Erik Banks – The Options Applications Handbook
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The Options Applications Handbook offers a lucid, down-to-earth introduction to the fundamentals of options, explaining how options can be used for various purposes, such as options on exchange rates, interest rates, stocks, futures, and fixed-income securities.
With the help of this on-target guide, readers will be able to understand basic option types…use standard market terminology…grasp the costs, benefits, and risks of basic option positions…identify key factors that affect the price of an option…and see how pricing models have been modified for specialized options. The Options Applications Handbook covers in detail:
Conventional Options_focuses on the mechanics of call and put options, basic option payoff profiles, and the creation of synthetic options/assets
Exotic Options_explores second generation option contracts, such as path dependent options and path independent derivatives, that build on the basic structure of conventional options
Option-Embedded Securities_demonstrates how flexible options can be embedded in securities to build customized funding/risk/investment tools
Option-Embedded Derivatives_illustrates how options can be combined with other derivatives to create customized risk/investment products, such as callable and puttable swaps
Option Strategies_describes how options can be used in combinations to create risk management and speculative views on a particular reference asset
Corporate and Investor Applications_examines how to utilize options for hedging, speculating, arbitraging, and value monetization
An Overview of Option Pricing_surveys basic pricing matters, including intrinsic and time value, moneyness, and pricing inputs _ Option Pricing Models_outlines option pricing frameworks, such as the Black-Scholes process and the binomial model
Hedging Option Portfolios_discusses how market-makers and dealers risk-manage their portfolios in practice
Risk and Control Issues_considers option risk control, including credit and market portfolio risk management and internal financial and audit processes
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