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EXC 3673 Corporate and Financial Risk Management

EXC 3673 Corporate and Financial Risk Management

Course code: 
EXC 3673
Department: 
Finance
Credits: 
7.5
Course coordinator: 
Adam Walter Winegar
Product category: 
Bachelor
Portfolio: 
BBA - Specialisation in Finance
Semester: 
2020 Spring
Active status: 
Active
Teaching language: 
English
Course type: 
One semester
Introduction

The objective of this course is to provide students with an understanding of corporate and financial risk management: how to measure their financial risks, why corporations should manage them and what tools they may use to do so, which are mainly the derivative securities. The recent financial crisis, however, has also brought into light the dangers that arise from the improper use of derivative instruments. Derivatives allow a firm to fundamentally alter its risk profile but at the same time they facilitate speculation while a third type of participants are the parties who neither speculate nor manage their risk but try to make small profits from mispricing between derivatives and their underlying assets. As a result a basic understanding and intuition of derivatives markets, its instruments and participants is essential not only to students and specialists in finance, but also to general business practitioners.

During this course you will learn the principles behind risk management and how derivative instruments can be used to change the risk profile of a corporation or simply a financial position. You will also learn the basics about the derivatives markets, namely the regulated exchanges and the over-the-counter markets, and their main characteristics that are important from the point of view of the use and pricing of derivative instruments. The course then delves deeper into the basic derivative instruments, options, forwards, futures (both financial and commodity) and swaps, and deals with their structure, use, pricing and hedging. The central ideas around which the whole course is constructed are those of hedging, replication and arbitrage. These ideas will be developed both through economic reasoning and practical examples as well as technical applications. A certain level of mathematically based theory is required to fully understand, appreciate and be able to apply such a technical subject.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

The students will acquire a good understanding of the derivatives markets and the derivatives securities available for trading. More specifically the students will develop their understanding with respect to the following topics:

  • The need to identify the factors to which a firm or a financial position is exposed and the ways to measure risk.
  • The principle behind risk-management and the ability to evaluate risk-management practices.
  • The derivatives markets which are the regulated exchanges and the over-the-counter markets, their participants, their basic functioning and the idiosyncrasies of each.
  • The structure and specifics of the basic derivative securities, futures, forwards, options and swaps.
  • The principles behind the pricing of each of the derivative securities, namely no-arbitrage when replication is possible and the bounds and relationships that the no-arbitrage assumption imposes.
  • Understand the applicability and limitations of the standard pricing techniques.
  • The economic role of the derivative securities and the way they are being and can be used in practice.

 

Learning outcomes - Skills
  • During the acquisition of the above mentioned knowledge the students will acquire the following skills:
  • Identify risk factors and represent the payoff of a derivative product both diagrammatically and mathematically.
  • Calculate various measures of the total risk of a corporation or a financial position.
  • Alter the exposure to a risk factor using derivative securities and plot the final exposure.
  • Construct and evaluate various strategies using derivatives.
  • Price forwards and futures using the cost of carry model.
  • Price options and other derivative securities using the binomial model.
  • Price options using the Black & Scholes option pricing model.
  • Hedge forwards and futures.
  • Hedge options using the binomial model.
     
General Competence
  • The acquired theoretical and practical knowledge provided by the course should enable the student to first understand and be able to apply the basic principle behind the pricing and hedging of derivative instruments especially from the point of view of risk management. Further the student should acquire the ability to appreciate the financial and economic opportunities that derivative instruments offer while also being able to critically assess their role and practical value in light of how these products are being used in practice..
Course content
  1. Risk-management and derivative securities
  2. Basic strategies, insurance and hedging using futures, options and swaps
  3. Financial Forwards and Futures: Pricing and hedging
  4. Commodity Futures: Pricing and cross hedging
  5. Parity and other Option relationships
  6. Binomial Option pricing: Static replication
  7. Black-Scholes Option pricing model
Teaching and learning activities

The course will include a combination of lectures and plenary tutorials where solutions to exercises will be explained and practical examples will be presented. Several exercises and practice questions will be uploaded on the course website on itslearning in addition to the graded homework assignments. 

Specific information regarding any aspect of the course or student evaluation will be provided in class. Please note that whilst attendance is not compulsory, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain any information provided in class that is not included on the course website on itslearning or in the text book. The course website on itslearning is not designed for the purpose of students who choose not to attend class.

Spreadsheets (Excel) will be used for certain practical applications and examples. It is recommended that students are familiar with their use.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information

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Required prerequisite knowledge

EXC 3671 Corporate Finance, EXC 3612 Investment Analysis, EXC 3672 Analyses of Financial Data, EXC 3670 Financial Markets and Institutions, or equivalent.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationSupport materialsGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Structured test
Exam code:
EXC36732
Grading scale:
ECTS
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
Examination when next scheduled course
20Yes 2 Hour(s)
  • BI-approved exam calculator
  • Simple calculator
  • Bilingual dictionary
  • Interest table
Individual Mid-term exam
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
EXC36733
Grading scale:
ECTS
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Resit:
Examination when next scheduled course
80Yes3 Hour(s)
  • BI-approved exam calculator
  • Simple calculator
  • Bilingual dictionary
  • Interest table
Individual
Exams:
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Structured test
Weight:20
Invigilation:Yes
Grouping (size):Individual
Support materials:
  • BI-approved exam calculator
  • Simple calculator
  • Bilingual dictionary
  • Interest table
Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Comment:Mid-term exam
Exam code:EXC36732
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:80
Invigilation:Yes
Grouping (size):Individual
Support materials:
  • BI-approved exam calculator
  • Simple calculator
  • Bilingual dictionary
  • Interest table
Duration:3 Hour(s)
Comment:
Exam code:EXC36733
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
Total weight: 
100
Workload activityDurationType of durationComment student effort
Teaching36Hour(s)
Review of assignments in plenary6Hour(s)
Examination2Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching73Hour(s)
Group work / Assignments38Hour(s)Preparation of home assignments and mid-term exam.
Self study45Hour(s)
Expected student effort:
Workload activity:Teaching
Duration:36 Hour(s)
Comment:
Workload activity:Review of assignments in plenary
Duration:6 Hour(s)
Comment:
Workload activity:Examination
Duration:2 Hour(s)
Comment:
Workload activity:Prepare for teaching
Duration:73 Hour(s)
Comment:
Workload activity:Group work / Assignments
Duration:38 Hour(s)
Comment:Preparation of home assignments and mid-term exam.
Workload activity:Self study
Duration:45 Hour(s)
Comment:
Sum workload: 
200

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.