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Course 2019-2020 a.y.

30177 - FINANCIAL MODELLING

Department of Finance

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 31

CLEAM (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/06) - CLEF (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/06) - CLEACC (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/06) - BESS-CLES (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/06) - WBB (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/06) - BIEF (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/06) - BIEM (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/06) - BIG (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/06) - BEMACS (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/06)
Course Director:
PAOLO COLLA

Classes: 31 (II sem.)
Instructors:
Class 31: PAOLO COLLA


Suggested background knowledge

An intermediate level of Excel knowledge is required. Students with a basic knowledge are expected to fill their gaps before starting the course. Several Excel user manuals can come handy, for instance: M.MILLER, "Idiot's Guides: Microsoft Excel 2013", Penguin Group, 2014. Students are recommended to have exposure to calculus (series and progressions, exponents and logarithms, derivatives, unconstrained and constrained optimization), linear algebra (systems of linear equations, matrix algebra), statistics (multiple random variables, moments, hypothesis testing). References for calculus and linear algebra: chapters 2-9, 16-18 in C.P.SIMON, L.BLUME, "Mathematics for Economics", Norton & Company, 1994. References for statistics: chapters 2-3, 5, 7, 9, 11-12 in P. NEWBOLD, W.L. CARLSON, B. THORNE, "Statistics for Business and Economics", Pearson/Prentice Hall, 8th edition. Prior exposure to econometrics is beneficial, although not essential.


Mission & Content Summary
MISSION

The course provides the technical skills for implementing asset pricing and investment models with Excel. Students are equipped with the basic operational tools to understand financial markets and employ the modelling abilities developed via sample applications to build their own models. Coursework mainly focuses on functions already embedded in the worksheet as well as on procedures designed to solve specific problems. The course concentrates on the application of several theoretical models for financial valuation, optimal portfolio choice and performance evaluation.

CONTENT SUMMARY
  • Tools: introduction to Excel (array, financial and statistical functions) and add-ins (Solver and Data Analysis).
  • Mean-variance portfolio choice: efficient frontier with and without shortselling constraints.
  • Bonds: duration, immunization and the term structure of interest rates.
  • Stocks: CAPM, beta estimation and the security market line; APT and multi-factor models.
  • Options: binomial model, lognormal distribution and Black-Scholes model.
  • Further topics: event study, style analysis.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Identify the quantitative models and methods for pricing financial assets.
  • Identify the quantitative models and methods for portfolio formation in order to mitigate risk.
APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Build a portfolio of bonds that minimizes interest rate risk (immunization).
  • Build a portfolio of stocks (w/o and with constraints) that is optimal in the mean-variance sense.
  • Build a portfolio of options that allows to profit from future movements in the underlying asset's value. 

Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Exercises (exercises, database, software etc.)
DETAILS

Exercises include Excel worksheets to analyse asset pricing and portfolio investment based on real world data.


Assessment methods
  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Written individual exam (traditional/online)
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    ATTENDING AND NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

    Written exam consists of closed- and open-ended questions/exercises aimed to assess students' ability to apply quantitative methods to the pricing of financial assets and to portfolio formation for both hedging/risk mitigation (e.g. bond portfolio immunization, mean-variance optimization) and speculation (e.g. directional and non-directional options strategies) purposes. 

    • Detailed format: closed books, 4 questions/exercises, 90 minutes. 

    Teaching materials
    ATTENDING AND NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS
    • S. BENNINGA, Financial Modeling, MIT Press, 2014, 4th Edition.
    • Lecture slides and Excel spreadsheets uploaded on Blackboard as the course progresses. 
    Last change 16/07/2019 19:09