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 first LCO would confer extra legislative powers, allowing the Assembly to bring forward measures on special educational needs.
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.
Its goal is to bring forward interoperable, open-standard technologies for the financial services industry that makes possible new products and services.
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.
The West Midlands Confederation for Passenger Transport is calling on the city council to bring forward plans for the facility it believes will help ease traffic congestion and make life easier for coaches.
This funding is part of a wider government initiative to bring forward pounds 3 billion of funding for important public sector projects and will bring real benefits to students and the public alike.
THE Chancellor, in both his Pre-Budget Report and fiscal stimulus speeches, explained that to help pensioners he would bring forward the annual rise in pension benefits from April/May to January.