DEFINITION of 'Synthetic'

A financial instrument that is created artificially by simulating another instrument with the combined features of a collection of other assets.


For example, you can create a synthetic stock by purchasing a call option and simultaneously selling a put option on the same stock. The synthetic stock would have the same capital-gain potential as the underlying security.

  1. Call

    1. The period of time between the opening and closing of some ...
  2. Bifurcation

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  3. Synthetic Lease

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  4. Capital Gain

    1. An increase in the value of a capital asset (investment or ...
  5. Underlying

    1. In derivatives, the security that must be delivered when a ...
  6. Put

    An option contract giving the owner the right, but not the obligation, ...
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