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Future

A term used to designate any contract covering the sale of financial instruments or physical commodities for future delivery on a futures exchange. Alternatively, a future is any forward contract that has been standardized and listed for trading on a futures exchange.

Futures 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. Futures 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. Futures contract are standard instruments; that is, unlike forward contracts, their provisions are standardized. As such, they may be traded on an exchange.
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Trading so far in Micro E-mini equity index futures, which are one-tenth the size of CME Group's long-established E-mini equity index futures contracts, has been impressive for a new futures contract, market professionals said.
Taiwan Futures Exchange (TAIFEX) Chairman Sheu Yu-jer on Tuesday attributed the breakthrough to the company's tireless effort to roll out new futures products, improve trading system such as expanding trading hours to 19 a day, as well as promotion of futures trading among institutional investors as hedging tools to beat global stock market turbulence.
Bitcoin futures allows traders to speculate on what the Bitcoin price will be at a later date.
Rabia Dadabhoy, Vice Chairman for the Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education (DIHE) said, 'we are proud to mark that DIHE is taking a lead on Futures Research in Pakistan.
Dadabhoy, Vice Chairman for the Dadabhoy Institute Higher Education said this is the right platform that creates multiple opportunities for collaboration and co-creation; doing this with AGAHI in partnership on Pakistan Foresight Initiative; Karachi Futures is a step in that direction.
Summary: The first Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils will take place from November 13-14
"The introduction of the Spot Spread will enable customers to efficiently and electronically manage the risk they have between our deeply liquid COMEX Gold and Silver futures and the London spot markets," said Miguel Vias, CME Group Head of Precious Metals.
Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) (NYSE:ICE), a global network of exchanges and clearing houses, disclosed on Tuesday the first five futures contracts to be listed for trading and clearing at ICE Futures Singapore and ICE Clear Singapore, as of 17 March 2015 and subject to regulatory approval from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).
6 November 2014 -- Chicago-based CBOE Futures Exchange LLC said that October 2014 was the busiest month all-time for trading of futures on the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX Index).
* Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, Maryland, www.aacc.edu/future Offers undergraduate futures studies courses in its Institute for the Future.
SG's newest three index futures contracts, which are based on the MSCI Thailand Index(SM), the MSCI Philippines Index(SM) and the MSCI India Index(SM) have been certified by the U.S.
The Ministry of Finance (MOF) already submitted the revised "Income Tax Law" to the Executive Yuan yesterday, calling for the levy of capital gains tax for both securities and futures on individual and institutional investors.