Difference between forward contract & futures contract

What is the difference between a forward contract and a futures contract?

A forward contract is a derivative instrument between two parties to buy or to sell an asset at a specified future time at a price agreed upon today. A forward contract is non-standardised. The party agreeing to buy the underlying asset in the future at the delivery price assumes a long position, and the party agreeing to sell the asset in the future assumes a short position. On the other hand, a futures contract is a derivative contract which is a standardised forward contract between two parties who agree to buy and sell an asset for a price agreed upon today at the forward price. The delivery and payment for the contract occurs at a future date known as the delivery date. The price of the futures contract varies as per the price of the underlying as adjusted for the carrying cost and corporate actions if any for an equity instrument.

What are Ind AS accounting standards?

What are Ind AS accounting standards? The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) on 16th February 2015 notified the Companies (Indian Accounting Standards) Rules, 2015 containing 39 Indian Accounting Standards (Ind ASs). Ind ASs are based on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). The roadmap for …
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Roadmap for implementing Ind AS?

Roadmap for implementing Ind AS? The roadmap for implementing Ind AS in a phased manner is given below. All non-financial companies For companies other than banks, NBFC and Insurance companies: Voluntary Phase 1st April 2015 or thereafter: Voluntary Basis for all companies (with comparatives) Phase I 1st April 2016: Mandatory Basis All listed on Stock Exchange in India …
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Ind ASs relating to financial instruments

Ind ASs relating to financial instruments What are the Ind ASs relating to financial instruments? Financial instruments are primarily governed by three standards as per Ind AS, viz, Ind AS 32, Ind AS 109 and Ind AS 107. Ind AS 32 defines financial instruments, financial assets, financial liabilities and equity instruments. Ind AS …
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What is the significance of Ind AS 32?

What is the significance of Ind AS 32 Ind AS 32 is the converged Accounting Standard of IAS 32 Ind AS 32 deals with financial instruments from the perspective of an issuer and provides guidance as to how an entity should present a financial instrument either as a financial asset or financial …
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Contract to deal in non-financial item

Contract to deal in non-financial item Is a contract to buy or sell a non-financial item, a financial instrument? A contract to deal with a non-financial item is not a financial instrument. However, there are certain contracts to buy or sell a non-financial item that may be required to be accounted for …
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Contract meant for own use

Contract meant for own use Can a written option that results in the delivery of a non-financial item be treated as a financial instrument, as the non-financial item is meant for own use? If the derivative contract is a purchased call option or a future contract to buy a non-financial item, this …
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Difference between futures contract & options contract

Difference between futures contract & options contract What is the basic difference between a futures contract and an options contract? Both futures contract and options contract are known as derivative contracts. In a futures contract, there is an underlying, the notional amount and an expiry date. In the case of an options …
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Definition of derivative instruments

Definition of derivative instruments Are derivative instruments specifically defined in the standards and if so, where? A derivative instrument is a subset of financial instrument with mainly three characteristics, viz, its value changes in response to a change in the underlying variable, it requires no or low initial net investment and its …
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