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Future

A term used to designate any contract covering the sale of financial instruments or physical commodities for future delivery on a futures exchange. Alternatively, a future is any forward contract that has been standardized and listed for trading on a futures exchange.

Futures 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. Futures 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. Futures contract are standard instruments; that is, unlike forward contracts, their provisions are standardized. As such, they may be traded on an exchange.
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The book establishes both a chronology for these works and a developmental pattern: from the early writings of the Lais that "remain enmeshed in the futureless feudal institutions that account for the fatalism at their core," Bloch presents the Fables as affirming "a universe of new values associated with money economy" and the rise of the managerial class (192) and the Espurgatoire as responding to issues directly related to the conquest of Ireland by England.
But no matter who does win among the Big Four, it will only reinforce the pathetic, useless and futureless stalemate which, for more and more people, is becoming too much to cope with every single flippin' day of our short lives.
By claiming that these conditions prevent the commercial publication of not just innovative but now any type of "serious fiction" (2) at all, McCaffery justifies the existence of the dozen or so canonically futureless writers who fill out the pages of American Made, a group boasting Fulbright appointments, writers-colony fellowships, and all the other predictable awards, plus professorships in small-time creative writing programs.
Catalogue images produced new therapeutic narratives for the type of men whom Hine posed on Pittsburgh streets and framed as helpless, futureless victims.
The 1996 Human Development Report declared that "economic growth, if not properly managed, can be jobless, voiceless, ruthless, rootless and futureless, and thus detrimental to human development".
Above all, those futureless masses yearn to excuse their profound individual inadequacies and to explain away the prison walls their beliefs have made of their lives.
14 The lack of anything resembling a genuine career ladder contributes to the feeling of many teachers that they are trapped in a career that has become not only joyless but futureless.
Weiss, viewed the 17th of November (the beginning of the revolution against state socialism in Czechoslovakia) as "the epitome of ineffectiveness and futureless tendency of the communistic party and the proof of its organizational and ideological failure".
The way that children look at their own futureless lives, as in the work of Ahmadou Kourouma or Tierno Monenembo, tells us that all is not lost.
But if fundamentalism requires the suppression of women, offering desperate, futureless men the psychological and practical satisfaction of instant superiority to half the human race, the emancipation of women could be the key to overcoming it.
Sometimes it all seemed mere Sisyphean effort, pushing uphill and futureless a rock bearing sweaty handprints of so many others.
In The Memoirs of a Survivor (1975), she created an apocalyptic future in which gangs of children rage and plunder, "feckless and irresponsible, hopeless, futureless, uneducated and ineducable," but having no choice because all means of socialization have been destroyed.