- Derivatives what they are, types, where they trade, etc.
- Key differences between exchange-traded and over-the-counter products
- Exchange-traded options, pricing, hedging, speculating
- OTC options like caps, floors, collars and exotics
- Swaps including basic features, role of the swap dealer, and types
- How investment funds and structured products use derivatives
- The function of exchanges and clearinghouses
- OTC forwards and other futures contracts
- Determining client suitability
- Strategies based on market outlook and risk tolerance level
- Entering orders
- Executing orders on exchanges
- Payment for options, exercise assignment, or option expiry
- Tax implications of listed options trading
- Learning Map
- Interactive resources including textbook material in PDF format
- Interactive exercises and practice quizzes
- Course updates
- Access to online discussion forums and assistance from CSI's academic support specialists
|Approximate Hours of Study**|
|Hours of Study||60 - 90 hours|
** In order to provide some guidance to course participants as to the length of time it will take to be sufficiently prepared to write the final examination, CSI has prepared this estimate of the number of hours an average participant could possibly expect to spend studying for a course. Please note that these are only recommended hours of study developed based on research and our course content, however, this does not mean that some students with exceptional backgrounds would not take less time than recommended or that students with no background at all in finance or economics would not take longer than the maximum.
(weightings are approximate)
|An Overview of Derivatives||3%|
|Exchange Traded Options||14%|
|How Investment Funds and Structured Products Use Derivatives||6%|
|A Review of the Risk and Reward Profiles of Common Option Strategies||16%|
|Opening and Maintaining Option Accounts||25%|
|The Role of Clearing Corporations and Exchanges in Listed Options Trading||10%|
|Contract Adjustments and Special Considerations and Risks of Non-Equity Options||8%|
|Exam Format||Paper Or Computer Based|
|Exam Length||3 Hours|
|Question Format||Multiple Choice|
|Questions Per Exam||110|
|Attempts Allowed Per Exam||3*|
|Enrolment Period||1 year†|
|COURSE COMPLETION NOTICE AND WALL CERTIFICATE|
On successful completion of this course you will be able to download a Notice of Course Completion available through your student profile. This will remain on your profile as formal indication of course completion.
CSI will mail you a wall certificate within 4 - 6 weeks of course completion. If you would like to purchase a frame to display your certificate please click here. Please ensure that your First and Last Name on your profile match your First and Last Name on your Government Issued Photo identification - this will ensure you receive an accurate certificate.
CSI will be pleased to issue an Honors Certificate to all students who obtain a final course mark of 85% or higher.
*There is no charge for your first attempt at a paper-based exam within Canada, as long as it's at a regular exam center and you provide a minimum of 14 days notice before the date that you want to write the exam. If you would like to write a computer-based exam, an additional fee will be required.
Each subsequent paper-based exam attempt at a regular exam centre within Canada will also require an additional fee. This fee is in addition to any special, computer-based or international fees that may apply. You must provide a minimum of 14 days notice within Canada at a regular exam centre and 4 weeks notice for all other centres. Please note that the date of the exam is not part of any notice period.
†Please note: Access to your online materials will close 2 weeks after successful course completion or course expiry (whichever comes first). This course can be extended by 1 year provided you have not exceeded the attempts allowed for each exam. You can view CSI extension fees here. Your enrolment period can only be extended one time.
Important: During a student's enrolment period, CSI may update this course. In that case, details about the update and how it may affect students will be posted online via My CSI. Students are held responsible for and are examinable on the content in the course textbook(s) provided at the time of enrollment unless stated otherwise in My CSI. Students are encouraged to check My CSI regularly throughout their enrolment period.
Continuing Education (CE) Credits
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