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Equity Derivatives Masterclass

ACF Academy, In London (+2 locations)
2 days
1,575 - 1,825 GBP, 2,300 USD excl. VAT
Next course start
16 January, 2024 (+3 start dates)
Course delivery
Classroom, Virtual Classroom
2 days
1,575 - 1,825 GBP, 2,300 USD excl. VAT
Next course start
16 January, 2024 (+3 start dates)
Course delivery
Classroom, Virtual Classroom
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Course description

Equity Derivatives Masterclass

Equity derivatives provide flexible tools that allow investors to protect against the downside while maintaining exposure to the upside, to enhance price or yield, to make money in a stagnant market, to implement optimal buying or selling strategies over time, and many other possibilities. This two-day seminar explains exactly how.

By the end of the seminar, participants will gain a clear appreciation of the range of equity derivative products, understand how equity derivatives are priced, appreciate how to apply these products for the benefit of investors and identify risks and understand how to manage them.

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Upcoming start dates

Choose between 3 start dates

16 January, 2024

  • Virtual Classroom
  • Online

25 January, 2024

  • Classroom
  • New York

8 February, 2024

  • Classroom
  • London

Suitability - Who should attend?

Who Should Attend

Anyone working in the equities markets, investment managers, and those working in private wealth management.


An understanding of the equities markets.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

CPD: 14 hours

Learning Outcomes

By attending this course, you will:

  • Gain a clear understanding of the fundamentals of equity derivative products
  • Develop an intuitive understanding of the pricing of equity derivatives and the impact of volatility
  • Appreciate how option traders hedge and trade options
  • Examine the concept of volatility as an asset class, and how to make practical use of the new VIX and variance derivatives
  • Explore the practical applications of equity derivatives and their use by clients
  • Recognise the needs and perspectives of investors who want to obtain performance-driven solutions
  • Develop pro-active and innovative strategies using equity derivative products that add real value
  • Obtain hands-on experience of equity derivatives and their use in practical situations

Training Course Content

Stock-Index Futures

  • Contract definitions
  • Cash-and-carry pricing
  • The concept of the forward equity price
  • Hedging equities portfolios using futures
  • Tactical asset allocation using futures

Equity Swaps

  • Terminology
  • Variations of equity swaps
  • Term sheets
  • Integrating swaps in equity portfolios
  • Structured equity swaps
  • 💻 Using equity swaps

Principles and Characteristics of Options

  • Review of equity options
  • Profit profiles at and prior to maturity
  • Time value – the true cost of an option

Option Pricing – An Intuitive Approach

  • An intuitive insight into option pricing
  • Types of option pricing model
  • Closed-form option pricing
  • Binomial option pricing
  • Monte Carlo option pricing
  • Time value revisited
  • Early exercise of American options
  • Put-call parity
  • Volatility – historical vs. implied vs. experienced vols
  • Volatility smiles and skews
  • Volatility and option prices
  • Option Greeks
  • The meaning of delta, theta, vega, gamma, and rho
  • 💻 Option pricing workshop

Combining Options

  • 💻 Designing your own structure – a fluent transition between payoff diagrams and component parts

Option Trading

  • Directional vs. volatility trading
  • Spread trading
  • Near vs. far dates
  • Out-of-the-money vs. in-the-money
  • Options vs. cash
  • 💻 Directional and volatility trading with equity options

VIX Futures, Options, and Variance Swaps

  • Volatility as an asset class
  • Historical vs. implied volatility derivatives
  • What is the VIX?
  • VIX futures – concept and definitions
  • Applications for VIX futures
  • Volatility swaps and variance swaps
  • Practical applications for variance swaps
  • 💻 Using VIX futures

How Traders Hedge Options

  • How delta-hedging works
  • Why be delta-neutral?
  • Buying high and selling low to achieve delta-neutrality
  • The link between delta, gamma, and theta
  • The trade-off between implied and experienced volatility
  • 💻 Delta-hedging simulation
  • The workings of an equity option trading desk

Hedging Strategies with Vanilla Options

  • Summary of the key customer-driven strategies
  • Price protection
  • Hedging with options – advantages and disadvantages
  • Basic option hedge structures
  • Selling options within hedging programs
  • Caps and collar
  • Put-spread collars
  • Participating forwards
  • Zero-premium structures
  • 💻 Hedging an equities portfolio

Yield Enhancement Strategies

  • Price and yield enhancement strategies
  • Income generation strategies
  • Butterflies, conversions, and reversals
  • 💻 Mini-workshop: the camel strategy

Creating Synthetic Exposure

  • Bull and bear strategies
  • Asset allocation using equity derivatives
  • Creating targeted plays
  • 90/10 strategies
  • 💻 Mini workshop: the 90/10 strategy

Exotic Options and their Uses

  • Review of exotic options
  • Path-dependent options...
  • ...Barriers, Asians, ladders and cliquets
  • Options with step-like (digital) payouts
  • Applications for exotics
  • Guaranteed-return equity funds
  • Contingent (pay-later) premium options
  • Mini-premium option
  • 💻 Building a mini-premium option

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Average rating 4.9

Based on 8 reviews.
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11 Oct 2016
Equity Derivatives

brilliant speaker that keeps you stay focused and interested the whole day. very animated speaker, with a lot of those facts and understandings to keep reminding you for years

11 Oct 2016
Equity Derivatives

Very good job, simple but well prepared

11 Oct 2016
Equity Derivatives

I think the program is very interesting and useful.


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  • New York: $2,300
  • Virtual: £1,575 (plus VAT)

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