stock index future business definition
A contract for the future delivery of a sum of money based on the value of a stock index (in most cases, 500 times the index). Unlike other futures contracts, in which a given commodity is specified for delivery, stock index futures call for cash settlements, because it is not possible to deliver an actual index. This future can be used to speculate on the future direction of the stock market (rather than just a few stocks) or to hedge a portfolio of securities against general market movements.
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