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Note on Futures Contracts
Provides an introduction to futures contracts, what they are, what their use in hedging is, and their usefulness in providing forecasts. Also covers basic risk. Includes a list of commodities currently traded in futures markets and the necessary properties of a commodity that make it tradable in a futures market.
Keywords: Futures and Commodity Futures;
Bell, David E. "Note on Futures Contracts." Harvard Business School Background Note 183-126, November 2006. (Revised from original December 1982 version.)