Equity refers to the capital contributed to a business by its owners; which may be through some sort of capital contribution such as the purchase of stock. A derivative is a financial instrument that derives its value from the movement/performance of one or many underlying assets. The main difference between derivatives and equity is that equity derives its value on market conditions such as demand and supply and company related, economic, political, or other events. Derivatives derive their value from other financial instruments such as bonds, commodities, currencies, etc. Certain derivatives also derive their value from equity such as shares and stocks. Therefore, while investing in equity may be for the purposes of making profits, investing in derivatives may be, not just for making profits (through speculation), but also for hedging against possible risks.
Aug 07 2015 04:28 AM