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Equity Derivatives Anatomy™

Resources About the Equity Derivatives Definitions | (full wikitext) | (nutshell wikitext)
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TOC | 1 General Definitions | 2 Option Transactions | 3 Exercise of Options | 4 Forward Transactions | 5 Equity Swap Transactions | 6 Valuation | 7 Settlement | 8 Cash Settlement | 9 Physical Settlement | 10 Dividends | 11 Adjustments and Modifications | 12 Extraordinary Events · 12.8 Cancellation Amount · 12.9 Additional Disruption Events · 12.9 List of ADEs · 12.9(b) Consequences of ADEs | 13 Miscellaneous

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These days, a short-hand way of referring to an equity swap, inevitably documented under ISDA’s Equity Derivatives, as opposed to a direct holding in an equity security. But in concept at least, any contract by which one agrees to pay or be paid the difference between the price of a un underlier now and its price at some unspecified point in the future. This kind of CFD can be documented without an ISDA Master Agreement by retail punters (at least in the UK) through retail brokerages.

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