FINM 37500

Fixed Income Derivatives

Winter Quarter
Instructor: Mark Hendricks

The course covers key models and techniques needed to manage and price fixed-income derivatives. Additionally, the course discusses practical market considerations in using fixed-income derivatives for trading, hedging, etc. Instruments include futures, swaps, swaptions, caps, and floors. Throughout, we focus on how these markets operate in practice and how models and techniques of the course are applied to these markets. The course explores key models in discrete and continuous time, with a particular focus on interest-rate trees and Black's models. It also includes an introduction to modeling volatility and skew. This course does not cover the issue of credit risk.

Weekly homework assignments have an applied focus, using market data to test models, explore markets, and manage trades. The course has a proctored final exam.

This course counts towards the Options and Derivatives concentration.