Advanced Futures & Forwards


Approx 4h to complete

100% online and self-paced

Subscribe to get access to CMSA® and other programs

From $497/year

Learn More


Advanced Futures & Forwards Course Overview

This Advanced Futures & Forwards course teaches the importance of basis, hedging, and trading with futures and forwards. You will learn about the factors influencing basis, as well as various components of bond futures including cheapest-to-deliver (CTD) bonds, repos vs. reverse repos, and how to calculate implied repo rates. You will also learn how to hedge CTD and non-CTD bonds, and how to adjust duration using futures. After completing this course, you will have a better understanding of LIBOR alternatives (ESTR, SOFR, SONIA, etc.), exchange delivery settlement price (EDSP), and spread (basis) trading with futures.

Modules explored: 

  • Futures & Forwards Pricing - Review
  • Understanding Basis
  • Bond Futures - Basis Risk
  • Futures Hedge - Basis Risk
  • Refining the Hedge
  • Spread (Basis) Trading With Futures

Advanced Futures & Forwards Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain basis and factors which influence it
  • Identify basis risk within futures and bonds
  • Calculate implied repo rates
  • Determine how to hedge CTD and non-CTD bonds
  • Interpret LIBOR alternatives (ESTR, SOFR, SONIA, etc.)

Advanced Futures & Forwards Is an Elective Course of CFI’s CMSA® Program

CFI’s Capital Markets & Securities Analyst (CMSA)® program covers all the basic, intermediate, and advanced topics about sales and trading, investment banking, and asset management. This program teaches you trading strategies used in the finance and capital markets industry. It is ideal for students who want to learn how to trade different asset classes. The program is completely online so you can take it at your own pace, from anywhere in the world.

Common career paths for students who take the CMSA® are Sales & Trading, Asset Management, Wealth Management, Treasury, Risk Management, and other capital markets careers.

Who Should Take This CMSA® Course?

This Advanced Futures & Forwards course is ideal for any student or professional interested in gaining a better understanding of the futures and forwards markets. Whether you are interested in derivatives or not, this course provides the key learning objectives required to become familiar with these complex tools.

What You'll Learn


Become a certified Capital Markets & Securities Analyst (CMSA)®

Advanced Futures & Forwards is part of the All Capital Markets & Securities Analyst (CMSA)® courses, which includes 29 courses.

Capital Markets & Securities Analyst (CMSA)® Certification
  • Skills Learned Trading strategies used in the finance and capital markets
  • Career Prep Work in capital markets, whether on the buy-side or the sell-side

Path To Certification

Prep Courses

5 courses from beginner to intermediate level.


Core Courses

8 courses from beginner to intermediate level.


Elective Courses

16 courses in advanced and intermediate levels.


Get Certified

Submit your CMSA® checklist and order your certificate.

CMSA Certificate 04Required

Join Our Community

Get access to the Global Corporate Finance Society.


How the Certification Works

Capital Markets & Securities Analyst (CMSA)® courses are offered 100% online, allowing you the flexibility to start the Capital Markets & Securities Analyst (CMSA)® program anytime and learn when it’s most convenient for you.

The program is a part of the All Access Subscription, which includes all programs and courses.

CFI courses are designed by instructors with over 21 years of financial analyst training experience.

Students must complete all core and 7 elective courses (13 in total) and demonstrate mastery of the topics through successful completion of course materials, quizzes, and assessments.
Within 48 hours of program completion, your Blockchain Verified (CMSA)® Certification will be emailed to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enroll in this course?
Are there any additional fees or costs?
What currency are your courses priced in?
Can I download the Excel files and financial modeling templates for the course?
How long do I have to complete the courses?
Are CFI courses officially accredited?
How do I earn my certificates?
Can I email the instructor if I have questions?
Will these courses help me advance my career?
What is included in the subscription?
More Questions?