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ACST3007 – Quantitative Asset and Liability Modelling 2

2021 – Session 2, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor and Lecturer
Chong It Tan
4ER 738
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
ACST306 or ACST3006
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

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.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Understand the use of stochastic calculus in modelling security prices and valuation of option pricing approaches.
  • ULO2: Demonstrate an understanding of the Black-Scholes option pricing model via both the partial differential equation approach and the risk-neutral pricing approach.
  • ULO3: Describe the use of interest models in term of structure modelling and pricing of zero-coupon bonds.
  • ULO4: Describe the different approaches to modelling credit risk.
  • ULO5: Apply ruin theory to insurance problems.

General Assessment Information

Assessment criteria for all assessment tasks will be provided on the unit iLearn site.

It is the responsibility of students to view their marks for each within-session-assessment on iLearn within 20 days of posting. If there are any discrepancies, students must contact the unit convenor immediately. Failure to do so will mean that queries received after the release of final results regarding assessment tasks (not including the final exam mark) will not be addressed.

Late submissions of assessments

Sometimes unavoidable circumstances occur that might prevent you from submitting an assessment on time and, in that case, you may be eligible to lodge a Special Consideration request.

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, please note that no extensions to assessment deadlines will be granted. Assessments that are submitted late will attract a late penalty:

  1. There will be a deduction of 10% of the total available marks for each 24 hour period or part thereof that the submission is late.
  2. No assessment will be accepted more than 72 hours after the original due date and time (incl. weekends).
  3. No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments (e.g., quizzes, online tests) or for tasks with a weighting of 10% or less.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Assignment 20% No 29 September 12pm
Class Test 20% No 20 October 3pm
Final Exam 60% No University Examination Period

Assignment

Assessment Type 1: Quantitative analysis task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: 29 September 12pm
Weighting: 20%

 

This is an individual assignment which focuses on problem solving using Excel spreadsheet.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Understand the use of stochastic calculus in modelling security prices and valuation of option pricing approaches.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Black-Scholes option pricing model via both the partial differential equation approach and the risk-neutral pricing approach.
  • Describe the use of interest models in term of structure modelling and pricing of zero-coupon bonds.

Class Test

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 12 hours
Due: 20 October 3pm
Weighting: 20%

 

The test will be approximately 90 minutes, to be held during class time.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Understand the use of stochastic calculus in modelling security prices and valuation of option pricing approaches.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Black-Scholes option pricing model via both the partial differential equation approach and the risk-neutral pricing approach.
  • Describe the use of interest models in term of structure modelling and pricing of zero-coupon bonds.

Final Exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 28 hours
Due: University Examination Period
Weighting: 60%

 

The final examination will be a three-hour written exam with ten minutes reading time, to be held during the University Examination period.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Understand the use of stochastic calculus in modelling security prices and valuation of option pricing approaches.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Black-Scholes option pricing model via both the partial differential equation approach and the risk-neutral pricing approach.
  • Describe the use of interest models in term of structure modelling and pricing of zero-coupon bonds.
  • Describe the different approaches to modelling credit risk.
  • Apply ruin theory to insurance problems.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Classes

Please refer to iLearn for further details. 

Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials

Required texts

Detailed lecture notes and tutorial exercises are available on the unit's iLearn site.

Recommended Textbooks

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.

Unit Webpage

The webpage for this unit can be accessed via the iLearn site at: http://ilearn.mq.edu.au/

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. 

Unit Schedule

Please refer to iLearn

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Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

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Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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