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Volatility: Trading and Managing Risk

An intensive 3-day programme providing fundamental and practical insights into the nature of volatility and how to trade and manage a wide range of volatility products. Presented by Simon Acomb and Dr. Ser-Huang Poon THE COURSE The course starts by analysing the role of volatility in the current financial markets including the causes and impact of volatility smiles on a variety of financial products. This leads into sessions on the application of a range of volatility derivatives such as volatility futures and options, tradeable volatility products such as VXX, and volatility swaps. The final part of the programme covers the treatment of volatility in the more popular stochastic volatility models used in the industry such as SABR and Heston and provides insights into the most relevant approaches to modelling volatility under current market conditions. PRIOR KNOWLEDGE Basic econometrics and Black-Scholes. Participants will also need to be competent users of Excel. WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Derivative traders Quants Fund managers, fund of funds Structured product teams Private wealth managers Risk managers and regulators Finance directors Research analysts Bank and corporate treasury managers

About LFS
London Financial Studies is a specialist teaching resource that concentrates exclusively on capital markets. We offer individuals, teams and companies a unique and expert teaching resource that combines theoretical understanding with practical experience. LFS is well known for its personal approach and the economic value that it delivers to clients.

This program is accredited by the CFA and Institute members are eligible for 24 Continuing Education credit hours.

Volatility: Trading and Managing Risk


DAY I Black-Scholes Revisit A quick revision of Black-Scholes and Ito lemma Black-Scholes Greeks Black-Scholes Implied Vol and Implied RN Distribution Examples of derivatives sensitive to vol Surface Stochastic Volatility and SV Option Pricing Models Jumps? Local Vol Is Black-Scholes implied vol a volatility? Is Local Vol a Stochastic Vol? Dupire Equation Implementation Local vol as a conditional expectation of instantaneous vol Flattening of the local vol surface Surface dynamic under local vol Stochastic Local Vol Workshop Local Vol Calibration Trading on Realised Volatility Volatility Skew and Smile Extrapolating and Interpolating Volatility Surfaces The Greeks Trading Skew and Kurtosis Trading Implied Volatility Variance Swaps and Volatility Swaps Workshop - Fitting a volatility surface and pricing a variance swap

The Teachers
Dr. Simon Acomb has been until recently a managing director at Morgan Stanley as global head of the Equities Analytic Modelling Group. He now works as a consultant and trainer in mathematical finance. Dr. Ser-Huang Poon is a Professor of Finance at Manchester Business School and has held several visiting appointments at universities in the U.S., Canada, the Netherlands and Singapore. She is internationally renowned for her volatility research. Her work, with Nobel laureate Clive Granger, was cited on Nobel web site as reference reading in volatility, and has won the Financial Analysts Journal Graham and Dodd Scroll Award for Excellence for 2005. She has published papers in international top ranking journals and has written three books, including a Wiley book on forecasting volatility.

Volatility: Trading and Managing Risk


DAY II Heston Looking at volatility dynamics in the real world Volatility stylized facts; realised vol and volatility as a latent factor Heston and the square root process Problem with complex root The Heston fundamental PDE & assumptions Physical vs. risk neutral parameters Vol surface sensitivity to Heston parameters Heston parameters and Black-Scholes Implied vol Variance swap and volatility derivative pricing under Heston Simulating the Heston Dynamics Workshop - Heston simulation and calibration Trading on Volatility Indices Volatility indices VIX and VSTOXX Volatility as an Asset Class VXX and VXZ Incorporating Volatility into an Investment Portfolio Futures and Options on Volatility Indices The need for a stochastic volatility model Hedging Volatility Indices Options on realised variance Workshop - Finding a risk neutral distribution of volatility. Relating VIX and variance swaps Our work is built on four complementary key values

Practical application
What we teach is soundly based in current best practice. Our teachers have extensive practical experience in relevant capital markets.

Intellectual clarity
Our teachers are first class communicators and acknowledged experts in their fields. They combine extensive practical experience with profound theoretical understanding. As skilled communicators, they get the message across quickly and effectively. Course exercises deliver effective practical learning that participants remember long after leaving the classroom.

Personal approach
We try to understand the needs of each person and structure courses and packages of real benefit to them. All our teaching groups are small enough to enable individual needs to be assessed and met continually.

Economic value
We understand the commercial environment in which our clients operate. What we teach them delivers tangible benefits to their personal performance and the bottom line of their companies.

Volatility: Trading and Managing Risk


DAY III SABR, Bergomi and volatility derivatives in hedging SABR: Stochastic Alpha, Beta and Rho Surface dynamic under SABR SABR Parameters and Calibration SABR in interest rate Modelling and LMM-SABR Bergomis consistent variance curve Bergomi dynamics for forward volatility The impact of correlation between forward variances on the valuation of forward staring volatility derivatives The use if VIX futures and iPath to hedge extreme risks Workshop - SABR calibration to S&P and interest rate data Hedging Volatility Exposure Hedging volatility exposure of a book of exotic options Static versus Dynamic Hedging Impact of Model choice Smile risk Understanding greeks Vega convexity Workshop - Finding the best vega hedge Course review and conclusions
Global markets are fast moving, complex and evolving continuously. High-quality professional education is vital to maintain performance.

Tight Focus
Our expertise is in capital markets. That is what we concentrate on. We offer courses and packages on a wide range of topics in this important and complex area. This tight focus enables us to deliver teaching that is uniquely effective and useful.

Theory and practice


The professional and personal qualities of our course leaders are crucial: effective learning can only be delivered by exceptional teachers. At London Financial Studies we are able to attract prominent practitioners and academics all of whom have a clear and thorough grasp of their subjects and wide, practical experience. They are all expert communicators with the ability to impart their knowledge in a clear and engaging way.

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The course fee is 1095 plus VAT* per day and includes lunch, refreshments, full documentation, all relevant Excel macros and spreadsheets and access to our on-line Library. An early booking discount of 10% is available for bookings made more than 20 working days before the start of the course. Multiple booking discounts are also available. Invoices will be sent out with payment instructions and are payable by the earlier of 14 days from receipt or the first day of the course. Volatility: Trading and Managing Risk (Please fill in 1 form for each booking) PLEASE WRITE CLEARLY IN BLOCK CAPITALS Course Dates: Title: Job Title: Phone: Details of person to whom invoice should be sent: Name: Phone: Payment Type: Address for Invoice: Invoice Credit Card E-mail: Job Title: VAT Reg. number: Dr Mr Mrs Ms

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