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Related to financial futures: Commodity Futures
A futures contract on a financial product. Examples of financial futures include trading on currencies, stock indices, and Treasury securities. In a financial future, the counterparties agree to trade the underlying financial product at a certain time for a certain price. Some financial futures are settled in cash, especially if the underlying assets are indices. Financial futures may be traded like other futures.
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Obligations to buy or sell particular positions in financial instruments. The features of financial futures are identical to those of any futures contract except that the asset for delivery is of a financial nature. Financial futures are traded on certificates of deposit, commercial paper, Ginnie Mae certificates, foreign currencies, Treasury bills, and Treasury bonds. See also futures market.
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