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Forward Contract

Forward Contract Definition

A cash transaction common in many industries, including commodity merchandising, in which a commercial buyer and seller agree upon delivery of a specified quality and quantity of goods at a specified future date. Terms may be more “personalized” than is the case with standardized futures contracts (i.e., delivery time and amount are as determined between seller and customer). A price may be agreed upon in advance, or there may be agreement that the price will be determined at the time of delivery.

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