Derivatives: Forwards, Futures, Swaps, and Options

  • Arlie O. Petters
  • Xiaoying Dong
Part of the Springer Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics and Technology book series (SUMAT)


Nowadays one cannot understand modern finance and financial markets without a solid understanding of derivatives. This chapter introduces the basic building blocks of derivatives: forwards, futures, swaps (a brief introduction only) and options with a balance of theoretical and practical perspectives. The approach focuses on understanding the contracts and strategies, with an emphasis on options. The pricing aspect will be discussed in the next chapter.


Cash Flow Credit Default Swap Expiration Date Contingent Claim Future Contract 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arlie O. Petters
    • 1
  • Xiaoying Dong
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

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