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ACST3006 – Quantitative Asset and Liability Modelling 1

2021 – Session 1, Special circumstances

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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.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Jiwook Jang
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(ACST202 or ACST2002) and (STAT272 or STAT2372)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit examines: rational expectations theory, rational choice theory, behavioural economics, properties of risk measures, risk and insurance companies, stochastic interest rate models, mean-variance portfolio theory, asset pricing models, single and multifactor returns models, binomial lattice models for option pricing and methods for calculating outstanding claims provisions in general insurance. 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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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Apply decision making via utility functions, and describe rational expectations theory, rational choice theory, behavioural economics and three different forms of market efficiency.
  • ULO2: Employ the use of Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), single/multi index models and Arbitrage Pricing Theory (APT) Model in asset pricing and analyse investment risk using various risk measures.
  • ULO3: Apply the binomial option pricing models to value European and American type options.
  • ULO4: Apply a stochastic approach to the theory of interest on the mean and variance of the accumulation of a sequence of payments to solve practical problems.
  • ULO5: Use various methods of run-off triangles for valuation and reserving of liabilities.

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
Assignment 20% No Thursday 1 April 12:00noon
Class Test 20% No Friday 21 May 11:00am
Final Exam 60% No Examination period

Assignment

Assessment Type 1: Quantitative analysis task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Thursday 1 April 12:00noon
Weighting: 20%

 

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

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply decision making via utility functions, and describe rational expectations theory, rational choice theory, behavioural economics and three different forms of market efficiency.
  • Employ the use of Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), single/multi index models and Arbitrage Pricing Theory (APT) Model in asset pricing and analyse investment risk using various risk measures.

Class Test

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Friday 21 May 11:00am
Weighting: 20%

 

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

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply decision making via utility functions, and describe rational expectations theory, rational choice theory, behavioural economics and three different forms of market efficiency.
  • Employ the use of Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), single/multi index models and Arbitrage Pricing Theory (APT) Model in asset pricing and analyse investment risk using various risk measures.
  • Apply the binomial option pricing models to value European and American type options.
  • Apply a stochastic approach to the theory of interest on the mean and variance of the accumulation of a sequence of payments to solve practical problems.

Final Exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 28 hours
Due: 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:
  • Apply decision making via utility functions, and describe rational expectations theory, rational choice theory, behavioural economics and three different forms of market efficiency.
  • Employ the use of Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), single/multi index models and Arbitrage Pricing Theory (APT) Model in asset pricing and analyse investment risk using various risk measures.
  • Apply the binomial option pricing models to value European and American type options.
  • Apply a stochastic approach to the theory of interest on the mean and variance of the accumulation of a sequence of payments to solve practical problems.
  • Use various methods of run-off triangles for valuation and reserving of liabilities.

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

It is intended that learning in this session will be a combination of pre-recorded online lecture and on-campus tutorials. Tutorials will commence in week 2. The on-campus tutorial will be recorded and made available to students who are unable to attend. 

REQUIRED and RECOMMENDED TEXTS and/or Materials

Required texts

Lecture materials are available for downloading from ACST3006 teaching website.

Recommended textbooks

• Investment Science; David Luenberger

• Choices, Values, and Frames;  Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman

• Modern Portfolio Theory and Investment Analysis; Edwin J. Elton, Martin J. Gruber, Stephen J. Brown and William N. Goetzmann

• Investment Mathematics and Statistics; Andrew Adams, Della Bloomfield, Philip Booth and Peter England

• Options, Futures and Other Derivatives; John Hull

Optional ActEd material

• The ActEd CM2, that can be purchased directly from ActEd.

Unit Schedule

Week               Lecture Topics

1.                     Utility Theory, Decision making via utility functions

2.                     Stochastic dominance, Behavioural finance

3.                     Mean-Variance portfolio theory

4.                     The CAPM

5.                     Single/Multi index models, Arbitrage pricing theory (APT)

6.                     Measurements of investment risk

                        (Assignment due - Thursday 1 April 12:00noon)

Semester Break

7.                     Options

8.                     Single/Multi period Binomial option pricing model

9.                     American option pricing via Binomial model

10.                   Runoff triangle

11.                   Class Test (Friday 21 May 11:00-1:00pm)

12.                   Stochastic interest rate models / Efficient market hypothesis

13.                   Revision

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