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Objectives: by the end of this unit, students will… Define each of the following: a. Futures Contract b. Commodity c. Futures Market d. Hedger e. Speculator Summarize the conditions through which the Chicago Board of Trade began.

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Objectives: by the end of this unit, students will…

  • Define each of the following: a. Futures Contract b. Commodity c. Futures Market d. Hedger e. Speculator
  • Summarize the conditions through which the Chicago Board of Trade began.
  • Identify which components of a futures contract are negotiable and which are not.
  • Summarize how the futures market enables prices of commodities to become public knowledge.
  • Explain the incentives for each of the following to become involved in the futures market: farmers, purchasers, and speculators.
  • Summarize what it means to go long vs. go short.
  • Explain the difference between a physical contract and a cash settlement contract.
  • Summarize why a company would choose a cash-settlement contract instead of exchanging the commodity
  • Define each of the following: a. Initial Margin b. Maintenance Margin c. Margin Call d. Leverage
  • Under given conditions, state whether it would be better to go long or go short.
  • Summarize each of the following options for participation in the futures market: a. Open your own account. b. Have someone manage your account. c. Trading Advisor d. Commodity Pool.