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derivative

noun [C, usually plural]
 
 
/dɪˈrɪvətɪv/ ( also derivative instrument, also derivative product)
STOCK MARKET, FINANCE a financial product such as an option (= the right to buy or sell something in the future) that has a value based on the value of another asset, such as shares, or bonds: GS Financial Products buys and sells derivatives such as swaps and options linked to interest rates, currencies, commodities and indexes. derivatives trading In the past 20 years there has been a huge growth in the derivatives markets.
Translations of “derivative”
in Chinese (Traditional) 衍生物,派生物, 派生詞…
in Russian производное…
in Turkish türemiş, türetilen…
in Chinese (Simplified) 衍生物,派生物, 派生词…
in Polish derywat, pochodna…
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