Vanilla option

Definition:

An option with standard features like a fixed strike price, expiration date and a single underlying asset. The option is effective at the current date and when exercised, its payoff equals the difference between the value of the underlying asset and the strike price. It is also known whether the option is a call or a put at the time the option is sold. Also see Exotic option.

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Expected future return

The return that is expected to be earned on an asset in the future. Also called the expected return.

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