- Variable prepaid forward contract
A Prepaid Variable Forward contract (PVF) is an investment strategy that allows an investor with a concentrated stock holding to generate liquidity for diversification or other purposes. Additionally, the investor will receive cash in hand without paying the capital gains taxes that would apply to a security disposal.
The PVF allows the investor to receive an up-front payment (typically, 75-85% market value) in exchange for delivery of a variable amount of shares or cash in the future. Since the contract establishes floor and threshold prices that govern how many shares (or cash equivalent) are returned at a given market price, the investor will be protected against downside risk below the floor while enjoying appreciation potential up to the threshold.
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