CORPFIN 7023 - Financial Modelling Techniques (M)
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code CORPFIN 7023 Course Financial Modelling Techniques (M) Coordinating Unit Business School Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites ACCTING 7019, CORPFIN 7005, COMMERCE 7033 Corequisites ECON 7200 Course Description This course develops discrete binomial models for valuing financial derivative products with a variety of underlying assets, including stock and foreign currency. The Ho-Lee model, which predicts future interest rates, is introduced and incorporated into the derivative pricing model. Methods are discussed for minimising financial risk when trading derivative products, such as hedging and the margin of a futures contract. When applying the modelling, solution methods rely on efficient and practical spreadsheet skills. This course emphasises practical modelling and real world applications by developing and solving models which are commonly applied in the financial industry.
Course Coordinator: Dr Robert Cope
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. demonstrate an understanding of basic financial market concepts
2. construct binomial tree models
3. price a wide variety of contingent claims using principles of non-arbitrage
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University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
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- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
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- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
2,3 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
Recommended Resources1. Binomial Models in Finance by J Van Der Hoek and R Elliot, Cambridge
2. Elementary Calculus of Financial Mathematics by Roberts, Cambridge
3. Options Futures and Other Derivatives 7th ed. by Hull, Pearson
Online LearningThis course uses MyUni exclusively for providing electronic resources, such as lecture notes, assignments, sample solutions etc.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course relies on lectures as the primary delivery mechanism for the material. Tutorials supplement the lectures by providing exercises and sample problems. A sequence of of written assignments provides the assessment opportunities for students to gauge their progress and understanding.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Activity Quantity Workload Hours Lectures
Learning Activities SummaryLecture Outline
1. Call options - European
2. Call options - American
3. Binomial assett pricing model
4. Price derivatives using risk neutral probabilities
5. Forward contracts
6. Multipstep binomial models (2 lectures)
7 Arrow-Debreu securities and state prices (2 lectures)
8. Cox-Ross-Rubibstein (CRR) convergence, Black Scholes formula (2 lectures)
9. Calculations with the Black-Scholes formula (2 lectures)
10. Generalise multistep models
11. Pricing American options with CRR multistep model
12. Barrier options
13. Forward commodity contracts
14. Forward currency contracts (2 lectures)
15. Interest rate derivatives (2 lectures)
16. Ho and Lee model for interest rates (2 lectures)
17. Futures markets (2 lectures)
18. Hedging and contingent claims (2 lectures)
19. Sensitivity of options (2 lectures)
20. Options with dividend paying assets
21. Review lecture
1. Call options, one-step binomial pricing model
2. CRR model
3. Three-step CRR model and Arrow-Debreu prices
4. Pricing American options in a two-step CRR model
5. The ‘Greeks’ and delta hedging
1. One-step binomial model
2. Two-step CRR model, Black-Scholes model
3. Pricing American options using the CRR model
4. Forward and futures contracts
5. Delta hedging, Ho-Lee model
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Assessment Task Weighting Learning Outcome Assignments 30% All Exam 70% All Total 100%
Assessment Related RequirementsAn aggregate score of at least 50% is required to pass the course.
Assessment Task Distributed Due Weighting Assignment 1 Week 2 Week 3 6% Assignment 2 Week 4 Week 5 6% Assignment 3 Week 6 Week 7 6% Assignment 4 Week 8 Week 9 6% Assignment 5 Week 10 Week 11 6%
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