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Options, Futures, and Other Derivative Contracts – Hedging and Speculation Vehicles in Risk Management for Savvy Investors

Module Details
Audience: All Levels
Duration: 4 hours
Location: Miami Herbert Business School, University of Miami


Effective risk management identifies, assesses, and controls numerous sources of risk, both financial and nonmarket related, in an effort to achieve the highest possible level of reward for the risks incurred. With the increasingly complex nature of investment portfolios, sophisticated risk management techniques have been developed to provide investors with the necessary tools to hedge and/or speculate varying facets of risk.

This module discusses risk management strategies using options, futures, CDS, swaps, interest rate options, and swaptions.

It specifically addresses the following elements:

The module can benefit sophisticated savvy investors who are able and willing to explore opportunities and challenges in derivative markets. Trading derivatives is risky and does not fit many investors. However, understanding derivative securities and their roles in risk management is much needed by all sophisticated savvy investors.


Tie Su

Dr. Tie Su, CFA, Department of Finance, Associate Professor, Finance

Research Interests - Option pricing and hedging; asset valuation; and market microstructure

Featured Publications –

“Weak and Semi-Strong Form Stock Return Predictability Revisited,” (with Wayne Ferson and Andrea Heuson), Management Science

"Discretionary Reductions in Warrant Exercise Prices," Journal of Financial Economics (coauthor with Howe)

"How the Equity Market Responds to Unanticipated Events," Journal of Business (coauthor with Patel and Brooks)

"A Simple Cost Reduction Strategy for Liquidity Traders: Trade at the Opening," Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis (coauthor with Brooks)

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