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Certified Futures Trader

Indian : Rs.4129
International : $70
INTRODUCTION

Vskills certification for Futures Trader assesses the candidate as per the company’s need for options and futures trading. The certification tests the candidates on various areas in futures markets basics, VaR, pricing of futures contracts, investment assets, stochastic interest rates, hedging, short-term interest rate futures, t-bills, long-term interest rate futures, foreign exchange futures and stock index futures.

WHY SHOULD ONE TAKE THIS CERTIFICATION?

This certification is intended for professionals and graduates wanting to excel in their chosen areas. It is also well suited for those who are already working and would like to take certification for further career progression. Earning Vskills Futures Trader Certification can help candidate differentiate in today’s competitive job market, broaden their employment opportunities by displaying their advanced skills, and result in higher earning potential.

WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM TAKING THIS CERTIFICATION?

Job seekers looking to find employment in options and futures trading departments of various companies, students generally wanting to improve their skill set and make their CV stronger and existing employees looking for a better role can prove their employers the value of their skills through this certification.

COMAPANIES THAT HIRE VSKILLS CERTIFIED FUTURES TRADER

Futures Traders are in great demand. Companies specializing in options and futures trading are constantly hiring skilled Futures Traders. Various public and private companies also need Futures Traders for their options and futures trading departments.

CONTENT

Introduction

  • Forward Contracts versus Futures Contracts
  • Type of Assets Underlying Futures Contracts
  • utures Exchanges
  • Types of Assets Underlying Options Contracts
  • Options Exchanges
  • Hedgers, Speculators, and Arbitrageurs
  • The Role of Futures and Options Markets
  • Reasons for the Rapid Growth of Derivative Markets
  • The Recent Indian Story in Derivatives
  • Electronic Exchanges: The State-of-the-Art

Fundamentals of Futures Markets

  • Standardization of Futures Contracts
  • Margins and Marking to Market: General Principles
  • Spot-Futures Convergence at Expiration
  • Trading: General Principles
  • Value at Risk (VaR)
  • VaR in the Context of Futures Trading in India
  • Types of Members and the Margining System in India
  • Types of Orders
  • Liquidating a Futures Position
  • Trading Volume versus Open Interest
  • Conversion Factors When There are Multiple Deliverable Grades
  • Single Stock Futures

Pricing of Futures Contracts

  • Notation
  • Assumptions
  • Forward Contract on a Security That Provides No Income
  • Forward Contracts on Assets That Provide a Known Dividend Yield
  • Forward Contracts on Commodities
  • Investment Assets
  • Consumption Assets
  • Calendar Spreads and Arbitrage
  • Net Carry
  • Backwardation’ and ’Contango’
  • Delivery Options
  • Imperfect Markets
  • Synthetic Securities
  • Forward Price versus Futures Prices
  • Stochastic Interest Rates
  • Quasi- Arbitrage
  • Risk and Futures Prices

Hedging

  • A Selling Hedge
  • A Buying Hedge
  • Lifting a Hedge Prior to the Expiration of the Futures Contract
  • Basis Risk
  • Selecting a Futures Contract
  • A Rolling Hedge
  • The Hedge Ratio
  • Estimating the Hedge Ratio
  • Tailing a Hedge
  • Quantity Uncertainty
  • Rationale for Hedging
  • Hedging Processing Margins
  • Developing Derivative Exchanges Key Issues

Short -Term Interest Rate Futures

  • Eurodollars
  • T-bills
  • Yields
  • T-bill Futures
  • The No-Arbitrage Pricing Condition
  • Risk Management Using T-bill Futures
  • Shortening T-bill Maturities
  • Lengthening T-bill Maturities
  • Risk Management Using Chained Hedge Ratios
  • Introduction to Eurodollar Futures
  • Calculating Profits and Losses on ED Futures
  • Bundles and Packs
  • Locking in a Borrowing Rate
  • Cash and Carry Arbitrage
  • Reverse Cash and Carry Arbitrage
  • The No-Arbitrage Pricing Equation
  • Hedging Rates for Periods Not Equal to Days
  • Creating a Fixed Rate Loan
  • Strip versus Stack Hedges
  • The TED Spread

Long-Term Interest Rate Futures

  • Fundamentals of Bond Valuation
  • Duration
  • The Cash Market
  • The Futures Market
  • Conversion Factors
  • Calculating the Invoice Price for a T-bond
  • The Cheapest to Deliver Bond
  • Arbitrage or Risk Arbitrage?
  • Seller’s Options
  • Hedging

Foreign Exchange Futures

  • Purchase and Sale
  • The Spot Market
  • Arbitrage
  • The Forward Market
  • Merchant Rates and Exchange Margins
  • The No-Arbitrage Forward Price
  • One Way Arbitrage
  • The Relationship Between Interest Rate Parity and One-Way Arbitrage
  • Options Forwards
  • Modification of Forward Contracts
  • Futures Markets
  • Hedging an Export Transaction
  • Hedging an Import Transaction
  • Creating Synthetic Investments
  • Borrowing Funds Abroad
  • Creating Synthetic Futures Contracts
  • Creating Synthetic Futures Contracts
  • Creating Synthetic Short-Term Interest Rate Contracts
  • Forward Covered Interest Arbitrage

Stock Index Futures

  • Price Weighted Indices
  • Value Weighted Indices
  • Equally Weighted Indices
  • Forming Portfolios to Mimic an Index
  • Portfolio Re-Balancing
  • Re-balancing an Equally Weighted Portfolio
  • Changing the Base Period Capitulation
  • Pricing of Index Futures
  • Cash and Carry Arbitrage
  • Reverse Cash and Carry Arbitrage
  • The No-Arbitrage Equation
  • Index Arbitrage and Programme Trading
  • Hedging with Index Futures
  • Market Timing with Index Futures
  • Using Index Futures to Change the Beta of a Portfolio
  • Stock Picking
  • Portfolio Insurance
  • Index Futures and Stock Market Volatility
  • Index Futures in India
Frequently Asked Questions


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What is Vskills Certification?

Vskills Certification is a professional skill test that is conducted to assure that a person is qualified to perform a job. It is a proof that the candidate has the requisite skills to do a job.

What are the benefits that I will get by taking Vskills Certification Exam?

Some of the benefits that you get on taking Vskills Certification exam are listed below,-

- Develop skills that are valued by experts in the industry
- Vskills Certifications opens avenue for candidates in various sectors
- Vskills Certification provides an opportunity to get certified in areas where you are not formally educated
- Vskills Certification enhances the chances of employment
- CVs of certified candidates are flagged on Monster India website as “Vskills Certified candidates” to employers.
- CVs of certified candidates are also tagged on Shine.com website as “Vskills Certified candidates” to employers.
- CVs of all Vskills Certified candidates is shared with relevant employers for employment - Vskills Certified candidates are a part of the Job Centre for Life
- Vskills provides supplementary preparation material (hard copy or online videos) to candidate for easing the process of preparation.
- Vskills assessment exams are structured and regularly updated according to the industry standards
- Vskills Certifications do not require any time commitment since it is only a test and not classroom teaching.
- Vskills Certifications open avenues for candidates in various sectors
- Vskills Certifications provide an opportunity to get certified in areas where you are not formally educated
- Vskills Certifications greatly enhance the chances of employment

What is the duration of the course?

There is NO course duration for all certification exam. Exams are conducted on monthly basis and candidate has the flexibility to select the exam date from Exam Calender as per their per feasibility. Student can give the exam any time between 1 year from the date of enrollment.

What is the eligibility for registration?

There is no minimum qualification for taking up Vskills Certification Exam, so it is for everyone – from day to day users to senior management, say - Employees - Employers - Students - Teachers - Businessmen and Entrepreneurs - Housewives/Retired Professionals, etc

What is the duration of the exam?

Vskills Certification Exam is for one hour (1 hour) duration.

What type of questions are asked in the exam?

Vskills Certification Exam has 50 multiple choice questions (1 marks each), with no negative marking.

What is the passing percentage?

Passing percentage is 50% i.e., 25 marks need to be scored in order to clear the exam.

When is the the exam conducted?

Vskills Certification Exams are conducted on monthly basis and candidate has the flexibility to select the exam date from Exam Calender as per their per feasibility.

How many attempts can I give for a certification exam?

One exam attempt per registration with no limit on re-appearance.

Can I reschedule the exam?

Yes, candidate can re-shedule the exam till the date of exam after paying the re-schedule fees.

If I fail, what is the procedure to be followed for reappearing in the exam?

In case a candidate is unable to clear the exam then, candidate can register for exam retake by paying for registration fees of Rs. 1250/- but no reading material is sent.

Does the exam is available only in India?

Candidates residing outside India can register for specific certifications as listed under the international students by appearing in online open book exam.

Can I take two or more certification exams at one time?

Yes, candidate can take two or more exams at one time.

How tough will be the paper?

The certification exam is meant to assess the ability of the student in the particular domain and checks entry level to medium level skills in that particular domain. If you know the domain area, and have studied the accompanying material well, you will have no difficulty in passing the exam.

Do you provide any sample questions?

Practice tests are provided under every certification.

What is the duration of the certification?

There is no minimum duration of certification. You may register when you want; we suggest that minimum 30 days should be kept to go over the material provided at the time of registration.

Is the exam available for international candidates?

Yes, candidates residing outside India can follow the process for international students.

What kind of placement support is provided?

Vskills provides placement support to certified candidates as - CVs of certified candidates are flagged on Monster India website as “Vskills Certified candidates” to employers. - CVs of certified candidates are also tagged on Shine.com website as “Vskills Certified candidates” to employers. - CVs of all Vskills Certified candidates is shared with relevant employers for employment - Vskills Certified candidates are a part of the Job Centre for Life

In case I am unable to take the exam will my fees be refunded?

As a policy under no circumstances will the fees be refunded to the candidate after registration, unless there is a situation that is unavoidable.

When is the result declared?

Result indicating pass or fail is told to candidate after finishing of the exam. Hard copy certificate and performance report is sent to candidates who had cleared the exam. Soft copy certificate is also e-mailed.

Is the material provided by you sufficient from exam point of view or should I refer other sources?

The study material provided by Vskills is a guideline for your exam, but you can refer to other sources for further clarity on any topic.

Are there any classes provided by you to prepare for the exam?

Vskills does not offer classes for any certification exam. The candidates have to prepare on its own for the exam. NO CLASSES are provided by Vskills.

Do you charge extra for placement assistance?

There are no charges apart from the registration fees or exam re-take in case candidate is unable to clear the certification exam.

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VSkills is a “skills testing” and certification exam conducted by - ICSIL, A Govt of India Undertaking and Govt of NCT Delhi Company. It is one of the largest manpower companies of the government of NCT Delhi. VSkills certifications help candidates quantify and prove their skills in a particular domain - skills that are valued by the employer and are in great demand. Your Vskills Certificate is a proof that you have the requisite knowledge and makes you job ready - which is why employers rate VSkills certifications and look for people who have them.

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