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2019/2020  KAN-CFIVO1007U  Derivatives and Fixed Income

English Title
Derivatives and Fixed Income

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Peter Feldhütter - Department of Finance (FI)
Main academic disciplines
  • Finance
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 27-03-2020

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Learning objectives
  • understand and explain the payoff and risk properties of the main types of derivative securities
  • understand and explain how derivative securities can be used for risk management
  • understand, explain, and apply the central methods and models for the pricing of derivative securities
Prerequisites for registering for the exam (activities during the teaching period)
Number of compulsory activities which must be approved: 1
Compulsory home assignments
The student must get 1 out of 2 assignments approved in order to attend the
ordinary exam. The students work in groups of 3 or 4. For each assignment, the group hands in a report (their answers to the questions stated in the assignment) of at most 3 pages per student.

Students will not have extra opportunities to get the required number of compulsory activities approved prior to the ordinary exam. If a student has not received approval of the required number of compulsory activities or has been ill, the student cannot participate in the ordinary exam.
If a student prior to the retake is still missing approval for the required number of compulsory activities and meets the pre-conditions set out in the program regulations, an extra assignment is possible.

The extra assignment is a 10 page home assignment that will cover the required number of compulsory activities. If approved, the student will be able to attend retake.
Derivatives and Fixed Income:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Please see text below
No maximum number of pages, students have 4 hours to complete the assignment.
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Spring
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The course deals with the properties, the applications, and the pricing of derivative securities. More specifically, the topics include

  • general properties, applications, and pricing results for forwards and futures
  • option strategies
  • review and refinements of binomial models
  • introduction to Brownian motions
  • the Black-Scholes option pricing model
  • the Black 76 model for options on forwards/futures
  • hedging strategies and the "Greeks"
  • volatility smiles
  • tree-based interest rate models
  • continuous-time interest rate models
  • pricing of interest rate derivatives (such as bonds, swaps, futures, options on bonds, caps, floors, swaptions)
  • Monte Carlo simulation

Excel is used wherever relevant.

Description of the teaching methods
Lectures and exercises
Feedback during the teaching period
The teacher provides solutions to exercises allowing the students to check their abilities to solve relevant problems. The teacher might offer quizzes giving students a quick indication of their understanding of certain topics. The teacher might also offer feedback on the mandatory hand-in assignments.
Student workload
Lectures 33 hours
Preparation for lectures 66 hours
Exercise classes 14 hours
Preparation for exercise classes 70 hours
Assignment 8 hours
Final preparation for exam 11 hours
Exam 4 hours
Expected literature

Hull: Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives; 9th global ed., 2017, Pearson

Last updated on 27-03-2020