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Introduction to Derivatives

Courses In This Course

This course explains the basics of the main derivative instruments, namely forward structures (OTC forwards and exchange-traded futures), options, and swaps. It aims to provide you with an overall picture of the derivative instruments available and to take the mystery out of the associated jargon.

Objectives

In this course, you will explore:

Various derivative instruments, namely forwards, futures, options, and swaps

the main uses of these instruments

the various participants in the derivatives markets

the reasons why the individual markets for these instruments developed

Prerequisite Knowledge

An understanding of the material covered in the 'Introduction to Financial Markets' and 'Building Blocks' courses is assumed.

Learner Profile

This course is designed for:

New recruits to banking and financial organizations

Trainee dealers and traders

Operations and support staff

Sales and marketing executives

Finance and accounting staff

IT staff

Compliance and regulatory staff

Personnel managers and recruitment staff

  •    DERIVATIVES - AN INTRODUCTION

    Overview

    This course focuses on the basic types of derivatives – forward-type instruments (forwards, futures, and swaps) and options.

    The key differences between these instruments are described, along with the basics of their pricing. The course also discusses some of the risks that arise from the use of derivatives in general, particularly in light of global financial crisis and other events in recent times.

    Course Duration

    50 mins

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    Prerequisite Knowledge

    Financial Markets – An Introduction

  •    DERIVATIVES - MARKETS

    Overview

    Derivatives may seem like complex, modern, instruments, but they have been around since ancient times. However, in recent decades, derivatives markets have expanded dramatically in terms of both scope and scale.

     

    This course describes derivatives markets today, both OTC and exchange-traded – and how the lines between these have become blurred by regulations adopted following the global financial crisis. The course also outlines the role of end-users and intermediaries in derivatives markets, as well as the many applications of derivatives for the various market players.

    Course Duration

    60 mins

    Prerequisite Knowledge

    Derivatives – An Introduction

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  •    FORWARDS & FUTURES - AN INTRODUCTION

    Overview

    In this course you learn about the most basic derivative building block – the forward transaction – which can take the form of OTC forwards or and exchange-traded futures contracts. The similarities and the differences between these two product types are examined. You will discover how it is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between the two. Finally the trends in the markets for both of these derivatives are discussed.

    Course Duration

    60 mins

    Prerequisite Knowledge

    Financial Markets – An Introduction

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  •    SWAPS - AN INTRODUCTION

    Overview

    Originating in the 1970s, swaps were small, heavily structured, transactions. Today they have developed into commoditized products that dominate derivative markets. As of June 2014, according to the Bank of International Settlements, simple interest rate swaps had an outstanding notional principal value of USD 421 trillion – 61% of the total OTC derivative market.

     

    In this course, you will learn about swap basics and types and how participants can transform existing asset or liability positions, or speculate on underlying market movements using swaps. The significant changes in the regulatory environment, particularly as regards clearing and trading are discussed.

    Course Duration

    60 mins

    Prerequisite Knowledge

    Derivatives – An Introduction

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  •    OPTIONS - AN INTRODUCTION

    Overview

    Options are one of the basic building blocks in finance. A combination of options with other products allows almost infinite customization possibilities for hedgers, investors, traders, and speculators.

    This course outlines the basic structures and terminology associated with options, and looks at the ways in which they are used. The course also describes option variations across asset classes and markets.

    Course Duration

    60 mins

    Prerequisite Knowledge

    Derivatives - An Introduction

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