Derivatives

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Singapore Exchange (SGX) is pleased to welcome Jefferies Singapore Ltd as a Clearing and Trading member to its derivatives market. Chew Sutat, Head of Sales and Clients at SGX said, “We are glad that Jefferies has decided on SGX as their first...
Reuters  Sep 17  Comment 
The U.S. derivatives regulator on Wednesday met to propose a new rule for safety margins for uncleared swaps, a last remaining building block in its efforts to make the $710 trillion global market safer.
Mondo Visione  Sep 16  Comment 
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx) announced that the morning trading sessions of both the securities and derivatives markets have been delayed due to the issuance of Typhoon Signal No. 8. If Typhoon Signal No. 8 or above remains...
Mondo Visione  Sep 12  Comment 
Summit, NJ; September 12, 2014: TeraExchange, a swap execution facility registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), announced that it launched the first regulated platform for bitcoin derivatives and a spot bitcoin price...
Mondo Visione  Sep 9  Comment 
Over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives continue to be an integral part of end-user risk management strategies, according to a survey published today by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) at its 2014 ISDA Annual North...
Reuters  Sep 9  Comment 
Reuters Market Eye - Eicher Motors Ltd , TVS Motor Co Ltd , SKS Microfinance Ltd , MindTree Ltd and Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd gain between 1-2 percent on inclusion in NSE's equity derivatives segment.




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Derivatives are investment vehicles whose price is dependent on an underlying asset. The most common form of derivatives include stock options, futures & swaps. Options are contracts that give the holder the right but not the obligation to buy or sell a specific security at a pre-determined price on a pre-determined date. The two kinds of options are call and put options. A call holder has the right but not the obligation to “call” stock away from the call writer. So as the price of the underlying security, in this case a stock moves up (or down) the call option becomes worth more (or less). Since derivatives are essentially a contract with an associated value there are many forms of derivatives. Some companies use derivatives to hedge against natural resource price swings or fluctuations in weather that may affect yields.

Derivatives are used by investors to:

  • Provide leverage (or gearing), such that a small movement in the underlying value can cause a large difference in the value of the derivative
  • Speculate and make a profit if the value of the underlying asset moves the way they expect (e.g., moves in a given direction, stays in or out of a specified range, reaches a certain level)
  • Hedge or mitigate risk in the underlying, by entering into a derivative contract whose value moves in the opposite direction to their underlying position and cancels part or all of it out
  • Obtain exposure to the underlying where it is not possible to trade in the underlying (e.g., weather derivatives)
  • create option ability where the value of the derivative is linked to a specific condition or event (e.g. the underlying reaching a specific price level)


Example: A lease option to buy a house. The lease contract has terms that give you the right to buy the house at a specific price any time you want (until the lease contract expires). Suppose the terms stated that you could buy the house anytime within the first year of leasing from the owner for 100,000. If the price of the house (local real estate boom) increased to 150,000 you could buy the house for 100,000 and then sell it for 150,000 for a profit of 50,000. If the price of house price dropped (perhaps crime increase) you would have no incentive to exercise your option to buy, so you let that contract expire (worthless) and you do not buy the house. As illustrated here, the contract derives its value NOT from the paper on which it is written, but from the actual market price of another object (the house in this case). This is the basic premise for instruments of specualation known as derivatives.

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