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"Derivative: A financial instrument whose value depends, at least in part, on the value of a related asset or liability/ In essence, its value is “derived” from the values of some underlying asset such as a commodity or stock. For example, if an individual or business owns an option to purchase 1,000 shares of a particular stock at a set price, the value of the option will increase as the value of the stock increases. Risk managers and financial officers often deal in derivatives as a technique for managing their business risks.
Glossary of Insurance and Risk Management Terms, 8th ed. (Dallas, TX: International Risk Management Institute, Inc., 2001), 61.
"Derivative contract : A financial contract that specifies the terms of a future transaction (or set of transactions) in some underlying asset. The term, "derivative," arises because of the value of this contract is "derived" from the underlying asset price."
Robert E. Whaley. Derivatives: Markets, Valuation, and Risk Management, (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2006), 875.
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