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Financial Terms / C - D / Derivative


In finance, a derivative is a contract between two parties that derives its value from an underlying entity. This underlying entity can be anything from a stock, an index (basket of stocks), commodities such as wheat, gold, etc., and much more.

The most common derivatives are futures and options and are used either for speculation to take on high risks (as they provide high leverage) or for hedging against specific risks.

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