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Futures Trading Terms
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1. Call Option An option which gives the buyer the right, but not the obligation, to purchase (“go long”) the underlying futures contract at the strike price on or before the expiration date. More…
2. Carrying Broker A member of a futures exchange, usually a clearinghouse member, through which another firm, broker or customer chooses to clear all or some trades. =National Futures Association
3. Carrying Charge The cost of storing a physical commodity, such as grain or metals, over a period of time. The carrying charge includes insurance, storage and interest on the invested funds as well as other More…
4. Cash Commodity The actual physical commodity as distinguished from the futures contract based on the physical commodity. Also referred to as Actuals. =National Futures Association
5. Cash Market A place where people buy and sell the actual commodities (i.e., grain elevator, bank, etc.). See also: Forward (Cash) Contract and Spot =National Futures Association
6. Cash Settlement A method of settling certain futures or options contracts whereby the market participants settle in cash (rather than delivery of the commodity). =National Futures Association
7. Charting The use of graphs and charts in the technical analysis of futures markets to plot price movements, volume, open interest or other statistical indicators of price movement. See also: More…
8. Churning Excessive trading that results in the broker deriving a profit from commissions while disregarding the best interests of the customers. =National Futures Association
9. Circuit Breaker A system of trading halts and price limits on equities and derivatives markets designed to provide a cooling-off period during large, intraday market declines. =National Futures More…
10. Clear The process by which a clearinghouse maintains records of all trades and settles margin flow on a daily mark-to-market basis for its clearing members. =National Futures Association
11. Clearing Member A member of an exchange clearinghouse responsible for the financial commitments of its customers. All trades of a non-clearing member must be registered and eventually settled through a More…
12. Clearinghouse An agency or separate corporation of a futures exchange that is responsible for settling trading accounts, collecting and maintaining margin monies, regulating delivery and reporting trade More…
13. Closing Price See Settlement Price. =National Futures Association
14. Closing Range A range of prices at which futures transactions took place during the close of the market. =National Futures Association
15. Commission A fee charged by a broker to a customer for executing a transaction. =National Futures Association
16. Commission House See Futures Commission Merchant. =National Futures Association
17. Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) The federal act that provides for federal regulation of futures trading. =National Futures Association
18. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) The federal regulatory agency established in 1974 that administers the Commodity Exchange Act. The CFTC monitors the futures and options on futures markets in the United States. More…
19. Commodity Pool An enterprise in which funds contributed by a number of persons are combined for the purpose of trading futures or options contracts. The concept is similar to a mutual fund in the More…
20. Commodity Pool Operator (CPO) An individual or organization which operates or solicits funds for a commodity pool. A CPO is generally required to be registered with the CFTC. =National Futures Association

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