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Back to basics: What are futures and options (F&O) contracts?

Posted on 20 May 2011

These are derivative instruments traded on the stock exchange. The instrument has no independent value, with the same being ‘derived’ from the value of the underlying asset. The asset could be securities, commodities or currencies. Its value varies with the value of the underlying asset. The contract or the lot size is fixed. For example, a Nifty futures contract has 50 stocks.
What is a futures contract? This means you agree to buy or sell the underlying security at a ‘future’ date. If you buy the contract, you promise to pay the price at a specified time. If you sell it, you must transfer it to the buyer at a specified price in the future………………………………………Full Article: Source


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