|Unit convenor and teaching staff||
Unit convenor and teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer
Chong It Tan
ACST306 or ACST3006
The topics covered in this unit include: an introduction to stochastic processes; martingales; an introduction to stochastic calculus; Ito's lemma; forwards, futures, swaps and options; arbitrage-free pricing via replicating portfolio and risk neutral probability measures; the Girsanov theorem; the Black-Scholes option pricing model for European options; the 'Greeks' and dynamic hedging; term structure of interest rates; relations among short rates, forward rates and default-free zero-coupon bonds; interest rate models; firm-value and intensity-based credit risk models; ruin theory; valuation of basic guarantees. Students gaining a credit average in both ACST3006 and ACST3007 (minimum mark of 60 on both units) will satisfy the requirements for exemption from the professional subject CM2 of the Actuaries Institute.
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|Assignment||20%||No||29 September 12pm|
|Class Test||20%||No||20 October 3pm|
|Final Exam||60%||No||University Examination Period|
This is an individual assignment which focuses on problem solving using Excel spreadsheet.
The test will be approximately 90 minutes, to be held during class time.
The final examination will be a three-hour written exam with ten minutes reading time, to be held during the University Examination period.
1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:
2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation
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Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials
Detailed lecture notes and tutorial exercises are available on the unit's iLearn site.
•Options, Futures and Other Derivatives (9th edition); John Hull
•An Introduction to the Mathematics of Financial Derivatives (2nd edition); Salih N. Neftci
•Interest Rate Models: An Introduction; Andrew J. G. Cairns
•Insurance Risk and Ruin (2nd edition); David C. M. Dickson
A copy of these books is available in the Reserve section of the Library.
Technology Used and Required
Students need to be able to use computer softwares (such as Excel, R) to analyse financial problems. Although the unit does not aim to teach students how to use these softwares, you are encouraged to make use of spreadsheets and other software packages for the assignment.
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Teaching and Learning Strategy
The unit is taught using two-hour lecture and one-hour tutorial each week. You are expected to read lecture materials in advance of the lectures. The tutorial is an opportunity for you to attempt questions for each section of work, or to ask questions. It is highly recommended to try to solve questions in advance of the tutorials.
Please refer to iLearn
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Unit information based on version 2021.03 of the Handbook