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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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BBC chiefs are to bring forward the timing of Strictly Come Dancing next month after weeks of clashes with The X Factor - but only to allow coverage of a Remembrance Day event.
"Flintshire County Council have a duty to bring forward plans to resolve the situation, it is time for the council to act."
'We are working to bring forward schedules for ships due to dock at Sheerness in Kent over the next few months.'
The Government has promised to bring forward proposals and allow MPs a free vote on the issue.
But while teenagers get at least some respite from the threat of unnatural practises, the rebuff for the Blair Government is said to have increased the likelihood that it will bring forward plans to abolish the House of Lords or at least the powers of it s hereditary peers.
Council leader, Coun Michael Doody, said: "The council and its development partner Wilson Bowden have worked closely to bring forward this new retail development to protect and enhance the economic wellbeing of the town.
In June the minister announced his intention to bring forward plans for a new maternity unit in the pounds 143million Critical Care building being built in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital.
Birmingham City Council said it was proposing to bring forward some closures because suitable accommodation was available elsewhere.
A SLEAZE watchdog is poised to bring forward its inquiry into MPs' pay and perks as fresh controversy and a pounds 5 million increase in expenses claims sparked calls for an urgent shake-up.
"Bring forward this investment and lets help to sustain the economy through difficult times."
The first LCO would confer extra legislative powers, allowing the Assembly to bring forward measures on special educational needs.
Welsh Secretary Peter Hain is facing pressure to bring forward a Bill to ban smoking in public places in Wales if Tony Blair calls a May election.