ICM273-Derivatives and Risk Management in Shipping

Module Provider: ICMA Centre
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Ilias Visvikis

Email: i.visvikis@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

The module provides a grounding in risk management and derivatives products in shipping. It builds upon some of the finance concepts introduced in Term 1 modules and applies those concepts within the shipping industry. Financial risk management is constantly evolving and has become an essential tool within the modern corporation. The cyclical and volatile nature of the shipping business that tends to result in extensive fluctuations in rates and prices associated with shipping operations makes risk management crucially important to shipping companies. As a result, shipping derivatives have been developed in order to more efficiently manage risks, emanating from fluctuations in freight rates, bunker prices, vessel prices, interest rates and foreign exchange rates, amongst others.


Aims:

The module’s main aim is to provide a critical understanding on how all main types of shipping derivatives can be applied in the day-to-day practice of risk management in shipping.


Assessable learning outcomes:

 



Assessable learning outcomes:



By the end of the module, it is expected that the student will be able to




  • Understand the risk-return trade-offs and evaluate the sources of business risks in shipping.

  • Evaluate all available derivatives products and markets as well as the various underlying assets

  • Implement different hedging strategies with the use of derivatives products in shipping

  • Manage shipping related risk exposures

  • Develop, appraise and implement shipping related risk management strategies.

  • Price shipping derivatives and estimate optimal hedge ratios



 



 


Additional outcomes:

The student will develop familiarity with the workings of the shipping markets from a risk management perspective and gain experience in designing and implementing hedging and investment (trading) strategies, using shipping derivatives products. The student will learn to take risk management decisions, through a series of practical applications, exercises, a trading simulation and case studies. The seminars will provide students with the opportunity to apply the developed analytical and other generic skills in related market data.


Outline content:


  • Sources of Business Risks in the Shipping Industry 

  • Traditional Risk Management Strategies

  • Underlying Freight Assets (Baltic Exchange indices and routes) 

  • Derivatives Products and Markets in Shipping

  • Dry-bulk, Tanker and Containership Forward Freight Agreements (FFAs) 

  • Hybrid” FFAs, Freight Futures and Clearing

  • Practical Freight Derivatives Trading Examples 

  • Freight Option Trading Strategie

  • Bunker Fuel Price Derivatives 

  • Bunker Fuel Trading Simulation

  • Foreign Exchange and Interest Rate Derivatives


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Lectures will be used for the exposition of theory. Classes will be used to discuss non-assessed problem sets and case studies. The techniques used to achieve the stated module objectives will consist of a combination of active teaching, question-answer sessions, class examinations, assignments and class discussions.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 12
Seminars 3
Guided independent study: 185
       
Total hours by term 28
       
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

One individual assignment (3,000 words) submitted during the first week of the summer term


Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:


Assessment requirements for a pass:
A minimum total final mark of 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-examination for Part 2 modules takes place in September of the same year.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1) Required text books: 2) Specialist equipment or materials: 3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: 4) Printing and binding: 5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: 6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: £1000


Last updated: 8 April 2019

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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