Option Pricing – Learning Roadmap

A derivative product is a financial instrument whose value is determined completely by external variables. The external factor, or the underlying, could be anything but in general, is either a financial asset or an economic variable (such as interest rates).

Derivative instruments include forward and futures contracts, vanilla and exotic options, and swaps. These instruments may be priced or valued in a number of ways. Options, for example, may be valued using closed form solutions (like the Black-Scholes option pricing formula) or Monte Carlo Simulators or Binomial Trees.

What are the prerequisites?

Key concepts and terminology associated with Derivatives

As a first step in learning about Derivatives Pricing, we begin by familiarizing ourselves with the related terminology. The following courses will help you grasp and get comfortable with the key concepts behind the derivatives language.

What topics are covered?

Calculation tools for pricing derivatives

We start off by developing a better understanding of the Black Scholes equation before moving to pricing with Binomial trees and Monte Carlo Simulation. Pricing means determining the present value of the expected value of the instrument on the valuation date. For this purpose, therefore, we also review interest rate modeling. These topics are covered in the following courses:

Derivative instruments I will learn to price

We then move on to pricing specific derivative instruments:

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