Derivative Securities

mlsmm2121  2019-2020  Mons

Derivative Securities
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h
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Main themes
This course provides students with a framework :
- to understand the fundamental concepts of derivative
products (forward and futures, swaps, options);
- to develop the necessary skills used in valuing derivative
contracts (Ito's process, risk neutral valuation);
- to understand a wide variety of issues related to risk
management and investment decisions using derivatives.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Describe and interpret the general features of basic
types of derivative securities, such as forward and futures
contracts, swaps, options, and basic structured products.
- Apply the No Arbitrage Principle to price derivatives in
an efficient financial market.
- Price derivative securities using mathematical models
and numerical methods.
- Design optimal strategies to use derivative instruments
for financial risk management and for financial engineering.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
- Features of derivatives securities, such as forward contracts, futures, swaps
and options;
- Risk neutral valuation principle;
- Pricing of derivatives securities, by mathematical models
or by numerical methods;
- Implementation of hedging strategies using derivative securities.
Teaching methods
Lectures, flipped classroom, exercises and case studies
Evaluation methods
  • Written examination (80%)
  • Ongoing assessment (20%)
  • Ongoing assessment score is definitively acquired
Online resources
Student corner
Hull, Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives (10th Edition), Pearson, 2017
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] : Business Engineering

Master [120] : Business Engineering

Master [60] in Management

Master [120] in Management

Master [120] in Management