Financial Mathematics

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Financial Mathematics

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Finance, Mathematics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    MATH1051 + MATH1052 + (STAT2003 or STAT2004)

    Recommended Prerequisite

    STAT2003 + COSC2500

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Course Description
    Introduction to financial mathematics and its applications. Mathematical models of annuities, equity and fixed-income products, futures and forward contracts, the term structure of interest rates and investment returns.
    Course Introduction
    This course is an introduction to financial and actuarial mathematics. It introduces basic concepts and principles in finance and basic mathematical and statistical tools used by financial mathematicians and actuaries. Topics covered will include a selection from the following: compound interest and annuities, discounted cashflow valuation, risk and return, fixed interest securities, valuation by arbitrage and replication, derivative securities including futures, swaps and options, the term structure of interest rates, stochastic models for investment returns, modern portfolio and financial theory, risk management.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • 1.1 Understand the function of the financial system and the role played by financial mathematicians and actuaries
    • 1.2 Model the cash flows of a range of financial contracts in discrete and continuous time
    • 1.3 Understand and derive the relationships between interest rates across different time periods
    • 1.4 Define, derive and use the compound interest and annuity functions of relevance to financial mathematicians and actuaries
    • 2.1 Define and use an equation of value when cash flows are uncertain
    • 2.2 Show how both discrete- and continuous-time discounted cash flow techniques can be used to appraise investments
    • 2.3 Mathematically describe the investment characteristics of fixed income assets (debt), equity (shares) and financial derivatives
    • 2.4 Understand arbitrage pricing and use arbitrage pricing for futures/forwards, swap contracts, and foreign exchange markets
    • 2.5 Understand and perform basic calculations relating to the term structure of interest rates (yield curve)
    • 2.6 Understand and derive simple stochastic interest rate models
    • 3.1 Derive and understand simple stochastic models for equity (shares)
    • 3.2 Derive and understand the main results of modern portfolio theory
    • 3.3 Define and identify a coherent risk measure
    • 3.4 Define and understand the role of risk measures in the management of risky assets
    • 4.1 Understand the defining characteristics of options and options markets
    • 4.2 Understand the notion of risk-neutral pricing and the fundamental theorems of asset pricing in a simple one-period setting
    • 4.3 Have a basic appreciation and understanding of the derivation of the Black-Scholes model by the heat equation
    • 4.4 Understand how the notions of arbitrage and replication are used in the derivation of the Black-Scholes model
    Class Contact
    3 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour

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