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Quantitative Finance Master Information
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Studierende im Joint Degree Master-Studiengang "Quantitative Finance" müssen Module der Universität Zürich direkt an der Universität Zürich buchen. Die entsprechenden Module sind hier nicht aufgelistet.
Wahlfplichtmodule
Bereich MF (Mathematical Methods for Finance)
Für allfällige weitere Kursangebote siehe www.msfinance.ch
NummerTitelTypECTSUmfangDozierende
401-3925-00LNon-Life Insurance: Mathematics and Statistics Information W8 KP4V + 1UM. V. Wüthrich
KurzbeschreibungThe lecture aims at providing a basis in non-life insurance mathematics which forms a core subject of actuarial sciences. It discusses collective risk modeling, individual claim size modeling, approximations for compound distributions, ruin theory, premium calculation principles, tariffication with generalized linear models and neural networks, credibility theory, claims reserving and solvency.
LernzielThe student is familiar with the basics in non-life insurance mathematics and statistics. This includes the basic mathematical models for insurance liability modeling, pricing concepts, stochastic claims reserving models and ruin and solvency considerations.
InhaltThe following topics are treated:
Collective Risk Modeling
Individual Claim Size Modeling
Approximations for Compound Distributions
Ruin Theory in Discrete Time
Premium Calculation Principles
Tariffication
Generalized Linear Models and Neural Networks
Bayesian Models and Credibility Theory
Claims Reserving
Solvency Considerations
SkriptM. V. Wüthrich, Non-Life Insurance: Mathematics & Statistics
http://ssrn.com/abstract=2319328
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesThe exams ONLY take place during the official ETH examination period.

This course will be held in English and counts towards the diploma of "Aktuar SAV". For the latter, see details under www.actuaries.ch.

Prerequisites: knowledge of probability theory, statistics and applied stochastic processes.
401-4889-00LMathematical Finance Information W11 KP4V + 2UJ. Teichmann
KurzbeschreibungAdvanced course on mathematical finance:
- semimartingales and general stochastic integration
- absence of arbitrage and martingale measures
- fundamental theorem of asset pricing
- option pricing and hedging
- hedging duality
- optimal investment problems
- additional topics
LernzielAdvanced course on mathematical finance, presupposing good knowledge in probability theory and stochastic calculus (for continuous processes)
InhaltThis is an advanced course on mathematical finance for students with a good background in probability. We want to give an overview of main concepts, questions and approaches, and we do this mostly in continuous-time models.

Topics include
- semimartingales and general stochastic integration
- absence of arbitrage and martingale measures
- fundamental theorem of asset pricing
- option pricing and hedging
- hedging duality
- optimal investment problems
- and probably others
SkriptThe course is based on different parts from different books as well as on original research literature.

Lecture notes will not be available.
Literatur(will be updated later)
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesPrerequisites are the standard courses
- Probability Theory (for which lecture notes are available)
- Brownian Motion and Stochastic Calculus (for which lecture notes are available)
Those students who already attended "Introduction to Mathematical Finance" will have an advantage in terms of ideas and concepts.

This course is the second of a sequence of two courses on mathematical finance. The first course "Introduction to Mathematical Finance" (MF I), 401-3888-00, focuses on models in finite discrete time. It is advisable that the course MF I is taken prior to the present course, MF II.

For an overview of courses offered in the area of mathematical finance, see Link.
401-4657-00LNumerical Analysis of Stochastic Ordinary Differential Equations Information
Alternative course title: "Computational Methods for Quantitative Finance: Monte Carlo and Sampling Methods"
W6 KP3V + 1UK. Kirchner
KurzbeschreibungCourse on numerical approximations of stochastic ordinary differential equations driven by Wiener processes. These equations have several applications, for example in financial option valuation. This course also contains an introduction to random number generation and Monte Carlo methods for random variables.
LernzielThe aim of this course is to enable the students to carry out simulations and their mathematical convergence analysis for stochastic models originating from applications such as mathematical finance. For this the course teaches a decent knowledge of the different numerical methods, their underlying ideas, convergence properties and implementation issues.
InhaltGeneration of random numbers
Monte Carlo methods for the numerical integration of random variables
Stochastic processes and Brownian motion
Stochastic ordinary differential equations (SODEs)
Numerical approximations of SODEs
Applications to computational finance: Option valuation
SkriptThere will be English, typed lecture notes for registered participants in the course.
LiteraturP. Glassermann:
Monte Carlo Methods in Financial Engineering.
Springer-Verlag, New York, 2004.

P. E. Kloeden and E. Platen:
Numerical Solution of Stochastic Differential Equations.
Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1992.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesPrerequisites:

Mandatory: Probability and measure theory,
basic numerical analysis and
basics of MATLAB programming.

a) mandatory courses:
Elementary Probability,
Probability Theory I.

b) recommended courses:
Stochastic Processes.

Start of lectures: Wednesday, September 18, 2019.
401-3929-00LFinancial Risk Management in Social and Pension Insurance Information W4 KP2VP. Blum
KurzbeschreibungInvestment returns are an important source of funding for social and pension insurance, and financial risk is an important threat to stability. We study short-term and long-term financial risk and its interplay with other risk factors, and we develop methods for the measurement and management of financial risk and return in an asset/liability context with the goal of assuring sustainable funding.
LernzielUnderstand the basic asset-liability framework: essential principles and properties of social and pension insurance; cash flow matching, duration matching, valuation portfolio and loose coupling; the notion of financial risk; long-term vs. short-term risk; coherent measures of risk.

Understand the conditions for sustainable funding: derivation of required returns; interplay between return levels, contribution levels and other parameters; influence of guaranteed benefits.

Understand the notion of risk-taking capability: capital process as a random walk; measures of long-term risk and relation to capital; short-term solvency vs. long-term stability; effect of embedded options and guarantees; interplay between required return and risk-taking capability.

Be able to study empirical properties of financial assets: the Normal hypothesis and the deviations from it; statistical tools for investigating relevant risk and return properties of financial assets; time aggregation properties; be able to conduct analysis of real data for the most important asset classes.

Understand and be able to carry out portfolio construction: the concept of diversification; limitations to diversification; correlation breakdown; incorporation of constraints; sensitivities and shortcomings of optimized portfolios.

Understand and interpret the asset-liability interplay: the optimized portfolio in the asset-liability framework; short-term risk vs. long-term risk; the influence of constraints; feasible and non-feasible solutions; practical considerations.

Understand and be able to address essential problems in asset / liability management, e.g. optimal risk / return positioning, optimal discount rate, target value for funding ratio or turnaround issues.

Have an overall view: see the big picture of what asset returns can and cannot contribute to social security; be aware of the most relevant outcomes; know the role of the actuary in the financial risk management process.
InhaltFor pension insurance and other forms of social insurance, investment returns are an important source of funding. In order to earn these returns, substantial financial risks must be taken, and these risks represent an important threat to financial stability, in the long term and in the short term.

Risk and return of financial assets cannot be separated from one another and, hence, asset management and risk management cannot be separated either. Managing financial risk in social and pension insurance is, therefore, the task of reconciling the contradictory dimensions of

1. Required return for a sustainable funding of the institution,
2. Risk-taking capability of the institution,
3. Returns available from financial assets in the market,
4. Risks incurred by investing in these assets.

This task must be accomplished under a number of constraints. Financial risk management in social insurance also means reconciling the long time horizon of the promised insurance benefits with the short time horizon of financial markets and financial risk.

It is not the goal of this lecture to provide the students with any cookbook recipes that can readily be applied without further reflection. The goal is rather to enable the students to develop their own understanding of the problems and possible solutions associated with the management of financial risks in social and pension insurance.

To this end, a rigorous intellectual framework will be developed and a powerful set of mathematical tools from the fields of actuarial mathematics and quantitative risk management will be applied. When analyzing the properties of financial assets, an empirical viewpoint will be taken using statistical tools and considering real-world data.
SkriptExtensive handouts will be provided. Moreover, practical examples and data sets in Excel and R will be made available.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesSolid base knowledge of probability and statistics is indispensable. Specialized concepts from financial and insurance mathematics as well as quantitative risk management will be introduced in the lecture as needed, but some prior knowledge in some of these areas would be an advantage.

This course counts towards the diploma of "Aktuar SAV".

The exams ONLY take place during the official ETH examination period.
401-3922-00LLife Insurance MathematicsW4 KP2VM. Koller
KurzbeschreibungThe classical life insurance model is presented together with the important insurance types (insurance on one and two lives, term and endowment insurance and disability). Besides that the most important terms such as mathematical reserves are introduced and calculated. The profit and loss account and the balance sheet of a life insurance company is explained and illustrated.
Lernziel
401-3928-00LReinsurance AnalyticsW4 KP2VP. Antal, P. Arbenz
KurzbeschreibungThis course provides an introduction to reinsurance from an actuarial perspective. The objective is to understand the fundamentals of risk transfer through reinsurance and models for extreme events such as natural or man-made catastrophes. The lecture covers reinsurance contracts, Experience and Exposure pricing, natural catastrophe modelling, solvency regulation, and insurance linked securities
LernzielThis course provides an introduction to reinsurance from an actuarial perspective. The objective is to understand the fundamentals of risk transfer through reinsurance and the mathematical approaches associated with low frequency high severity events such as natural or man-made catastrophes.
Topics covered include:
- Reinsurance Contracts and Markets: Different forms of reinsurance, their mathematical representation, history of reinsurance, and lines of business.
- Experience Pricing: Modelling of low frequency high severity losses based on historical data, and analytical tools to describe and understand these models
- Exposure Pricing: Loss modelling based on exposure or risk profile information, for both property and casualty risks
- Natural Catastrophe Modelling: History, relevance, structure, and analytical tools used to model natural catastrophes in an insurance context
- Solvency Regulation: Regulatory capital requirements in relation to risks, effects of reinsurance thereon, and differences between the Swiss Solvency Test and Solvency 2
- Insurance linked securities: Alternative risk transfer techniques such as catastrophe bonds
InhaltThis course provides an introduction to reinsurance from an actuarial perspective. The objective is to understand the fundamentals of risk transfer through reinsurance and the mathematical approaches associated with low frequency high severity events such as natural or man-made catastrophes.
Topics covered include:
- Reinsurance Contracts and Markets: Different forms of reinsurance, their mathematical representation, history of reinsurance, and lines of business.
- Experience Pricing: Modelling of low frequency high severity losses based on historical data, and analytical tools to describe and understand these models
- Exposure Pricing: Loss modelling based on exposure or risk profile information, for both property and casualty risks
- Natural Catastrophe Modelling: History, relevance, structure, and analytical tools used to model natural catastrophes in an insurance context
- Solvency Regulation: Regulatory capital requirements in relation to risks, effects of reinsurance thereon, and differences between the Swiss Solvency Test and Solvency 2
- Insurance linked securities: Alternative risk transfer techniques such as catastrophe bonds
SkriptSlides and lecture notes will be made available.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesBasic knowledge in statistics, probability theory, and actuarial techniques
363-1100-00LRisk Case Study Challenge Belegung eingeschränkt - Details anzeigen
Limited number of participants.

Please apply for this course via the official website (www.riskcenter.ethz.ch). Once your application is confirmed, registration in myStudies is possible.
W3 KP2SB. J. Bergmann, A. Bommier, S. Feuerriegel, J. Teichmann
KurzbeschreibungThis seminar provides master students at ETH with the challenging opportunity of working on a real risk case in close collaboration with a company. For Fall 2019 the Partner will be Credit Suisse and the topic of cases will focus on machine learning applications in finance.
LernzielStudents work in groups on a real risk-related case of a business relevant topic provided by experts from Risk Center partners. While gaining substantial insights into the risk modeling and management of the industry, students explore the case or problem on their own, working in teams, and develop possible solutions. The cases allow students to use logical problem solving skills with emphasis on evidence and application and involve the integration of scientific knowledge. Typically, the cases can be complex, cover ambiguities, and may be addressed in more than one way. During the seminar, students visit the partners’ headquarters, interact and conduct interviews with risk professionals. The final results will be presented at the partners' headquarters.
InhaltGet a basic understanding of
o Risk management and risk modelling
o Machine learning tools and applications
o How to communicate your results to risk professionals

For that you work in a group of 4 students together with a Case Manager from the company.
In addition you are coached by the Lecturers on specific aspects of machine learning as well as communication and presentation skills.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesPlease apply for this course via the official website (www.riskcenter.ethz.ch/education/lectures/risk-case-study-challenge-.html). Apply no later than September 13, 2019.
The number of participants is limited to 16.
401-4910-69LTopics in Mathematical Finance and Stochastic Analysis Belegung eingeschränkt - Details anzeigen
Number of participants limited to 24.
W4 KP2SC. Czichowsky
KurzbeschreibungBackward stochastic differential equations (BSDEs) are an important tool of stochastic analysis. They appear naturally in applications of stochastic calculus in stochastic optimal control and mathematical finance. The seminar introduces students to the theory of BSDEs (rather than their applications) and covers different aspects of them.
LernzielThe goal is to learn mathematical results in the theory of BSDEs. We will study chapters of the book “Backward Stochastic Differential Equations” by Jianfeng Zhang.
Literatur"Backward Stochastic Differential Equations" by Jiangfeng Zhang.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesFamiliarity with measure-theoretic probability and stochastic calculus as in the standard D-MATH courses "Probability Theory" and "Brownian Motion and Stochastic Calculus" will be assumed. Textbook accounts can be found in the first two chapters of the book and the references therein.

Participants are expected to attend the seminar and give a presentation.

Topics will be assigned in the first meeting.
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