CORPFIN 2504 - Options, Futures & Risk Management
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code CORPFIN 2504 Course Options, Futures & Risk Management Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites CORPFIN 1002 Incompatible CORPFIN 3502 Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Studies; discrete & continuous compounding, how financial markets operate, stock & bond price valuation procedures, algebra & simple differentiation Course Description This course introduces students to the derivative markets, examining how hedgers, speculators, and arbitrageurs use financial futures, forwards, and options. Applications developed at The University of Adelaide are employed to complement the study of derivative securities and their relationships to various underlying factors. The course then considers the pricing of derivatives and the use of binomial trees to demonstrate no-arbitrage and risk-neutral valuation arguments, as well as the Black-Scholes-Merton approach. There is an emphasis on the use of options and futures strategies for hedging and risk management to achieve interesting payoff patterns.
Course Coordinator: Dr Gary Tan
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Price forward and futures contracts using the Cost-of-Carry model
2. Determine appropriate hedging and risk management strategies using a mix of underlying and derivative securities
3. Price options using the Binomial and Black Scholes pricing models
4. Develop appropriate option strategies to hedge or arbitrage from mispriced derivative securities
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
1, 2, 3 and 4
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
1, 2, 3 and 4
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
1, 2, 3 and 4
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
1, 2, 3 and 4
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
1, 2, 3 and 4
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
1, 2, 3 and 4
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
1, 2, 3 and 4
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
1, 2, 3 and 4
Required ResourcesText Books
The core material that will be covered within the course is available on MyUni. However, it is also a requirement that you obtain a copy of one of the following texts and that you supplement your studies of the core material with one of these texts:
• Introduction to Derivatives and Risk Management
by Don M. Chance/Robert Brooks
• Futures, Options & Swaps
by Robert W. Kolb and james A. Overdahl
• Options, Futures and Other Derivatives
by John C. Hull
Any of the above texts will be of immense use. However, this course is based around the Australasian market for derivatives and as such some differences exist between the textbook and what is taught in the lectures. This course also follows closely the body of knowledge deemed necessary for completion of the CFA levels I to III exams.
The following articles are available on MyUni:
• ‘What Does an Option Pricing Model Tell Us About Option Prices?’ by Stephen Figlewski, Financial Analysts Journal, Sept-Oct 1989.
• ‘Risk Without Reward’ by James Glassman, The Browser – HARVARD magazine.
• ‘How Leeson Broke Barings’ by IFCI Risk Institute at www.newrisk.ifci.ch
• ‘Risk Management Lessons from Long-Term Capital Management’ by Philippe Jorion, European Financial Management Journal, 6:277-300, 2000.
• ‘Derivatives Debacles’ by Anatoli Kuprianov, Federal Reserve of Richmond, Economic Quarterly, 81:4, 1995.
Online LearningVideos are available of the topics covered in the course and serve as a learning-aid, not a replacement for attending lectures as the material presented can differ slightly on an annual basis.
Other materials, including supplementary questions & answers, sample and practice examination papers are also available on MyUni for students to work through in addition to the regular tutorial questions.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures
Learning and teaching for this course will be delivered through lectures, supplemented with the reading materials mentioned in the section "Required Resources".
Tutorial classes will be held weekly commencing second week of the semester. Membership of tutorial classes is to be finalised by the end of the second week of semester.
Tutorials are an important component of your learning in this course. The communication skills developed in tutorials by regularly and actively participating in discussions are considered most important by the School and are highly regarded by employers and professional bodies.
Consultation and Communication
Please check your student email and MyUni as course-related announcements are communicated via email and on MyUni.
Lecturer consultation times are advertised on MyUni course website.
Tutors will inform you of their consultation arrangements at your first tutorial. This information will also be placed on MyUni
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This means that you are expected to commit approximately 9 hours for a three-unit course or 13 hours for a four-unit course, of private study outside of your regular classes.
Students in this course are expected to attend all lectures throughout the semester plus one tutorial class each week.
Learning Activities SummaryThe course material is presented in 10 topics, as described below:
1. An Introduction to Futures Markets
2. Principles of Forward and Futures Pricing
3. Hedging with Futures
4. An Introduction to Options Markets
5. Basic Options Valuation
6. The Binomial Option Pricing Model
7. The Black-Scholes Option Pricing Model
8. Options Greeks
9. Options Strategies and Risk Management for Individuals
10. Options on Futures, Currency Derivatives and Exotic Options
*The order of topics is subject to change
Two case studies will also be examined during the semester. They are:
• The Demise of Long-Term Capital Management
• Barings Bank Collapse
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Assessment SummaryThe assessment components are as follows:
Assessment Task Weighting Learning Outcome Due Online test 20% 1,2 week 6 Assignment 30% 3,4 week 11 Final Exam 50% All exam period Total 100%
Assessment Related Requirements1. The assignment should be presented as a professional report for a client. As such the presentation and ‘readability’ of the document will be an important aspect in its assessment.
2. To gain a pass for this course, a total of at least 50% overall must be achieved.
3. Legible hand-writing and the quality of English expression are considered to be integral parts of the assessment process.
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Assessment DetailPractice and sample examination papers complete with solutions guidelines are available on MyUni.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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