Understanding Financial Derivatives

Financial derivatives explained simply. What are they, how to use them & how they are abused.
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Understand financial derivatives (forwards, futures, options & swaps).
Identify risk.
Learn to use these tools for hedging as well as trading.
Become aware of both, the positive & destructive sides of leverage.


  • A desire to become a well-informed investor or risk manager.
  • Ability to think differently & to make independent decisions.


This is an introductory course on financial derivatives. No prior knowledge of derivatives markets is necessary.

Forwards, futures, options, swaps are explained simply. Each video attempts to explain the logic behind the relevant theories.

Additional matter has been included to supplement the videos. Some advanced material is also included, for the intermediate-level student who wishes to learn more.

There is a short quiz after every video to strengthen your concepts.

"Understanding Financial Derivatives" will explain the power of these financial tools & seek to alert you to the dangers & pitfalls of misuse & abuse of these potent, dangerous financial instruments.

And of course, the Final Exam.....enjoy proving to yourself that you know the subject.

Thank you & Happy Learning.

Who this course is for:

  • Students of finance & risk management, investors & professionals who wish to understand derivatives.


good is not enough.....excellence is the goal
Manohar V Dansingani
  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 213 Reviews
  • 1,929 Students
  • 2 Courses

Manohar Dansingani has retired.

Author of 13 books, including 4 Workbooks for The Institute of Cost Accountants of India.

Registered External Expert with The European Union

Facilitator for Stage 2 Professional Skills Development, & was an Examination Marker for Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

Resource Person for The Institute of Cost Accountants of India

Faculty/Trainer for The Institute of Company Secretaries of India

Academic Counselor for Indira Gandhi National Open University

Was a Reviewer for Palgrave Communications; & for Humanities and Social Sciences Communications.

CPE Trainer for NISM (educational initiative of SEBI)

Resource Person for NCFE (promoted by RBI, SEBI, IRDAI & PFRDA)

Guest Faculty at College of Engineering Pune

Facilitated two online course-packs on the Harvard Business Publishing Education website.

Online courses on Udemy have students from 100 countries & are available in 21 languages.

Publications & work included in IFAC Global Knowledge Gateway, ICMAI Knowledge Bank, Portfolio Organizer, Treasury Management, The Management Accountant, BFSI Chronicle, & The Global Analyst.


National Merit Scholar

Member – Million Dollar Round Table (now retired)

Gold Level Faculty at IMA Leadership Academy

Best Faculty (Final Level) ICMAI Pune


a) Vidya Dhanam Sarvadhana Pradhanam (The Wealth of Knowledge is The Greatest Wealth)

b) Good Is Not Enough…..Excellence Is The Goal

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