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Options – An Introduction

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.

  • OBJECTIVES

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

    Describe basic option mechanics and option market terminology

    Explain the main uses of options, including basic strategies for limiting downside risk and generating income

    Outline the many markets and asset classes in which options are traded

  • COURSE OUTLINE

    Topic 1: Option Basics

    Option Terminology

    Option Moneyness

    Option Exercise: Cash vs. Physical Settlement

    Option Styles

    o European

    o American

    o Bermudan

    Option Payoffs/Profitability

    o Long Call

    o Short Call

    o Long Put

    o Short Put

    Topic 2: Option Uses

    Basic Strategies

    Limiting the Downside

    o Protective Put

    o Protective Call

    Generating Income

    o Covered Call

    o Covered Put

    Combinations

    o Straddle Example

    Topic 3: Option Markets

    Market Overview

    Price Quotations

    Asset Classes

    o Securities

    o Interest Rates

    o Foreign Exchange

    o Credit

    o Commodities

    o Indices

    Complex Options

    o Multiple Exercise Dates and/or Strike Prices

    o Path Dependency

    o Digital (Binary) Options

    o Multi-Asset Options

  • PREREQUISITE KNOWLEDGE

  • ESTIMATED COMPLETED TIME

    60 Minutes

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