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A term used to designate all contracts covering the purchase and sale of financial instruments or physical commodities for future delivery on a commodity futures exchange.

Additional Comments:

Futures Contract: An obligation to exchange a good or an instrument at a set price on a future date. The primary difference between a futures contract and a forward is that futures are typically traded over an exchange (exchange-traded contracts or ETCs), versus forwards, which are considered over-the-counter (OTC) contracts.

An OTC contract is any contract not traded on an exchange.

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