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Introduction to Derivatives

Derivatives are financial instruments that derive their value from the value of another underlying asset. Derivatives have existed for centuries, however, in the past few years they have become increasingly important in effectively managing financial risk and to take synthetic positions in asset classes that was otherwise not possible.

The purpose of this book is to introduce the readers to the basic concepts of derivatives, the most common types of derivatives and how they work. You will specifically learn about:

  • What are derivatives?
  • Role of derivatives
  • Commonly used derivative contracts
  • How are derivatives traded?
  • Forward contracts
  • Futures contracts
  • Options
  • Swaps
  • Using derivatives for risk management

By the end of this book, you will have a good understanding of derivatives market, concepts and instruments.

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