- Class Number 4437
- Term Code 3130
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Ross Maller
- Prof Ross Maller
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/02/2021
- Class End Date 28/05/2021
- Census Date 31/03/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
Continuous Time Finance provides an introduction to the theory and practice of derivative pricing and hedging. The aim of this course is to provide students with the mathematical skills needed for the valuation of derivatives. Focus will be on the application of results rather than their mathematical derivation. These tools will be applied to derive the famous Black-Scholes formula, to price options on currencies and interest-rate derivatives.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Communicate stochastic interest rate models and use them to evaluate simple cash flow models.
- Explain in detail the arbitrage-free approach to pricing.
- Utilise the mathematical tools required for pricing derivatives and other financial measures in this framework, such as Ito’s formula, martingales, stochastic differential equations, change of measure, and the martingale representation theorem.
Options, Futures and Other Derivatives, Global Edition, 9th Edition By John C. Hull
Ebook is available via the link here .
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Revision: Fwd/Futures Pricing & Valuation, Fwd Int. Rates|
|2||Pricing of Bills and Bonds and Futures on them.|
|3||Options: Put-Call Parity, Option Price Bounds, Binomial Models||Assignment 1 (out)|
|4||Arbitrage-Free and Complete Markets. Risk-Neutral Pricing||Online Quiz 1|
|5||Brownian Motion. Stochastic Calculus. Geometric Brownian Motion|
|6||Continuous Time Market Theory. The Black-Scholes formula||Assignment 1 (due)|
|7||Exotic Options: Binaries, Lookbacks. Matching the tree.|
|8||The Greeks and Hedging Strategies||Assignment 2 (out)|
|9||Intrinsic and Time Values. Implied Volatility. Simulation|
|10||Dividends, Currencies, Futures Options||Assignment 2 (due)|
|11||Interest Rate Derivatives (Standard)||Online Quiz 2|
|12||Interest Rate Derivatives (Models of the Short Rate)|
Tutorials will be available on campus, live through scheduled Zoom sessions and as pre-recorded videos. Information regarding enrolments for these options will be provided on Wattle during O-week, prior to the start of the semester.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment|
|Online Quiz 1 (5%)||5 %||17/03/2021||17/03/2021|
|Assignment 1 (10%)||10 %||29/03/2021||16/04/2021|
|Assignment 2 (10%)||10 %||14/05/2021||24/05/2021|
|Online Quiz 2 (5%)||5 %||17/05/2021||17/05/2021|
|Final Exam (70%)||70 %||03/06/2021||01/07/2021|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Course Content delivery will take the form of pre-recorded weekly lectures (available via echo360 on Wattle), online live weekly workshops and weekly tutorials delivered in hybrid format (on campus, live through scheduled Zoom sessions and as pre-recorded videos).
Centrally scheduled examinations through Examinations, Graduations & Prizes will be timetabled prior to the examination period. Please check ANU timetabling for further information.
Assessment Task 1
Online Quiz 1 (5%)
Topics covered: Weeks 1-3
Submission: via Wattle
Quiz will be question-based. You must show all workings for short answer questions. The marking criteria will be based on model solutions and answers prepared by the lecturer. No make-up or late submission accepted. Please check Wattle in Week 3 for further details.
Assessment Task 2
Assignment 1 (10%)
Topics covered: Weeks 1-4.
Submission: via Wattle in pdf format
Students will be given questions concerning material to date. Answers should show the analytical work and be submitted via Wattle. Further details will be provided by end of Week 4 via Wattle.
Assessment Task 3
Assignment 2 (10%)
Topics covered: Weeks 5-9.
Submission: via Wattle in pdf format
Students will be given questions concerning material to date. Answers should show the analytical work and be submitted via Wattle. Further details will be provided by end of Week 8 via Wattle.
Assessment Task 4
Online Quiz 2 (5%)
Topics covered: Weeks 1-11
Submission: via Wattle
Quiz will be question-based. You must show all workings for short answer questions. The marking criteria will be based on model solutions and answers prepared by the lecturer. No make-up or late submission accepted. Please check Wattle in Week 10 for further details.
Assessment Task 5
Final Exam (70%)
Final exam will cover all content in this course.
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The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.
Assignments in this course must be submitted via wattle in pdf format. You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
There is no hardcopy submission in the course.
Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
- Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
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Extensions and Penalties
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Current research interests include Probability, Statistics, Insurance and Quantitative Finance, Quantitative Criminology (Recidivism Studies).
Prof Ross Maller