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BUS 162 — Options and Futures: Practical Applications

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Apr 6—May 18
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 19
Unit: 1
Tuition: $405
Instructor(s): Kartik Gada
On-campus course
7:00—8:50 pm
Apr 6—May 18
7 weeks
Drop By
Apr 19
1 Unit
Kartik Gada
This course is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge in the usage of options and futures by individuals and businesses. The material will be in the form of slides, interactive examples, and case studies. We will start with the fundamental concepts around options, such as strike prices, expiration dates, and premiums, and then examine the range of option types that exist across stocks, indices, and commodities. Next, we will cover the anatomy of various options trades, including advanced structures such as spreads and straddles, which can yield profit in a sideways market.

We will then proceed to the futures market, which is the widest and deepest of all global markets and encompasses equities, commodities, currencies, and more. Topics will include contango and backwardation in futures contracts, and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) composed of futures. The penultimate section will be devoted to case studies on how various types of businesses can use options and futures to hedge against their most pressing operational risks. We will close with a summary of the latest changes in the tax treatment of options and futures, and how many trade techniques have adapted accordingly. At completion, students will have a foundational skill set through which to generate ideas on the application of options and futures for profit, hedging, and more.

Kartik Gada, Executive Director, Woodside Capital Partners

Kartik Gada founded and managed an options and futures hedge fund, earning 70 percent per year annual compounded returns from 2009 through 2013. He is the author of The ATOM, an ebook about the impact of technology on finance. He holds FINRA Series 7, 66, 79, 86, and 87 securities licenses and received an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.