MATHS 3012 - Financial Modelling: Tools & Techniques III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

The growth of the range of financial products that are traded on financial markets or are available at other financial institutions, is a notable feature of the finance industry. A major factor contributing to this growth has been the development of sophisticated methods to price these products. The significance to the finance industry of developing a method for pricing options (financial derivatives) was recognized by the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Economics to Myron Scholes and Robert Merton in 1997. The mathematics upon which their method is built is stochastic calculus in continuous time. Binomial lattice type models provide another approach for pricing options. These models are formulated in discrete time and the examination of their structure and application in various financial settings takes place in a mathematical context that is less technically demanding than when time is continuous. This course discusses the binomial framework, shows how discrete-time models currently used in the financial industry are formulated within this framework and uses the models to compute prices and construct hedges to manage financial risk. Spreadsheets are used to facilitate computations where appropriate. Topics covered are: The no-arbitrage assumption for financial markets; no-arbitrage inequalities; formulation of the one-step binomial model; basic pricing formula; the Cox-Ross-Rubinstein (CRR) model; application to European style options, exchange rates and interest rates; formulation of the n-step binomial model; backward induction formula; forward induction formula; n-step CRR model; relationship to Black-Scholes; forward and future contracts; exotic options; path dependent options; implied volatility trees; implied binomial trees; interest rate models; hedging; real options; implementing the models using EXCEL spreadsheets.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MATHS 3012
    Course Financial Modelling: Tools & Techniques III
    Coordinating Unit Mathematical Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites MATHS 1010 or MATHS 1011 or ECON 1010
    Incompatible APP MTH 3011, APP MTH 3012
    Assumed Knowledge Familiarity with Excel spreadsheets
    Assessment Ongoing Assessment, Exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Robert Cope

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On 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

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • 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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Recommended Resources
    1. 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 Learning
    This course uses MyUni exclusively for providing electronic resources, such as lecture notes, assignments, sample solutions etc.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This 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
    Total 156
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lecture 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

    Tutorial Outline

    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

    Assignment Outline

    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

  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Component Weighting Objective Assessed
    Assignments 30% all
    Exam 70% all
    Assessment Related Requirements
    An aggregate score of at least 50% is required to pass the course.

    Assessment Detail
    Assessment Item Distributed Due Date Weighting
    Assignment 1
    Assignment 2
    Assignment 3
    Assignment 4
    Assignment 5
    Week 2
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    Week 10
    Week 3
    Week 5
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    Week 9
    Week 11
    1. All written assignments are to be submitted to the designated hand-in boxes. within the School of Mathematical Sciences with a signed cover sheet attached.

    2. Late assignments will not be accepted.

    3. Assignments will have a two week turn-around time for feedback to students.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

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