PRACTICE QUESTIONS

DERIVATIVES MARKET (DEALERS) MODULE

1. Swaps can be regarded as portfolios of ________. [ 1 Mark ]

(a) Future Contracts

(b) Option Contracts

(c) Call Options

(d) Forward Contracts

(e) I am not attempting the question

2. A stock is currently selling at Rs. 165. The put option at Rs. 163 strike price costs Rs.

3. What is the time value of the option? [ 1 Mark ]

(a) Rs. 3

(b) Rs. 2

(c) Rs. 1

(d) Rs. 1.50

(e) I am not attempting the question

3. LEAPS have a maturity of upto _________. [ 1 Mark ]

(a) one year

(b) three years

(c) ten years

(d) three months

(e) I am not attempting the question

4. What is the outstanding position on which initial margin will be levied if no proprietary

trading is done and the details of client trading are: one client buys 500 units @ 1260.

The second client buys 900 units @Rs.1255 and sells 1000 units @Rs.1260?[2 Marks ]

(a) 1900 units

(b) 2400 units

(c) 500 units

(d) 600 units

(e) I am not attempting the question

5. A payer swaption is an option to pay ______ and receive ______. [ 1 Mark ]

(a) floating, fixed

(b) interest, interest

(c) fixed, floating

(d) options, futures

(e) I am not attempting the question

6. Forward contracts are ________ contracts. [ 3 Marks ]

(a) Multilateral

(b) Tri-lateral

(c) Future

(d) Bilateral

(e) I am not attempting the question

7. You are the owner of a 5 million portfolio with a beta 1.0. You would like to insure

your portfolio against a fall in the index of magnitude higher than 10%. Spot Nifty

stands at 4000. Put options on the Nifty are available at three strike prices. Which

strike will give you the insurance you want? [ 2 Marks ]

(a) 3,870

(b) 3,840

(c) 3,600

(d) None of the above

(e) I am not attempting the question

8. A receiver swaption is an option to receive ______ and pay ______. [ 1 Mark ]

(a) fixed, floating

(b) floating, fixed

(c) interest, interest

(d) options, futures

(e) I am not attempting the question

9. The market impact cost on a trade of Rs. 4 million of the S&P CNX Nifty works out to

be about 0.06%. This means that if S&P CNX Nifty is at 4000, a sell order of that value

will go through at a price of Rs. _______. [ 1 Mark ]

(a) 3997.60

(b) 3996

(c) 3,999.50

(d) 3,995.50

(e) I am not attempting the question

10. Ms. Shetty has sold 1000 calls on ABC Ltd. at a strike price of Rs. 885 for a premium

of Rs.27 per call on April 1. The closing price of equity shares of ABC Ltd. is Rs. 890 on

that day. If the call option is assigned against her on that day, what is her net

obligation on April 01? [ 2 Marks ]

(a) Pay-out of Rs.22,300

(b) Pay-in of Rs.22,000

(c) Pay-in of Rs.25,000

(d) Pay-out of Rs.22,000

(e) I am not attempting the question

11. BANK Nifty is a derivative contract on NSE ____________. True or False? [ 3 Marks ]

(a) True

(b) False

(c) I am not attempting the question

12. CNX IT is a derivatives contract on NSE. True or False? [ 3 Marks ]

(a) True

(b) False

(c) I am not attempting the question

13. Forward contracts on expira tion have to settled by __________. [ 3 Marks ]

(a) cash

(b) difference in price

(c) payment of margin

(d) delivery of the asset

(e) I am not attempting the question

14. On expiry the settlement price of a stock option contract is the _________.[ 2 Marks ]

(a) Closing futures price

(b) Closing stock price

(c) Closing options price

(d) None of the above

(e) I am not attempting the question

15. In an index fund, trading in the stocks comprising the fund, is required in response to

______. [ 1 Mark ]

(a) Favourable company specific news

(b) Poor company specific news

(c) Mergers

(d) Government policies

(e) I am not attempting the question

16. The market impact cost on a trade of Rs. 3 million of the S&P CNX Nifty works out to

be about 0.04%. This means that if S&P CNX Nifty is at 4100, a sell order of that value

will go through at a price of Rs. _______. [ 1 Mark ]

(a) 4098.35

(b) 4096

(c) 4093

(d) 4099.50

(e) I am not attempting the question

17. The following is an example of an order with time condition. [ 3 Marks ]

(a) Day order

(b) Stop Loss

(c) Limit

(d) All of the above

(e) I am not attempting the question

18. What is the outstanding position on which initial margin will be levied if no proprietary

trading is d one and the details of client trading are: one client buys 1000 units @

1260. The second client buys 1000 units @Rs.1255 and sells 1000 units @Rs.1260.?

[ 2 Marks ]

(a) 2000 units

(b) 3000 units

(c) 1000 units

(d) 4000 units

(e) I am not attempting the question

19. The beta of TELCO is 0.8. A person has a long TELCO position of Rs. 800,000 coupled

with a short Nifty position of Rs. 600,000. Which of the following is TRUE? [ 1 Mark ]

(a) He is bearish on Nifty as well as on TELCO

(b) He has a complete hedge against fluctuations of Nifty

(c) He has a partial hedge against fluctuations of Nifty

(d) He is bullish on Nifty as well as on TELCO

(e) I am not attempting the question

20. Reliance Industries Ltd. does not have a Beta value. True or False? [ 2 Marks ]

(a) True

(b) False

(c) I am not attempting the question

21. Nifty consists of securities having _____ market capitalization stocks. [ 1 Mark ]

(a) large

(b) small

(c) medium

(d) large and small

(e) I am not attempting the question

22. The beta of ICICI Bank is 1.5. A person has a long position of Rs. 400,000 of ICICI

Bank. Which of the following gives a complete hedge?. [ 1 Mark ]

(a) SELL Rs. 600,000 of Nifty futures

(b) SELL Rs. 650,000 of Nifty futures

(c) SELL Rs. 700,000 of Nifty futures

(d) None of the above

(e) I am not attempting the question

23. On 15th January, Raju bought a January Nifty futures contract which cost him

Rs.334,500. For this he had to pay an initial margin of Rs.31,520 to his broker. Each

Nifty futures contract is for delivery of 100 Nifties. On 25th January, the index closed

at 3360. How much profit/loss did he make? [ 2 Marks ]

(a) (-) 1,200

(b) (-) 1,500

(c) (+) 1,200

(d) (+) 1,500

(e) I am not attempting the question

24. Futures have a _______ payo ff. [ 2 Marks ]

(a) Non-linear

(b) Linear

(c) Vertical

(d) Horizontal

(e) I am not attempting the question

25. Mr. A buys a futures contract of M/s. XYZ Ltd. (Lot Size: 1000) expiring on 29th Sep

for Rs. 300. The spot price of the share is Rs. 290. Does he have to pay securities

transaction tax? [ 1 Mark ]

(a) Yes, only if he buys more than 1 contract

(b) Yes

(c) No, only if he sells of the contract immediately

(d) No

(e) I am not attempting the question

26. Ms. Shetty has sold 5000 calls on ABC Ltd. at a strike price of Rs. 500 for a premium

of Rs.25 per call on April 1. The closing price of equity shares of ABC Ltd. is Rs. 505 on

that day. If the call option is assigned against her on that day, what is her net

obligation on April 01? [ 2 Marks ]

(a) Pay-out of Rs.1,22,300

(b) Pay-in of Rs.1,22,000

(c) Pay-in of Rs.1,25,000

(d) Pay-out of Rs.1,00,000

(e) I am not attempting the question

27. An index put option at a strike of Rs. 4200 is selling at a premium of Rs. 30. At what

index level will it break even for the buyer of the option? [ 1 Mark ]

(a) Rs. 4175

(b) Rs. 4176

(c) Rs. 4170

(d) Rs. 4162

(e) I am not attempting the question

28. Which of the following is the duty of the trading member? [ 3 Marks ]

(a) Giving tips to clients to buy and sell

(b) Funding losses of the clients

(c) Collection of adequate margins from the client

(d) All of the above

(e) I am not attempting the question

29. The only way an investor can manage risks in the underlying cash market is by?

[ 1 Mark ]

(a) Hedging in the futures market

(b) Speculating in the futures market

(c) Speculating in the options market

(d) All of the above

(e) I am not attempting the question

30. Nifty is a ________ index [ 2 Marks ]

(a) well diversified

(b) poorly diversified

(c) balanced

(d) volatile

(e) I am not attempting the question

31. You have bought a stock on the exchange. To eliminate the risk arisin g out of the

stock price, you should _____. [ 3 Marks ]

(a) buy index futures

(b) buy stock futures

(c) sell the stock futures

(d) none of the above

(e) I am not attempting the question

32. On 1st January, a three month call option on the Nifty with a strike of 4280 is

available for trading. The `T’ that is used in the Black Scholes formula should be

_______. [ 1 Mark ]

(a) 3

(b) 0.25

(c) 90

(d) None of the above

(e) I am not attempting the question

33. The spot price of ABC Ltd. is Rs. 2000 and the cost of financing is 10%. What is the

fair price of a one month futures contract on ABC Ltd.? [ 2 Marks ]

(a) 2015

(b) 2016.75

(c) 2018.75

(d) 2019

(e) I am not attempting the question

34. Cyrus is short 800 WIPRO July Puts at strike Rs. 1520 for a premium of Rs. 43 each on

July 22. On July 25, (the expiration day of the contract), the spot price of WIPRO

closes at Rs.1553, while the July futures on WIPRO close at 1655. Does Cyrus have an

obligation to the Clearing Corporation on his positions, and how much, if any?

[ 2 Marks ]

(a) Yes. Rs.19,800 pay-out

(b) No pay in or pay-out on expiration of contract

(c) Yes. Rs.18,900 pay-out

(d) Yes. Rs.19,800 pay-in

(e) I am not attempting the question

35. On 15th October, Arvind bought a December Nifty futures contract which cost him Rs.

325,600. For this he had to pay an initial margin of Rs. 30,100 to his broker. Each

Nifty futures contract is for delivery of 100 Nifties. On 27th December, the index

closed at 3280. How much profit/loss did he make? [ 2 Marks ]

(a) (+) 1400

(b) (-) 2400

(c) (+) 2400

(d) (-) 1400

(e) I am not attempting the question

36. Assume that the base value of a market capitalization weighted index were 1000 and

the base market capitalisation were Rs.70,000 crore. If the current market

capitalisation is Rs.140,000 crore, the index is at Rs. ____. [ 1 Mark ]

(a) 2,110

(b) 2,350

(c) 2,250

(d) 2,000

(e) I am not attempting the question

37. On 1st January, a one month call option on the Nifty with a strike of 4250 is available

for trading. The `T’ that is used in the Black Scholes formula should be _______.

[ 1 Mark ]

(a) 2

(b) 0.08

(c) 20

(d) None of the above

(e) I am not attempting the question

38. If the annual risk free rate is 9%, then the ‘r' used in the Black Scholes formula should

be ______. [ 1 Mark ]

(a) 0.086

(b) 0.099

(c) 1.1

(d) None of the above

(e) I am not attempting the question

39. The beta of ACC is 1.5. A person has a long TELCO position of Rs. 900,000 coupled

with a short nifty position of Rs. 800,000. Which of the following is TRUE? [ 1 Mark ]

(a) He is bearish on Nifty as well as on ACC

(b) He has a complete hedge against fluctuations of Nifty

(c) He has a partial hedge against fluctuations of Nifty

(d) He is bullish on Nifty as well as on ACC

(e) I am not attempting the question

40. If the annual risk free rate is 8%, then the ‘r' used in the Black Scholes formula should

be ______. [ 1 Mark ]

(a) 0.076

(b) 0.096

(c) 1.1

(d) None of the above

(e) I am not attempting the question

41. Hedging with stock futures means ___________. [ 1 Mark ]

(a) shorting stocks

(b) shorting index futures

(c) shorting stock futures

(d) long index futures

(e) I am not attempting the question

42. Which of the following is the duty of the trading member? [ 3 Marks ]

(a) Employing large numbers of research analysts

(b) Executing his own orders prior to client orders

(c) Bringing risk factors to the knowledge of client

(d) None of the above

(e) I am not attempting the question

43. On expiry, the settlement price of a Reliance Industries Ltd. futures contract is

_______. [ 2 Marks ]

(a) opening price of Reliance Industries Ltd.

(b) closing price of Reliance Industries Ltd.

(c) closing price of Reliance Industries Ltd. futures contract

(d) Last traded price of Reliance Industries Ltd.

(e) I am not attempting the question

44. On 1st January, a two month call option on the Nifty with a strike of 4250 is available

for trading. The `T’ that is used in the Black Scholes formula should be _______.

[ 1 Mark ]

(a) 3

(b) 0.16

(c) 90

(d) None of the above

(e) I am not attempting the question

45. The NEAT F&O trading system _____________. [ 3 Marks ]

(a) allows spread trades

(b) allows combination trades

(c) allows only a single order placement at a time

(d) (a) and (b) above

(e) I am not attempting the question

46. Santosh is bearish about ABC Ltd. and sells twenty one-month ABC Ltd. futures

contracts at Rs.3,96,000. On the last Thursday of the month, ABC Ltd. closes at

Rs.410. He makes a _________. (assume one lot = 100) [ 1 Mark ]

(a) profit of Rs. 14,000

(b) loss of Rs. 14,000

(c) profit of Rs. 28,000

(d) loss of Rs. 28,000

(e) I am not attempting the question

47. To be eligible for trading a broker must be _________. [ 1 Mark ]

(a) SEBI registered

(b) highly capitalised

(c) a member of the Association of Trading members

(d) None of the above

(e) I am not attempting the question

48. You are the owner of a 4 million portfolio with a beta 1.0. You would like to insure

your portfolio against a fall in the index of magnitude higher than 12%. Spot Nifty

stands at 4200. Put options on the Nifty are available at three strike prices. Which

strike will give you the insurance you want? [ 2 Marks ]

(a) 3,870

(b) 3,840

(c) 3,696

(d) None of the above

(e) I am not attempting the question

49. A stock is currently selling at Rs. 50. The call option to buy the stock at Rs.45 costs

Rs.9. What is the time value of the option? [ 1 Mark ]

(a) Rs. 9

(b) Rs. 7

(c) Rs. 4

(d) Rs. 2

(e) I am not attempting the question

50. An option contract which will not be exercised on the expiry date is ________.

[ 2 Marks ]

(a) an in-the-money option

(b) a deep in-the-money

(c) an out-of-the-money option

(d) None of the above

(e) I am not attempting the question

51. The theoretical futures price is based on the ________. [ 2 Marks ]

(a) strike price

(b) underlying spot price

(c) the price at which a futures contract trades in the market

(d) the price set by the exchange

(e) I am not attempting the question

52. On 1st January, a two month call option on the Nifty with a strike of 4000 is available

for trading. The `T’ that is used in the Black Scholes formula should be _______.

[ 1 Mark ]

(a) 2

(b) 0.16

(c) 20

(d) None of the above

(e) I am not attempting the question

53. Stock options on HDFC Bank Ltd. can be exe rcised ___________. [ 2 Marks ]

(a) any time on or before maturity

(b) upon maturity

(c) any time upto maturity

(d) on a date pre-specified by the trading member

(e) I am not attempting the question

54. Ms. Shetty has sold 1400 calls on HLL at a strike price of Rs.297 for a premium of

Rs.11 per call on April 1. The closing price of equity shares of HLL is Rs. 300 on that

day. If the call option is assigned against her on that day, what is her net obligation on

April 01. [ 2 Marks ]

(a) Pay-out of Rs.12,300

(b) Pay-in of Rs.12,000

(c) Pay-in of Rs.11,000

(d) Pay-out of Rs.11,200

(e) I am not attempting the question

55. _____________is allowed to clear trades of themselves but not of others. [ 1 Mark ]

(a) Trading member - clearing member

(b) Trading members are not allowed to clear their own trades

(c) professional clearing member

(d) self clearing member

(e) I am not attempting the question

56. Index Funds use index futures to reduce _________ [ 2 Marks ]

(a) tracking error

(b) expenses

(c) time to invest in the markets

(d) All of the above

(e) I am not attempting the question

57. Weekly options trading commenced on NSE in _______. [ 1 Mark ]

(a) 02-Jun-2005

(b) 04-Jul-2005

(c) NSE does not trade in Weekly options

(d) 04-Jun-2005

(e) I am not attempting the question

58. The market impact cost on a trade of Rs. 5 million of the S&P CNX Nifty works out to

be about 0.05%. This means that if S&P CNX Nifty is at 4200, a buy order of that

value will go through at a price of Rs. _______. [ 1 Mark ]

(a) 4202.10

(b) 4200

(c) 4210

(d) 4211

(e) I am not attempting the question

59. What is the outstanding position on which initial margin will be levied if no proprietary

trading is done and the details of client trading are: one client buys 2000 units @

1260. The second client buys 2000 units @Rs.1255 and sells 1000 units @Rs.1260.?

[ 2 Marks ]

(a) 4000 units

(b) 5000 units

(c) 3000 units

(d) None of the above

(e) I am not attempting the question

60. In the F&O segment of NSEIL, obligations of client's positions are calculated on a

________ basis. [ 2 Marks ]

(a) cumulative

(b) gross

(c) net

(d) portfolio

(e) I am not attempting the question

Answers :

1 (d) 21 (a) 41 (c)

2 (a) 22 (a) 42 (c)

3 (b) 23 (d) 43 (b)

4 (d) 24 (b) 44 (b)

5 (c) 25 (d) 45 (d)

6 (d) 26 (d) 46 (d)

7 (c) 27 (c) 47 (a)

8 (a) 28 (c) 48 (c)

9 (a) 29 (a) 49 (c)

10 (d) 30 (a) 50 (c)

11 (a) 31 (c) 51 (b)

12 (a) 32 (b) 52 (b)

13 (d) 33 (b) 53 (a)

14 (b) 34 (b) 54 (d)

15 (c) 35 (c) 55 (d)

16 (a) 36 (d) 56 (a)

17 (a) 37 (b) 57 (c)

18 (c) 38 (a) 58 (a)

19 (c) 39 (c) 59 (c)

20 (b) 40 (a) 60 (c)

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