Using Financial Futures in Trading and Risk Management

Author: Ignacio Mas


ISBN: OCLC:1088991916



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March 1995 Financial futures have become the cornerstone of financial management. The paper explains the contractual features of an array of financial futures, basic pricing relationships, and how futures can be used by investors and risk managers. Mas and Saá-Requejo explain the features of an array of futures contracts and their basic pricing relationships and describe a few applications to show how investors and risk managers can use these contracts. Futures -- and derivatives generally -- allow economic agents to fine-tune the structure of their assets and liabilities to suit their risk preferences and market expectations. Futures are not a financing or investment vehicle per se, but a tool for transferring price risks associated with fluctuations in asset values. Some may use them to spread risk, others to take on risk. Financial futures (along with options) are best viewed as building blocks. Futures have facilitated the modern trend of separating conventional financial products into their basic components. They allow not only the reduction or transformation of investment risk but also the understanding and measurement of risk. The market for derivatives has grown enormously over the past decade. The value of exchange-traded eurodollar derivatives (futures and options) is equal to roughly 13 times the value of the underlying market. The volume of trading in financial futures now dwarfs the volume in traditional agricultural contracts. As emerging markets develop, given their inherently risky nature, expect financial futures to play a prominent role in risk management. This paper -- a product of the Private Provision of Public Services Unit, Private Sector Development Department -- is part of a larger effort in the department to promote risk management techniques in emerging markets.
Global Derivatives

Author: Torben Juul Andersen

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 0273688545

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 453

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Global Derivatives provides comprehensive coverage of different types of derivatives, including exchange traded contracts and over-the-counter instruments as well as real options. There is an equal emphasis on the practical application of derivatives and their actual uses in business transactions and corporate risk management situations. Various uses of financial derivatives are outlined from relatively simple transactional hedging problems to more complex strategic risk management situations and applications of options perspectives in corporate risk management scenarios. This book is ideal for MBA and undergraduate students with a finance or management focus. Review Quotes ?An interesting and useful approach to the study of derivatives.? George Christodoulakis, City University, UK ?In Global Derivatives: A Strategic Risk Management Perspective Torben Juul Andersen has succeeded to gather in one book a complete and thorough summary and an easy-to-read explanation of all types of derivative instruments and their background and their use in modern management of risk.? Steen Parsholt, Chairman and CEO, Aon Nordic Region
The CME Group Risk Management Handbook

Author: CME Group

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 047063488X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 606

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Praise for The CME Group Risk Management Handbook "Wow! The CME Group Risk Management Handbook is a 'ten strike' and long overdue. A must-read and reference for the risk management industry!" —Jack Sandner, retired chairman of CME Group, member of the Executive Committee "This is a powerful book for its integration of futures and options markets with an understanding of the whole economy. It is an eye-opener to see how central these markets are to our economic lives." —Robert J. Shiller, Okun Professor of Economics, Yale University; Chief Economist, MacroMarkets LLC "Risk management is essential to successful investing, and The CME Group Risk Management Handbook provides the essentials for understanding risk management. In the wake of the financial turmoil of the last few years, managing risk should be part of any investment program. Among the key elements of risk management are stock index, bond, currency, and commodity futures as well as a growing number of futures, options, swaps, and other financial instruments built on indices tracking housing prices, weather conditions, and the economy. The CME Group Risk Management Handbook offers a comprehensive guide for using all of these to better manage financial risks." —David M. Blitzer, PhD, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee, S&P Indices "Dare we ignore the advice of a financial institution, the largest of its kind in the world, that navigated the recent financial crisis without the aid of a single TARP dollar or access to the Fed's cheap loans? For CME Group, risk management has meant risk minimization as it enters its 151st year of life and its 85th year of central counterparty clearing without a single trading debt unpaid. It has been, and continues to be, a leader by example." —Philip McBride Johnson, former CFTC chairman "For the first time, a comprehensive handbook outlining the futures market in today's world is available. The CME Group Risk Management Handbook covers futures basics for the novice trader, while the veterans will benefit from an in-depth look at options and hedging. This handbook is a necessity for any professional, investor, or other market participant seeking to manage risk in the perpetually changing futures market." —H. Jack Bouroudjian, CEO, Index Futures Group
Risk Management, Speculation, and Derivative Securities

Author: Geoffrey Poitras

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 0080480756

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 601

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Its unified treatment of derivative security applications to both risk management and speculative trading separates this book from others. Presenting an integrated explanation of speculative trading and risk management from the practitioner's point of view, Risk Management, Speculation, and Derivative Securities is the only standard text on financial risk management that departs from the perspective of an agent whose main concerns are pricing and hedging derivatives. After offering a general framework for risk management and speculation using derivative securities, it explores specific applications to forward contracts and options. Not intended as a comprehensive introduction to derivative securities, Risk Management, Speculation, and Derivative Securities is the innovative, useful approach that addresses new developments in derivatives and risk management. *The only standard text on financial risk management that departs from the perspective of an agent whose main concerns are pricing and hedging derivatives *Examines speculative trading and risk management from the practitioner's point of view *Provides an innovative, useful approach that addresses new developments in derivatives and risk management

Author: Robert E. Whaley

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470086384

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 960

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Robert Whaley has more than twenty-five years of experience in the world of finance, and with this book he shares his hard-won knowledge in the field of derivatives with you. Divided into ten information-packed parts, Derivatives shows you how this financial tool can be used in practice to create risk management, valuation, and investment solutions that are appropriate for a variety of market situations.
The Role of Currency Futures in Risk Management

Author: Daniel Plaza

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783640934140

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 20

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Seminar paper from the year 2011 in the subject Business economics - Banking, Stock Exchanges, Insurance, Accounting, grade: 83%, University of Westminster (Msc Finance and Accounting), course: INTERNATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT, language: English, abstract: The purpose of this report is to discuss the role of currency futures in risk management as well as their main advantages and drawbacks. The report will analyse the global rate of utilization of currency futures by comparison with other main currency derivatives and the geographic differences in their usage. Possible explanations for the preference for certain currency derivatives in risk management will be given. The usefulness of currency futures rate as an estimator of future spot rate will be discussed by reviewing and summarizing the existing literature on this subject. Practical applications of currency futures also will be covered in this report.
The general use of futures contracts in risk management companies can use trading on US exchanges

Author: Hedwig Heerdt

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783656345169

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 18

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Seminar paper from the year 2012 in the subject Economics - Finance, grade: 1,0, University of Westminster (Westminster Business School), course: International Risk Management , language: English, abstract: Since the 1970s futures contracts have proven a real success story, but in the course of the crisis, several futures-trading businesses went bankrupt. Because of a lack of trust, futures trading volumes started decreasing. But, even though the futures market has been adversely affected, futures contracts still serve as a fundamental risk management tool. This paper provides an insight into the use of futures contracts in risk management, trading on US exchanges. After a brief introduction to the topic of futures contracts, current literature will be reviewed. The literature review focuses primarily on current issues and developments on the futures market, while the third chapter explains step by step - based on an example of foreign exchange hedging - the use of futures contracts as well as how futures transactions are processes. Finally, the third chapter summarises relevant criteria a company has to reflect when considering to invest in futures contracts.
Hedging a Portfolio with Futures

Author: Marco Scheidler

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783638656337


Page: 60

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Seminar paper from the year 2003 in the subject Business economics - Banking, Stock Exchanges, Insurance, Accounting, grade: A, Wright State University (Raj Soin College of Business), 16 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Abstract Undertaking business always involves taking risk. The future development of a company and their business is more uncertain the higher the risk that the company is facing. Risk management is a important factor in operating business. With the development of future markets entrepreneurs and investors obtained another risk management tool that made it possible to reduce risk. Futures are derivatives that can be used either for speculating or risk management. Especially in the area of financial futures, a rapid growth could be observed during the last few decades. Almost every month a new type of contract appears to meet the needs of a continuously growing corporate and institutional market. This paper considers future contracts as hedging application to reduce price risk. Futures are standardized contracts to buy or sell an asset in the future. There are various types of futures which differ in the type of the underlying asset. Futures are traded at organized exchanges. We consider the trading of future, their requirements, and market participants and their motivation. Different commercial users of future contracts hedge in different ways. A long hedge is used to reduce price risk of an anticipated purchase whereas a short hedge reduces the price risk of an asset that is already held. If there is no exact, the hedgers needs matching, contract available, the hedger should use a cross hedging strategy. With all these strategies the hedger takes, to the asset opposite, a position in the future market that is highly correlated with the change in price of the asset in the spot market. Losses in one market are offset by gains in the other market. For a successful hedge it is essential to choose an appropriate contract an
Managing Risk with Financial Futures

Author: Robert T. Daigler

Publisher: Irwin Professional Publishing

ISBN: STANFORD:36105062250795

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 398

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Today's fast-changing markets are forcing financial institutions, investors and corporations to bear more risk than ever before. A miscalculation or a surprise move in interest rates or foreign currencies can wreak havoc on an institution's bottom line and competitive posture. Despite these perils, there is a shroud of mystery surrounding the very instruments designed to manage these risks - financial futures. Managing Risk with Financial Futures sheds much-needed light on financial futures. It describes how financial futures work and how they can be used to manage the risks associated with today's volatile financial markets. In a logical, step-by-step approach, noted financial futures authority Robert Daigler thoroughly explains every aspect of these fascinating instruments, from pricing to arbitrage to risk management. This book is the most comprehensive and authoritative overview of the financial futures markets ever written. Broad topics addressed include: the mechanics and regulation of the futures markets; pricing and arbitrage of financial futures; characteristics of interest rate, stock index and currency futures; and hedging and risk management strategies. After explaining the principles that underlie the financial futures markets, Dr. Daigler discusses specific risk management strategies. He shows how financial futures can be used to hedge fixed income and equity portfolios, asset/liability gaps, and corporate borrowing costs. In addition, he reveals special hedging applications for insurance companies. Managing Risk with Financial Futures goes much further than any other book in explaining how futures can be used safely to reduce risk and bolster returns. Such complex topicsas duration-based hedging, immunization and hedge ratios are addressed fully, from both a theoretical and practical point of view. Financial futures are a supremely important part of the financial world. Never before have they been written about with such depth and clarity.
Financial Engineering

Author: Keith Cuthbertson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780471495840

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 800

View: 152

This text provides a thorough treatment of futures, 'plain vanilla' options and swaps as well as the use of exotic derivatives and interest rate options for speculation and hedging. Pricing of options using numerical methods such as lattices (BOPM), Mone Carlo simulation and finite difference methods, in additon to solutions using continuous time mathematics, are also covered. Real options theory and its use in investment appraisal and in valuing internet and biotechnology companies provide cutting edge practical applications. Practical risk management issues are examined in depth. Alternative models for calculating Value at Risk (market risk) and credit risk provide the throretical basis for a practical and timely overview of these areas of regulatory policy. This book is designed for courses in derivatives and risk management taken by specialist MBA, MSc Finance students or final year undergraduates, either as a stand-alone text or as a follow-on to Investments: Spot and Derivatives Markets by the same authors. The authors adopt a real-world emphasis throughout, and include features such as: * topic boxes, worked examples and learning objectives * Financial Times and Wall Street Journal newspaper extracts and analysis of real world cases * supporting web site including Lecturer's Resource Pack and Student Centre with interactive Excel and GAUSS software
Energy Risk Management

Author: Peter C. Fusaro

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0786311843

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 260

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Energy deregulation, privatization and competition are a hot international topic. Professionals in this field understand the importance of hedging their financial risk, but are often unclear how to do so. The result is that either they take undue and unwarranted risk or they shy away from futures and derivatives investments that could improve their financial position while preventing substantial losses. Energy Risk Management is the first book to address the important issues of worldwide energy price risk management. Peter C. Fusaro has assembled the leading industry figures to explain general theories and practices for hedging risk, and specific methods to effectively manage risk in markets such as coal, natural gas, electricity, hydropower and others. Topics include: The ABCs of energy financial instruments - How to use hedging tools like futures and options, forwards and spreads; Energy securitization - Ways to securitize oil and gas production, and project finance implications; The future of energy price risk management - Globalization of energy markets, and an integrated approach to managing all risks. Energy professionals and investors worldwide require information to clarify risk management concepts and applications that are new to them. Energy Risk Management steps into that void, providing proven hedging strategies in non-technical language that simplifies this intimidating topic.