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Derivatives and Risk Management in Energy and Commodity Markets MSB210

Derivatives have a very long history, the first derivatives contracts dating back to ancient times. Today, trillions of dollars' worth of financial derivatives contracts are traded worldwide. The development of a pricing formula for options (the Black Scholes formula) was the start of a revolution in finance. The result of this revolution has been a proliferation of marketplaces for trading derivative securities, such as futures and options, and continued expansion in the risks that can be hedged using derivatives. This course is an advanced course in derivatives and covers topics such as option pricing, risk management and empirical studies (research) of derivatives. The course introduces students to empirical methodology, and involves extensive use of R.


Course description for study year 2022-2023. Please note that changes may occur.

Facts
Course code

MSB210

Version

1

Credits (ECTS)

10

Semester tution start

Spring

Number of semesters

1

Exam semester

Spring

Language of instruction

English

Content

This course covers the pricing and use of financial derivatives in the energy and commodities sector. Derivatives are financial contracts on other assets (i.e. what we call the "underlying asset") such as the price of a stock, the price of Brent crude oil or the price of natural gas. The values of derivatives are driven by the behavior of its underlying asset. An option to buy a shipment of crude oil in the future is highly affected by the volatility of the price of oil. The price behaviour of the underlying energy and commodity prices will also be examined.

The course will provide the theoretical foundation for pricing derivatives and how it differs from standard financial valuation models. Various pricing models will be covered, and we will also cover how derivatives can be used as risk management tools. Empirical studies of derivatives and commodity price behaviour will also be an important part of the course.

Learning outcome

After successful completion of the course the student will:

Knowledge

  • have basic theoretical knowledge of option pricing theory and models
  • have the ability to apply a variety of option pricing models such as binomial trees, and analytical solutions such as the Black-Scholes model and Monte Carlo simulation
  • understand the role of risk management tools for hedging market risk exposure, e.g., know how to hedge the price of crude oil

Skills

  • be able to price financial options and other derivatives such as forward and futures contracts
  • be able to identify and price structured products with embedded options
  • be able to apply numerical methods such as Monte Carlo simulation to price derivatives
  • be able to carry out empirical (econometric) analyses of derivative prices, e.g., volatility, risk premium, volatility spillovers, etc.
Required prerequisite knowledge
None
Recommended prerequisites

Students taking this course will benefit from having a basic understanding of:

- Finance theory

- Microeconomics

- Econometrics

Exam
Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Groupwork assignment 1/1 Letter grades

No re-sit.

Coursework requirements
Mandatory attendance 80%, Research proposal

80% attendance at lectures/seminars/workshops is mandatory. To be allowed to take the exam, students must pass a mandatory attendance requirement.

Sttudents need to hand in and receive approval for research proposals for their research project within certain deadlines. The deadlines will be announced at the beginning of the course.

Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Bård Misund
Study Program Director: Yuko Onozaka
Method of work

The course is delivered as a combination of lectures/seminars and extensive coursework (research projects). Students will work in groups and deliver a series of research reports throughout the semester. All reports need a passing grade.

The course will be delivered in English. The expected workload for the students is 300 hours:

50 hours lectures/seminars/workshops/meetings

250 hours self-study and groupwork

Open for
Master in Accounting and Auditing Risk Management, Master's Degree Programme (Master i teknologi/siviling.) Business Administration - Master of Science Business Administration - Master of Science (5 years)
Course assessment
Students will have the opportunity to give feedback on the course first in an early dialogue, and then in a written course evaluation at the end of the course.
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Derivatives and Risk Management in Energy and Commodity Markets (MØA210) 10
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