Physical Delivery

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Physical Delivery

In options and futures, the act of a seller giving the actual underlying asset to a buyer. Physical delivery does not occur for most option and futures transactions; most traders offset their positions by entering an equal but opposite position. However, in order to hedge certain risks, physical delivery does occur on some contracts, notably those involving commodities. See also: Actuals.
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The four-year bull market in commodities is the product of a marked increase in demand for physical deliveries, particularly from China and the developing economics of Asia, and of the limited growth in new mining and refining capacity.