MBA642 Financial Derivatives

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MBA 642 Financial Derivatives


F2P 2009 MB


Kao, Robert


Visiting Assistant Professor of Finance


Ph.D. - Texas A&M University

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Norrington 2B

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Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM


MBA 615 and MBA 640. (Formerly FI 642)

Credit Hours



Fundamentals of Derivatives Markets, 1st Edition by Robert McDonald, Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2009

ISBN-10: 0321357175

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Course Description:
MBA 642 Financial Derivatives: This course provides the student with the necessary skills to value and to use options, futures, and related financial contracts. The financial derivatives are one of the constantly chancing and widely used instruments in today's financial markets. This course will provide rigorous fundamental valuation and explore the strategic and tactical dimensions of derivatives. The topics that will be covered include the valuation of futures contracts on stock indices, on commodities and Treasury instruments; the valuation of options; empirical evidence; strategies with respect to these assets; dynamic asset allocation strategies, of which portfolio insurance is an example; swaps; and the use (and misuse) of derivatives in the context of corporate applications. Prerequisites: MBA 615 and MBA 640. (Formerly FI 642)

Educational Philosophy:

  • Establish a classroom where ideas can be shared, students can be challenged in areas of topic learning and real knowledge can be exchanged.
  • Create an interactive environment which is based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, assignments, websites, and topic-related writings.
  • Motivate the class with available on-campus or off-campus seminars/speakers that would support and inspire student learning.

Class Assessment:
Your grade will be determined by answers to discussion questions and responses, weekly homework assignments, and by the results of tests, final exam, and case projects/papers.  Except as otherwise stated, all submissions will be graded on relevance, comprehensiveness, specificity, clarity and analytical skills, as well as writing skills.


There will be a mid-term exam and a comprehensive final exam during the semester. The exams will consist of problems and essay type questions. Students are expected to take examinations at the scheduled times. There will be no make-up exams. Remedies are possible, but only in documented, urgent, and compelling circumstances, and only if I have been informed in advance. 

Grades will be based on completion of the required assignments as well as exams. Grades will be awarded according to the following schedule:

            Mid-Term Exam                                                       100 points
            Final Exam                                                               100 points

            Homework (7 HW, each 20 pts)                             140 points

            Project/Presentation                                              200 points

            Discussion Questions (Best 6, each 10 pts.)        60 points


            Total                                                                        600 points


540 or above                          A
480-539                                 B

420-479                                 C

360-419                                 D

Below 359                               F

All final exams will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes.  If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late submission of material will not be accepted without prior arrangements being made with the instructor. No late assignments will be accepted after the regular semester ends.  

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to arrive in the classroom before the class starts. Class disruptions from cell phones, pagers or any other device will not be allowed.  During exams, all cell phones etc. must be turned off.   

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Major Topics*


Week 1/October 20, 2009 

Introduction to mechanics of derivatives markets

Discussion questions (Will be provided)

Read: Ch. 1 & 2

Questions: (Will be provided)

Problems-Solving: 1.5, 1.8, 1.9,2.1, 2.4, 2.13, 2.14

Week 2/ October 27, 2009

Risk Management and Strategies

Discussion questions (Will be provided)


Read Ch. 3 & 4  


Questions: (Will be provided)

Problems-Solving: 3.1, 3.2, 3.5, 3.7, 3.10, 4.1, 4.3, 4.5, 4.6

Week 3/November3, 2009

Financial Forwards and Futures

Discussion questions (Will be provided)

Read Ch. 5 & 6

Questions: (Will be provided)

Problems-Solving: 5.2, 5.3, 5.5, 6.1, 6.3, 6.5, 6.7

Week 4/November 10, 2009

Interest Rate Forwards and Futures

Discussion questions (Will be provided)


Mid-Term Exam (Ch. 1-6)

Read Ch. 7

Questions: (Will be provided)

Problems-Solving: 7.2, 7.5, 7.9, 7.11

Week 5/November 17, 2009

Swaps and Put-Call Parity

Discussion questions (Will be provided)

Read Ch. 8 & 9

Questions: (Will be provided)

Problems-Solving: 8.1, 8.2, 8.4, 8.6, 9.1, 9.3, 9.4, 9.7

Project/Presentation Proposal Due

Week 6/November 24, 2009

Binomial Options Pricing and the Black-Scholes Formula

Discussion questions (Will be provided)

Read Ch. 10 & 11

Questions: (Will be provided)

Problems-Solving: 10.1, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 11.5, 11.6, 11.9

Week 7/December 1, 2009

Financial Engineering and Corporate Applications

Discussion questions (Will be provided)

Read Ch. 12 & 13

Questions: (Will be provided)

Problems-Solving: 12.1, 12.4, 12.6, 13.2, 13.7, 13.9, 13.12

Week 8/December 8, 2009


Final Exam: Comprehensive


*Note: Instructor reserves the right to change the subjects due to the progress of the class and unforeseen circumstances.

Academic Honesty:
As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 31


Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 31-32

Attendance Policy:

Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences for two successive weeks, without approved excuse, will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Executive Director for the Graduate School, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 35

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