The book begins by looking at the main derivative products and their pricing interrelationships. It shows that within any asset class there are mathematical relationships that tie together four key building blocks: cash products, forwards/futures, swaps and options. The nature of these interrelationships means that there may be a variety of different ways in which a particular strategy can be expressed. It then moves on to relative value within a fixed income context and looks at strategies that build on the pricing relationships between products as well as those that focus on how to identify the optimal way to express a view on the movement of the yield curve. It concludes by taking the main themes of relative value and showing how they can be applied within other asset classes. Although the main focus is fixed income the book does cover multiple asset classes including credit and inflation.
Written from a practitioner's perspective, the book illustrates how the products are used by including many worked examples and a number of screenshots to ensure that the content is as practical and applied as possible.
"The book covers a number of topics from an applied perspective and includes a variety of subjects that rarely see the light of day. It is an excellent insight into how the markets think about these subjects and has so many useful examples of trade ideas. As a former bond trader, I found the update on developments that it gave me quite invaluable."
--Professor Brian Scott-Quinn, Chairman ICMA Centre for Financial Markets, Henley Business School
"This is a concise text written in a relaxed style and packed with real-world examples. This 'relative value guide' is a very valuable publication and will no doubt be regarded as a standard reference manual for fixed income practitioners at all levels. Anyone looking to move quickly up the learning curve in these complex markets will benefit from reading this comprehensive text, and from having it close to hand for professional use."
--Professor John Board, Dean of Henley Business School, University of Reading