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Forwards and Futures
Conroy, Robert M. Technical Note F-1427 / Published October 3, 2007 / 13 pages.
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This technical note introduces the basics of forward and futures contracts. It covers the very simplest contract on financial assets with no income and expands the discussion to cover contracts on financial assets with dividends, contracts on foreign currency and commodities. There is a discussion on the difference between forward/futures prices and the expected spot rate.


Learning Objectives

This is used in conjunction with a assignment sheet or case that asks students to estimate futures prices on different types of assets. The key learning objective for students to understand the relationship between spot prices and forward/futures prices.

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  • Overview

    This technical note introduces the basics of forward and futures contracts. It covers the very simplest contract on financial assets with no income and expands the discussion to cover contracts on financial assets with dividends, contracts on foreign currency and commodities. There is a discussion on the difference between forward/futures prices and the expected spot rate.

  • Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    This is used in conjunction with a assignment sheet or case that asks students to estimate futures prices on different types of assets. The key learning objective for students to understand the relationship between spot prices and forward/futures prices.