Financial Mathematics Group

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General information

Below you find a list of the lectures that our group offers in the winter term 2021/2022.

If you would like to participate in a seminar, project seminar (see registration form) or reading course during the winter term, please inform the respective person in charge by e-mail. Dates will be agreed upon together with the participants.

If you are interested in writing a thesis in our group, just get in touch with your favored supervisor.

Important links

  • KIS: dates of lectures and tutorials
  • URM: registration for tutorials (open from end of September until October 29, 2021 at 12 noon), nonbinding preregistration for lectures possible until September 17, 2021
  • OpenOLAT: course materials and further information (access codes are sent by e-mail)

Lectures in the winter term

Our group offers the following lectures in the winter term 2021/22:

Probability Concepts for Financial Markets

Contents

  • Modeling of discrete-time financial markets
  • Review and extensions of concepts from probability: Conditional expectation, martingales, stopping times, change of measure
  • Binomial model
  • Pricing of financial products in discrete-time financial markets
  • European options
  • American options
  • Basics of portfolio optimization

Contact time

2 SWS

Intensive course from October 18 until October 22, 2021 with integrated tutorials / seminar

Prerequisites with regard to contents

Module "Probability Theory" from the Bachelor's degree programme.

Frequency of occurrence

The intensive course takes place every semester in the last week before the lecture period starts.

Here you find the KIS entry: Probability Concepts for Financial Markets (compact course)

Here you find the OLAT course: TUK Probability Concepts for Financial Markets WS 21/22

Non-Life Insurance Mathematics

Contents

  • Convolution and transforms
  • Claim size distributions
  • Individual risk model
  • Collective risk models:
    • Claim number process
    • Poisson process
    • Renewal processes
    • Total claim size distribution
  • Risk Process
  • Ruin theory and ruin probabilities
  • Premium calculation
  • Experience rating:
    • Bayes estimation
    • Linear Bayes estimation (Bühlmann and Bühlmann-Straub model)
  • Reserves
  • Reinsurance and risk sharing

Contact time

4 SWS lecture
2 SWS tutorials

Prerequisites with regard to contents

Module "Probability Theory" from the Bachelor's degree programme.

Frequency of occurrence

The lecture is offered every year in the winter term.

Here you find the KIS entry: Non-Life Insurance Mathematics (lecture)Non-Life Insurance Mathematics (tutorial)

Here you find the OLAT course: TUK Non-Life Insurance Mathematics WS 21/22

Interest Rate Theory

Contents

  • Basics of interest modelling (Bonds and linear products, swaps, caps and floors, bond options, rate of interest options, interest rate term structure curve, interest rates (short rates and forward rates))
  • Heath-Jarrow-Morton framework (simple example: Ho-Lee model, general HJM drift condition, one- and multidimensional modelling)
  • Short rate models (general one factor-modelling, term structure equation, affine modelling of interest rate structure, Vasicek-, Cox-Ingersoll-Ross- and further models, option pricing model, model calibration )
  • Defaultable bonds (Merton model)

Contact time

2 SWS lecture

Prerequisites with regard to contents

Module "Financial Mathematics".

Frequency of occurrence

The lecture is offered every year in the winter term.

Here you find the KIS entry: Interest Rate Theory (lecture)

Here you find the OLAT course: TUK Interest Rate Theory WS 21/22

Continuous-Time Portfolio Optimization

Contents

  • Introduction to portfolio optimization (problem statement)
  • Continuous-time portfolio problem: expected benefit approach
  • Martingale method for complete markets
  • Stochastic control approach (HJB equation, verification theorems)
  • Portfolio optimization with restrictions (e.g. risk boundaries, transaction costs)
  • Alternative methods

Contact time

2 SWS lecture

Prerequisites with regard to contents

Module "Financial Mathematics".

Frequency of occurrence

The lecture is offered irregularly in the winter term.

Here you find the KIS entry: Continuous-Time Portfolio Optimization (lecture)

Here you find the OLAT course: TUK Continuous-Time Portfolio Optimization WS 21/22

Seminars and Reading Course

Our group offers the following additional courses in the winter term 2021/22:

Seminar: Actuarial and Financial Mathematics

Contents

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Contact time

2 SWS seminar

Prerequisites with regard to contents

"Financial Mathematics" or "Life/Non-Life Insurance Mathematics"

Dates

Please contact Prof. Dr. Jörn Sass by e-mail. Dates will then be agreed upon together with the participants.

Here you find the OLAT course: TUK Seminar Actuarial and Financial Mathematics WS 21/22

Reading Course: Advanced Topics in Actuarial and Financial Mathematics

Contents

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Dates

Please contact Prof. Dr. Ralf Korn by e-mail. Dates will then be agreed upon together with the participants.

Here you find the OLAT course: TUK Advanced Topics in Actuarial and Financial Mathematics WS 21/22

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