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Financial Instruments and Financial Markets

SWITZERLAND, March 31, 2020 / -- Financial instruments are assets that can be traded, or they can also be seen as packages of capital that may be traded. Most types of financial instruments provide efficient flow and transfer of capital all throughout the world's investors. These assets can be cash, a contractual right to deliver or receive cash or another type of financial instrument, or evidence of one's ownership of an entity.

A financial instrument is a real or virtual document representing a legal agreement involving any kind of monetary value. 

Financial instruments may be divided into two types: cash instruments and derivative instruments.

Financial instruments may also be divided according to an asset class, which depends on whether they are debt-based or equity-based.

Foreign exchange instruments comprise a third, unique type of financial instrument.

Financial instruments can be real or virtual documents representing a legal agreement involving any kind of monetary value. Equity-based financial instruments represent ownership of an asset. Debt-based financial instruments represent a loan made by an investor to the owner of the asset.

Foreign exchange instruments comprise a third, unique type of financial instrument. Different subcategories of each instrument type exist, such as preferred share equity and common share equity.

Where have you heard about financial instruments?
If you are an investor, your financial adviser will have discussed with you the desirability, or otherwise, of buying various financial instruments: shares, bonds, derivatives and so on. Media specializing in personal finance will seek to guide viewers and readers through the different financial instruments.

What you need to know about financial instruments.

They're usually identical to many other assets, such as shares in the same company, and will be in a standardized format. Some carry rights, to an income in the case of bonds, to a say in the company's affairs in the case of shares, and others do not.

Beyond the conventional financial instruments such as shares, bond, commodities and money-market instruments there are derivatives such as futures and options whose value is linked to that of the 'underlying' instruments from which they are derived, hence the name. Commercial paper and packages of loans are also financial instruments.

Jan Kater
RA Solar Technologie Investment GmbH
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