Financial instrument

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Financial Instrument

Any document with monetary value. Examples include cash and cash equivalents, but also securities such as bonds and stocks which have value and may be traded in exchange for money.

Financial instrument.

A financial instrument is a physical or electronic document that has intrinsic monetary value or transfers value. For example, cash is a financial instrument, as is a check.

Listed and unlisted securities, loans, insurance policies, interests in a partnership, and precious metals are also financial instruments. A contractual obligation is also a financial instrument as is a deed that records home ownership.

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None of the Information constitutes an offer to buy or sell, or a promotion or recommendation of, any security, financial instrument or product or trading strategy, and MSCI does not endorse, approve or otherwise express any opinion regarding any issuer, securities, financial instruments or products or trading strategies that may be described or mentioned herein.
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For a corporation, for instance, the biggest financial instrument is debt.
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Financial Instruments with similar economic effect to Qualifying Financial Instruments (xv, xvi) Resulting situation after the triggering transaction: Type of financial instrument:
It requires that an issuer classify a financial instrument that is within its scope as a liability (or an asset in some circumstances).

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