Background Note | HBS Case Collection | April 1995 (Revised March 1997)

Introduction to Derivative Instruments

by W. Carl Kester and Kendall Backstrand


Provides an elementary introduction to three major classes of derivative instruments: options, forwards and futures, and swaps.

Keywords: Financial Instruments;


Kester, W. Carl, and Kendall Backstrand. "Introduction to Derivative Instruments." Harvard Business School Background Note 295-141, April 1995. (Revised March 1997.)