Trading foreign exchange on margin carries a high level of risk, and may not be suitable for all investors. Before deciding to trade foreign exchange you should carefully consider your investment objectives, level of experience, and risk appetite. You could sustain a loss of some or all of your initial investment and should not invest money that you cannot afford to lose. CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage.

Futures contract definition

Futures contract has a particular significance in relation to IG's platform. Here, we define futures contract in general investing and explain what it means to you when trading with IG.

Futures contracts represent an agreement between two parties to trade an asset at a defined price on a specified date in the future. They are also often referred to simply as ‘futures’.

Most futures contracts are traded on exchanges. All futures contracts have an expiry date: the date at which the underlying asset has to be delivered (at least in theory). They differ in this respect from ‘spot’ prices, which reflect the price of a market if the trade were to be completed that day.

Futures contracts are standardized, and specify the quality and quantity of the underlying asset. They are often used to hedge against other trades, as well as for speculation.

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