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Futures Contracts

Agreement to buy or sell an underlying security at a predetermined date at an agreed price. The difference between futures and options is that with options the buyer has the right, not the obligation.

With futures, both parties are obliged to fulfill their part of the bargain.

Additional Comments:

An agreement to buy or sell a set number of shares of a specific stock in a designated future month at a price agreed upon today by the buyer and seller. The contract is often traded on the futures market.

A futures contract differs from an option as an option is the right to buy or sell, while a futures contract is the promise to actually make a transaction.

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