Derivatives have a reputation for complexity and danger and often conjure up an image of casion capitalism. Warren Buffet even called them financial weapons of mass destruction.
However, arguably derivatives are simply tools that exist to solve problems and are, in many cases, a more efficient way to invest. This module dispels the myths and explains how while covering the principal reasons why, derivatives are used.
Introduction to derivatives
Chris Wagstaff, Head of Investment Education at Aviva Investors, explains what derivatives are, how they are used, and talks about the size and growth of derivatives markets.
Using derivatives: a case study
Adrian Jarvis, Director of Investment Strategy, talks about how he makes use of derivatives as a way of adding value to our clients, and where we use derivatives to help solve a specific problem.