Synthetic Futures Contract

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Synthetic Futures Contract

1. The purchase of calls and the sale of puts with the same expiration date and strike price.

2. The purchase of puts and the sale of calls with the same expiration date and strike price.

In both cases, the position creates the effect of holding a long position (for the first definition) or a short position (for the second) on a futures contract.
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"Changing the World Cup from dirt to Tapeta was clearly a premature move, probably based on the false impression that racing in the US and perhaps elsewhere was headed for a synthetic future. Now, with synthetic Grade 1 racing on the verge of disappearing from the sport here, and little movement abroad toward racing top-class horses over anything but grass or dirt, running the world's richest race on a synthetic surface makes it something of a white elephant, little more than a rich novelty."
After reviewing previous scholarship and establishing the theoretical and methodological foundation of her own study, she applies a context-sensitive and functional approach to the use of verbs of cognitive attitude and model adverbs in Spanish, to the use of the Spanish modal verbs poder and deber, and to the use of the conditional form and the synthetic future. The study is based on her PhD dissertation, presumably at Potsdam.
A synthetic futures hedge is favored by some brokers because the client will have to pay two commissions for the options versus just one for a futures hedge.
One of the most popular synthetic futures hedge involves buying an out-of-the-money put (call) and selling an in-the-money call (put) such that the hedge initially earns a net cash flow for the hedger.
Although interest rate swaps have been described as synthetic financial instruments and puts and calls can be combined to create synthetic futures contracts, we are unaware of previously created synthetic accounting events.
For example, a trader might initiate a long synthetic futures position, as above, and offset this by selling the actual underlying futures contract.
More importantly for a coffee futures trader this would present an opportunity to go long a synthetic futures contract at .25 cheaper than an actual futures position.