# B8.3 Mathematical Models of Financial Derivatives (2019-2020)

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B8.1 (Martingales Through Measure Theory) would be good background. Part A Probability is a prerequisite. Part A Integration is also good background, though not a prerequisite.

16 lectures

### Assessment type:

- Written Examination

The course aims to introduce students to derivative security valuation in financial markets. At the end of the course the student should be able to formulate a model for an asset price and then determine the prices of a range of derivatives based on the underlying asset using arbitrage free pricing ideas.

Students will have a familiarity with the mathematics behind the models and analytical tools used in Mathematical Finance. This includes being able to formulate a model for an asset price and then determining the prices of a range of derivatives based on the underlying asset using arbitrage free pricing ideas.

Introduction to markets, assets, interest rates and present value; arbitrage and the law of one price: European call and put options, payoff diagrams. Probability spaces, random variables, conditional expectation, discrete-time martingales. The binomial model; European and American claim pricing.

Introduction to Brownian motion and its quadratic variation , continuous-time martingales, informal treatment of Itô's formula and stochastic differential equations. Discussion of the connection with PDEs through the Feynman-Kac formula.

The Black-Scholes analysis via delta hedging and replication, leading to the Black-Scholes partial differential equation for a derivative price. General solution via Feynman-Kac and risk neutral pricing, explicit solution for call and put options.

American options, formulation as a free-boundary problem. Simple exotic options. Weakly path-dependent options including barriers, lookbacks and Asians. Implied volatility. Introduction to stochastic volatility. Robustness of Black-Scholes formula.

- S.E Shreve,
*Stochastic Calculus for Finance*, vols I and II, (Springer 2004). - T. Bjork,
*Arbitrage Theory in Continuous Time*(Oxford University Press, 1998). - P. Wilmott, S. D. Howison and J. Dewynne,
*Mathematics of Financial Derivatives*(Cambridge university Press, 1995). - A. Etheridge,
*A Course in Financial Calculus*(Cambridge University Press, 2002).

*Please note that e-book versions of many books in the reading lists can be found on SOLO and ORLO.*

Background on Financial Derivatives

- J. Hull,
*Options Futures and Other Financial Derivative Products*, 4th edition (Prentice Hall, 2001).