underlying asset

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A term used in derivatives trading, such as with options. A derivative is a financial instrument whose price is based (derived) from a different asset. The underlying asset is the financial instrument (e.g., stock, futures, commodity, currency, index) on which a derivative’s price is based.
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Synonyms:
financial derivative
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