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Futures and Forward Contracts


The futures market is one of the largest financial markets in the world. Yet it is a market that is not well known, because of its operational complexity. Forward contracts are similar to futures contracts, but they are handled over the counter. This course provides participants with a detailed look at futures and forward contracts, as well as various aspects of futures and forward markets in both Europe and the U.S.

Course Content

  • Attributes of futures
  • Futures vs. forward contracts
  • History and development of futures
  • Futures exchanges and how they function
  • Futures clearing and margining
  • Market practice for forward contracts
  • Pricing of futures and forwards
  • Use of futures and forwards for hedging, arbitrage, financial engineering and speculation
  • Risks associated with futures and forwards


1 day for up to 12 participants

Target Audience

Financial service professionals with at least 1 year experience in financial services who want to understand futures.