AØKK08370U Derivative Pricing (F)
MSc programme in Economics – elective course
The course is part of the MSc programme in Economics-Financial line (symbolized by ‘F’).
The course will give the student a solid foundation in both classical and modern aspects of option pricing and trading. We will start out by developing a thorough understanding of the notion of replication. Following this, we cover the famous Black-Scholes (1973) model which is the backbone of option pricing in practice still today. We then look at the model’s shortcomings and the presence of the so-called implied volatility smile. The volatility smile has been a main driver for the theoretical development in option pricing we have experienced over the past 30 years. We will look at modern extensions, e.g., stochastic volatility models, which have been proposed to address the vol smile. While option pricing theory is necessarily quite mathematical, the course will also try to develop the student’s intuitive understanding of the results. Furthermore, the course will consider several practical examples and assignments from especially fixed income, giving the student a feeling of how the theory comes to life on the trading floor.
A tentative list of topics that may be covered in the course:
- Static and Dynamic Replication
- The Black-Scholes Model
- Options Hedging
- The Volatility Smile
- Trading Strategies
- Local Volatility Models
- Stochastic Volatility Models
- Some Numerical Methods
- Jump-Diffusion Models
After completing the course, the student should be able to:
Describe and understand common options and the mechanics underlying them
Explain the terminology used in the industry
Explain the motivation behind different options and their use.
Explain the motivation behind different pricing models and their use.
Discuss hedging strategies
Discuss trading strategies
Discuss option pricing models
Discuss numerical methods for pricing models
Calculate prices and quantify risk figures for common options using various models
Calibrate different pricing models to market data.
Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of pricing models
Evaluate advantages and disadvantages of hedging strategies
Evaluate advantages and disadvanteages of trading strategies
Analyze option trades
Analyze hedging strategies
Analyze pricing models
Formulate and structure risks in terms of options/derivatives
Formulate and struture option pricing models
Develop and implement hedging strategies
Develop and implement trading strategies
Combine the theory of option pricing and empirical/practical implementation
The main reference is E.Derman & M.B. Miller, “The Volatility Smile” (2016). However, the course will also include various research papers.
2 hours lectures 1 to 2 times a week from week 6 to 20 (except holidays).
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- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written examination, 3 hours under invigilationat the computers of the university. The exam assignment is given in English and must be answered in English.
- Exam registration requirements
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
The course can be selected for external assessment.
- Exam period
The exam takes place
May 31, 2018
at the exam venues of the university.
The exact time of the exam will be informed in the Self-Service at KUnet.
The written reexam takes place
August 23, 2018
If only a few students have registered for the written reexam, the reexam might change to oral including the date, time and place, which will be informed in KUNet or by the Examination Office.
Criteria for exam assesment
Students are assessed on the extent to which they master the learning outcome for the course.
To receive the top grade, the student must with no or only a few minor weaknesses be able to demonstrate an excellent performance displaying a high level of command of all aspects of the relevant material and can make use of the knowledge, skills and competencies listed in the learning outcomes.