DEFINITION of 'Contract Market'

Any board of trade designated to trade a specific options or futures contract. Basically it's another word for "designated exchange".

BREAKING DOWN 'Contract Market'

For example, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange is a contract market for S&P 500 Index options and futures contracts.

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RELATED FAQS
  1. How do the investment risks differ between options and futures?

    Learn what differences exist between futures and options contracts and how each can be used to hedge against investment risk ... Read Answer >>
  2. What do the S&P, Dow and Nasdaq futures contracts represent?

    Every morning before North American stock exchanges begin trading, TV programs and websites providing financial information ... Read Answer >>
  3. What is the difference between forward and futures contracts?

    Fundamentally, forward and futures contracts have the same function: both types of contracts allow people to buy or sell ... Read Answer >>
  4. What's the difference between the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) and the Chicago Mercantile ...

    Read about the CBOT and Mercantile exchanges; both are futures exchanges that offer different futures contracts and specialize ... Read Answer >>
  5. Does the seller (the writer) of an option determine the details of the option contract?

    The quick answer is yes and no. It all depends on where the option is traded. An option contract is an agreement between ... Read Answer >>
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