DEFINITION of 'BAX Contract'

A BAX contract is a short-term investment instrument that uses a Canadian banker's acceptance (BA) as its underlying security. The specific BA underlying the contract has a nominal value of C$1 million and a maturity of three months. The contracts are traded on the Montreal Derivatives Exchange.

Also known as a "banker's acceptance contract".

BREAKING DOWN 'BAX Contract'

These contracts are great way for a company to hedge against a rise in interest rates. BAX contracts are becoming increasingly popular because they are a less expensive hedge than their over-the-counter competition, forward rate agreements. BAX contracts are also very liquid, flexible, and do not tie up credit lines.

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