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A Note on Currency and Index Futures

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Case Code : MISC013
Case Length : 18 Pages
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Pub Date : 2003
Teaching Note : Available
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Industry : Banking & Financial Services
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Defining the Terms

A futures contract is an agreement between two parties to buy or sell an asset at a certain time in the future at a certain price. The underlying asset of a futures contract may be an agricultural commodity (such as corn, wheat, soybean, or soybean oils), or a financial instrument (such as treasury bonds, treasury notes and shares)...

Clearing House

A clearing house is a part of the futures exchange and acts as an intermediary in futures transactions. All futures contracts are routed through a clearing house which is a 'de facto'guarantor for all futures transactions...

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Types of Margin

The clearing house stipulates the margin to manage the credit risk assumed by it. These margins are of two types - Initial margin, and Maintenance margin. An example will help us to understand the different kinds of margin...

Settlement Procedures

The three common ways in which a futures contract can be settled are by physically exchanging the assets, cash settlement, and offsetting or closing out position...

Applications of Futures

Futures markets were initially developed to hedge risk. Holding an asset involves some risks . Hedging is a way of insuring an asset against those risks. An example would help to understand how futures market can be used for hedging...

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