Course Overview:

This advanced course in futures and options trading is designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of these complex financial instruments. Whether you are an experienced trader or a newcomer to the derivatives markets, this program covers a wide range of topics, from advanced strategies and risk management to real-world applications.

Foundations of Futures and Options

  • Introduction to Derivatives Markets
  • Differences Between Futures and Options
  • Historical Perspective and Evolution
  • Risk and Rewards of Derivatives Trading

Advanced Option Strategies (Part 1)

  • Covered Calls and Protective Puts
  • Straddle and Strangle Strategies
  • Butterfly and Iron Condor Spreads
  • Using Options to Generate Income

Advanced Option Strategies (Part 2)

  • Ratio Spreads: Call Ratio Backspread and Put Ratio Backspread
  • Synthetic Positions and Conversion Reversal Arbitrage
  • Exotic Options: Binary Options, Asian Options, and More
  • Advanced Volatility Trading Strategies

Advanced Futures Strategies

  • Spreading and Spread Trading Strategies
  • Calendar Spreads and Interdelivery Spreads
  • Futures Arbitrage Strategies
  • Delta-Hedging with Futures

Risk Management in Derivatives

  • Delta, Gamma, Vega, and Theta: Understanding the Greeks
  • Volatility Skew and Smile
  • Portfolio Greeks and Risk Mitigation
  • Stress Testing and Scenario Analysis

Advanced Trading Psychology

  • Emotions and Decision-Making in Trading
  • Mental Discipline and Avoiding Common Mistakes
  • Developing a Trading Plan for Advanced Strategies
  • Backtesting and Strategy Evaluation

Real-Life Case Studies

  • Analyzing Real-World Trading Scenarios
  • Handling Complex Market Situations
  • Case Studies in Hedging and Speculation
  • Regulatory Compliance and Reporting

Algorithmic Trading with Derivatives

  • Automated Trading Systems for Futures and Options
  • Building and Testing Algorithmic Strategies
  • Execution Platforms and Infrastructure
  • Risk Management in Algorithmic Trading

Options on Futures (Futures Options)

  • Introduction to Options on Futures
  • Strategies Using Futures Options
  • Commodity and Index Options
  • Managing Risks with Futures Options

Advanced Risk Management Techniques

  • Value at Risk (VaR) in Derivatives Trading
  • Stress Testing and Scenarios for Complex Portfolios
  • Margin Management and Portfolio Hedging
  • Risk Management Software and Tools

Trading in International Markets

  • Trading Futures and Options on Foreign Exchanges
  • Cross-Currency Futures and Options
  • Global Economic Factors and Their Impact
  • Currency Risk Management

Assessment Methods:

  • Weekly Quizzes and Assignments
  • Case Study Analysis
  • Trading Simulation Performance Evaluation

  • Prerequisites:

This is an advanced course, and participants should have prior knowledge of basic futures and options concepts. Completion of an introductory-level derivatives course or equivalent experience is recommended.

Note: The curriculum is subject to updates to incorporate the latest developments in derivatives trading. Students will have access to real-time market data and trading platforms throughout the course for practical application

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