Learning objectives: Identify and describe the characteristics and pay-off structure of the following exotic options: gap, forward start, compound, chooser, barrier, binary, lookback, shout, Asian, exchange, rainbow, and basket
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731.1. Consider the price of an asset that begins and...
Learning objectives: Explain the mechanics of a plain vanilla interest rate swap and compute its cash flows ... Calculate the value of a plain vanilla interest rate swap based on two simultaneous bond positions. Calculate the value of a plain vanilla interest rate swap from a sequence of forward...
Learning objectives: Calculate the final contract price on a Eurodollar futures contract. Describe and compute the Eurodollar futures contract convexity adjustment. Explain how Eurodollar futures can be used to extend the LIBOR zero curve. Calculate the duration-based hedge ratio and create a...
Learning objectives: Identify the most commonly used day count conventions, describe the markets that each one is typically used in, and apply each to an interest calculation. Calculate the conversion of a discount rate to a price for a US Treasury bill. Differentiate between the clean and dirty...
Learning objectives: Calculate, using the cost-of-carry model, forward prices where the underlying asset either does or does not have interim cash flows. Describe the various delivery options available in the futures markets and how they can influence futures prices. Explain the relationship...
Learning objectives: Differentiate between investment and consumption assets. Define short-selling and calculate the net profit of a short sale of a dividend-paying stock. Describe the differences between forward and futures contracts and explain the relationship between forward and spot prices...
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Learning objectives: Calculate the theoretical price of a bond using spot rates. Derive forward interest rates from a set of spot rates. Derive the value of the cash flows from a forward rate agreement (FRA).
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713.1. Consider the steep spot (aka, zero) rate curve illustrated below...
Learning objectives: Describe Treasury rates, LIBOR, and repo rates, and explain what is meant by the “risk-free” rate. Calculate the value of an investment using different compounding frequencies. Convert interest rates based on different compounding frequencies.
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712.1. Interest...
Learning objectives: Define cross hedging, and compute and interpret the minimum variance hedge ratio and hedge effectiveness. Compute the optimal number of futures contracts needed to hedge an exposure, and explain and calculate the “tailing the hedge” adjustment. Explain how to use stock index...
Learning objectives: Define and differentiate between short and long hedges and identify their appropriate uses. Describe the arguments for and against hedging and the potential impact of hedging on firm profitability. Define the basis and explain the various sources of basis risk, and explain...
Learning objectives: Explain the convergence of futures and spot prices. Describe the role of a clearinghouse in futures and over-the-counter market transactions. Describe the role of collateralization in the over-the-counter market and compare it to the margining system. Identify the...
Learning objectives: Define and describe the key features of a futures contract, including the asset, the contract price and size, delivery, and limits. Describe the rationale for margin requirements and explain how they work. Describe the mechanics of the delivery process and contrast it with...
Learning objectives: Describe the over-the-counter market, distinguish it from trading on an exchange, and evaluate its advantages and disadvantages. Differentiate between options, forwards, and futures contracts. Identify and calculate option and forward contract payoffs. Calculate and compare...
Learning objectives: Calculate the return on a hedge fund investment and explain the incentive fee structure of a hedge fund including the terms hurdle rate, high-water mark, and clawback. Describe various hedge fund strategies, including long/short equity, dedicated short, distressed...
Learning objectives: Differentiate among open-end mutual funds, closed-end mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Calculate the net asset value (NAV) of an open-end mutual fund. Explain the key differences between hedge funds and mutual funds.
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705.1 America's Best Fund...
Learning objectives: Distinguish between mortality risk and longevity risk and describe how to hedge these risks. Evaluate the capital requirements for life insurance and property-casualty insurance companies. Compare the guaranty system and the regulatory requirements for insurance companies...
Learning objectives: Calculate and interpret loss ratio, expense ratio, combined ratio, and operating ratio for a property-casualty insurance company. Describe moral hazard and adverse selection risks facing insurance companies, provide examples of each, and describe how to overcome the...
Learning objectives: Describe the key features of the various categories of insurance companies and identify the risks facing insurance companies. Describe the use of mortality tables and calculate the premium payment for a policy holder.
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702.1. Below is an extract (selected rows)...
Learning objectives: Explain how deposit insurance gives rise to a moral hazard problem. Describe investment banking financing arrangements including private placement, public offering, best efforts, firm commitment, and Dutch auction approaches. Describe the potential conflicts of interest...
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