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AFIN2070 – Stochastic Methods in Applied Finance

2021 – Session 1, Special circumstances

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

To check the availability of face-to-face and online activities for your unit, please go to timetable viewer. To check detailed information on unit assessments visit your unit's iLearn space or consult your unit convenor.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Kai Li
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
50cp at 1000 level or above including (AFIN100 or AFIN102 or AFIN1002 or ACST152 or ACST1052) and (STAT150 or STAT1250 or STAT170 or STAT1170 or STAT171 or STAT1171)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

Quantitative modelling and analysis are significant components in the discipline of applied finance. The models employed by practitioners and researchers are based on assumptions about the stochastic properties of financial variables and time series. This unit covers a variety of stochastic models for use in applied finance and includes extensive use of Excel spreadsheets. The topics include discrete and continuous probability distributions, extreme events, joint probability distributions, copulas, bayesian analysis, regression models, time series models, and risk-neutral pricing.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Use a range of probability distributions to model different financial variables.
  • ULO2: Assess the dependence between financial variables with suitable statistical tools.
  • ULO3: Apply regression models and time series models to various financial time series.
  • ULO4: Examine the concepts of no-arbitrage principle and risk-neutral pricing.
  • ULO5: Perform mathematical computations on Excel spreadsheets for practical 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 and extensions

Tasks 10% or less – No extensions will be granted. Students who have not submitted the task prior to the deadline will be awarded a mark of 0 for the task, except for cases in which an application for special consideration is made and approved.

Tasks above 10% - No extensions will be granted. There will be a deduction of 10% of the total available marks made from the total awarded mark for each 24 hour period or part thereof that the submission is late (for example, 25 hours late in submission – 20% penalty). This penalty does not apply for cases in which an application for special consideration is made and approved. No submission will be accepted after solutions have been posted.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Online Quiz 5% No Week 3
Online Test 20% No Week 8
Assignment 15% No Week 10
Final Examination 60% No During university final exam period

Online Quiz

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 1 hours
Due: Week 3
Weighting: 5%

 

The online quiz will be conducted through iLearn and consist of multiple choice questions, and calculation based questions, where a numerical value will need to be entered.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Use a range of probability distributions to model different financial variables.

Online Test

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 12 hours
Due: Week 8
Weighting: 20%

 

An online practical test of 60 minutes will give students practice on a summative task and to provide feedback on their progress midway through the session.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Use a range of probability distributions to model different financial variables.
  • Assess the dependence between financial variables with suitable statistical tools.
  • Apply regression models and time series models to various financial time series.

Assignment

Assessment Type 1: Quantitative analysis task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 10
Weighting: 15%

 

The assignment will cover quantitative analysis of the materials taught in the class.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Use a range of probability distributions to model different financial variables.
  • Assess the dependence between financial variables with suitable statistical tools.
  • Apply regression models and time series models to various financial time series.
  • Examine the concepts of no-arbitrage principle and risk-neutral pricing.

Final Examination

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: During university final exam period
Weighting: 60%

 

An online two hour open book exam will be held during the University Examination Period.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Use a range of probability distributions to model different financial variables.
  • Assess the dependence between financial variables with suitable statistical tools.
  • Apply regression models and time series models to various financial time series.
  • Examine the concepts of no-arbitrage principle and risk-neutral pricing.
  • Perform mathematical computations on Excel spreadsheets for practical 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

Learning and Teaching Activities:

The content for each week will comprise of a lecture recording and a set of tutorial questions (Problem Sets). 

Lectures

A lecture recording will be uploaded each week. Lecture notes will be available on iLearn.

Tutorials

Students will need to register to either an on-campus tutorial or an online (Zoom) tutorial. Tutorials are considered compulsory but no marks are allocated. Tutorials will be available for most, but not all weeks of the semester. In weeks where there aren't any live (on-campus or online) tutorials, a recording will be provided to cover the relevant material.

The tutorial schedule will be made available on iLearn.

Tutorial enrolment or change of tutorial can be made through eStudent in the first two weeks of the semester. No tutorial changes are allowed after Week 2.  Students should attend their allocated tutorial, but exceptions may occur on a one-off basis. That is, where circumstances prevent you from attending your own tutorial in a given week, you may attend an alternative tutorial if room available.

Students are expected to complete the ‘Tutorial Questions’ as a self-directed study activity before attending a tutorial. Additional learning support will be available in tutor consultation times.

The timetables for classes can be found on the University website at: https://timetables.mq.edu.au/2020/ (Excel workshops) will commence in Week 1.

Recommended Text:

Rachev S.T., Hoechstoetter M., Fabozzi F.J., and Focardi S.M., 2010, Probability and Statistics for Finance, John Wiley & Sons.

Unit Web Page:

Lecture handouts are available for download from iLearn before lectures. Students are expected to read the handout and the corresponding textbook chapter(s) before each lecture.

Technology Used and Required:

Students will be required to use iLearn, Excel, PDF, Word, and a non-programmable calculator.

Unit Schedule

Week  Topic

Week 1

Measures of Location and Spread
Week 2

Discrete Probability Distributions

Week 3

Basic Option Pricing Techniques

Week 4

Continuous Probability Distributions

Week 5

Modelling Extreme Events

Week 6

Joint Probability Distributions

Week 7

Copulas and Dependence Measures

Week 8

Online Test

Week 9

Regression Models

Week 10

Time Series Models

Week 11

Risk-Neutral Pricing

Week 12

Professional Ethics

Week 13

Revision

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Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

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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

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

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Equity Support

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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Changes since First Published

Date Description
18/02/2021 No changes