Introduction to Bond Futures Trading 2013

This course introduces students to the practical and theoretical aspects of bond futures trading. As China has recently allowed domestic treasury futures trading, we can draw from the ample experience that the U.S. traders have been doing for decades. We will cover the fundamentals of the bond futures market, pricing as well as trading with bond futures contracts. We highlight that our speaker is a very renowned trader who has built a very successful career in the capital market. This is a rare opportunity to meet this senior “insider” from Wall Street.

Course Outline

There are a total of 3 lectures, each running for 3 hours.

1 Treasury Futures Contract Structure & Pricing
  • Market synopsis
  • Overview of treasury futures
  • Key contract specifications
  • Margin overview
  • Deliverable treasury bonds
  • Pricing treasury futures
  • Conversion factors (delivery options, calculating implied repo rate, cheapest to deliver, cash/futures Basis)
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2 Modeling & Forecasting the Term Structure
  • Curve construction
  • Spot/forward arbitrage
  • Bootstrapping
  • Smoothing splines
  • Nelson-Siegel yield curve
  • Macroeconomic factors for forecasting yield curve dynamics
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3 Trading Strategies
  • Curve trading
  • Steepners
  • Flatteners
  • Butterflys
  • Basis trading
  • Volatility arbitrage
  • Bet sizing methods with neural nets/support vector machines
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Recommended For

  • Anyone who wants to understand bond futures trading

Preferred Background

Some experience in trading is preferred but not essential

Knowledge of bond pricing

Basic understanding of derivatives is preferred but not essential

Basic understanding of securities trading

Dr. Javed Ashraf

Managing Principal at Strode’s Capital


Javed Ashraf is the Managing Principal at Strode’s Capital. Prior to that, he was the head quantitative researcher in credit relative value in a hedge fund. Javed was the head of US multi asset quantitative research team at Union Bank of Switzerland. He developed and ran algorithmic investments for equity derivatives. Javed has a M.Sc. in Financial Mathematics from the University of Chicago, an MBA from the City University, London UK, and a B.Eng. in Computer & Electronic Engineering from the University of Salford UK.

Language of Instruction English
Venue Shanghai China, PRC, Online class available
Fees RMB 12,000.00 for classroom participation or USD 2,000.00 for online participation
Schedule November 28, 29, 2013

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