BUS 487 - Global Derivatives Markets
This elective is a practical, trading oriented course that gives students exposure to the global capital and derivatives markets. We take a real-world approach to the global capital markets, as the students explore the derivatives trading environment. Each class begins with a detailed discussion of the markets and recent market events; required reading consists of a daily financial news publication. There is no traditional text book for this course, and prior knowledge of derivatives is not required. Students are divided into "trading desks" to simulate a real world trading environment. Each team devises a portfolio of trades to value and risk throughout the semester. Seminar-style classes are divided between lecture format, team work, student presentations and discussion. There will also be a variety of visiting speakers who will share their trading experiences. Researching and understanding the financial markets is a major component of the course, and current events will determine the decision making strategies of each team's projects.