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10 years experience
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2 years experience
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3 years experience
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Our derivatives consultants help your companies and investors pick out promising investment opportunities in the derivatives market. Our derivatives experts don't just focus on the derivatives but also ensure the underlying instruments will be profitable in the long run.

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What clients usually engage your Derivatives Consultants?

We work with clients from all over the world. Our clients range from enterprise and corporate clients to companies that are backed by Private Equity or Venture Capital funds. Furthermore, we work directly with Family Offices, Private Equity firms, and Asset Managers. Most of our enterprise clients have dedicated Corporate Development, M&A, and Strategy divisions which are utilizing our pool of Derivatives talent to add on-demand and flexible resources, expertise, or staff to their in-house team.

How is Fintalent different?

Fintalent is not a staffing agency. We are a community of best-in-class Derivatives professionals, highly specialized within their domains. We have streamlined the process of engaging the best Derivatives talent and are able to provide clients with Derivatives professionals within 48 hours of first engaging them. We believe that our platform provides more value for Corporates, Ventures, Private Equity and Venture Capital firms, and Family Offices.

Our Hiring Process – What do ‘Community-Approach’ and ‘Invite-to-Apply’ mean?

‘Invite-to-Apply’ is the process by which we shortlist candidates for the majority of projects on our platform. Often, due to the confidential nature of our clients’ projects, we do not release projects to our whole platform but using the matching technology and expertise of our internal team we select candidates who are the best fit for our clients’ needs. This approach also ensures engagement with our community of professionals on the Fintalent platform, and is a benefit both to our clients and independent professionals, as our freelancers have direct access to the roles best suited to their skills and are more likely to take an interest in a project if they have been sought out directly. In addition, if a member of our community is unavailable for a project but knows someone whose skill set perfectly fits the brief, they are able to invite them to apply for the role, utilizing the personal networks of each talent on our platform.

Which skills and expertise do your Fintalents have?

The Fintalents are hand-picked and vetted Derivatives professionals, speak over 55 languages, and have professional experience in all geographical markets. Our Derivatives consultants’ experience ranges from 3+ years as analysts at top investment banks and Strategy consultancies, to later career C-level executives. The average working experience is 6.9 years and 80% of all Fintalents range from 3-12 years into their careers.

Our Derivatives consultants have experience in leading firms as well as interfacing with clients and wider corporate structures and management. What makes our Derivatives talent pool stand out is the fact that they have technical backgrounds in over 2,900 industries.

How does the screening and onboarding of your Derivatives talent work?

Fintalent.io is an invite-only platform and we believe in the power of referrals and a closed-loop community. Members of our community are able to invite a small number of professionals onto the platform. In addition, our team actively scouts for the best talent who have experience in investment banking or have worked at a global top management consultancy. All of our community-referred talent and scouted talent are subject to a rigorous screening process. As such, over the last 18 months totaling more than 750 hours of onboarding calls, of which only 40% have received an invite-link after the call.

What happens if I am not satisfied with my Derivatives consultant’s work?

During your initial engagement with a member of our Fintalent talent pool with no risk. If you are not satisfied with the quality of your hire for any reason then we are able to find a replacement at short notice. There is no minimum commitment per project, but generally projects last at least 5 days and can last 12+ months.

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Everything you need to know about Derivatives

What are Derivatives?

The basic definition of a derivative is an instrument whose value depends on some other item. In other words, it is an asset whose value is derived from something else. Derivatives are essentially financial instruments where you can buy or sell an underlying asset for a price that fluctuates over time. These types of assets are very useful for financial companies and investors because they give them even more ways to make money. Fintalent’s Derivatives consultants observe that if Derivatives go up in price, the amount of the underlying asset will rise as well. If they go down in price, the underlying assets’ price will go down as well.

These instruments can be created through many methods, such as contracts (which are formal agreements) and options (which are derivatives without contracts). They can also be created through many different types of securities, such as futures, options, and swaps (the latter two are financial derivatives that you don’t need to worry about here). They can also be created through many different types of investments, such as stocks, bonds, commodities, and currencies.

Options Vs Derivatives

An option is a derivative because it is purchased to gain access to the options’ potential profit. However, options are not always perceived as a form of derivatives. In fact, in many jurisdictions they are not considered to be options at all but rather a form of contracts that can be traded by anyone like stocks or the market itself. As such they are usually regulated differently from other types of derivative instruments. This means that you have to have financial experience to trade them in order for you to understand how they work.

A derivative is a financial instrument that has a price determined by an external factor. For example, stocks, currencies and commodities are all price determined by trades on the market. However, options are priced based on their relationship to the volatility in their underlying securities. Therefore, there is no intrinsic value derived from just the option itself; it is only based on how much profit it can make for its owner.

There’s no real difference between options and derivatives because they both generate income in the same way regardless of whether or not they are considered to be actual derivatives or just contracts. Contracts do not trade on exchanges, but can be traded by anyone.

If you buy an option, the contract that you’re holding to gain access to profit is likely to be misperceived as a derivative. However, there’s no reason why it should be called a derivative if its value is based on the going price of its underlying security such as stocks or currencies. Sometimes you’ll hear people referring to options and derivatives either interchangeably or by their first letter (a call option versus a call), although the difference between ‘options’ and derivatives is basically just a political preference in some jurisdictions.

How do Derivatives Work?

To understand how they work, you have to understand how financial instruments are priced because pricing depends on what they are being priced against.

For example, a stock is priced based on the perceived value of its underlying business. This value is determined by market analysts, traders and investors as they watch the market to make sure they know what the current price of a company’s shares are worth in comparison to its competitors.

If a company’s shares are worth more than its competitors, then it may be undervalued. When stock prices rise above their current levels without justification, the price may fall back down if people think that it is overvalued or if there are other factors influencing them to trade it at those prices.

This is the way in which prices are determined. However, this price is actually inaccurate because of a phenomenon known as ‘theta’. Theta has a huge impact on the pricing of stocks and other financial instruments because it causes stocks to fluctuate with very little volatility. This means that while they may go up or down at intervals, they don’t often go up or down by much at all.

If there was no theta then stock prices would move too much and would not be considered to be accurate reflections of the underlying value of their companies. Theta is basically how prices are determined within the market. As such, you could think of it as the ‘sine qua non’ of financial markets. It is why stocks have such a wide range and vary based on the day when they are traded.

Theta is known as the exponential decay function (exp), where the value of a stock tends to go down over time unless you have volatility, news or reported earnings to cause it to go up. This means that an increase in volatility will affect your prices less. As a result, options on thinly traded stocks tend to have more intrinsic value than options on stocks with high trade volume because they do not experience much volatility in their price thanks to theta.

In short, theta is like a negative slope that reduces the value of options over time. It is also what makes it harder to predict an option’s final value based on how much it pays out when it expires. In general, the more an option is worth, the faster its price will decay even if there is no volatility or other market conditions affecting it. This means that if you want to get paid out a lot in an option then you need to be prepared to lose money quickly before expiration. Therefore, you want to choose options carefully according to your needs and strategies while calculating decay rates on the ones that you want to buy.

If you want to understand why theta works you have to understand how much market volatility affects an option because it changes the way that its underlying security price is determined. This basically means that the impact of time value is closely related to the change in the stock’s price. Therefore, when a stock price increases quickly, then its options will decrease in proportion to the decay in time value. However, if it increases slowly then this will not affect them as much. In fact, with no volatility at all, your options might not decrease at all and instead simply expire with nothing on them.

Trading Derivatives

Trading options takes a lot of experience and knowledge about the underlying securities being traded in order to make money from them. This is because options are highly sensitive to the underlying securities’ price and can be traded (and therefore bought or sold) from anywhere in the world with a brokerage account. This means that you don’t have to be technically savvy to trade them, but you do need to understand how their prices are determined and how volatility affects them.

For this reason, trading some types of derivative instruments requires that you have certain financial knowledge prior to trading them if you want to make money. This doesn’t mean that you have to know everything about your markets, but it does mean that you need to have enough knowledge to avoid making simple trading mistakes.

Once you understand how the market works, you can start trading derivatives safely at home with a broker account and with a few simple rules. This basic knowledge allows people to become profitable in their own accounts through derivatives trading by following certain strategies on how to get started with them.

It is important to understand exactly how they work and how their trading rules affect you if you want to trade derivatives in a particular country. Before you can start trading derivatives, there are several things that you ought to know or better still, hire derivatives consultants like those available for hire on Fintalent.

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