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Lecture 49

Introduction to Futures

Introduction

All of trading involves taking a stance on how the financial market will behave. A financial derivative is a way to place more targeted bets on specific behavior, and we introduce our first derivative -- the futures contract -- in this lecture. We can now trade fundamental commodities and financial assets that have potentially interesting intro-market and cross-market interactions. Here we discuss the fundamentals of what makes up a futures contract and introduce potential components for you to model.

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