Course Title  Financial Mathematics  
Course Code  MH4514  
Offered  Study Year 4, Semester 2  
Course Coordinator  Nicolas Privault (Prof)  nprivault@ntu.edu.sg  6513 7176 
Prerequisites  MH2500 and MH3512  
Mutually exclusive  MH3513  
AU  4  
Contact hours  Lectures: 39, Tutorials: 12  
Approved for delivery from  AY 2020/21 semester 1  
Last revised  12 May 2020, 12:13 
This course aims at developing quantitative skills for the pricing and hedging of financial derivatives, using stochastic calculus and partial differential equations. It will enable you to design both discrete and continuoustime financial pricing models by combining the power of analytical and probabilistic methods. This is a level 4 course and no finance prerequisite is required.
Upon successfully completing this course, you should be able to:
Introduction and motivations
DiscreteTime Martingales
Assets, Portfolios, and Arbitrage
DiscreteTime Model
Pricing in Discrete Time
Hedging in Discrete Time
Brownian Motion
Stochastic Calculus
The BlackScholes PDE
Martingale Approach to Pricing and Hedging
Estimation of Volatility
Basic Numerical Methods
Revisions and additional tutorial exercises
Component  Course ILOs tested  SPMSMAS Graduate Attributes tested  Weighting  Team / Individual  Assessment Rubrics 

Continuous Assessment  
Tutorials  
Assignment 1  1, 2, 3, 4, 5  1. a, b, c, d 2. a, b, c 3. a, b 4. a  10  individual  See Appendix for rubric 
Assignment 2  1, 2, 3, 4, 5  1. a, b, c, d 2. a, b, c 3. a, b 4. a  10  individual  See Appendix for rubric 
Midsemester Quiz  
Short Answer Questions  1, 2, 3, 4  1. a, b, c 2. a, b 5. a  20  individual  See Appendix for rubric 
Examination (2 hours)  
Short Answer Questions  1, 2, 3, 4  1. a, b, c 2. a, b 5. a  60  individual  See Appendix for rubric 
Total  100% 
These are the relevant SPMSMAS Graduate Attributes.
1. Competence
a. Independently process and interpret mathematical theories and methodologies, and apply them to solve problems
b. Formulate mathematical statements precisely using rigorous mathematical language
c. Discover patterns by abstraction from examples
d. Use computer technology to solve problems, and to communicate mathematical ideas
2. Creativity
a. Critically assess the applicability of mathematical tools in the workplace
b. Build on the connection between subfields of mathematics to tackle new problems
c. Develop new applications of existing techniques
3. Communication
a. Present mathematics ideas logically and coherently at the appropriate level for the intended audience
b. Work in teams on complicated projects that require applications of mathematics, and communicate the results verbally and in written form
4. Civicmindedness
a. Develop and communicate mathematical ideas and concepts relevant in everyday life for the benefits of society
5. Character
a. Act in socially responsible and ethical ways in line with the societal expectations of a mathematics professional, particularly in relation to analysis of data, computer security, numerical computations and algorithms
Midterm test: Written and verbal feedback will be given from the lecturer and graders on your midterm test results, including through inclass discussion.
Assignments 1 and 2: Written and verbal feedback will be given from the lecturer and graders on your written assignments.
Students will also receive formative feedback for all learning outcomes during weekly tutorial classes from Week 2Week 13.
Final examination: summative group feedback on the exam will be given following the conclusion of the module.
Lectures (39 hours)  Derivations and proofs: 
Tutorials (12 hours)  Derivations and proofs: Peer instruction: Selfpractice: 
T. Mikosch, Elementary Stochastic Calculus with Finance in View, Advanced Series on Statistical Science & Applied Probability: Volume 6, World Scientific 1998, 9789810235437.
N. Privault. Stochastic Finance  An Introduction with Market Examples (Chapters 17 and 16) Chapman & Hall/CRC Financial Mathematics Series, 2013, ISBN 9781466594029.
(1) General
Students are expected to complete all assigned class readings and activities, attend classes punctually and take all scheduled assignments and tests by due dates. Students are expected to take responsibility to follow up with course notes and assignments, and to participate in tutorial discussions and activities.
(2) Absenteeism
Absence from class without a valid reason will affect your overall course grade. Valid reasons include falling sick supported by a medical certificate and participation in NTU’s approved activities supported by an excuse letter from the relevant bodies.
If you miss a lecture, you must inform the course instructor via email prior to the start of the class.
(3) Absence Due to Medical or Other Reasons
If you are sick and not able to attend a quiz or midterm, you have to submit the original Medical Certificate (or another relevant document) to the administration to obtain official leave. In this case, the missed assessment component will not be counted towards the final grade.
Good academic work depends on honesty and ethical behaviour. The quality of your work as a student relies on adhering to the principles of academic integrity and to the NTU Honour Code, a set of values shared by the whole university community. Truth, Trust and Justice are at the core of NTU’s shared values.
As a student, it is important that you recognize your responsibilities in understanding and applying the principles of academic integrity in all the work you do at NTU. Not knowing what is involved in maintaining academic integrity does not excuse academic dishonesty. You need to actively equip yourself with strategies to avoid all forms of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, academic fraud, collusion and cheating. If you are uncertain of the definitions of any of these terms, you should go to the Academic Integrity website for more information. Consult your instructor(s) if you need any clarification about the requirements of academic integrity in the course.
Instructor  Office Location  Phone  

Nicolas Privault (Prof)  SPMSMAS0543  6513 7176  nprivault@ntu.edu.sg 
Week  Topic  Course ILO  Readings/ Activities 

1  Introduction and motivations  1, 2, 3, 4, 5  Lecture notes 
2  DiscreteTime Martingales  1  Lecture notes and assignment 
3  Assets, Portfolios, and Arbitrage  1  Lecture notes and assignment 
4  DiscreteTime Model  1  Lecture notes and assignment 
5  Pricing in Discrete Time  1  Lecture notes, assignments and simulations 
6  Hedging in Discrete Time  1  Lecture notes, assignments and simulations 
7  Brownian Motion  2  Lecture notes, assignments and simulations 
8  Stochastic Calculus  2  Lecture notes and assignments 
9  The BlackScholes PDE  2, 3, 4  Lecture notes, assignments and simulations 
10  Martingale Approach to Pricing and Hedging  2, 3, 4  Lecture notes and assignments 
11  Estimation of Volatility  5  Lecture notes, assignments and simulations 
12  Basic Numerical Methods  3, 4, 5  Lecture notes and simulations 
13  Revisions and additional tutorial exercises  1, 2, 3, 4, 5  Lecture notes 
This is the grading criteria for assignment 1 which are related to your ability to:
1. Price and hedge vanilla options in discretetime models.
2. Apply the Itô change of variable formula to derive pricing partial differential equations in continuous time.
3. Price and hedge call and put options in the continuoustime BlackScholes framework.
4. Solve basic pricing differential equations by analytical and probabilistic methods.
5. Perform model calibration and volatility estimation based on market data.
Marks  Criteria 
> 90%  Solutions to the given problems and questions are correct and logically proven in all cases. 
75% to 89%  Solutions to the given problems and questions are correct and logically proven in most cases. Some minor calculation or logic error exist. 
65% to 74%  Solutions to the given problems and questions are correct and logically proven in most cases. Several minor calculation or logic error exist throughout the assignment. 
50% to 64%  Solutions to the given problems and questions are correct and logically proven in more often than not. However, there appears to be major misconceptions for some topics. 
< 50%  Did not attempt most of the questions; OR Solutions to the given problems and questions are incorrect and illogical in most cases. There appears to be major misconceptions for most topics. 
This is the grading criteria for assignment 2 which are related to your ability to:
1. Price and hedge vanilla options in discretetime models.
2. Apply the Itô change of variable formula to derive pricing partial differential equations in continuous time.
3. Price and hedge call and put options in the continuoustime BlackScholes framework.
4. Solve basic pricing differential equations by analytical and probabilistic methods.
5. Perform model calibration and volatility estimation based on market data.
Marks  Criteria 
> 90%  Solutions to the given problems and questions are correct and logically proven in all cases. 
75% to 89%  Solutions to the given problems and questions are correct and logically proven in most cases. Some minor calculation or logic error exist. 
65% to 74%  Solutions to the given problems and questions are correct and logically proven in most cases. Several minor calculation or logic error exist throughout the assignment. 
50% to 64%  Solutions to the given problems and questions are correct and logically proven in more often than not. However, there appears to be major misconceptions for some topics. 
< 50%  Did not attempt most of the questions; OR Solutions to the given problems and questions are incorrect and illogical in most cases. There appears to be major misconceptions for most topics.
