Derivatives and Risk Management
Coursework Assignment 2016/17
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QUESTION 1: HEDGING STRATEGY 50%
A wealthy UK investor has a well-diversified portfolio of UK equities (60%), international equities
(20%), UK government bonds (10%) and cash deposit (10%) and the portfolio is currently
worth £5 million. He has been tracking the level of the FTSE100 index for some time
and believes that the FTSE100 index is unlikely to be above 7800 or below 6800 by the end
of April 2017.
Assume this investor has asked for your advice with regard to the use of FTSE100 futures
and/or options strategies that will make a profit should his view of the market be correct. You
should be aware, however, that although your client is a high net worth individual, he
absolutely hates losing money. Any strategies you suggest, therefore, must not lose more
than £200,000 under any circumstances.
1. Collect relevant end of day FTSE 100 index prices before mid August 2016 (and ongoing as
relevant), stating the date obtained. Research and report the performance of the UK stock
market, with extra marks awarded for good quantitative analysis provided. —10%
2. Collect the relevant futures and/or option prices, using these prices obtained to construct
THREE different trading strategies that would be expected to yield a profit should
the investor’s view of the future performance of the FTSE100 be correct within this end
of April 2017 time span.
You should provide a detailed justification of each strategy, and this is expected to include
a theoretical pricing analysis of the futures/options chosen, as well as a scenario
analysis to confirm that the strategy cannot lose more than £200,000.
(In this exercise you are creating a new investment strategy, so you should ignore the
risk on the existing £5 million portfolio.) —40%
3. As a separate exercise, devise a separate strategy that would protect the investor’s equity
component of her current £5 million portfolio should the FTSE 100 fall below 6800
before the end of April 2016.
As before, you should provide a detailed justification of the strategy. —15%
QUESTION 2: TRADING 50%
Commencing Monday 20th of April (week 8)
, you will have two weeks to trade and hedge an
option/stock portfolio. Trading activity will end on Friday March 31st (week 10). In this activity,
you should devise trading strategies, actively manage these strategies and finally you should
analyse the performance of your strategy. The objective of your strategies is to make money
but the grade awarded will be based on
• A logical, coherent strategy designed to make money
• A demonstration of lecture theory in a practical setting showing your understanding.
• An analysis of the strategy performance apropos of the original intention
You will be assigned a particular stock as per the list at the end of this document, and you
must only trade in this stock and its derivatives.
Although this is an individual assignment, you are allowed to meet with your fellow classmates
to discuss your ideas. These meetings should commence ASAP and should discuss
trading strategies and should analyse the current portfolio performance.
A report of between 800 and 1200 words must be submitted by the assignment deadline.
Trading activities must be included in the report’s Appendix. e.g., after each trade, you should
have a paragraph contains the following,
• The date of the trading
• All of that days’ activities.
– E.g. Bought 2000 shares of YHOO at $34.10
– Sold 200 YHOO Dec Call Options, Strike = $35 at $4.50 each
You should have between two and three trading strategies. These should differ from each
other in order to cover various aspects of stock/option performance characteristics. The
strategies should also be viewed as part of an overall portfolio in terms of risk and market
0.1 TRADING IDEAS
Your objective is to make money. Your final P&L will not impact on your grade but it should
provide you with an indication of your performance. Here are some tips and ideas to get you
started but theses are just some of the possible avenues that you can explore. The Lec-ture
notes and the recommended readings will provide you with all of the relevant literature.
Remember, your grade will be awarded on strategy rationale, the implementation of that
rationale and on your subsequent examination of your experience.
1 I would strongly recommend everyone to go to the Bloomberg room and start some informal trading before the commencement date
1. Volatility trading, do you believe that implied volatility is too low or too high? Assuming
you do, there are many different ways to capitalise on your belief.
2. Payoff construction. You believe that the stock will behave in a certain manner over a
period of time. Construct an option/stock strategy to develop this idea.
3. Relative cheapness/richness. You believe that one option/stock is cheap relative to another.
Don’t forget that the simulation exercise allows you to experiment and demonstrate with your
theoretical understanding gained from the lecture series.
0.2 RISK LIMITS
Your must demonstrate an awareness of the risks associated with your trading portfolio. e.g, if
a geopolitical event occurs and volatilities jump by 10%, what are the implications for your
Table 0.1: List of Stocks to Trade
SURNAME FORNAME Stock
Tian Yu BABA US
Kaba Abdoul K MRK US
Bakare Adebukola Abiodun BSX US
Bekolari Taoulant NOK US
Krishnamoorty Harishangaran GE US
Oledibe Nnanna Osita INTC US
Pushparaj Pooja PFE US
Amezquita Mejia Mayra Alejandra EXPE US
Mriziga Salma YHOO US
Jandara Jalal FB US
Booslah Ourida MU US
Amerbekova Nataliia AXP US
Ghebrekidus Rami BA US
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