Future 
 • A term used to designate all contracts covering the sale of financial instruments or physical commodities for future delivery on a commodity exchange. 

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 Commodity Delivery Exchange Instruments Sale


 Referenced Terms 
 Annuity: Fixed number of identical cash flows that start one period from today. Typically, annuity products are used to provide income in retirement.Is an insurance product which comes in two basic forms: fixed and variable. The fixed version can make a lump sum or periodic lifetime payments to the annuitant. The variable version has a separate account attached to the annuity contract. This type of contract is considered a security because it is dependent on equities and its total value is subject to fluctuate due to market risk. There are many annuity varieties. Some are: Annuity Certain, Annuity Due, Deferred Annuity, Fixed Annuity, Life Annuity, Ordinary Annuity, Perpetuity, and Variable Annuity. Also, see Interest Impact on Present Value of Ordinary Annuity of 1 Per Period.A regular periodic payment made by an insurance company to a policyholder for a specified period of time.A finite stream of equal and periodic (regular) cash flows. These cash flows can be inflows of returns earned on investments or outflows of funds invested to earn Future returns.(1) A series of periodic payments. (2) A contract under which an insurance company promises to make a series of regular payments to a named individual for life.

 Asymmetric information: The situation in which managers of a firm have more information about operations and Future prospects than do investors.Information that is known to some people but not to other people.

 Autoregressive: Using past data to predict Future data.

 Average dividend yield: Combined with price appreciation, the average dividend yield (if any) can show a potential total return from a security investment. The formula for the average dividend yield is: (EPS *Average Payout) / current price where EPS = Estimated Future High EPS / (1 + EPS Growth) 2.5 Companies that pay a dividend will generally increase the dividend as EPS grow. Share price growth will usually follow the dividend increases, and thus keep dividend yield at a constant percentage.

 Average life: In mortgagerelated investments, including CMOs, the average time to expected receipt of principal payments, weighted by the amount of principal expected.Also referred to as the weightedaverage life (WAL). The average number of years that each dollar of unpaid principal due on the mortgage remains outstanding. Average life is computed as the weighted average time to the receipt of all Future cash flows, using as the weights the dollar amounts of the principal pay downs.


 Related Terms 
 Currency future Expected future cash flows Expected future return Financial future Future investment opportunities Future value Future value interest factor Future value interest factor for an annuity Net present value of future investments Present value of a future payment
