January 18-20, 2022 Agricultural Derivatives: Futures, Options, & Swaps




This course provides an in-depth examination of agricultural futures and options. Learn what they are, how they work, how they’re used, and where they are traded. Understand the benefits and limitations of each instrument and how they can be applied to speculative trading and commercial hedging strategies.

Have you hedged too early? Applied the wrong trading tools? Are you familiar with all of the trading and hedging instruments? Do you understand the implications of each tool and technique? We’ll cover all this and more during this dynamic three-day course. You’ll gain a practical understanding of what futures and options are, how they work, how they are used, and how to measure the risks and rewards associated with them.

Topics covered include:

• The vocabulary of futures and options
• The what, why, how, and who of agricultural futures and options markets
• The mathematics of options premiums, historical and implied volatility, and the Greeks
• The differences and similarities of futures and options
• Real-time trading and hedging examples for all products in agricultural markets using futures and options
• Setting up futures, options, and derivatives accounts
• Types of orders used on the exchange
• Margins and futures brokers
• Contract specifications
• Options pricing models: Black-Scholes and Cox-Ross-Rubenstein
• The basis between spot and futures markets
• How option premiums change in various market environments
• Commonly employed tools and techniques for agricultural risk managers
• The difference between historical and implied volatility
• Popular options spread strategies used by speculators and commercial hedgers


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