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Fall 2018 MAFN Courses

Please consult the Directory of Classes for authoritative up-to-date information. Information like this changes frequently, and the present page is not necessarily kept up to date.


Note that the Department of Statistic in some cases offers two or more “versions” of the same course, with different course numbers.

Core Courses

Math GR 5010 Intro to the Math of Finance
Time: Monday and Wednesday 7:40pm-8:55pm
Call Number: 70828 Points: 3
Instructor: Mikhail Smirnov

Stat GR 5263 Statistical Inference / Time-Series Modelling
MAFN students should NOT register for the other version of this course, Stat GU 4263

Two alternative sections:

Section 001
Time: Tuesday and Thursday 6:10pm-7:25pm
Location: 301 Pupin Laboratories
Call Number: 11945 Points: 3
Instructor: Pawel Polak

Section 002
Time: Saturday 10:10am-12:40pm
Location: 501 Northwest Corner Building
Call Number: 62953 Points: 3
Instructor: Pawel Polak

Stat GR 5264 Stochastic Processes – Applications I
MAFN students should NOT register for the other version of this course, Stat GU 4264

Two alternative sections:

Section 001
Time: Monday and Wednesday 6:10pm-7:25pm
Location: 614 Schermerhorn Hall
Call Number: 62333 Points: 3
Instructor: Ruimeng Hu

Section 002
Time: Monday and Wednesday 4:10-5:25pm
Location: 833 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Call Number: 17972 Points: 3
Instructor: Lars Tyge Nielsen

MAFN Electives

In the Fall semester of 2018, the MAFN program offers the following finance electives.

These courses are not mandatory. MAFN students may choose their electives from across the university, subject to the constraints of the MAFN degree requirements and the constraints imposed by the schools and departments offering the courses.

See Elective Course Examples for examples of elective courses that MAFN students have taken in the past.

Math GR 5220 Quantitative Methods in Investment Management.
Time: Tuesday 7:40pm-10:00pm.
Location: 312 Mathematics Building
Call Number: 25972 Points: 3
Instructor: Alexander Greyserman

Surveys the field of quantitative investment strategies from a “buy side” perspective, through the eyes of portfolio managers, analysts and investors. Financial modeling there often involves avoiding complexity in favor of simplicity and practical compromise. All necessary material scattered in finance, computer science and statistics is combined into a project-based curriculum, which give students hands-on experience to solve real world problems in portfolio management. Students will work with market and historical data to develop and test trading and risk management strategies. Programming projects are required to complete this course.

Math GR 5260 Programming for Quantitative and Computational Finance
Time: Thursday 8:10pm-10:00pm
Location: 312 Mathematics Building
Call Number: 14783 Points: 3
Instructor: Keith Lewis

This course covers features of the C++ programming language which are essential in quantitative/computational finance and its applications. We start by covering basic C++ programming features and then move to some more advance features. We utilize these features for financial engineering and quantitative finance applications primarily for pricing of financial derivatives and computational finance. Those applications include transform techniques, Monte Carlo simulation, calibration and parameter estimation techniques.

Math GR 5280 Capital Markets and Investments.
Time: Friday 5:00pm-7:20pm.
Location: 312 Mathematics Building
Call Number: 15248 Points: 3
Instructor: Alexei Chekhlov

Risk/return tradeoff, diversification and their role in the modern portfolio theory, their consequences for asset allocation, portfolio optimization. Capital Asset Pricing Model, Modern Portfolio Theory, Factor Models, Equities Valuation, definition and treatment of futures, options and fixed income securities will be covered.

Many business school finance courses have a Capital Markets and Investments prerequisite, and Math G4076 satisfies this prerequisite. However, even if you satisfy the prerequisite, there is no guarantee that you can cross register into any particular business school course.

Math GR 5300 Hedge Funds Strategies and Risk
Time: Tuesday 8:10pm-10:00pm
Location: 417 Mathematics Building
Call Number: 61734 Points: 3
Instructor: Eric Yeh

The hedge fund industry has continued to grow after the financial crisis, and hedge funds are increasingly important as an investable asset class for institutional investors as well as wealthy individuals. This course will cover hedge funds from the point of view of portfolio managers and investors. We will analyze a number of hedge fund trading strategies, including fixed income arbitrage, global macro, and various equities strategies, with a strong focus on quantitative strategies. We distinguish hedge fund managers from other asset managers, and discuss issues such as fees and incentives, liquidity, performance evaluation, and risk management. We also discuss career development in the hedge fund context.

Math GR 5320 Financial Risk Management and Regulation
Time: Thursday 8:10pm-10:00pm
Location: 203 Mathematics Building
Call Number: 61053 Points: 3
Instructor: Harvey Stein

Prerequisites: The student is expected to be mathematically mature and to be familiar with probability and statistics, arbitrage pricing theory, and stochastic processes. The course will introduce the notions of financial risk management, review the structure of the markets and the contracts traded, introduce risk measures such as VaR, PFE and EE, overview regulation of financial markets, and study a number of risk management failures. After successfully completing the course, the student will understand the basics of computing parametric VaR, historical VaR, Monte Carlo VaR, cedit exposures and CVA and the issues and computations associated with managing market risk and credit risk. The student will be familiar with the different categories of financial risk, current regulatory practices, and the events of financial crises, especially the most recent one.

Math GR 5340 Fixed Income Portfolio Management
Time: Friday 6:10pm-8:00pm
Location: 203 Mathematics Building
Call Number: 66743 Points: 3
Instructor: Rosanna Pezzo

Prerequisites: Students should be comfortable with algebra, calculus, probability, statistics, and stochastic calculus. The course covers the fundamentals of fixed income portfolio management. Its goal is to help the students develop concepts and tools for valuation and hedging of fixed income securities within a fixed set of parameters. There will be an emphasis on understanding how an investment professional manages a portfolio given a budget and a set of limits.

Math GR5420 Modeling and Trading Derivatives
Time: Saturday 10:10am-12:00pm
Location: 312 Mathematics Building
Call Number: 75480 Points: 3
Instructor: Amal Moussa

Prerequisites: Math GR5010 Required: Math GR5010 Intro to the Math of Finance (or equivalent),Recommended: Stat GR5264 Stochastic Processes – Applications I (or equivalent) The objective of this course is to introduce students, from a practitioner’s perspective with formal derivations, to the advanced modeling, pricing and risk management techniques that are used on derivatives desks in the industry, which goes beyond the classical option pricing courses focusing solely on the theory. The course is divided into four parts: Differential discounting, advanced volatility modeling, managing a derivatives book, and contagion and systemic risk in financial networks.

Math GR 5510 MAFN Fieldwork
Time: N/A
Call Number: 10605 Points: 1-3
Note: MAFN Students ONLY. Permission of instructor required. Grading: Letter Grade
Prerequisites: All 6 MAFN core courses and at least 6 credits of approved electives. As a consequence, this course is not open to students in their first two semesters
Instructor: Lars Tyge Nielsen

This course provides an opportunity for MAFN students to engage in off-campus internships for academic credit that counts towards the degree.

For course description, rules, and procedures, please see Fieldwork Course (CPT)?

Suggested Electives from the Statistics Department

Stat GR 5261 Statistical Methods in Finance
Time: Friday 10:10am-12:55pm
Location: 428 Pupin Laboratories
Call Number: 15764 Points: 3
Instructor: Hammou Elbarmi

Markowitz mean-variance portfolio theory, capital asset pricing model, multivariate linear regression, factor model, financial time series models, bootstrap, fixed income securities and credit risk, survival analysis models, value at risk, multivariate distribution, copula, interest rate models, principal component analysis.

Stat GR 5206 Statistical Computation and Intro Data Science
If there are remaining seats by the end of change of program period, they will be made open to MAFN students.

Stat GU 4291 Advanced Data Analysis
Time: Friday 6:10pm-8:55pm
Location: 417 International Affairs Building
Call Number: 13628 Points: 3
Instructor: Demissie Alemayehu

Prerequisites: STAT GU4205 and at least one statistics course numbered between GU4221 and GU4261. This is a course on getting the most out of data. The emphasis will be on hands-on experience, involving case studies with real data and using common statistical packages. The course covers, at a very high level, exploratory data analysis, model formulation, goodness of fit testing, and other standard and non-standard statistical procedures, including linear regression, analysis of variance, nonlinear regression, generalized linear models, survival analysis, time series analysis, and modern regression methods. Students will be expected to propose a data set of their choice for use as case study material.

For students who do not have a strong background in Linear Regression, we also propose:

Stat GU 4205 Linear Regression Models

Theory and practice of regression analysis, Simple and multiple regression, including testing, estimation, and confidence procedures, modeling, regression diagnostics and plots, polynomial regression, colinearity and confounding, model selection, geometry of least squares. Extensive use of the computer to analyse data.

Three sections are open to MAFN students in the fall of 2018:

Section 001
Call Number: 25430 Points: 3
Time: Monday and Wednesday 2:40pm-3:55pm
Location: 501 Northwest Corner Building
Instructor: Yang Feng

Section 002
Call Number: 76197 Points: 3
Time: Friday 10:10am-12:40pm
Location: 501 Northwest Corner Building
Instructor: Jingchen Liu

Section 003
Call Number: 63988 Points: 3
Time: Monday and Wednesday 6:10pm-7:25pm
Location: 501 Northwest Corner Building
Instructor: Gabriel Young

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