Financial Derivatives: Pricing and Risk Management by Robert W. Kolb

By Robert W. Kolb

Crucial insights at the a number of features of monetary derivativesIf you need to comprehend derivatives with no getting slowed down through the maths surrounding their pricing and valuation, monetary Derivatives is the booklet for you. via in-depth insights gleaned from years of monetary event, Robert Kolb and James Overdahl sincerely clarify what derivatives are and the way you could prudently use them in the context of your underlying company activities.Financial Derivatives introduces you to the wide variety of markets for monetary derivatives. This valuable consultant deals a extensive evaluate of the different sorts of derivatives-futures, recommendations, swaps, and dependent products-while targeting the foundations that be certain industry costs. This accomplished source additionally offers an intensive creation to monetary derivatives and their significance to probability administration in a company atmosphere. choked with worthwhile tables and charts, monetary Derivatives bargains a wealth of data on futures, concepts, swaps, monetary engineering, and established products.Discusses what derivatives are and the way you could prudently enforce them in the context of your underlying enterprise activitiesProvides thorough assurance of economic derivatives and their position in probability managementExplores monetary derivatives with out getting slowed down through the math surrounding their pricing and valuationThis informative advisor might help you liberate the outstanding capability of economic derivatives.

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Swap Contracts A swap contract is a contract in which two counterparties agree to make periodic payments that differ in a fundamental way from each other until some future date. The terms of a swap contract, besides the maturity and notional value of the contract, can include the currencies to be exchanged (foreign currency swap), the rate of interest applicable to each counterparty (interest rate swap), and the timetable by which payments are made. Swap contracts are an over-the-counter, negotiated derivative contract like a forward contract rather than an exchangetraded instrument like a futures contract.

Given this backdrop, the institutional structure of the floor-based exchange set the stage for an uneasy competitive struggle between the intermediaries who would offer OTC derivatives products and the exchange members who were determined that all such transactions should be executed through an exchange.

The success of futures markets as a risk-transfer device is largely due to their cost advantage compared to forward contracts. Importantly, futures contracts involve less credit risk exposure for traders. Marking futures contracts to market prices at least daily removes debt from the marketplace in risk transfer, which makes default less likely. Futures contracts can also be considered an extension of forward contracts on the same underlying instrument. Suppose two counterparties enter into a sequence of one-day forward contracts.

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