Notional value

Notional value is the total underlying amount on which a derivatives trade is based. For example, if an options contract is for 1,000 shares of common stock and the shares are valued at $20 each, then the notional value of the arrangement is $20,000. The notional value concept is commonly included in the terms of stock options, interest rate swaps, foreign currency derivatives and similar arrangements.

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