The last two decades have witnessed explosive growth in derivatives, fuelled by volatile interest rates, exchange rates, and equity prices, as well as financial deregulation and intensified competition among financial institutions. While derivatives have long been a key tool for hedge funds, a number of mutual funds also use derivatives to implement their investment mandate. In this course, you’ll be introduced to basic derivative concepts and how mutual funds and hedge funds use these products. In addition, you’ll learn about the risks and benefits of investing in mutual funds or hedge funds that use derivatives.

Interactive exercises are used throughout the course to enhance your learning experience. By the end of the course, you’ll be better informed about how derivatives affect the performance of mutual funds and hedge funds.