Managing risk with financial futures: hedging, pricing, and arbitrage

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Probus, 1993 - Business & Economics - 398 pages
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Today's fast-changing markets are forcing financial institutions, investors and corporations to bear more risk than ever before. A miscalculation or a surprise move in interest rates or foreign currencies can wreak havoc on an institution's bottom line and competitive posture. Despite these perils, there is a shroud of mystery surrounding the very instruments designed to manage these risks - financial futures. Managing Risk with Financial Futures sheds much-needed light on financial futures. It describes how financial futures work and how they can be used to manage the risks associated with today's volatile financial markets. In a logical, step-by-step approach, noted financial futures authority Robert Daigler thoroughly explains every aspect of these fascinating instruments, from pricing to arbitrage to risk management. This book is the most comprehensive and authoritative overview of the financial futures markets ever written. Broad topics addressed include: the mechanics and regulation of the futures markets; pricing and arbitrage of financial futures; characteristics of interest rate, stock index and currency futures; and hedging and risk management strategies. After explaining the principles that underlie the financial futures markets, Dr. Daigler discusses specific risk management strategies. He shows how financial futures can be used to hedge fixed income and equity portfolios, asset/liability gaps, and corporate borrowing costs. In addition, he reveals special hedging applications for insurance companies. Managing Risk with Financial Futures goes much further than any other book in explaining how futures can be used safely to reduce risk and bolster returns. Such complex topicsas duration-based hedging, immunization and hedge ratios are addressed fully, from both a theoretical and practical point of view. Financial futures are a supremely important part of the financial world. Never before have they been written about with such depth and clarity.

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Contents

Quotations Characteristics and Concepts
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Terminology and Concepts for Futures Markets
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PRICING AND ARBITRAGE
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