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Spring 2020 MAFN Courses-Preliminary

Please consult the Directory of Classes for authoritative up-to-date information. Information like this changes frequently, and the present page is not necessarily up to date.  Spring 2020 courses will go in the Directory of Classes before early registration opens for GSAS MAFN students on Monday, November 25 to Wednesday, November 27.

Core Courses

Math GR5030 Numerical Methods in Finance
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Vergil

Time: Monday and Wednesday 7:40pm-8:55pm
Location: TBA
Section 001 Call Number: TBA Points: 3
Instructor: Tat Sang Fung

Math GR5050 Practitioners’ Seminar
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Vergil

Time: Tuesday and Thursday 7:40pm-8:55
Location: TBA
Section 001 Call Number: TBA Points: 3
Instructor: Lars Tyge Nielsen

Stat GR5265 Stochastic Methods in Finance

Two alternative sections:

Section 001
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Vergil

Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Call Number: TBA Points: 3
Instructor: TBA

Section 002
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Vergil

Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Call Number: TBA Points: 3
Instructor: TBA

The following core course is not for current first-year full time MAFN students, who have already taken it in the Fall. It is a Fall core course taught off-schedule. It may be of interest to continuing part-time students.

Math GR5010 Introduction to the Mathematics of Finance
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Vergil

Time: Monday and Wednesday 7:40pm-8:55pm
Location: 207 Mathematics Building
Section 001 Call Number: TBA Points: 3
Instructor: Mikhail Smirnov

MAFN Electives

In the Spring semester of 2020, the MAFN program offers the following 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 inspiration.

Math GR5260 Programming for Quantitative & Computational Finance
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Vergil

Time: Friday 8:10pm-10:00pm
Location: TBA
Call Number: TBA Points: 3
Instructor: Ka Yi Ng

This course covers programming with applications to finance. The applications may include such topics as yield curve building and calibration, short rate models, Libor market models, Monte Carlo simulation, valuation of financial instruments such as options, swaptions and variance swaps, and risk measurement and management, among others. Students will learn about the underlying theory, learn coding techniques, and get hands-on experience in implementing financial models and systems.  The Spring version of this course uses Python.

Math GR5360 Math Methods in Financial Analysis
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Vergil

Time: Saturday 2:00pm-4:20pm.
Location: TBA
Section 001 Call Number: TBA Points: 3
Instructor: Alexei Chekhlov

This course covers modern statistical and physical methods of analysis and prediction of financial price data. Methods from statistics, physics and econometrics will be presented with the goal to create and analyze different quantitative investment models.

Math GR5380 Multi-Asset Portfolio Management
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Vergil

Time: Monday and Wednesday 6:10pm-7:25pm.
Location: TBA
Section 001 Call Number: TBA Points: 3
Instructors: Inna Okounkova and Colm O’Cinneide

The course will cover practical issues such as: how to select an investment universe and instruments, derive long term risk/return forecasts, create tactical models, construct and implement an efficient portfolio,to take into account constraints and transaction costs, measure and manage portfolio risk, and analyze the performance of the total portfolio.

Math GR5400 Non-Linear Option Pricing
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Vergil

Time: Friday 6:00pm-8:10pm.
Location: TBA
Section 001 Call Number: TBA Points: 3
Instructors: Julien Guyon and Bryan Liang

Prerequisites: We assume familiarity with Brownian motion, Itô’s formula, stochastic differential equations, and Black-Scholes option pricing.

Nonlinear Option Pricing is a major and popular theme of research today in quantitative finance, covering a wide variety of topics such as American option pricing, uncertain volatility, uncertain mortality, different rates for borrowing and lending, calibration of models to market smiles, credit valuation adjustment (CVA), transaction costs, illiquid markets, super-replication under delta and gamma constraints, etc.

The objective of this course is twofold: (1) introduce some nonlinear aspects of quantitative finance, and (2) present and compare various numerical methods for solving high-dimensional nonlinear problems arising in option pricing.

Math GR5510 MAFN Fieldwork
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Vergil

Time: N/A
Location: N/A
Call number: TBA Points: 1-3
Notes: 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)

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