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Foundations of Derivatives

ACF Academy, In London (+2 locations)
1 day
800 - 995 USD, 725 GBP
Next course start
13 June, 2024 (+3 start dates)
Course delivery
Classroom, Virtual Classroom
1 day
800 - 995 USD, 725 GBP
Next course start
13 June, 2024 (+3 start dates)
Course delivery
Classroom, Virtual Classroom
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Course description

Foundations of Derivatives

The Foundations of Derivatives course de-mystifies the world of derivatives, explaining what derivatives are, and how they can be used by a wide range of users to solve real-world financial problems.

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Upcoming start dates

Choose between 3 start dates

13 June, 2024

  • Classroom
  • New York

17 June, 2024

  • Classroom
  • London

24 June, 2024

  • Virtual Classroom
  • Online

Suitability - Who should attend?

Who Should Attend

Anyone working in the financial markets.



Outcome / Qualification etc.

CPD: 7 hours

Learning Outcomes

By attending this course, you will:

  • Review the range of derivative products, and the uses to which they can be put
  • Explore how clients use derivatives to mitigate equity, interest rate, FX, and credit risks
  • Examine how derivatives can also be used to enhance value and increment yield
  • Gain first-hand experience of each topic through workshops and case studies

Training Course Content

Introduction to Derivatives

  • What are derivatives?
  • Derivative building blocks: forwards and futures, swaps, and options
  • Derivatives as a hedging tool
  • Derivatives as a speculative tool
  • Derivatives as a structuring tool
  • Derivatives across markets – FX, equities, rates, commodities, and credit

Forward Markets

  • Why is there a need for forward contracts?
  • Principles of forward pricing
  • The FX forward market
  • 💻 Using FX forwards to avoid currency risk

Financial Futures

  • Definitions and terminology
  • How futures differ from OTC products
  • Standardisation of contracts
  • Overview of interest-rate, bond, stock-index, and currency contracts
  • Physical delivery vs. cash settlement
  • How margining systems work
  • A brief insight into cash and carry pricing
  • 💻 Using bond and stock index futures for tactical asset allocation

Interest Rate, Currency, and Equity Swaps

  • The concept of a swap
  • Definitions and terminology
  • Interest rate swaps
  • Currency swaps
  • Equity swaps
  • Central counterparties
  • Swap execution facilities (SEFs)
  • Swap applications
  • 💻 Fixing investment returns


  • Why options are different
  • Options concepts and terminology
  • The importance of time value
  • Value and profit profiles
  • An intuitive insight into option pricing
  • What volatility means

Using Stock Options

  • Bull and bear strategies
  • Price enhancement
  • Price protection
  • 💻 Using options to enhance value

Credit Derivatives

  • Principles and functions of credit derivatives
  • The credit derivatives market
  • Credit default swaps
  • Market conventions
  • CDS applications
  • 💻 CDS application ideas

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Based on 7 reviews.
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13 Oct 2016
Introduction to Derivatives

Very informative, gave me a good all-round understanding.

13 Oct 2016
Introduction to Derivatives

Knowledgable instructor and excellent materials

13 Oct 2016
Introduction to Derivatives

Well-prepared and and well delivered.


  • London: £800 (plus VAT)
  • New York: $995
  • Virtual: £725 (plus VAT)

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