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We believe a glossary is key for any client trying to navigate through the range of complex terms and jargon in our industry.

Our most frequently defined terms are defined below but if there's something you think we should add, please contact us.


Environmental, social and governance (ESG)

ESG stands for ‘environmental, social and governance’.

European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR)

European Union regulation on derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories introduced to improve transparency and reduce the risks associated with derivative markets.

Exercise price

The price at which an option holder has the right to buy or sell the underlying asset. Also known as the strike price.

Expiration date

The forward date when a futures contract or other derivative ends. For example, the expiration date for the March 2005 Long Gilt futures contract is 31 March 2005, the day on which all outstanding March 2005 Long Gilt futures contract will be wound up and settled between buyers and sellers.