Derivatives: An Introduction

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Derivatives: An Introduction


Whether you are a potential investor, a policy maker or a member of the media, or a financial professional seeking to expand your derivatives product knowledge, this 48-page guide brings the markets to life.

Derivatives:  An Introduction to Futures, Options and Swaps Markets covers the essential such as physical commodities, bonds, foreign exchange, real estate, and other asset classes — and the exchanges on which they trade. The guide further explains the vital roles of hedgers and speculators, and the important functions of clearinghouses, industry professionals, and regulators. Lastly, the guide covers market safeguards and important developments within the industry's regulatory framework.

What's Inside?

Derivative markets have become a central contributor to the stability of the global financial system and are vital to the functioning of the real economy.  You will learn how and why these markets function and the critical risk-management role derivatives play in the global economy.   Coverage includes:

  • Origins and Purpose of the Derivatives Markets
  • Derivative Contracts: Futures, Options and Swaps 
  • Market Institutions: Exchanges, Clearinghouses, Swap Execution Facilities, Swaps Data Repositories
  • Professionals and Participants: Brokers, Pools, Trading Advisors and more
  • Hedging and Speculation
  • Regulation of U.S. Derivatives Markets: Government and Self-Regulatory Agencies
    • Commodity Futures Modernization Act (CFMA) of 2000
    • Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010
    • Amendments to the Commodity Exchange Act
    • MiFiD II and MiFIR
  • Derivatives After the Global Financial Crisis


The guide also includes a helpful glossary of definitions and industry jargon.


Derivatives: An Introduction to Futures, Options and Swaps Markets: ISBN-13: 978-0-692-77294-2

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