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Derivatives Trading

Definition of Derivatives Trading

Derivatives trading means buying and selling derivatives contracts like futures, options, swaps, and forwards either on an exchange or over the counter.

Trading derivatives means trading contracts that derive their value from an underlying asset like stocks, commodities, currencies, indexes, interest rates, and more.

The buyer of the contract can decide to take delivery to the underlying asset or offset it with an opposite contract.

Related Terms

Equity Trading

Equity trading refers to the buying and selling of equity shares on the primary and secondary market, either through a stock exchange or over the counter. Trading equity is done in many ways.

Some equity traders square-off their positions within one trading day. This is called intraday equity trading. Others look to ride price swings across days, weeks, or months. This is known as swing equity trading.

An individual who wants to engage in equity trading will need to open a trading & demat account. The charge for opening an equity trading account varies but the process is relatively simple.

Gold ETF

A gold ETF is an exchange-traded fund that invests in gold bullion. Every unit of a gold ETF is backed by one gram of gold of assured purity that is held in the physical or demat form (digital).

Gold ETFs combine the lucrative value of gold with the liquidity of stocks. Thus, gold ETFs track the price of gold bullion and are traded on stock exchanges like NSE and BSE.

Issuer

An issuer is the company that sells its shares to the public for the first time via an IPO. Investors can buy the freshly issued shares from the issuer by meeting the issue price. Large Cap Stocks

Basing

Basing happens when a security trades sideways after prolonged periods of falling prices.

As a result, the security forms a “base” or flat pattern which means there is little to no upward or downward movement and a decline in volatility.

This may go on for a relatively long time but is crucial as basing is an indicator of any meaningful reversal that may happen.

Futures Contract

A futures contract is a derivative instrument that is legal agreement between two parties for the mandatory purchase or sale of an underlying asset at a pre-agreed price and date.

Every futures contract contains a standard lot size on top of the agreed price and date as they are a standardized derivative traded on a stock exchange, most commonly on NSE and BSE.

The price of a futures contract is known to vary from the spot price of the same underlying asset due to factors like the cost of carry, interest rates, and more.

Gross Domestic Product

The Gross Domestic Product is an economic measure of the financial value of all goods and services produced by a country during a specific time period.



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