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Convertible Bonds: Issuing, Pricing and Investing

London Financial Studies, In New York City (+1 locations)
3 days
5,670 USD
Next course start
23 September, 2024 (+2 start dates)
Classroom, Virtual Classroom
3 days
5,670 USD
Next course start
23 September, 2024 (+2 start dates)
Classroom, Virtual Classroom
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Course description

London Financial Studies

Convertible Bonds: Issuing, Pricing and Investing

This course explains in detail a range of convertible securities, their applications and trading strategies (with special attention to hybrids and Contingent Convertibles - CoCos).

Participants will undertake a series of workshops to explore key ideas including pricing convertible bonds, the incorporation of credit risk, handling corporate events such as ratchets, calculating Greeks and simulating trading strategies.

Workshops are built around real world convertible bond examples where participants will work their way through several prospectuses.

Who The Course is For:

  • Traders
  • Credit and equity risk managers
  • IT
  • Middle office
  • Quantitative researchers
  • Hedge funds
  • Portfolio managers
  • Structured products desk
  • Debt capital markets staff

Prior Knowledge

  • Numerate background (basic)
  • Basic knowledge of fixed income and equity products
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel

Upcoming start dates

Choose between 2 start dates

23 September, 2024

  • Virtual Classroom
  • Online
  • English

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  • Classroom
  • New York City

Who should attend?

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a solid understanding of convertible bonds and other hybrid financial instruments
  • Learn how to carry out the valuation and risk management of convertible bonds
  • Analyze the different components of a convertible structure
  • Gain familiarity with different valuation models and hedging approaches

Training content

Day One


The Convertible Bond Market

  • Trading Strategies
  • Market Players
  • Cheapness
  • Yield Measures
  • Liquidity

Convertibles Primer

Basic introduction to what a convertible bond is and what its key elements are. Attention is given to the nomenclature: Convertible bonds come with their own language and conventions which are different from the traditional derivatives language: conversion premium, parity, conversion price, etc.

Convertible Bonds: Instrument Features

  • Issuer Calls
  • Investor Puts
  • Cross Currency Convertible Bonds
  • Resets
    • A deeper understanding will be provided regarding the reset feature. The negative convexity of this feature can be a real trap for the convertible bond arbitrageur
  • Dividend Protection

From Prospectus to Model

This part of the course is exercise driven.  Based on several real-world prospectuses, the delegates will set-up a convertible bond from scratch dealing with the different instrument specific features: issuer calls, investor puts, etc. Starting from these sample prospectuses, the participant in the course will have to set up a valuation and initial hedge for each of these real-world examples.

This will be done by making use of interactive spread sheet-based models. All of the knowledge build up in the previous session is going to be embedded in this workshop. 

Pricing Models

This part of the course introduces the delegates to the different mainstream models to value convertible bonds.

  • Equity Models:
    • Black-Scholes
    • Jump-Diffusion
    • Heston
  • Credit Models:
    • Blended Credit Spread
    • Intensity based (CDS based models)

Risk Management and Hedging of a Convertible Bond Portfolio

  • Delta hedging
    • Starting from a real world example, the delta hedging of a convertible bond portfolio will be explained. It will be shown how any delta hedge changes the risk profile of the bond
  • Gamma trading
    • This section will deal with the impact of a frequent rebalancing of the hedge in low and high volatile markets
  • Credit and Volatility hedges
    • This section will examine with the way to use listed options to deal with some of the volatility risk embedded within a convertible bond. Volatility contracts such as VIX and their possible pitfalls will be explained as well
  • Sensitivity Analysis
    • This is an introduction to the different risk measures that can be applied to convertibles

Convertible Bond: Advanced Instrument Features

  • Ratchets

Extended example on how ratchets should be evaluated whenever the convertible gets involved in a takeover situation

  • Convertible Bond Options (ASCOTS)

Hedging the credit risk by making used of options on convertible bonds.

Day Two

CoCos and Hybrids – Part IIntroduction to Hybrid Assets

  • Issuers
  • Rating Agencies
  • Performance
  • Particular Risks: Regulatory calls, rating calls an extension risk

Preferreds: Equity or Bond Volatility?Corporate Hybrids

  • Yield pick-up
  • Coupons: cancellation risk
  • Replacement Capital Covenant
  • Rating Agencies
  • Extension Risk: introduction

Contingent Capital

  • Definition
  • Timeline
  • Anatomy
  • CoCos with upside
  • CoCos vs convertible bonds
  • Tier 1 and Tier 2 CoCos
  • Pro and Contra
  • Alternative structures

Bail-In Capital

  • Definition and differences with CoCo bonds
  • Examples of bail-in
  • Resolution Framework in  Europe

Day Three

CoCos and Hybrids – Part IIRegulatory Framework

  • Basel III
  • ECB’ Stress Tests and CoCos
  • CRD IV

Risk Profile of CoCo Bonds

  • Sensitivity-analysis
  • Death Spiral
  • Extension Risk

Pricing Models

  • Equity Derivatives Approach
  • Credit Derivatives Approach
  • Adding Extension risk

Case Study: Setting up a CoCo Bond from Scratch

Course delivery details

Courses are delivered in the London classroom and live online via LFS Live in London, New York, and Singapore time zones.

Please contact LFS for more details.




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This course is highly recommended to get a good understanding of all types of hybrid instruments. Jan and Wim are fantastic teachers with both in-depth professional and academic...

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