The Introduction to Derivatives course covers the definition, purpose, and components of each of the four main types of derivatives.

US$52 per 365 days


What is Introduction to Derivatives:

This introductory course on the topic of derivatives covers the fundamental knowledge you need to know about derivatives. You will learn to differentiate between forward, futures, options, and swaps contracts. You will also work on practical examples in Excel to calculate the profits/losses for each type of contract. By the end of this course, you will have the essential knowledge about derivative contracts required to proceed to more advanced topics, such as derivatives pricing and trading.

Why it is important:

This course covers the definition, purpose, and components of each of the four main types of derivatives. You'll look at real-world examples of derivatives on Bloomberg terminal. Additionally, you'll work on example calculations in Excel to determine the profits/ losses generated from various types of derivatives. Upon completing this course, you should be comfortable explaining the differences between the types of derivatives and how they can be used for hedging and speculating purposes.

What will you learn:

  1. Characteristics of derivative contracts
  2. Over-the-counter vs. exchange-traded
  3. Forward contracts
  4. Futures contracts
  5. Initial and maintenance margins
  6. Call and put options
  7. Moneyness (in-the-money, at-the-money, out-of-the-money)
  8. Swap contracts

Target audience:

This Introduction to Derivatives course is perfect for beginners or anyone who would like to build up their understanding of the capital markets. This course is designed to equip anyone who desires to begin a career in investment banking, sales, and trading, treasury, or other areas of finance with the fundamental knowledge of derivatives.


  1. Derivatives Basics
  2. Prices in the Future
  3. Forwards and Futures Basics
  4. Options Basics
  5. Swaps Basics
  6. Interest Rate Swaps Trading
  7. Credit Derivatives Basics
  8. Equity Derivatives Basics
  9. Foreign Exchange Derivatives Basics
  10. Commodity Derivatives Basics
  11. Derivatives Uses and Misuses
  12. Derivatives Trading
  13. Forwards and Futures Uses
  14. Options Trading
  15. Interest Rate Swaps Uses
  16. Derivatives Risks

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