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  1. 1. Futures and Forwards A future is a contract between two parties requiring deferred delivery of underlying asset (at a contracted price and date) or a final cash settlement. Both parties are obligated to perform and fulfill the terms. A customized futures contract is called a Forward Contract.
  2. 2. Cash Flows on Forwards Pay-off Diagram: Spot price of underlying assets Sellers pay-offs Buyers pay- offs Futures Price
  3. 3. Why Forwards? They are customized contracts unlike Futures and they are: Tailor-made and more suited for certain purposes. Useful when futures do not exist for commodities and financials being considered. Useful in cases futures standard may be different from the actual.
  4. 4. Futures & Forwards Distinguished FUTURES FORWARDS They trade on exchanges Trade in OTC markets Are standardized Are customized Identity of counterparties is irrelevant Identity is relevant Regulated Not regulated Marked to market No marking to market Easy to terminate Difficult to terminate Less costly More costly
  5. 5. Important Terms Spot Markets: Where contracts for immediate delivery are traded. Forward or Futures markets: Where contracts for later delivery are traded. Both the above taken together constitute cash markets.
  6. 6. Important Terms Futures Series: All with same delivery month with same underlying asset. Front month and Back month. Soonest to deliver or the nearby contract Commodity futures vs. financial futures. Cheapest to deliver instruments. Offering lags.
  7. 7. Important Terms Variation Margin Deliverables Substitute for Future Cash Market Transactions Settlement in Cash
  8. 8. Interest Rate Futures Two factors have led to growth: Enormous growth in the market for fixed income securities. Increased volatility of interest rates.
  9. 9. Futures & Risk Hedging Interest Rate Risk Exchange Rate Risk Commodity Price Risk Equity Price Risk
  10. 10. Hedging Interest Rate Risk A CFO needs to raise Rs.50 crores in February 20XX to fund a new investment in May 20XX, by selling 30-year bonds. Hedge instrument available is a 20-year, 8% Treasury -bond based Future. Cash instrument has a PV01 of 0.096585, selling at par and yielding 9.75%. It pays half-yearly coupons and has a yield beta of 0.45. Hedge instrument has a PV01 of 0.098891.
  11. 11. Hedging Interest Rate Risk Hence, FVh= FVc [PV01c / PV01h] y = 50 [0.096585 / 0.098891] 0.45 = Rs.21.98 Crores If FV of a single T-Bond Future is Rs.10,00,000 then, Number of Futures (Nf) = 21.98/0.1 = 219.8 Futures
  12. 12. Hedging Interest Rate Risk If corporate yield rises by 80bp by the time of actual offering, it has to pay 10.55% coupon semi-annually to price it at par. Thus, it has to pay Rs.50,00,00,000 0.0080 0.5 = Rs.20,00,000 more every six months in terms of increased coupons. This additional amount will have a PV at 10.55% = 20,00,000 PVIFA5.275%, 60 = Rs.3,61,79,720 Rs.3.618 Crores
  13. 13. Hedging Interest Rate Risk Since corporate yield increases by 80bp, T-Bond yield will increase by 178bp resulting in an increased profit on short position in T-bond futures = 22,00,00,000 0.0178 0.5 = Rs.19,58,000 half yearly, which has a PV = 19,58,000 PVIFA4,89%,40 = Rs.3,41,09,729 = Rs.3.411 Crores
  14. 14. Why Not perfect Hedge? PV01 provides accurate and effective hedge for small changes in yields. PV01s of cash and hedge instruments change at different rates. PV01s need to be recalculated frequently (practice is every 5bps). This can change the residual risk profile. Additional costs related to recalculations need to be kept in mind.
  15. 15. A Transaction on the Futures Exchange . Buyer Buyers Broker Futures Exchange 3 Buyers Brokers Commission Broker Futures Clearing House Buyers Brokers Clearing Firm Buyers Brokers Clearing Firm Sellers Brokers Commission Broker Sellers Broker Seller 1a 1b Buyer and seller instruct their respective brokers to conduct a futures transaction. 2a 2b Buyers and sellers brokers request their firms commission brokers execute the transaction. 3 Both floor brokers meet in the pit on the floor of the futures exchange and agree on a price. 4 Information on the trade is reported to the clearinghouse. 5a 5b Both commission brokers report the price obtained to the buyers and sellers brokers. 6a 6b Buyers and sellers brokers report the price obtained to the buyer and seller. 7a 7b Buyer and seller deposit margin with their brokers. 8a 8b Buyers and sellers brokers deposit margin with their clearing firms. 9a 9b Buyers and sellers brokers clearing firms deposit premium and margin with clearinghouse. 1a 6a 7a 2a 5a 48a 8b 9a 9b 2b 5b 1b 6b 7b Note: Either buyer or seller (or both) could be a floor trader, eliminating the broker and commission broker.
  16. 16. Exchange Rate Risk Hedging Currency hedge is a direct hedge and not a cross hedge as in case of interest rate risk hedging. Hence, a hedge ratio of 1:1 works very well.
  17. 17. Forward Rate Agreements (FRAs) FRAs are a type of forward contract wherein contracting parties agree on some interest rate to be paid on a deposit to be received or made at a later date. The single cash settlement amount is determined by the size of deposit (notional principal), agreed upon contract rate of interest and value of the reference rate prevailing on the settlement date. Notional principal is not actually exchanged.
  18. 18. Determination of Settlement Amount Step-1:Take the difference between contract rate and the reference rate on the date of contract settlement Step-2: Discount the sum obtained using reference rate as rate of discount. The resultant PV is the sum paid or received. The reference rate could be LIBOR (most often used) or any other well defined rate not easily manipulated.
  19. 19. Hedging with FRAs Party seeking protection from possible increase in rates would buy FRAs (party is called purchaser) and the one seeking protection from decline would sell FRAs (party is called seller). These positions are opposite of those employed while hedging in futures.
  20. 20. Illustration A bank in U.S. wants to lock-in an interest rate for $5millions 6-month LIBOR-based lending that commences in 3 months using a 39 FRA. At the time 6-month LIBOR (Spot Rate) is quoted at 8.25%. The dealer offers 8.32% to commence in 3 months. U.S. bank offers the client 8.82%. If at the end of 3 months, when FRA is due to be settled, 6-month LIBOR is at 8.95%, bank borrows at 8.95% in the Eurodollar market and lends at 8.82%.
  21. 21. Illustration Profit/Loss= (8.82-8.95) 5 millions 182/360 = - $3286.11 Hedge Profit/Loss = D(RR-CR)NP182/360 = 1 (8.95-8.32) 5 millions182/360 = $15925 Amount Received/Paid = $15925/1.04525= $15235.59 Note: 8.95 182/360 = 4.525
  22. 22. Index Futures Contract It is an obligation to deliver at settlement an amount equal to x times the difference between the stock index value on expiration date and the contracted value On the last day of trading session the final settlement price is set equal to the spot index price
  23. 23. Illustration (Margin and Settlement) The settlement price of an index futures contract on a particular day was 1100. The multiple associated is 150. The maximum realistic change that can be expected is 50 points per day. Therefore, the initial margin is 50150 = Rs.7500. The maintenance margin is set at Rs.6000. The settlement prices on day 1,2,3 and 4 are 1125, 1095, 1100 and 1140 respectively. Calculate mark-to-market cash flows and daily closing balance in the account of Investor who has gone long and the one who has gone Short at 1100. Also calculate net profit/(loss) on each contract.
  24. 24. Illustration Long Position: Day Sett. Price Op. Bal. M-T-M CF Margin Call Cl. Bal 1 1125 7500 + 3750 - 11250 2 1095 11250 - 4500 - 6750 3 1100 6750 + 750 - 7500 4 1140 7500 + 6000 - 13500 Net Profit/(loss) = 3750-4500+750+6000 = Rs. 6000 Short Position: Day Sett. Price Op. Bal. M-T-M CF Margin Call Cl. Bal 1 1125 7500 - 3750 2250 6000 2 1095 6000 + 4500 - 10500 3 1100 10500 - 750 - 9750 4 1140 9750 - 6000 2250 6000 Net Profit/(loss) = -3750+4500-750-6000 = (-) Rs. 6000
  25. 25. Pricing of Index Futures Contracts Assuming that an investor buys a portfolio consisting of stocks in the index, rupee returns are: RI = (IE IC) + D, where RI = Rupee returns on portfolio IE = Index value on expiration IC = Current index value D = Dividend received during the year
  26. 26. Pricing of Index Futures Contracts If he invests in index futures and invests the money in risk free asset, then RIF = (FE FC) + RF, where RIF = Rupee return on alternative investment FE = Futures value on expiry FC = Current futures value RF = Return on risk-free investment
  27. 27. Pricing of Index Futures Contracts If investor is indifferent between the two options, then RI = RIF i.e. (IE-IC) + D = (FE-FC) + RF Since IE = FE FC = IC + (RF D) (RF D) is the cost of carry or basis and the futures contract must be priced to reflect cost of carry.
  28. 28. Stock Index Arbitrage When index futures price is out of sync with the theoretical price, the an investor can earn abnormal risk-less profits by trading simultaneously in spot and futures market. This process is called stock index arbitrage or basis trading or program trading.
  29. 29. Stock Index Arbitrage: Illustration Current price of an index = 1150 Annualized dividend yield on index = 4% 6-month futures contract price = 1195 Risk-free rate of return = 10% p.a. Assume that 50% of stocks in the index will pay dividends in next 6 months. Ignore margin, transaction costs and taxes. Assume a multiple of 100. Is there a possibility of stock Index arbitrage?
  30. 30. Stock Index Arbitrage: Illustration Fair price of index future FC = IC + (RF D) = 1150 + [(11500.10


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