Futures contracts are a very versatile and liquid derivative instrument, leading them to be used worldwide for speculation and hedging, in equity, fixed income, commodity, and currency markets.

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What are Futures:

A futures contract is a standardized contract between two parties to buy or sell a particular asset at a specified future date for a price agreed today. Futures contracts are a very versatile and liquid derivative instrument, leading them to be used worldwide for speculation and hedging, in equity, fixed income, commodity, and currency markets. Before the advent of futures contracts, traders had to worry about counterparty risk, but since futures contracts are cleared and use the system of margining, the counterparty risk is virtually eliminated.

Why it is important:

Futures are used for protection against the risk of an adverse price move, but they are also used for their ability to "leverage," allowing higher returns with less outlay of initial capital. This leveraging ability allows smaller traders to access markets and positions they would otherwise be unable to trade.

Futures contracts are very popular instruments and are used by every major financial institution in the world. A good understanding of how they work, and how they are used, is invaluable to any market participant.

What will you learn:

  1. When were futures first used?
  2. How do futures contracts work?
  3. How are they traded on exchanges?
  4. How are futures used in trading strategies?
  5. How are futures used for hedging positions?
  6. How are new technologies and trading methods affecting futures markets?

Target audience:

Recruits to institutions with derivatives operations, risk managers, research staff, sales and marketing executives, operations and support staff looking to further their derivatives product knowledge, and compliance professionals.

Curriculum:

  1. Futures Contango and Backwardation
  2. Futures Market History
  3. Futures Contract Specifications and Terms
  4. Futures Clearing and Margining
  5. Futures Order Types
  6. Futures How They are Traded
  7. Futures Algorithmic Trading
  8. Futures Trading Strategies Market Direction
  9. Futures Trading Strategies Market Neutral
  10. Futures Basis Trading
  11. Futures Spread Trading (Part 1)
  12. Futures Spread Trading (Part 2)
  13. Futures Simple Hedging
  14. Futures Hedging with Futures or Forwards
  15. Futures Equity Portfolio Hedging
  16. Futures Foreign Exchange Hedging
  17. Futures Hedging with Bond Futures

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