Seminar paper from the year 2006 in the subject Business economics – Banking, Stock Exchanges, Insurance, Accounting, grade: A+, University of Westminster, course: Financial Derivatives, language: English, abstract: The increased volatility in the financial products world has raised concern about new possibilities of Risk Management leading into increased use of structured products. Credit derivatives are financial instruments to manage risk. They isolate such risk from the underlying financial asset. This essay, firstly, is going to examine the impact on swap products as a tool in Risk Management followed by an examination of key areas in structured products development that have experienced the strongest growth in the last decade. For both types, the current theory and pricing will be outlined followed by a demonstration of some characteristic applications in Financial Risk Management.