Derivative Products

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Derivative Products

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    FN 2028 Financial Mathematics or FN 3005 Foundations of Corporate Finance
    FN 3032 Foundations of Investment
    FN 3113 Corporate Finance 

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course discusses and evaluate the role of derivative securities in managing risk, as well as the general principles underlying the pricing and valuation of derivative securities

    In recent years there has been a significant growth of markets for futures contracts and options. Employing these instruments, firms and portfolio managers hedge risk and/or alter the distribution of the returns on their portfolios thus benefiting investors.

    As a result of taking this module, the student should be able to:
    1. Discuss the main characteristics of derivatives products and assess the limitations of derivative markets.
    2. Explain the role of arbitrage and construct simple derivative securities’ strategies to hedge various risks and reflect on the need for their use in hedging risk.
    3. Demonstrate knowledge of pricing of derivatives products, and interpret the emerging payoffs.
    4. Valuation of alternative derivative products through applying the appropriate theory.

    In congruence with the teaching and learning strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    - Class lectures and seminar-style class discussion of key terms and concepts with appropriate examples. Use of case studies.
    - Office hours: students are encouraged to make full use of the office hours of their instructor, where they can ask questions, see their exam paper, and/or go over lecture material.
    - Use of Blackboard
    - Guest lectures
    - Field visits (students engagement/project involvement) 


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