Options and Futures
Essex Business School
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
24 September 2019
Requisites for this module
BE311 and BE313
BSC N420 Accounting and Finance,
BSC N422 Accounting and Finance (Including Placement Year),
BSC NN43 Accounting and Finance (Including Foundation Year),
BSC NNK3 Accounting and Finance (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N390 Banking and Finance,
BSC N392 Banking and Finance (Including Placement Year),
BSC NH90 Banking and Finance (Including Year Abroad),
BSC NR3Y Banking and Finance with a Modern Language,
BSC N300 Finance,
BSC N301 Finance (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N302 Finance (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N304 Finance (Including Placement Year),
BSC N3T1 Finance with Mandarin,
BSC N340 Financial Management,
BSC N343 Financial Management (Including Placement Year),
BSC NH40 Financial Management (Including Year Abroad)
This is an introductory module on options and futures, with five weeks allocated to each. For both halves of the module, we start off by defining the respective derivative contract, continue on to examining in detail how it is traded and then delve into its pricing and risk management/trading applications. The module is highly quantitative, with a total of nine weekly classes intended to go over a large quantity of numerical problems.
The primary aim of this module is to give the students a good basic understanding of option, forward and futures contracts. Derivatives’ payoffs, their pricing and their uses in hedging will be main focus.
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:
- Describe futures and options contracts with precision
- Place within the context of credit risk mitigation the mechanics of how futures and
options markets operate
- Identify an appropriate futures or options-based strategy to fulfill an investment
- Determine equilibrium futures contract prices
- Use binomial trees and the Black-Scholes model to price options.
- Quantify and manage portfolio risk exposure using option deltas.
Skills for Your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)
Upon successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
- Develop effective hedging strategies for a variety of business contexts such as receipt of income in foreign currency, fixing raw material/fuel costs, foreign acquisitions, etc.
- Develop effective and efficient derivatives-based trading strategies that suit a wide variety of investment views.
- Be able to quantify risks associated with derivatives positions, report these professionally and comment on them.
- Be able to price options and anticipate how option prices will react when the underlying parameters change in the market.
The module material will be delivered in the following way:
* 2 hours of lectures per week;
* Weekly workshops.
- Hull, John. (2018) Options, futures, and other derivatives, New York: Pearson Education.
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||IN CLASS TEST
||120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Thanos Verousis and Cheng Yan
Dr Apostolos Kourtis
The University of East Anglia
Senior Lecturer in Finance
Available via Moodle
Of 93 hours, 78 (83.9%) hours available to students:
15 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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