Schlomy Botbol

Quantitative analyst, Comgest

Brice Périn

Head of Convertible Bonds and Volatility Funds, LBPAM

Volatility trading strategies

Les objectifs du cours

The objective of the course is to give in-depth knowledge about Volatility Trading Strategies.
The goal is to provide participants with the various uses of volatility, its dynamics, the instruments to trade it, the risks embedded in and how to avoid classic pitfalls about volatility.

We will cover main instruments to trade Volatility (from vanilla options to more complex products as Conditional Variance swaps or Vix Options) and how to manage them in the various volatility strategies (Vega/Gamma Trades, Relative Value Trading, Risk Overlay, Cross-Asset volatility arbitrage strategies, Convertible Bonds Arbitrage, Variance Trades, Dispersion…).

Plan du cours

The course (4 Courses Sessions and 3 Lab Sessions) will go through the following themes:
  • Vanilla Options Trading Strategies and associated risk/returns
  • Multi-Leg Option Strategies
  • Volatility Investment Solutions
  • Dynamic Hedging of associated Risks
  • Risk Overlay for Long Equity portfolios
  • Cross Asset Volatility Arbitrage Strategies
  • Convertible Bonds Arbitrage
  • Volatility Swaps and Variance Swaps Dynamics
  • Variance Swaps Replication
  • Correlation and Dispersion Trading
  • Vix : Dynamics and related products


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