Futures


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Futures

Contracts that promise to purchase or sell standard commodities at a forthcoming date and at a fixed price.

This type of contract is an extremely speculative transaction and ordinarily involves such standard goods as rice or soybeans. Profit and loss are based upon promises to deliver—as opposed to possession of—the actual commodities.

See: portfolio
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Most industry sources agree that the support of resin producers and processors is not as essential to success of the new plastics futures as is the support of financial intermediaries and the investment banking community.
The resultant shortfall could have a serious impact again on Army transformation funding in the future," Lieberman said, "and potentially force the Army to delay, or at worst, terminate the future combat systems in order to meet current force requirements.
Futures research may constitute the only hope to predict with any degree of accuracy what is coming, rather than to guess haphazardly and only hope for something close to a correct assessment.
The Board understands that the purpose of such authority would be to preserve the financial integrity of the contract market and thereby prevent systemic risk and to ensure that levels of margins on single-stock futures and options are consistent.
How we view future trends and position our institutions in relation to these trends may have a lot to do with the answers to those questions.
He sells a futures contract in corn and locks in the price he will be paid, "hedging" against unpredictable market shifts.
Key elements of the Reclaiming Futures model include screening and assessing teens for drug and alcohol problems; assembling a team to develop a personal care plan; training drug and alcohol treatment providers in evidence-based practices that work with teens; providing family support; and involving community members as mentors and role models to provide the support teens need.
While we think that federal oversight of margins is appropriate for prudential purposes, there are different views among board members on whether that authority is best vested in the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) or in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Certain matters in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our performance or achievements to be materially different from the future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.
Access to the simulator, a test trading account, and additional information about the new futures trading platform can be found at www.
Penson's actual results, performance, or achievements may differ materially from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.
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