London Securities and Derivatives Exchange

 

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London Securities and Derivatives Exchange

An integrated exchange and clearing house for futures and options derivatives based mainly on the Swedish and Norwegian equity markets. Products include futures and options on the OMX Swedish equity index (the 30 most liquid shares traded on the Stockholm Stock Exchange), the OBX Norwegian equity index (the 25 most traded stocks on the Oslo Stock Exchange), Swedish equity futures and options and Norwegian equity futures and options.



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A derivatives market operated by the Italian Stock Exchange Council. It trades futures and options on the 30 index and individual stock options. See: Italian Stock Exchange.


Derivatives

Derivatives

A collective term for securities whose prices are based on the prices of another (underlying) investment.The main derivatives are:futuresoptionsswapswarrantsconvertiblesThe attractions of derivatives from an investor's point of view are:Large profits (but also losses) can be made on a small stake, because they offer 'leverage'.Because derivatives are essentially a bet on which way the price of the underlying instrument is going, you can make money whether the market goes up or down, which is not true if you invest in shares where you only make a profit if the share price rises.Derivatives can be used to reduce the risk (or hedge) of an investment in the underlying instrument.In general, derivatives are high-risk investments and not suitable for the ordinary investor.




 
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