Derivatives - Applications and Settlement Process

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Course Description

This programme is now available only on in-company basis. If you have a group of 3 or more we can deliver it in any location worldwide. Contact us to find out more. 

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This practical 2 day course gives a detailed coverage of the major types of derivatives and how they are valued and traded. Delegates will also have a chance to learn about the process of margining and central clearing of derivatives which is broadly discussed at the moment by the industry and regulatory bodies. 

The course is suitable for professionals who have some knowledge of derivatives but would benefit from a broader understanding of these instruments and how they are settled for margining purposes.  

What Will You Learn

By the end of the course delegates will:  
  • Explore the use of derivatives for different purposes and by different market players
  • Work out the risk reward characteristics
  • Understand the role of the exchange and clearing houses
  • Learn about the margining and settlement system

 

Main Topics Covered During This Training

  • Constructing futures and forwards contracts
  • Options, Warrants and OTC - Contracts and pay off profiles
  • the role and function of the clearing house and the relationship between end users, the exchange and clearing members 
  • Exploring the margining system for futures, options on futures, and equity options and futures
  • Valuation and settlements of swaps
  • Recent developments in CDS market
  • Detailed analysis of market application of derivatives

Who Should Attend

From Banks, Fund Management, Exchanges and Clearing Houses: 

  • Derivatives Traders
  • Settlement Professionals
  • Risk Managers
  • Fund Managers
  • Product Managers
  • Middle Office
  • OTC Derivatives Clearing
  • Auditors
  • Regulators
  • Operational Risk Managers
  • Software Developers
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Derivatives Applications and Settlement - A 2 Day Programme

Introduction

  • Definition and history of derivatives
  • Who are the main users of derivatives and why?
  • Where are derivatives traded? – OTC v exchanges
  • What is the role of the clearing house?
  • Why are derivatives marked to market?
Futures and Forward Contracts
 
This section explains in detail how futures and forwards contracts are constructed and looks at the different types of products.
  • Defining a futures v a forward contract key terminology contract specifications
  • Basic pricing theory cost of carry relationship basis, and carry return arbitrage and futures/forward prices
  • Main types of futures/forwards bonds, stir, equity, commodities, currencies FRA’s and swaps calculating the tick value
  • Basic hedge ratio adjusting the hedge ratio
  • Spread trading strategies intra and inter contract spreads
  • How do you work out profit and loss?
 
Options, Warrants and OTC - Contracts and pay off profiles
  • Defining an option call/put obligations and rights
  • terminology explained
  • Types of options options on futures and the underlying product OTC v exchange options, warrants and covered warrants, convertibles
  • Basic option pricing time value and intrinsic value overview of the Greeks
  • Users and uses versus futures profit loss profiles at expiry
  • Popular hedging and trading strategies portfolio protection and enhancement combining positions
 
Role of the Clearing House
 
This section provides an insight into the role and function of the clearing house and the relationship between end users, the exchange and clearing members.
 
  • Day in the life of a trade
  • Operations of the CH
  • Clearing and non clearing members
  • Treasury operations and risk management
  • Guarantees and netting 
  • Types of accounts 
 
The Margining System
 
The following section explains in detail how the margining system works using futures, options on futures, and equity options and futures as detailed examples. Plus the role performed by the Clearing house. 
 
  • Collateral, delivery and exercise
  • Variation margin on futures
  • Variation margin on options based on futures
  • Equity net liquidation value 
  • Portfolio based systems for initial margin - SPAN 
  • Inter month charge, credits
 
SWAPS - Valuation and Settlement
 
  • Defining a swap
  • terminology explained
  • Interest rate swaps, fixed v floating
  • Uses and applications of swaps managing interest rate exposure arbitrage using swaps
  • How do you price a swap? creating a zero spot curve using STIR futures
  • Pricing an asset swap relationship between repos and swaps
  • Currency swaps and equity swaps uses and applications
  • Credit Default Swaps and Total Return Swaps use of CDS in structured credit products CDOs – CMO, CBO, CLO
  • Recent developments in CDS market
 
Application of Derivatives
 
This section explains in more detail the major applications of derivatives from a multitude of different types of users
  • Who use derivatives? Corporations, funds, banks, market makers, dealers
  • How are derivatives used in fund management? Asset allocation, basic portfolio protection and enhancement hedge fund uses of derivatives
  • Derivatives in treasury operations managing interest rate and currency risk
  • Using derivatives to trade spreads intra and inter contract spreads
  • How are derivatives used in structured products?
  • Option trading strategies common spreads

Paul has over 20 years experience of working and teaching in the financial and derivatives industry.  Paul joined the London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange (LIFFE) in 1988, spending several years on the exchange trading floor before transferring to LIFFE’s Business Development Department.

During his time at LIFFE, Paul worked in the fields of broker relations, product research and development, marketing, market automation and education. Paul was Head of Education at LIFFE, before leaving in Dec 1998 to pursue a freelance career in financial education and consultancy.  
 
Paul is also a qualified teacher and has extensive speaking experience both in the UK and abroad, covering all the major aspects of financial markets.  Paul has taught delegates from virtually all of the worlds leading investment banks, funds and trading houses. His list of clients includes JP Morgan, Goldman Saches, Credit Suisse, Societe Generale, Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Barclays Capital among others.

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