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FINC306 Derivatives

A comprehensive analysis of the properties of options and futures, offering a no-arbitrage theoretical framework within which all derivatives can be valued and hedged.

Derivative securities are the most rapidly growing area in the global financial market. In 2010, the notional global market value of derivatives was USD 605 trillion, 10 times world GDP. That of primary financial assets was only twice world GDP. Given the large, growing size of the derivative market, a careful study of derivative securities becomes very important to a financial analyst.

Paper title Derivatives
Paper code FINC306
Subject Finance
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $912.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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FINC 202
Schedule C

Teaching staff

Dr Beam Aschakulporn

Paper Structure
Topics covered:
  • Simple arbitrage relationships for forward and futures contracts
  • Hedging and basis risk
  • Stock index futures
  • Swaps
  • Trading strategies involving options
  • Valuation of options using a binomial model and the Black-Scholes formula
  • Financial engineering
  • Security design

Derivatives Markets, 3rd edition, by McDonald, Robert L., 2013 (Pearson Higher Education, Inc.).
Fundamentals of Derivatives Markets, by McDonald, Robert L., 2009 (Pearson Education, Inc.).

Course outline
View the course outline for FINC 306
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will:

  • Understand the concepts of forward and futures contracts and how to price them using no-arbitrage principle
  • Understand the concept and pricing of swaps
  • Price options using binomial tree method
  • Price options using Black-Scholes formula
  • Analyse the derivatives embedded in structured products

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 9-14, 16-22
Wednesday 14:00-15:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 14:00-14:50 9-14, 16-22
A3 Thursday 14:00-14:50 9-14, 16-22
A4 Thursday 15:00-15:50 9-14, 16-22