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Financial Derivatives

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This text is designed for investment professionals who have not previously dealt with derivatives, and for individual investors who are trying to get a basic understanding of these financial instruments. From the basics of futures, options and swaps, to option combinations such as straddles, strangles, bull, bear and butterfly spreads, the study aims to provide explanations of trading, pricing and the risk management implications of these investment instruments.

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Written for financial managers who need to know how to protect company assets in today's volatile financial markets as well as for the individual investor seeking a basic understanding of these sophisticated financial instruments, Financial Derivatives explains in nontechnical terms how to use key tools such as swaps, options, and futures to manage many different kinds of risk--including bond defaults and adverse moves in interest rates, foreign exchange rates, and commodity and stock prices.

Packed with easy-to-follow illustrations, charts, and numerical examples, this comprehensive and practical guide clearly shows:

-How to use tested pricing models and strategies to take full advantage of all types of futures contracts from interest rate to treasury bond and stock index futures.

-How to properly value put and call options and employ options to hedge a company's investment portfolio or its position in a foreign currency

-How to use "plain vanilla" or more complex swaps transactions to protect against interest rate risk, reduce borrowing costs, or increase debt capacity

...plus how to apply the basic principles of financial engineering to create synthetic financial instruments tailored to a company's specific risk management needs.

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Financial Derivatives- financial instruments whose value depends onm other basic instruments, such as stocks or bonds- have emerged as imporatnat risk-mangement tools in the corporate world. Financial Derivatives offers a broad overview of the different types of derivatives (futures, options on futures, and swaps), while focussing on the principles that determine market prices. This introduction presents financial derivatives as tools for managing risk in a corporate setting, rather than instruments of speculation. The approach reflects today's emergence of corporations and financial institutions as dominant forces in finacial derivative markets. A new chapter, Risk Management and Financial Engineering, reflects the maturation of financial engineering as a financial specialty and illustrates how financial engineers use derivatives to manage risk.

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