Video tutorials – derivatives

What are derivatives?

Derivatives video

Tim Bennett explains what derivatives are, and how you can use them to your advantage.

What are 'contango' and 'backwardation'?

Video tutorial: What are 'contango' and 'backwardation'?

Tim Bennett explains two very common pieces of jargon in the commodities markets – ‘contango’ and ‘backwardation’.

What are futures?

Video tutorial: What are futures?

Tim Bennett explains the basic principles and key features of ‘futures’ – one component of the derivatives market.

What are options and covered warrants?

Video tutorial: What are options and covered warrants?

Tim Bennett explains the basics of options and covered warrants – what they are and the risks of using them.

Why a short-selling ban won't work

Video tutorial: Why a short-selling ban won't work

Tim Bennett explains the practice of short selling shares – and why a ban may do more harm than good.

Credit default swaps - should investors be worried?

Video tutorial: Credit default swaps

What are credit default swaps (CDS) and should investors be worried by them? Tim Bennett explains.

What is a swap?

Video tutorial: What is a swap?

Tim Bennett explains what an interest rate swap is, how it works – and the implications for investors.