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Futures Contracts are issued on a wide range of Financial Instruments and Commodities. The contracts are Exchange-Traded and standardised to facilitate trading.

A Futures Contract is an agreement to either Buy (Long Futures) or Sell (Short Futures), a set amount of a commodity or financial instrument. The two major Futures Exchanges in the U.S. are the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) or the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX). As Futures Contracts are Exchange Traded, they are standardised, in terms of the quality of a commodity, quantity, physical delivery time and location for the given product. The Futures Exchange assumes the counterparty risk, which is managed by requiring a Margin Account to be opened before Trading commences.


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Meet the author behind Smartest-Data. Warren William has a career in Finance and Investments extending over 35 years, both on the Buy Side and Sell Side. His most recent roles include, developing Institutional Risk Management Programs for managing Equity and Fixed Income Risk.  Prior to this Warren William work in Alternative Investments, in Investment Management and as a Buy Side Equity Analyst. Warren William brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table, providing in-depth analysis and commentary on the latest trends in the Stock Markets. Contact information: or Telegram +393339034488

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