MATHS 4112 - Financial Modelling: Tools & Techniques - Honours
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code MATHS 4112 Course Financial Modelling: Tools & Techniques - Honours Coordinating Unit School of 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 Assumed Knowledge Familiarity with Excel spreadsheets Restrictions Honours students only Course Description 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.
Course Coordinator: Professor Joshua Ross
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-arbitrageXX
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- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
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2,3 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
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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 notes, videos, quizzes, assignments and solutions et cetera.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesEach week, lecture notes will be provided, designed to be read in advance of viewing videos. Videos will consist of the lecturer explaining key material and examples from the lecture notes. Tutorials supplement this, providing exercises to enhance learning and confirm understanding including interaction with the lecturer and/or tutor. Four written assignments, two online quizzes and two in-tute tests during semester provide the assessment opportunities for students to gauge and demonstrate their progress and understanding. Regular consulting sessions can be used to interact with the lecturer and/or tutor for additional tution.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Activity Quantity Workload Hours Weekly online materials
Total 156 hours
Learning Activities SummaryTopics
1. Call options - European and American
2. Trading options
3. Put options
5. Binomial assett pricing model
6. Price derivatives using risk neutral probabilities
7. Cox-Ross-Rubinstein (CRR) model
8 Arrow-Debreu securities and state prices
9. Black Scholes model
11. Variable interest rates
12. Valuing American options
13. Barrier options
14. Forward contracts
15. Interest rate derivatives
17. Ho-Lee model
18. Futures markets
19. Managing risk
21. Sensitivity of options
1. Call options and the CRR model
2. Multi-step models and Arrow-Debreu securities
3. Valuing American options
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Component Weighting Objective Assessed Assignments 24% all Online quizzes 16% all In-tute tests 30% all Exam 30% all
Assessment Related RequirementsAn aggregate score of at least 50% is required to pass the course.
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In-tute test 2
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