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Trading and Capital-Markets Activities Manual

Instrument Profiles: Introduction 
Source: Federal Reserve System 
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Introduction 

This section contains product profiles of financial instruments that examiners may encounter during the course of their review of capital markets and trading activities. Knowledge of specific financial instruments is essential for examiners' successful review of these activities. These product profiles are intended as a general reference for examiners; they are not intended to be independently comprehensive but are structured to give a basic overview of the instruments. 

Each product profile contains a general description of the product, its basic characteristics and features, a depiction of the marketplace, market transparency, and the product's uses. The profiles also discuss pricing conventions, hedging issues, risks, accounting, risk based capital treatments, and legal limitations. Finally, each profile contains references for more information.

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