Description / Program
The program of the course comprises an introduction to derivatives and three main building blocks: 1) Mechanics of futures markets; hedging strategies using futures; pricing of forwards and futures on stocks, stock indices, currencies, commodities. 2) Mechanics of options markets; properties of stock options; trading strategies involving options; option pricing with binomial trees; option pricing with the Black-Scholes-Merton model; options on stock indices and currencies; the Greeks and hedging of options; 3) Interest rates; bond pricing; forwards and futures on interest rates; interest rate swaps; currency swaps; valuation of swaps.
J. Hull, Options, futures, and other derivatives, Pearson-Prentice Hall, 2018, tenth edition
The course aims at providing the basics for the pricing of financial derivatives and their use for hedging strategies
Lectures and exercise sessions
Final Exam 100%. Grading is based on an in-class exam