most universities now have an undergraduate derivatives course, many
instructors were, and still are, in desperate need of a book with coverage that
is both adequate and accessible (most textbooks on financial derivatives were
either too basic or too advanced for undergraduate students).
Understanding Derivatives: Options, Futures, Swaps,
MBSs, CDOs and Others,First Edition, provides a broad introduction to the options, futures, swaps and
interest rate options markets and also provides the intuition needed to
understand the fundamental mathematics of pricing. In addition, coverage of
innovative derivative products such as exotic options, weather derivatives,
catastrophe futures, and volatility spreads has not been neglected. We cover
these concepts – without delving into their pricing or valuation – and conclude
with a contemporary issues chapter that discusses the latest developments in
This book presents a good balance of theory
and practice. It is important for a student of the derivatives market to
understand how arbitrage arguments lead to rational option pricing, why the
cost of carry is crucial to futures pricing, and how a swap dealer determines
the fixed rate on an interest rate swap. These are enjoyable topics to teach, and
motivated finance students can find them fascinating. At the same time, it is equally
important to understand how the end user makes intelligent use of these
products as risk management tools. We have included a variety of application
examples from the perspective of both the speculator and the hedger.
About the authors, Acknowledgements, Preface, Chapter 1 - Introduction, Chapter 2 - Basic principles of stock options, Chapter 3 - Basic option strategies - Covered calls and protective puts, Chapter 4 - Option combinations and spreads, Chapter 5 - Option pricing, Chapter 6 - The Black-Scholes option pricing model, Chapter 7 - Option Greeks, Chapter 8 - Fundamentals of the futures market, Chapter 9 - Stock index futures, Chapter 10 - Foreign exchange futures, Chapter 11 - Fundamentals of interest rate futures, Chapter 12 - Futures contracts and portfolio management, Chapter 13 - Swaps and interest rate options, Chapter 14 - Swap pricing, Chapter 15 - Other derivative assets, Chapter 16 - Financial engineering and risk management, Chapter 17 - Contemporary issues, Appendix 1 - Glossary, Appendix 2 - Equations, Appendix 3 - Self test answers, Index.
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About the authors
Robert A. Strong is a retired University Foundation Professor of Investment Education and Professor of Finance at the University of Maine. The University of Maine General Alumni Association named him the 2005 Distinguished Maine Professor. The Carnegie Foundation selected him as Maine’s 2007 Professor of the Year. His Bachelor of Science degree in engineering is from the United States Military Academy at West Point, his Master of Science degree in business administration from Boston University, and his Ph.D. in finance from Penn State. He has also been a visiting professor of finance at Maine Maritime Academy and at Harvard University where he was Deputy Director of the Summer Economics Program from 1997 to 1999. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Nagaratnam Jeyasreedharan is a lecturer in Finance and the Finance Major Coordinator at the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, University of Tasmania. His areas of specialisation are in quantitative finance (i.e. behavioural finance, derivatives, multi-factor asset pricing, hedge fund management, risk measurement, market microstructure, etc.). A particular focus of his research is the non-normality and time varying behaviour of asset returns and their causes and consequences. His Bachelor of Engineering degree is from the University of Sheffield, Master of Science degree in computation from Loughborough University, Master of Business degree from University of Malaya, and his Ph.D. in finance is from Curtin. He has been teaching derivative securities for over a decade.