DEFINITION of 'Weather Derivative'
An instrument used by companies to hedge against the risk of weatherrelated losses. The investor who sells a weather derivative agrees to bear this risk for a premium. If nothing happens, the investor makes a profit. However, if the weather turns bad, then the company who buys the derivative claims the agreed amount.
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BREAKING DOWN 'Weather Derivative'
This is not the same as insurance, which is for lowprobability events like hurricanes and tornados. In contrast, derivatives cover highprobability events like a dryerthanexpected summer.
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