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History of Futures - October 8th, 2010

Investment has been basic to man ever since he discovered commerce. His action to invest has been motivated by his desire to multiply his acquisitions.

As the requirements of man’s life grew in content and quality, the simple commercial transactions of purchase and sale of a commodity became increasingly complex as his desire to maximize earnings increased. With the passage of time, man was able to constantly sharpen his investment skills to earn more by taking more risks.

Risk is the characteristic feature of all commodity and capital markets. Prices of all commodities – whether agricultural like wheat, cotton, rice, coffee or tea, or agricultural like silver, gold, etc. are subject to fluctuations over time in keeping with prevailing demand and supply conditions.

Producers cannot be sure of the price that their produce will fetch when they sell them, in the same way as the buyers are not sure what they would have to pay for their buy.


Similarly, prices of shares and debentures or bonds and other securities are also subject to continuous change. They are constantly exposed to the threat of risk.

This has shaped the markets in Europe and Japan ever since the early seventeenth century. From spot to forward deals and then on to derivatives, futures, options and other investment alternatives – the modes and instruments have come a long way and vehicles of investment and speculation acquired innovative forms according to the needs of times.
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Re: History of Futures - April 18th, 2016

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Investment has been basic to man ever since he discovered commerce. His action to invest has been motivated by his desire to multiply his acquisitions.

As the requirements of man’s life grew in content and quality, the simple commercial transactions of purchase and sale of a commodity became increasingly complex as his desire to maximize earnings increased. With the passage of time, man was able to constantly sharpen his investment skills to earn more by taking more risks.

Risk is the characteristic feature of all commodity and capital markets. Prices of all commodities – whether agricultural like wheat, cotton, rice, coffee or tea, or agricultural like silver, gold, etc. are subject to fluctuations over time in keeping with prevailing demand and supply conditions.

Producers cannot be sure of the price that their produce will fetch when they sell them, in the same way as the buyers are not sure what they would have to pay for their buy.


Similarly, prices of shares and debentures or bonds and other securities are also subject to continuous change. They are constantly exposed to the threat of risk.

This has shaped the markets in Europe and Japan ever since the early seventeenth century. From spot to forward deals and then on to derivatives, futures, options and other investment alternatives – the modes and instruments have come a long way and vehicles of investment and speculation acquired innovative forms according to the needs of times.
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