Skip to 0 minutes and 14 secondsRisk, derivatives, stocks and bonds, speculation and hedging. We may all have heard these terms, but what do they really mean? And why do they matter to us and to the financial markets? In this latest free course from SOAS University of London, we invite you to look at risk management in its broadest terms, and to explore the crucial role played by risk in the global economy, both in terms of opportunities, and also potential dangers. But what are the main types of risk? And what are the methods used by financial firms to manage them? We'll use practical examples of financial investment to examine risk management concepts, tools, and techniques, and explore how these are used in forming and analysing portfolios.
Skip to 1 minute and 4 seconds From futures and options to hedging strategies, we also examine how these tools might alter risk and investment positions as they are applied in markets around the world. Joining colleagues from our Centre for Financial and Management Studies, we look at the principles that drive the management of risk, and ask how can we ensure that these principles are implemented wisely? For example, why and how have credit rating agencies become so important? And what role did they play, if any, in the recent financial crisis? How are derivatives used to reduce the risks associated with changes in stock prices, interest rates and exchange rates? What this meant by Islamic finance?
Skip to 1 minute and 49 seconds How are applications of risk management used in emerging markets, such as countries in Asia and Africa, as well as in the banking sector? For those borrowing or investing, for students of economics and finance, and for those intrigued or confused by financial markets, this course can help you unpick the complex world of risk management, and how it might affect you. We look forward to sharing our insights about risk and learning with you.