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A future is a contract to buy or sell a standard quantity of a given instrument, at an agreed price, on a given date. A future is similar to a Forward contract and differs from an Option in that both parties are obliged to abide by the transaction. Futures are traded on a Range of Underlying instruments including commodities, bonds, currencies and stock indexes. The most important difference between futures and forwards is that futures are almost always traded on an Exchange and cleared by a clearing house, whereas forwards are over-the-counter instruments. Furthermore, futures, unlike forwards, have standard Delivery dates and trading units. Most futures contracts expire on a quarterly Basis. Contracts specify either physical Delivery of the Underlying instrument or Cash Settlement at expiry. Cash Settlement involves the company paying or being paid the difference between the price struck at the outset and the expiry price of the contract.

See also Cost of carry, implied Repo rate
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