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Futures Markets

The futures market is perhaps the most visible of derivatives markets, and although volumes stalled in many major markets in the 1990s, this has changed in more recent years. This course outlines the distinctive features of the futures market. It gives a snapshot of a rapidly evolving marketplace; products change, exchanges multiply and consolidate, and the very essence of trading is constantly in flux. A view of the current 'state of the game' is given, together with a more general description of the foundations of the futures industry.

  • OBJECTIVES

    On completion of this course, you will be able to:

    Describe the development of the futures markets, both in multiple locations and in different products

    Identify the key features of futures contracts, and how they are margined and cleared

    Describe the evolution of the different trading methods in the futures markets

  • COURSE OUTLINE

    Topic 1: The Growth of Futures Markets

    The Agricultural Foundation

    The Spread of Futures

    Financial Futures

    Consolidation of Exchanges

    Topic 2: Characteristics of Futures Contracts

    Exchange Rules

    Key Terms of a Contract Specification

    Delivery Mechanisms

    Open Internet

    Eliminating Counterparty Risk

    o Central Counterparty

    o Margin

    SNAP

    Regulation

    Topic 3: Trading in Futures

    Market Participants

    Types of Trade Order

    Depth of Market

  • PREREQUISITE KNOWLEDGE

  • ESTIMATED COMPLETED TIME

    75 Minutes

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