A derivative security is a security whose value depends on the value of together more basic underlying variable these are also known as contingent claims. Securities have been very successful in innovation in capital markets.

The emergence of the market for derivatives product most notably forward, future and option can be traced back to willingness of risk averse economic agents to guard themselves against uncertain arising out of fluctuation in asset prices. By their very nature, financial markets are market by a very high degree of volatility. Though the use of derivatives products, it is possible to partially or fully transfer price risks by locking in asset prices. As instrument of risk management these generally don’t influence the fluctuation in underlying asset prices.

However, by locking-in asset prices, derivatives products minimize the impact of fluctuation in assets prices on the profitability and cash- flow situation of risk-averse investor. Derivatives are risk management instruments which derives their value from an underlying asset. Underlying assets can be bullion, index, share, currency, bonds, interest, etc.


Objectives of the Study
 To understand the concept of the Financial Derivatives such as Futures and Options.  To examine the advantage and the disadvantages of different strategies along with situations.  To study the different ways of buying and selling of Options.

The study has only made humble attempt at evaluating Derivatives markets only in Indian context. The study is not based on the international perspective of the Derivatives Markets. any alternation may come. .4 SCOPE OF THE STUDY The study is limited to “Derivatives” with special reference to future and option in the Indian context and the India info line has been taken as representative sample for the study. The study cannot be said as totally perfect.

from Newspapers. Limitations:  The study was conducted in Hyderabad only. Magazines and Internet.5 Research Methodology The type of research adopted is descriptive in nature and the data collected for this study is the secondary data i.  As the time was limited. study was confined to conceptual understanding of Derivatives market in India. .e.

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Derivatives is a key to mastery of the topic. it is possible to partially or fully transfer price risks by locking –in asset prices. futures and options. these are contracts that derive their value from some underlying asset. the financial markets are marked by a very high degree of volatility. Bond. B. By their very nature. Through of derivatives of products. most notably forwards. Without the underlying product and market it would have no independent existence. The term Derivative has been defined in Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act 1956. Currency. but the two are always related and may therefore interact with each other. However. by locking –in asset prices. which has been derived from another variable. DEFINITION Understanding the word itself. Some one may take an interest in the derivative products. The word originates in mathematics and refers to a variable. derivatives products minimize the impact of fluctuations in asset prices on the profitability and cash flow situation of risk–averse investors. loan whether secure or unsecured. can be traced back to the willingness of risk-averse economic agents to guard themselves against uncertainties arising out of fluctuations in asset prices. As instruments of risk management. risk instrument or contract for differences or any other form of security. share. which derives its value from the prices. . Underlying asset can a Stock. For example. A security derived from a debt instrument. In financial sense. these generally do not influence the fluctuations underlying prices. as: A. a measure of weight in pound could be derived from a measure of weight in kilograms by multiplying by two. of underlying securities. Without having an interest in the underlying product market. or index of prices. Index or a Commodity. A contract.13 DERIVATIVES The emergence of the market for derivative products.

. hedging through derivatives reduces the risk of owing a specified asset. Thus. having an insurance policy reduces the risk of owing a bike. Similarly. currency. Derivatives are used to separate risks and transfer them to parties willing to bear these risks. actual delivery of the underlying asset is not at all essential for settlement purposes. It is so because. The kind of hedging that can be obtained by using derivatives is cheaper and more convenient than what could be obtained by using cash instruments. Suppose he buys insurance [a derivative instrument on the bike] he reduces his risk. etc. For example. A owns a bike. derivatives would not create any risk. Derivatives instruments can be used to minimize risk.14 IMPORTANCE OF DERIVATIVES Derivatives are becoming increasingly important in world markets as a tool for risk management. More over. which may be a share. They simply manipulate the risks and transfer to those who are willing to bear these risks. he runs a big risk. Mr. If does not take insurance. when we use derivatives for hedging.

which are external to the firm. 1. Sum are internal to the firm bike:  Industry policy  Management capabilities  Consumer’s preference  Labour strike. Rational behind the development of derivatives market is to manage this systematic risk. which affect the returns. For instance inflation interest rate etc. industries and groups so that a loss in one may easily be compensated with a gain in other. These forces are to a large extent controllable and are termed as “Non-systematic Risks”. There are other types of influences. We therefore quite often find stock prices falling from time to time in spite of company’s earnings rising and vice –versa. Political 3. Their effect is to cause the prices of nearly all individual stocks to move together in the same manner.15 RATIONALE BEHIND THE DEVELOPMENT OF DERIVATIVES Holding portfolio of securities is associated with the risk of the possibility that the investor may realize his returns. cannot be controlled. 2. Those are 1. and they are termed as “systematic risks”. etc. An investor can easily manage such non. There are various influences. Economic 2. Sociological changes are sources of Systematic Risk.systematic risks by having a well-diversified portfolio spread across the companies. . Liquidity means. liquidity. Price or dividend (interest). being able to buy & sell relatively large amounts quickly without substantial price concessions. which would be much lesser than what he expected to get.

It was until recently a cash market with facility to carry forward positions in actively traded “A” group scrips from one settlement to another by paying the required margins and barrowing money and securities in a separate carry forward sessions held for this purpose. 3. CHARACTERISTICS OF DERIVATIVES 1. currency. However.16 In debt market. a much larger portion of the total risk of securities is systematic. Their value is derived from an underlying instrument such as stock index. a need was felt to introduce financial products like other financial markets in the world. These factors favor for the purpose of both portfolio hedging and speculation. etc. . Debt instruments are also finite life securities with limited marketability due to their small size relative to many common stocks. They are vehicles for transferring risk. India has vibrant securities market with strong retail participation that has evolved over the years. 2. They are leveraged instruments.

They are specialized in making purchases and sales in different markets at the same time and profits by the difference in prices between the two centers. Hedgers: The party.17 MAJOR PLAYERS IN DERIVATIVE MARKET There are three major players in their derivatives trading. and such opportunities often come up in the market but last for very short time frames. They are willing to take risks and they bet upon whether the markets would go up or come down. 3. Speculators. Hedgers seek to protect themselves against price changes in a commodity in which they have an interest. Hedgers. Speculators: They are traders with a view and objective of making profits. 1. which manages the risk. 2. Arbitrageurs: Risk less profit making is the prime goal of arbitrageurs. is known as “Hedger”. Arbitrageurs. They could be making money even with out putting their own money in. .

delivery. LEAPS: The acronym LEAPS means Long Term Equity Anticipation Securities. Baskets: Basket options are options on portfolios of underlying assets. Warrants: Longer – dated options are called warrants and are generally traded over – the – counter. the majority of options traded on options exchanges having a maximum maturity of nine months. Liquidity and default risk are very high. time and place. quantity. They can be regarded as portfolios of forward contracts. Options generally have lives up to one year. Options: Options are two types . Futures contracts are special types of forward contracts in the sense. Equity index options are a form of basket options Swaps: Swaps are private agreements between two parties to exchange cash flows in the future according to a pre-arranged formula. The underlying asset is usually a moving average of a basket of assets. These are options having a maturity of up to three years. that the former are standardized exchange traded contracts. Forward contracts offer tremendous flexibility to the party’s to design the contract in terms of the price. Puts give the buyer the right but not the obligation to sell a given quantity of the underlying asset at a given price on or before a given date. .18 TYPES OF DERIVATIVES Most commonly used derivative contracts are: Forwards: A forward contract is a customized contract between two entities where settlement takes place on a specific date in the futures at today’s pre-agreed price. Calls give the buyer the right but not the obligation to buy a given quantity of the underlying asset at a given price on or before a given future date. Futures: A futures contract is an agreement between two parties to buy or sell an asset at a certain time in the future at a certain price.Calls and Puts. quality. The two commonly used swaps are: Interest rare swaps: These entail swapping only the interest related cash flows between the parties in the same currency.

. RISKS INVOLVED IN DERIVATIVES Derivatives are used to separate risks from traditional instruments and transfer these risks to parties willing to bear these risks. B. it differs with different instruments. Also known as default or counterpart risk. D.19 Currency swaps: These entail swapping both the principal and interest between the parties. The fundamental risks involved in derivative business includes A. C. Legal Risk: Derivatives cut across judicial boundaries. Credit Risk: This is the risk of failure of a counterpart to perform its obligation as per the contract. with the cash flows in one direction being in a different currency than those in opposite direction. Liquidity Risk: The inability of a firm to arrange a transaction at prevailing market prices is termed as liquidity risk.  Related to the funding of activities of the firm including derivatives. Market Risk: Market risk is a risk of financial loss as result of adverse movements of prices of the underlying asset/instrument. therefore the legal aspects associated with the deal should be looked into carefully. A firm faces two types of liquidity risks:  Related to liquidity of separate products.

The country. A hybrid over the counter derivatives market is expected to develop along side. and stock futures in November 2001. Derivatives Segments In NSE & BSE On June 9. Now.72/. This difference of market lot arises due to a minimum specification of a contract value of Rs. around the time India became independent men in mumbai gambled on the price of cotton in New York. is one of the last major economies in Asia. which was established by India's leading institutional investors in 1994 in the wake of numerous financial & stock market scandals. stock options in July 2001. If they guessed the last number. Over the last couple of years the National Stock Exchange has pushed derivatives trading. to refashion its capital market to attract western investment. NIFTY is the underlying asset of the index futures at the futures and options segment of NSE with a market lot of 100 and BSE 30 sensex is the underlying stock index in BSE with a market lot of 30. by using fully automated screen based exchange.for every Rupee layout. they got Rs. Fifty years ago. India is about to acquire own market for risk. with the launch index Futures on sensex and nifty futures respectively. For example sensex is 6750 then the contract value of a futures index having sensex as underlying asset . 2000 BSE and NSE became the first exchanges in India to introduce trading in exchange traded derivative products.Gamblers preferred using the New York cotton price because the cotton market at home was less liquid and could easily be manipulated. emerging from a long history of stock market and foreign exchange controls.2Lakhs by Securities and Exchange Board of India. If they matched the last two digits they got Rs.7/. Index Options was launched in june2001.20 DERIVATIVES IN INDIA Indian capital markets hope derivatives will boost the nations economic prospects. They bet on the last one or two digits of the closing price on the New York cotton exchange.

There is daily as well as final settlement.e.. Similarly. June futures contract becomes invalidated and a September futures contract gets activated. Margins: There are two types of margins collected on the open position. For instance on July 1. a new futures contract will get introduced automatically. initial margin which is collected upfront and mark to market margin. For example in the month of June 2005 one can enter into their June futures contract or July futures contract or august futures contract. The last Thursday of the month specified in the contract shall be the final settlement date for the contract at both NSE as well as BSE. Any position which remains open at the end of the final settlement day (i. last Thursday) shall closed out by the exchanged at the final settlement price which will be the closing spot value of the underlying asset. July futures contract and august futures contract respectively. As per SEBI . Out standing positions of a contract can remain open till the last Thursday of that month. the difference will be credited or debited accordingly and the position shall be brought forward to the next day at the daily settlement price. which is to be paid on next day. The June 30. July 28 and august 25 shall be the last trading day or the final settlement date for June futures contract. Settlement: The settlement of all derivative contracts is in cash mode. When futures contract gets expired. viz. As long as the position is open. the same will be marked to market at the daily settlement price. index futures at NSE shall be traded in multiples of 100 and a BSE in multiples of 30. Every transaction shall be in multiples pf market lot.21 will 30x6750 = 202500. Thus. if Nifty is 2100 its futures contract value will be 100x2100=210000. Contract Periods: At any point of time there will be always be available nearly 3months contract periods.

Therefore. The professional clearing member is a clearing member who is not a trading member. Trading members are the members of the derivatives segment and carrying on the transactions on the respective exchange.33 times the liquid net worth of a clearing member. They are trading members. In case of futures and options contract on stocks the notional value of futures contracts and short option position any time shall not exceed 20 times the liquid net worth of the member. Exposure limit: The national value of gross open positions at any point in time for index futures and short index option contract shall not exceed 33. Position limit: It refers to the maximum no of derivatives contracts on the same underlying security that one can hold or control. 3 percent notional value of gross open position in index futures and short index options contracts. to spread awareness among investors. It is mandatory for every member of the derivatives segment to have approved users who passed SEBI approved derivatives certification test. The clearing members are the members of the clearing corporation who deal with payments of margin as well as final settlements. Position limits are imposed with a view to detect concentration of position and market manipulation. banks and custodians become professional clearing members. Position limits are imposed at the customer level. . The position limits are applicable on the cumulative combined position in all the derivatives contracts on the same underlying at an exchange. Typically. Members of F&O segment: There are three types of members in the futures and options segment. and 5 percent of notional value of futures and short option position in stocks is additionally adjusted from the liquid net worth of a clearing member on a real time basis. trading cum clearing member and professional clearing members. clearing member level and market levels are different.22 guidelines it is mandatory for clients to give margins. fail in which the outstanding positions or required to be closed out.

23 Regulatory Framework: Considering the constraints in infrastructure facilities the existing stock exchanges are permitted to trade derivatives subject to the following conditions. • The chairman of the governing council of the derivative division/exchange should be a member of the governing council. then he should not carry on any broking and dealing on any exchange during his tenure. • The derivatives market should have a separate governing council and representation of trading/clearing members shall be limited to maximum of 40% of total members of the governing council. which are accessible to the investors in the country. price and volumes in real time so as to detect market manipulations. . • • The exchange should have at least 50 members to start derivatives trading. The derivatives trading should be done in a separate segment with a separate membership. The members of an existing segment of the exchange will not automatically become the members of derivatives segment. An independent clearing corporation should do the clearing of the derivative market. • • • Trading should take place through an online screen based trading system. which monitors positions. Position limits be used for improving market quality. The exchange must have an online surveillance capability. • Information about traded quantities and quotes should be disseminated by the exchange in the real time over at least two information-vending networks. If the chairman is broker/dealer.

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This specified price referred to as the delivery price. the forward price and the delivery price are equal on the day that the contract is . These are instruments are basically used by traders/investors in order to hedge their future risks. Conversely the value of the contract becomes negative for the party holding the short position. agrees to buy the underlying asset on a specified future date at a specified future price. The forward price for a certain contract is defined as that delivery price which would make the value of the contract zero. They are private agreements mainly between the financial institutions or between the financial institutions and corporate clients. Therefore. A forward contract is settled at maturity. that is the value of the contract is positive for him. One of the parties in a forward contract assumes a long position i. In other words. To explain further. assume a positive/negative value depending on the moments of the price of the asset. the party holding the long position stands to benefit. if the price of the asset prices rises sharply after the two parties have entered into the contract. For example. This delivery price is chosen so that the value of the forward contract is equal to zero for both the parties. It is an agreement to buy/sell an asset at a certain in future for a certain price. The holder of the short position delivers the asset to the holder of the long position in return for cash at the agreed upon rate. A forward contract can therefore. agrees to sell the asset on the same date at the same price. The other party assumes short position i. it costs nothing to the either party to hold the long/short position.e. a key determinate of the value of the contract is the market price of the underlying asset.e.25 Forwards Forwards are the simplest and basic form of derivative contracts. The concept of forward price is also important.

It may be recalled that the ban on forward trading in securities was imposed in 1986 to curb certain unhealthy trade practices and trends in the securities market. This is a step in the right direction to promote the sophisticated market segments as in the western countries. Forward Trading in Securities: The Securities Contract (amendment) Act of 1999. 5. Forward contracts offer tremendous flexibility to the parties to design the contract in terms of the price. there have been many healthy developments in the securities markets. the forward price is liable to change while the delivery price remains the same. Over the duration of the contract. If the party wishes to reverse the contract. The lifting of ban on forward deals in securities will help to develop index futures and other types of derivatives and futures on stocks. delivery time and place. has allowed the trading in derivative products in India. quantity. . Forward contracts suffer from poor liquidity and default risk. with the terms decided today. A forward contract is a Bi-party contract. On the expiration date the contract will settle by delivery of the asset. 4.26 entered into. 3. which often results high prices. thanks to the economic and financial reforms. it is to compulsorily go to the same counter party. to be performed in the future. 2. Has a further step to widen and deepen the securities market the government has notified that with effect from March 1 st 2000 the ban on forward trading in shares and securities is lifted to facilitate trading in forwards and futures. Contract price is generally not available in public domain. quality. During the past few years. Essential features of Forward Contracts: 1. 6.

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financial instruments and currencies. Clearing House: The exchange acts a clearinghouse to all contracts struck on the trading floor.counter market. These relate to the contractual futures. these are traded on organized exchanges. financial instruments and currencies come together to trade. The option buyer knows the exact risk. For instance a contract is struck between capital A and B. there are a no of differences between forwards and futures. currencies. Organized Exchanges: Unlike forward contracts which are traded in an over. liquid market which futures can be bought and sold at any time like in a stock market. kind of participants in the markets and the ways they use the two instruments. option buyers participate in futures markets with different risk. have existed for a long time. etc. it is similar to a forward contract. Trading has also been initiated in options on futures contracts. etc. Futures in financial assets. profiles of gains and losses. A futures contract is a more organized form of a forward contract. Futures exchanges are where buyers and sellers of an expanding list of commodities. Features of Futures Contracts The principal features of the contract are as fallows. This provides a ready. which is unknown to the futures trader. and interest bearing instruments like treasury bills and bonds and other innovations like futures contracts in stock indexes are relatively new developments.29 FUTURES The future contract is an agreement between two parties two buy or sell an asset at a certain specified time in future for certain specified price. gold. In a futures contract both these are standardized by the exchange on which the contract is traded. cattle. Futures contracts in physical commodities such as wheat. However. In this. the way the markets are organized. futures are traded on organized exchanges with a designated physical location where trading takes place. silver. upon entering into the . cotton. The futures market described as continuous auction markets and exchanges providing the latest information about supply and demand with respect to individual commodities.the. Thus. Standardization: In the case of forward contracts the amount of commodities to be delivered and the maturity date are negotiated between the buyer and seller and can be tailor made to buyer’s requirement.

Forward contracts are entered into for acquiring or disposing of a commodity in the future for a gain at a price known today. It also guarantees financial integrity of the market. and seller to buyer. a mandatory minimum margins are obtained by the members from the customers. this is immediately replaced by two contracts. Margins: In order to avoid unhealthy competition among clearing members in reducing margins to attract customers. 2. The accounts of buyer and seller are marked to the market daily. The margin for future contracts has two components: • • Initial margin Marking to market .e. at a stipulated percentage of the net purchase and sale position. In other words the exchange interposes itself in every contract and deal. to ensure performance of the contract and to cover day to day adverse fluctuations in the prices of the securities. this most of the contracts entered into are nullified by the matching contract in the opposite direction before maturity of the first. To achieve. in most futures markets.30 records of the exchange. one between A and the clearing house and the another between B and the clearing house. The members collect margins from their clients has may be stipulated by the stock exchanges from time to time and pass the margins to the clearing house on the net basis i. Initial margins on both the buyer as well as the seller. The concept of margin here is same as that of any other trade. In contrast to this. The advantage of this is that A and B do not have to under take any exercise to investigate each other’s credit worthiness. Actual delivery is rare: In most of the forward contracts. actual delivery takes place in less than one percent of the contracts traded. the commodity is actually delivered by the seller and is accepted by the buyer.e. to introduce a financial stake of the client. The stock exchange imposes margins as fallows: 1. i. Such a stop insures the market against serious liquidity crises arising out of possible defaults by the clearing members. The enforces the delivery for the delivery of contracts held for until maturity and protects itself from default risk by imposing margin requirements on traders and enforcing this through a system called marking – to – market. Futures are used as a device to hedge against price risk and as a way of betting against price movements rather than a means of physical acquisition of the underlying asset. where it is a buyer to seller.

Contract Size: The amount of asset that has to be delivered under one contract. debiting or crediting the client’s equity accounts with the losses/profits of the day. Futures Terminology: Spot price: The price at which an asset trades in spot market. This reflects that futures prices normally exceed spot prices. For instance contract size on NSE futures market is 100 Nifties. There ill be a different basis for each delivery month for each contract.31 Initial margin: In futures contract both the buyer and seller are required to perform the contract. The margin is set by the stock exchange keeping in view the volume of business and size of transactions as well as operative risks of the market in general. It is important to note that through marking to market process. die clearinghouse substitutes each existing futures contract with a new contract that has the settle price or the base price. Base price shall be the previous day’s closing Nifty value. Futures price: The price at which the futures contract trades in the futures market. The concept being used by NSE to compute initial margin on the futures transactions is called “value. at the end of which it will cease to exist. . Accordingly. based on which margins are sought.at –Risk”(VAR) where as the options market had SPAN based margin system”. both the buyers and the sellers are required to put in the initial margins. In formal market. Expiry Date: It is the date specified in the futures contract. The initial margin is also known as the “performance margin” and usually 5% to 15% of the purchase price of the contract. Basis/Spread: In the context of financial futures basis can be defined as the futures price minus the spot price. Marking to Market: Marking to market means. This measures the storage cost plus the interest that is paid to finance the asset less the income earned on the asset. Cost of Carry: The relationship between futures prices and spot prices can be summarized in terms of what is known as the cost of carry. basis will be positive. Settle price is the purchase price in the new contract for the next trading day. This is the last day on which the contract will be traded.

given the speculative nature of our markets and overwhelming retail participation expected to be fairly high. Stock index Futures: Stock index futures are most popular financial futures. the chances of manipulation are much lesser. As total long positions for market would be equal to total short positions for calculation of open Interest. Stock index futures contract is an agreement to buy or sell a specified amount of an underlying stock traded on a regulated futures exchange for a specified price at a specified time in future. who own portfolio of securities and are exposed to systematic risk. The stock index futures market should ideally have more depth. In the near future stock index futures will definitely see incredible volumes in India. The stock index futures are expected to be extremely liquid. which have been used to hedge or manage systematic risk by the investors of the stock market. only one side of the contract is counted. used to arrive at the contract size. Long position: Outstanding/Unsettled purchase position at any point of time. Short position: Out standing/unsettled sales position at any time point of time. Savings in cost is possible through reduced bid-ask spreads where stocks are traded in packaged forms. Stock index is the apt hedging asset since. volumes and act as a stabilizing factor for the cash market. would refer trade in stock index futures. Tick Size: It is the minimum price difference between two quotes of similar nature. the rise or fall due to systematic risk is accurately shown in the stock index. They are called hedgers. Open Interest: Total outstanding long/short positions in the market in any specific point of time. The impact cost will be much lower incase of stock index futures as opposed to dealing in individual scrips.32 Multiplier: it is a pre-determined value. it is too early to base any conclusions on . Further. It is the price per index point. The advantage to the equity or cash market is in the fact that they would become less volatile as most of the speculative activity would shift to stock index futures. It will be a blockbuster product and is pitched to become the most liquid contract in the world in terms of contracts traded. The market is conditioned to think in terms of the index and therefore. Stock index futures will require lower capital adequacy and margin requirement as compared to margins on carry forward of individual scrip’s. However. The brokerage cost on index futures will be much lower.

30. it means that the losses as well as profits for the buyer and the seller of a futures contract are unlimited. but we have to pay the margin not the entire amount.170 per share. a return of 18%.30 as profit. The difference between stock index futures and most other financial futures contracts is that settlement is made at the value of the index at maturity of the contract.33 the volume are to form any firm trend.e. Stock Futures: With the purchase of futures on a security.204000 (6800x30).34 initially to enter into the futures contract. In simple words. A futures contract represents a promise to transact at same point in the future. which obligates the trader to buy a certain amount of the underlying security at some point in future.30 i. If at the expiration of the contract. It can be done just as easily as buying futures. we get the same position as ACC in the cash market. a promise to sell security is just as easy to make as a promise to buy security. the holder essentially makes a legally binding promise or obligation to buy the underlying security at same point in the future (the expiration date of the contract).200. a cash settlement of Rs. a contract struck at this level could work Rs. we would pay only Rs. the BSE sensex is at 6850. we still earn Rs. If the price really increases to Rs. we made a profit of Rs. . We believe that in one month it will touch Rs. Example: If the current price of the ACC share is Rs. In the above example if the margin is 20%. If ACC share goes up to Rs. If we buy ACC futures instead. Selling security futures without previously owing them simply obligates the trader to sell a certain amount of the underlying security at same point in the future.1500 is required (6850-6800) x30).200 and we buy ACC shares. Payoff for Futures contracts Futures contracts have linear payoffs.200 as expected. Example: If BSE sensex is at 6800 and each point in the index equals to Rs. In this light. Security futures do not represent ownership in a corporation and the holder is therefore not regarded as a shareholder. These linear payoffs are fascinating as they can be combined with options and the underlying to generate various complex payoffs.

The underlying asset in this case is Nifty portfolio. Payoff for a seller of Nifty futures Profit 1220 0 Nifty LOSS .34 Payoff for buyer of futures: Long futures The payoff for a person who buys a futures contract is similar to the payoff for a person who holds an asset. the long futures position starts making profits. When the index moves up. and when index moves down it starts making losses. Payoff for a buyer of Nifty futures profit 1220 0 Nifty LOSS Payoff for seller of futures: Short futures The payoff for a person who sells a futures contract is similar to the payoff for a person who shorts an asset. Take the case of a speculator who buys a two-month Nifty index futures contract when Nifty stands at 1220. He has a potentially unlimited upside as well as potentially unlimited downside. He has potentially unlimited upside as well as potentially unlimited downside.

This is the basis for the cost-of-carry model where the price of the contract is defined as fallows. two and three month contracts. When the index moves down. minus the present value of the dividends obtained from the stocks in the index portfolio. it starts making losses.35 Take the case of a speculator who sells a two-month Nifty index futures contract when the Nifty stands at 1220. Money can be barrowed at a rate of 15% per annum. the short futures position starts making profits. F=S+C Where F Futures S Spot price C Holding cost or Carry cost This can also be expressed as F = S (1+r) T Where r Cost of financing T Time till expiration Pricing index futures given expected dividend amount: The pricing of index futures is also based on the cost of carry model where the carrying cost is the cost of financing the purchase of the portfolio underlying the index. and when index moves up. What will be the price of a new two-month futures contract on Nifty? . PRICING FUTURES Cost of Carry Model: We use fair value calculation of futures to decide the no arbitrage limits on the price of the futures contract. Example Nifty futures trade on NSE as one. The underlying asset in this case is the Nifty portfolio.

Pricing index futures given expected dividend yield If the dividend flow through out the year is generally uniform.per share after 15 days of purchasing of contract. 6. Since Nifty is traded in multiples of 200 value of the contract is 200x1200=240000. 5.140. The dividend is received 15 days later and hence compounded only for the remainder of 45 days. Hence. it is useful to calculate the annual dividend yield. What is the fair value of the futures contract? Fair value = 1200(1+0.1224. if there are few historical cases of clustering of dividends in any particular month. its value in Nifty is Rs.e.1221. i. Let us assume that ACC will be declaring a dividend of Rs.02) 60/365 = Rs.e. Thus futures price F = 1200(1. To calculate the futures price we need to reduce the cost of carry to the extent of dividend received is Rs. 4.15) 45/365)/200 = Rs. then a traded unit of Nifty involves 120 shares of ACC i. Current value of Nifty is 1200 and Nifty trade with a multiplier of 200. The spot value of Nifty is 1200.1200 i. If ACC as weight of 7% in Nifty.15) 60/365 – (120x10(1. F = S (1+ r-q) T Where F Futures price S Spot index value r Cost of financing q Expected dividend yield T Holding period Example: A two-month futures contract trades on the NSE.10/. (16800/140). 7.80. The cost of financing is 15% and the dividend yield on Nifty is 2% annualized. 2.e.15-0.16800 i. To calculate the futures price we need to compute the amount of dividend received for unit of Nifty.36 1.07). (120x10). If the market price of ACC is Rs.e.35 . we dividend the compounded figure by 200. (240000x0. 3.

223.140/3.10/. What will be the price of a unit of new two-month futures contract on ACC if dividends are expected during the period? 1. the futures price F = 140 (1. minus the present value of the dividends obtained from the stock. If no dividends are expected during the life of the contract. It simply involves the multiplying the spot price by the cost of carry. pricing involves reducing the cost of carrying to the extent of the dividends. compounded only for the remaining 45 days.228. two and three month contracts.15) 60/365 – 10(1. we need to reduce the cost of carrying to the extent of dividend received. Thus. Like.10/-. stock futures are also cash settled: There is no delivery of the underlying stock. Pricing stock futures when no dividend is expected The pricing of stock futures is also based on the cost of carry model.15) 60/365 = Rs. index futures. Example: SBI futures trade on NSE as one. What will be the price of a unit of new two-month futures contract on SBI if no dividends are expected during the period? 1. The net carrying cost is the cost of financing the purchase of the stock. futures price F = 228(1. Let us assume that ACC will be declaring a dividend of Rs.37 Pricing stock futures A futures contract on a stock gives its owner the right and the obligation to buy or sell the stocks. 2. two and three month contracts. The amount of dividend received is Rs.per share after 15 days pf purchasing contract. . Assume that the market price of ACC is Rs. Thus. To calculate the futures price.30. where the carrying cost is the cost of financing the purchase of the stock. pricing futures on that stock is very simple.133. 4. Example: ACC futures trade on NSE as one.08. 2. Pricing stock futures when dividends are expected When dividends are expected during the life of futures contract. Assume that the spot price of SBI is Rs. Money can be barrowed at 15% per annum. The dividend is received 15 days later and hence.15) 45/365 = Rs. minus the present value of the dividends obtained from the stock.

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Definition: An option is a derivative i. strict margin requirement are imposed on sellers. An option is valuable if and only if the prices are varying. Secondly. In the case of the stock option its value is based on the underlying stock (equity). It is the responsibility of the OCC who over sees the obligations to fulfill the exercises. which is short one ACC stock. An option by definition has a fixed period of life. Options can be a call option (right to buy) or a put option (right to sell).e. An option is a wasting asset in the sense that the value of an option diminishes has the date of maturity approaches and on the date of maturity it is equal to zero. its value is derived from something else.39 OPTIONS An option is a derivative instrument since its value is derived from the underlying asset. he can buy a call option meaning a right to buy an asset after a certain period of time. usually three to six months. It assures that OCC will get its money. . Lastly. The brokerage firm customer can be chosen in two ways. Because. This margins requirement act as a performance Bond. he can buy a put option meaning a right to sell an asset after a certain period of time. the OCC takes over it. but not an obligation to buy or sell an asset. Once a seller has written an option and a buyer has purchased that option. he can write a call option meaning he can sell the right to buy an asset to another investor. In the case of the index option. I notify my broker. Options clearing corporation The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) is guarantor of all exchange-traded options once an option transaction has been completed. Thirdly. An investor in options has four choices before him. its value is based on the underlying index. Out of the above four cases in the first two cases the investor has to pay an option premium while in the last two cases the investors receives an option premium. If I want to exercise an ACC November 100-call option. he can write a put option meaning he can sell a right to sell to another investor. the OCC then randomly selects a brokerage firm. My broker notifies the OCC. Firstly. OCC has a certain risk that the seller of the option can’t full the contract. It is essentially a right. He can be chosen at random or FIFO basis. That brokerage firm then notifies one of its customers who have written one ACC November 100 call option and exercises it.

A call option in the index is said to be in the money when the current index stands at higher level that the strike price (i. the put is in the money if the index is below the strike price. the put is OTM if the index is above the strike price. spot price = strike price). Put option: A put option gives the holder the right but the not the obligation to sell an asset by a certain date for a certain price. In the case of a put. European options are easier to analyze that the American options and properties of an American option are frequently deduced from those of its European counter part. American option: American options are the options that the can be exercised at the time up to the expiration date. Option price: Option price is the price. In-the-money option: An in-the-money option (ITM) is an option that would lead to a positive cash flow to the holder if it were exercised immediately. At-the-money option: An At-the-money option (ATM) is an option that would lead to zero cash flow if it exercised immediately. A call option on the index is out of he money when the current index stands at a level. If the index is much higher than the strike price the call is said to be deep in the money. the straight date or the maturity date.40 Options Terminology. Call Option: A call option gives the holder the right but not the obligation to buy an asset by a certain date for a certain price. which the option buyer pays to the option seller. which is less than the strike price (i. the exercise date. An option on the index is at the money when the current index equals the strike price (I.e. Strike Price: The price specified in the option contract is known as the strike price or the exercise price. It is also referred to as the option premium. Expiration date: The date specified in the option contract is known as the expiration date. Most exchange-traded options are American. Out-of-the-money option: An out of the money (OTM) option is an option that would lead to a negative cash flow if it were exercised immediately. If the index is much lower than the strike price the call is said to be deep OTM. spot price < strike price). European options: European options are the options that can be exercised only on the expiration date itself.e. .e. In the case of a put option. spot price > strike price).

41 Intrinsic value of an option: It is one of the components of option premium. The intrinsic value of a call is the amount the option is in the money, if it is in the money. If the call is out of the money, its intrinsic value is Zero. For example X, take that ABC November-call option. If ABC is trading at 102 and the call option is priced at 2, the intrinsic value is 2. If ABC November-100 put is trading at 97 the intrinsic value of the put option is 3. If ABC stock was trading at 99 an ABC November call would have no intrinsic value and conversely if ABC stock was trading at 101 an ABC November-100 put option would have no intrinsic value. An option must be in the money to have intrinsic value. Time value of an option: The value of an option is the difference between its premium and its intrinsic value. Both calls and puts time value. An option that is OTM or ATM has only time value. Usually, the maximum time value exists when the option is ATM. The longer the time to expiration, the greater is an options time value. At expiration an option should have no time value. Characteristics of Options The following are the main characteristics of options: 1. Options holders do not receive any dividend or interest. 2. Options only capital gains. 3. Options holder can enjoy a tax advantage. 4. Options holders are traded an O.T.C and in all recognized stock exchanges. 5. Options holders can controls their rights on the underlying asset. 6. Options create the possibility of gaining a windfall profit. 7. Options holders can enjoy a much wider risk-return combinations. 8. Options can reduce the total portfolio transaction costs. 9. Options enable with the investors to gain a better return with a limited amount of investment.

Call Option
An option that grants the buyer the right to purchase a designed instrument is called a call option. A call option is contract that gives its owner the right but not the obligation, to buy a specified asset at specified prices on or before a specified date.

42 An American call option can be exercised on or before the specified date. But, a European option can be exercised on the specified date only. The writer of the call option may not own the shares for which the call is written. If he owns the shares it is a ‘Covered Call’ and if he des not owns the shares it is a ‘Naked call’ Strategies: The following are the strategies adopted by the parties of a call option. Assuming that brokerage, commission, margins, premium, transaction costs and taxes are ignored. A call option buyer’s profit/loss can be defined as follows: At all points where spot price < exercise price, here will be loss. At all points where spot prices > exercise price, there will be profit. Call Option buyer’s losses are limited and profits are unlimited. Conversely, the call option writer’s profits/loss will be as follows: At all points where spot prices < exercise price, there will be profit At all points where spot prices > exercise price, there will be loss Call Option writer’s profits are limited and losses are unlimited. Following is the table, which explains In the-money, Out-of-the-money and At-the-money position for a Call option. Exercise call option Do not exercise Exercise/Do not exercise Example: The current price of ACC share is Rs.260. Holder expect that price in a three month period will go up to Rs.300 but, holder do fear that the price may fall down below Rs.260. To reduce the chance of holder risk and at the same time, to have an opportunity of making profit, instead of buying the share, the holder can buy a three-month call option on ACC share at an agreed exercise price of Rs.250. Spot price>Exercise price Spot price<Exercise price Spot price=Exercise price In-The-Money Out-of the-Money At-The-Money

43 1. If the price of the share is Rs.300. then holder will exercise the option since he get a share worth Rs.300. by paying a exercise price of Rs.250. holder will gain Rs.50. Holder’s call option is In-The-Money at maturity. 2. If the price of the share is Rs.220. then holder will not exercise the option. Holder will gain nothing. It is Out-of-the-Money at maturity. Payoff for buyer of call option: Long call The profit/loss that the buyer makes on the option depends on the spot price of the underlying. If upon expiration, the spot price exceeds the strike price, he makes a profit. Higher the spot price, more is the profit he makes. If the spot price of the underlying is less than the strike price, he lets his option un-exercise. His loss in this case is the premium he paid for buying the option. Payoff for buyer of call option





The figure shows the profit the profits/losses for the buyer of the three-month Nifty 1250(underlying) call option. As can be seen, as the spot nifty rises, the call option is InThe-money. If upon expiration Nifty closes above the strike of 1250, the buyer would exercise his option and profit to the extent of the difference between the Nifty-close and strike price. However, if Nifty falls below the strike of 1250, he lets the option expire and his losses are limited to the premium he paid i.e. 86.60.

If upon expiration.60. the buyer will exercise the option on the writer. Put option An option that gives the seller the right to sell a designated instrument is called put option. Whatever is the buyer’s profit is the seller’s loss.86. .60 1250 0 Nifty LOSS The figure shows the profits/losses for the seller of a three-month Nifty 1250 call option. This loss that can be incurred by the writer of the option is potentially unlimited. Hence as the spot price increases the writer of the option starts making losses. the buyer lets his option un-exercised and the writer gets to keep the premium. Payoff for writer of call option Profit 86. the spot price exceeds the strike price. The maximum profit is limited to the extent of up-front option premium Rs. If upon expiration the spot price is less than the strike price. the writer of the option charges premium. the buyer would exercise his option on the writer would suffer a loss to the extent of the difference between the Nifty-close and the strike price.44 Payoff for writer of call option: Short call For selling the option. A put option is a contract that gives the owner the right. If upon expiration Nifty closes above the strike of 1250. Higher the spot price more is the loss he makes. but not the obligation to sell a specified number of shares at a specified price on or before a specified date.

the spot price is below the strike price.245.. Exercise put option Do not Exercise Exercise/Do not Exercise Example: The current price of ACC share is Rs. If upon the expiration. Spot price<Exercise price Spot price>Exercise price Spot price=Exercise price In-The-Money Out-of-The-Money At-The-Money . At all points where spot price>exercise price. A put option gives the buyer the right to sell the underlying asset at the strike price specified in the option. Payoff for buyer of put option: Long put.245. the holder will gain Rs. there will be loss. Lower the spot price more is the profit he makes. the put option writer’s profit/loss will be as follows: At all points where spot price<exercise price. If the market/Spot price of the ACC share is Rs.45 An American put option can be exercised on or before the specified date. then the holder will exercise the option. Out-of-the Money and At-the-money positions for a Put option. there will be gain. he lets his option expire un-exercised. The following are the strategies adopted y the parties of a put option..15 from the contract. he makes a profit.260. there will be loss. A put option buyer’s profit/loss can be defined as follows: At all points where spot price<exercise price. Holder by a three month put option at exercise price of Rs. But. At all points where spot price>exercise price. (Holder will Exercise his option only if the market price/ spot price is less than the exercise price).250. The profit/loss that the buyer makes on the option depends on the spot price of the underlying. there will be profit. In the market and deliver it to the option writer for Rs. If the spot price of the underlying is higher than the strike price. Means put option holder will buy the share for Rs. which explains In-the-money. Following is the table. Conversely.260. a European option can be exercised on the specified date only.

As can be seen. as the spot Nifty falls. However. His losses are limited to the extent of the premium he paid. if Nifty rises above the strike of 1250.46 Payoff for buyer of put option Profit 1250 0 61. the buyer would exercise his option on writer who would suffer losses to the extent of the difference between the strike price and Nifty-close. Nifty closes below the strike of 1250. If upon expiration. the put option is In-The-Money and the writer starts making losses.70 Nifty Loss The figure shows the profits/losses for the buyer of a three-month Nifty 1250 put option. If upon expiration. the put option is In-The-Money. Payoff for writer of put option . Nifty closes below the strike of 1250. As the spot Nifty falls. the buyer would exercise his option and profit to the extent of the difference between the strike price and Nifty-close. The profits possible on this option can be as high as the strike price. Payoff for writer of put option: Short put The figure below shows the profit/losses for the seller/writer of a three-month put option. he lets the option expire.

means the value of the call option is more. The present value of the exercise price will be less if the time to expiration is longer and consequently value of the option will be higher. They are Historical Volatility and Implied Volatility. the value of the put option will decrease. Pricing Options Factors determining options value: Exercise price and Share price: If the share price is more than the exercise price then the holder of the call option will get more net payoff.70 1250 0 Nifty Loss The loss that can be incurred by the writer of the option is to a maximum extent of strike price. Longer the time to expiration higher is the possibility of the option to be more in the money. The more volatile the underlying security. Interest Rate: The present value of the exercise price will depend on the interest rate. Maximum profit is limited to premium charged by him. If the share price is less then the exercise price then the holder of the put option will get more net pay-off. the present value of the exercise price will fall. Since. The effect is reversed in the case of a put option. Volatility: The volatility part of the pricing model is used to measure fluctuations expected in the value of the underlying security or period of time. Historical volatility estimates . The value of the call option will increase with the rise in interest rates. the greater is the price of the option. Time to Expiration: The present value of the exercise price also depends on the time to expiration of the option.47 Profit 61. There are two different kinds of volatility. The buyer of a put option receives exercise price and therefore as the interest increases.

5.48 volatility based on past prices. it tells us what is important and what is not. there was a wide spread belief that the expected growth of the underlying ought to effect the option price. The stock pays no dividend. Implied volatility starts with the option price as a given. 2. 6.D (sqrt(T) VC= value of call option VP= value of put option PS= current price of the share . During the option period the firm should not pay any dividend.PX/(e (RF)(T)) N (d2) The value of Put option as per Black scholes formula: VP=PX/(e (RF)(T)) N (-d2 )-PS N (-d1) Where d1= In [PS/PX]+T[RF+(S. 3. There are no transaction costs and taxes.D)2 / 2] / S. before Black and Scholes came up with their option pricing model. 4. The markets are always open and trading is continues. The risk from interest rate is constant. It doesn’t promise to produce the exact prices that show up in the market. The following are the assumptions. The option must be European option. Black and Scholes demonstrate that this is not true. The beauty of black and scholes model is that like any good model. but certainly does a remarkable job of pricing options within the framework of assumptions of the model. Black scholes pricing models: The principle that options can completely eliminate market risk from a stock portfolio is the basis of Black Scholes pricing model in 1973. Interestingly. There are no short selling constraints and investors get full use of short sale proceeds. computed as per the following Black Scholes formula: VC =PS N (d1).D (sqrt (T)) d2= d1-S. The options price for a call. 1. and works backward to ascertains the theoretical value of volatility which is equal to the market price minus any intrinsic value.

49 PX= exercise of the share RF= Risk free rate T= time period remaining to expiration N (d1)= after calculation of d1. when dividends are expected during the life of the options.e. When no dividends are expected during the life of options the options can be valued simply by substituting the values of the stock price. N (d2)= after calculation of d2. strike price. The assumption is that the investors can purchase the underlying stocks in the exact amount necessary to replicate the index: i. we must however. Therefore. value normal distribution area is to be identified. One-just before the underlying stock goes Exdividend. If the dividend payment is sufficiently smooth. when valuing options on dividend paying stocks we should consider exercised possibilities in two situations. unlike European options. To use the black scholes formula for index options. it is some times optimal to exercise the option just before the underlying stock goes exdividend. Pricing American options becomes a little difficult because. with some adjustments can be used to price American calls and puts & stocks. owing an option on a dividend paying stock today is like owing to options one in long maturity option with a . Hence. Two – at expiration of the options contract. risk free rate and time to expiration in the black scholes formula. However. index options should be valued in the way as ordinary options on common stock. S. this merely involves the replacing the current index value S in the model with S/eqT where q is the annual dividend and T is the time of expiration in years. American options can be exercised any time prior to expiration. Pricing Stock Options: The Black Scholes options pricing formula that we used to price European calls and puts. value normal distribution area is to be identified. stocks are infinitely divisible and that the index follows a diffusion process such that the continuously compounded returns distribution of the index is normally distributed.D= risk rate of the share In = Natural log value of ratio of PS and PX Pricing Index Option: Under the assumptions of Black Scholes options pricing model. stock volatility. make adjustments for the dividend payments received on the index stocks.

.50 time to maturity from today till the expiration date. and other is a short maturity with a time to maturity from today till just before the stock goes Ex-dividend.

to perform. But they are less as compare to margin in futures. In options premium are to be paid. 5.51 Difference between the Futures and Options Futures Options 1. In options the buyer pays the seller a premium. In futures either parties pay premium. 3. 5. They are obligated to perform the date. 4. Both the parties are obligated to 1. The parties to the futures contract must perform at the settlement date only. 2. 3. Only the seller (writer) is obligated perform. 4. The buyer of an options contract can exercise the option at any time prior to expiration date. In futures margins are to be paid. The holder of the contract is exposed to the entire spectrum of downside risk and had the potential for all the upside return. They are approximately 15 to 20% on the current stock price. . The buyer limits the downside risk to the option premium but retain the upside potential. 2.

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The most widely prevalent swaps are 1. The basis principle is that some companies have a comparative advantage when barrowing in fixed markets while other companies have a comparative advantage in floating markets. 2. ‘B’ to pay the other party ‘A’ cash flows equal to interest at a pre-determined fixed rate on a notional principal for a number of years. which are fixed and floating in nature. Swaps are used to transform the fixed rate loan into a floating rate loan. The two payment streams estimated to have identical present values at the outset when discounted at the respective cost of funds in the relevant markets. party ‘A’ agrees to pay ‘B’ cash flows equal to interest at a floating rate on the same notional principal for the same period of time. Global financial markets present barrowers and investors with a variety of financing and investment vehicles in terms of currency and type of coupon – fixed or floating. . The life of the swap can range from two years to fifty years.53 Swaps Financial swaps are a funding technique. The currencies of the two sets of interest cash flows are the same. Types of swaps: All Swaps involves exchange of a series of payments between two parties. which a permit a barrower to access one market and then exchange the liability for another type of liability. Such an exchange is referred to as an exchange of barrowings. Interest rate swaps. A swap transaction usually involves an intermediary who is a large international financial institution. For example. It must be noted that the swaps by themselves are not a funding instrument: They are device to obtain the desired form of financing indirectly. Interest rate swaps Interest rate swaps. Currency swaps. as a name suggest involves an exchange of different payment streams. A common explanation for the popularity of swaps concerns the concept of comparative advantage. At the same time. The barrower might other wise as found this too expensive or even inaccessible.

The principal amounts are usually exchanged at the beginning and the end of the life of the swap. What is important to the trader who structures the swap deal is that the difference in the rates offered to the companies on both currencies is not same. They are chosen such that they are equal at the exchange rate at the beginning of the life of the swap. company ‘B’ does enjoy a comparative lower disadvantage in one of the markets. In both the currency markets. A point to note is that the principal must be specified at the outset for each of the currencies. The deal could be structured such that the company ‘B’ barrows in the market in which it has a lower disadvantage and company ‘A’ in which it has a higher advantage. If the reverse is true. This creates an ideal situation for a currency swap. company ‘A’ a better credit worthiness then company ‘B’ as it is offered better rates on both dollar and sterling. though company ‘A’ has a better deal. They each deal with a financial intermediary such as a bank. currency swaps are frequently ware housed by financial institutions that carefully monitor their exposure in various currencies so that they can change hedge currency risk . it is difficult to envisage a situation where two companies contact a financial institution at a exactly same with a proposal to take opposite positions in the same swap. Also suppose that sterling rates are higher than the dollar rates. Therefore. At any given point of time. Also. In real life. the swaps spreads are determined by supply and demand. the swaps spread tend to rise. If no participants in the swaps market want to receive fixed rather than floating. Like interest swap. Currency Swaps Currency swaps involves exchanging principal and fixed interest payments on a loan in one currency for principal and fixed interest payments on an approximately equivalent loan in another currency. They swap to achieve the desired currency to the benefit of all concerned. Swap spreads tend to fall. Example: Suppose that a company ‘A’ and company ‘B’ are offered the fixed five years rates of interest in US $ and Sterling.54 Usually two non-financial companies do not get in touch with each other to directly arrange a swap.

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14000 (14x1000). Return 18% Gain: units =m Rs. CIPLA is quoting at Rs.14. Closing the . Option sale = Rs.26000.40000.40000.14000. We expect the share price to rise significantly and want to make a profit from the increase. Net gain Rs. So.40000. Sell 1 Jan contract (expiry) 2.300 Option worth Rs.254. cost = 14000.254 Rs.14.260 (strike price) Call costs Rs. Net outlay is Rs.300 Option market Buy 1 July 260 call at Rs. Possible Outcome at Expiry Share price Rs. Market lot for CIPLA is 1000. Premium Paid = Rs. Action: Buy 1CIPLA calls at Rs. Share price (Cash market) 28 April 28 July Rs. and the July Rs. Net Profit = Rs.40 (300-260)*1000 Analysis Rises by Rs.14 (premium).46.62 BASIC OPTION STRATEGIES Long call Market View Action Profit Potential Loss Potential Bullish Buy a call option Unlimited Limited To make a profit from an expected increase in the price of an underlying share during option’s life: Situation: On 28th April. If CIPLA shares go up we can close the position either by selling the option back to the market or exercising the right to buy the underlying shares at the exercise price. 1.

e.25000 and purchase share on 28th July. To establish a maximum cost at which to purchase shares at a lesser date if funds are not available immediately: Situation: On 28th April. Action: Buy 1 July 240-call option CIPLA at Rs. Exercise 1 Jan 240 call and purchase 1000 shares at 240000.274. He does not have the sufficient funds to buy the shares and decides to again exposure to the stocks and therefore participate in the rise by buying a call option. Share price (Cash market) 28 Apr 28 July Rs. The loss is Rs.254 Rs.14000 (premium paid) Net profit = Intrinsic value of (Break even = 260+14) option i.26000 Share price<260 Share price>274 Option expires worthless. the option expiry day. by whatever amount the share price exceeds Rs. Sell 1 Jan 240 call option (or) 2. If the share price increases.25 for total outlay of Rs.25000 (25x1000) 1. selling the call option releases income to offset the higher share to be acquired at the exercise price that is below the share price.63 position now will produce a net profit of Rs.300 Option market Buy Jan 240 call @ Rs. an investor takes the view that CIPLA’s share price is likely to rise over the coming months. .

Firstly.25 rather than Rs.265/share.240000 Net outlay Rs.64 Analysis Rises by Rs. Option worth is Rs.265 Break even (240+25) Net profit = Intrinsic value of the option less cost of purchase i.265 (240+25) in three-month time. Secondly. Break-even value. Cost of purchase = Rs.35000.25 per share) and if the share does not rise as anticipated. the amount by which the share price exceeds breakeven Share price = Rs. Rs. To hedge against a fall in share value over coming months: . the payment of Rs.265 values.25000 (Cost of purchase) This simple strategy provides investor with maximum effective buying price of Rs. Total loss Rs. = Rs.e.46 (300-254) 1. he guarantees exposure for limited outlay (i.60000 = Rs.254 per share helps cash flow. Option purchase = Rs.25000 Exercise option =Rs. Sale of option Net profit = Rs.e. In gaining exposure to stock through call option. the maximum loss is limited to the premium paid.265000 Possible outcome at Expiry Share price > Rs. Share price < 240 Option expires worthless. the investor has secured two major advantages.25000 2.25 (265-240).

which is equal to the Share price between 260 & 274 Share price > 274 amount of premium paid. . believes that the share price may decrease soon.65 Situation: An investor holding 10000 CIPLA share at Rs.200.254 each.14 worth Rs. if the price continues to rise instead. Sell the option for any intrinsic value to recover some of their cost. number of market lots = 10000/1000 = 10) 260-calls at Rs.2554000.14 Rs.254 each and buy 10 (for 10000 shares. The released money is now available for re-investment and a small proportion will fund the call purchase.340000 (original share holding of 10000 if nor sold). the investor books profit of Rs. Rs. Option expires worthless Total loss = Rs.260 Option expires worthless creating maximum loss. Action: Sell 10000 CIPLA shares at Rs. he does not want to miss out that profit. However.140000. sell 10000 shares Buy 10 July 260 call at Possible outcome at expiry Share price < Rs.34 Option market Rs. (Or) Exercise option. Sell the option for intrinsic value and take more profit.40x10000 = 400000 (254-214 = 40). Rs. He has made a considerable gain of his investment and he is concerned that he should not lose any of that profit.140000 (premium paid) instead of Rs.254. which originally purchased at Rs.220 Fall of Rs.140000. Share price (Cash market) 28 Apr 28 July Analysis for Rs.

140000 and takes on the obligation to deliver 10000 shares at Rs. an investor holds 10000 shares. Option expires worthless Profit = Rs.254 No change in shareholding . Market View Action: Profit Potential Loss Potential Bullish Sell call against an existing shareholding Limited Limited Situation: On 28th April CIPLA share is trading at Rs. in terms of premium received on writing the option (Covered short call).254 Option market Sell 10 July 260 calls @ Rs. He received an option premium of Rs. he does not expect their price to move very much in the next few months. So.254. over and above any dividend earnings. Action: The July 260 calls are trading at Rs.14 Income = Rs.140000 (14x10000).66 Short call To earn additional income from a static shareholding.260 each if the holder exercises the option Share price (Cash market) 28 Apr Rs. he decides to write call option against this shareholding.140000 (Option Premium received) 28 July Analysis Rs.14 and investor sells 10 contracts (one contract = 1000 shares).

The option expires worthless.397 Share price > Rs.406 per share and sell Reliance July 420 call at Rs.254 at Rs. (260+14).23 on the original purchase price. The investor as a writer will sell shares originally purchased for Rs.420.429.420 (406-9).260 The holder will exercise his option. thus effectively reducing the original cost of the shares to Rs. Buy 1000 Reliance shares at Rs.274 Share price < 260 To reduce the cost of stock purchase: Situation: It is early April and Reliance share is trading at Rs. but before the end of the July he does not expect the share to go above Rs.67 Possible Outcome at Expiry Share > Rs. . an increase of Rs. The option will be exercised and the shares have to be sold at Rs.9 (premium) Income = Rs.9000 (1000x9) (Cash market) Rs.406. Share price 28 Apr Option market Sell 1 Reliance call at Rs.406000 Possible Outcome at Expiry Share price < Rs. This effectively produced a total sale price of Rs.9.420 Action. At investor thinks that the shares have a long-term price rise potential.420 The option will not be exercised and the investor will retain both the shares and the option premium.406. For 1000 shares Total outlay = Rs.

8.8 for a total consideration of Rs. 28 July Rs.20. Net gain = Rs. Share price (Cash market) 28 Apr Rs. Action: Buy 1 GAIL July Rs.8000 Option sale = Rs. Sell 1 July contract.30.8000. which gives a profit of Rs.8000.20000 [Rs. Possible Outcome at Expiry Share price = Rs.12 (20-8).270.20 (260-240) x 1000 (Lot)] Option purchase = Rs. Net profit = Rs.12000.260 Put at Rs.270 Option market Buy 1 GAIL July put at Rs.68 Long put Market View Action Profit Potential Loss Potential Bearish Buy a Put option Unlimited Limited To make profit.240 Analysis Fall of share price Rs. if the . from a fall in value of share price: Situation: Current price of GAIL is Rs.20000.240 The put will be trading at Rs. An investor thinks GAIL share is overvalued and may fall substantially. Total outlay = Rs. He therefore decides to buy Put option to gain exposure to its anticipated fall.

Share price between 240 & 260 Protect a share purchase by simultaneously buying put options: Situation: An investor wants to buy GAIL shares at the current price of Rs.8000 (8x1000) Exercise the Rs260 put option.240. he participates in any further rise in the share price above Rs.27000 20 July Rs. he will buy 1000 shares for Rs. Share purchase =Rs.270 each and buy one GAIL July 260 put at Rs. but he is concerned about its short-term performance. Recover intrinsic value premium. If the investor does not purchase the Rs.8. If the investor purchases the Rs.8.260 put option. Sale of option = Rs.69 position is closed out. When the share price in cash market is Rs.240 each in cash market and will sell the same in the options market by exercising the Rs. He feels that he could effort to see the shares as low as Rs. the investor holds the stock.240 Total worth = Rs.240.18000 Option market Rs.30000.260 put @ . Since.270000 Add.260 put option.217.240000 Analysis: In cash market the share price decreased to Rs. Cost = Rs. Share price (Cash market) 28 Apr Rs.260 put option. Rs. Then Loss = 30000 (27000-24000).270 in the expectation that the share price will rise. Action: Buy 1000 shares of GAIL at Rs.250. Buying option = Rs. = Rs.18000 By buying the put option simultaneously the investor’s loss is decreased to Rs.270 buy 1000 shares at Buy 1 July Rs.260000 Net Loss instead of Rs.8000 (premium Rs.8 per share) Less.

The put option will be exercised and the stock will have to be purchased for Rs. In early April he feels that the share price of NIIT will either remain constant or slightly rise.400000 (40x10000 shares).550 The investor’s expectation is correct and the put will expire unexercised.5100000 (5500000-400000).240 puts at Rs. To buy a stock at a price which is lower than the current available price in the market. Share price < Rs.242.6000000.550 Profit = Rs.400000 (premium received). Action: Sell 10 L&T July Rs. Possible Outcome at Expiry Share price > (or) = Rs.70 Short put Market View Action Profit Potential Loss Potential Bearish Sell put option Limited Unlimited To generate earnings on portfolio of shares: Situation: An investor owns 10000 shares of NIIT and also has cash holding of around Rs.40.10. Situation: The shares of L&T are currently trading at Rs. Thus he received a premium of Rs. Action: The investor decides to generate some additional income on his portfolio writes 10 NIIT Rs. Share price (Cash market) Option market .550 puts at Rs.

Possible Outcome at Expiry Share price < Rs.100000 Option is exercised.71 28 Apr Rs.240 puts at Rs.240 market price. The option will not be exercised and the investor keeps the premium.10.240 The put writer will take delivery of the stock at Rs. 28 July Rs.e. . Rs.242 Sell 10 July Rs.10 below the current Share price > Rs.230 i.230 Total outlay = Rs.



with roots in commodities market. SATYAM STATE BANK OF INDIA SCI SIEMENS STER SUN PHARMA SYNDICATE BANK TATA CHEMICALS TATA MOTORS TATA POWER TATA TEA TATA CONSULTANCT SERVICES TISCO UNION BANK OF INDIA UTI BANK VIJAYA BANK VSNL WIPRO WOCKPHARMA 300 600 650 600 1400 200 550 1100 600 600 500 1600 150 350 450 3800 1350 825 800 550 250 675 2100 900 3450 1050 300 600 CONCLUSION Derivatives have existed and evolved over a long time. .74 ONGC ORIENTAL BANK OF COMMERCE PATNI PUNJAB NATIONAL BANK POLARIS RANBAXY RELIANCE RELIANCE CAPITAL RELIANCE INDUSTRIES LTD. In the recent years advances in financial markets and the technology have made derivatives easy for the investors.

. Contract size should be minimized because small investor cannot afford this much of huge premiums.75 Derivatives market in India is growing rapidly unlike equity markets. SEBI should take actions to create awareness in investors about the derivative market. In order to increase the derivatives market in India SEBI should revise some of their regulation like contract size. Trading in derivatives require more than average understanding of finance. Being new to markets maximum number of investors have not yet understood the full implications of the trading in derivatives. Introduction of derivatives implies better risk management. These markets can give greater depth. Successful risk management with derivatives requires a through understanding of principles that govern the pricing of financial derivatives. participation of FII in the derivative market. stability and liquidity to Indian capital markets.

If an expiry date the investor finds that the underlying asset in the option contract is traded at a less price in the stock market then. However.e. It is advisable to the investor to invest in the derivatives market because of the greater amount of liquidity offered by the financial derivatives and the lower transactions costs associated with the trading of financial derivatives. profit. which is uncertain. Options give the choice to the investor to either exercise his right or not. . Though the use of derivatives does not completely eliminate the risk. he has the full liberty to get out of the option contract and go ahead and buy the asset from the stock market. The derivatives products give the investor an option or choice whether to exercise the contract or not. The use of derivative equips the investor to face the risk. So in case of high uncertainty the investor can go for options. these instruments act as a powerful instrument for knowledgeable traders to expose them to the properly calculated and well understood risks in pursuit of reward i. but it certainly lessens the risk.76 Suggestions to Investors The investors can minimize risk by investing in derivatives.

com www.V.org .icicidirect.com www.M.77 Bibliography Indian financial system Investment management Publications of National Stock Exchange Websites www.geojit.sebi.indianfoline.in www.org www.bseindia.com www.hseindia. Bhalla .com www.com www.nseindia.moneycontrol.K.gov.sharekhan. Khan .Y.com www.

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