Pricing of Futures and Forwards

Pricing of Futures and Forwards

In the second video, Abdulla describes how the spot, and forward or futures prices are connected by the arbitrage-free principle. The relationship is based on the costs of carry. In efficient markets, arbitrage activity will generally ensure that the prices in the respective markets are maintained at levels consistent with that principle.
Overview

Buying and selling of assets can be undertaken in any of three markets, spot, forward and futures markets. There is usually a difference in the prices prevailing in spot and forward/futures markets. The difference can be explained by the principle of no arbitrage or arbitrage free pricing principle. The arbitrage free principle is based on the costs of carry- usually referred to as the carry.

Key learning objectives:

  • What connects the spot price and a forward or futures price?

  • What is the cost of carry, and what are its components?

  • How do we calculate the forward price or futures fair value?

  • What do the terms Contango and Backwardation mean?

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Abdulla Javeri

Abdulla Javeri

Abdulla’s career in the financial markets started in 1990 when he entered the trading floor of the London International Financial Futures Exchange, LIFFE, and qualified as a pit trader in equity and equity index options. In 1996, Abdulla became a trainer for regulatory qualifications and then for non-exam courses, primarily covering all major financial products.

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