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Fixed Income and Credit Risk

  • Teacher(s): M.Rockinger
  • Course given in: English
  • ECTS Credits: 6 credits
  • Schedule: Spring Semester 2018-2019, 4.0h. course + 1.0h exercices (weekly average)
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  • Related programmes:
    Master of Science (MSc) in Finance : Financial Entrepreneurship and Data Science

    Master of Science (MSc) in Finance, Orientation Corporate Finance

    Master of Science (MSc) in Finance, Orientation Asset and Risk Management

 

Objectives

Students will learn the basis of stochastic calculus and the main concepts of fixed income instruments: types of interest rate quotes, rate curves, duration. The course will cover the following interest rate models: Merton, Vasicek, Cox, Ingersoll and Ross, Ho and Lee, Hull and White, as well as others. Students will see how these models facilitate pricing of fixed income instruments and risk-management by market participants.

The indirect goal of the course is to improve your knowledge so that advanced textbooks such as the one by Brigo and Mercurio: "Interest Rate Models - Theory and Practice" become accessible.

Contents

The course is structured around the following list of topics:

1. Overview of fixed income instruments and relevant notation

2. Stochastic calculus and stochastic calculs again

3. No arbitrage valuation and replicating portfolios

4. Interest rate modeling for valuation and hedging

5. Bootstrapping the term structure of interest rates and multicurve environment

6. Taking into account credit risk: intensity based modeling and structural models

TA is Alexey Ivashchenko. Extranef.

References

The primary textbook references are:

Michael Rockinger, "Fixed Income", a polycopie which may be purchased at the Service des Polycopiés, Anthropole, UNIL.

Pietro Veronesi, "Fixed Income Securities: Valuation, Risk, and Risk Management", John Wiley and Sons, 2010. (Veronesi 2010)

Darrell Duffie, Kenneth J. Singleton, "Credit Risk", Princeton University Press, 2003. (Duffie, Singleton 2003)

Additional textbook references:

Brigo D. and F. Mercurio, "Interest Rate Models: Theory and Practice: With Smile, Inflation and Credit", Springer Finance, 2006. (Second Editon).

John C. Hull, "Options, Futures and Other Derivatives", 7th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2008. (Hull 2008)

Frank Fabozzi, Steven Mann, "The Handbook of Fixed Income Securities", John Wiley and Sons, 8th edition, McGraw Hill, 2012. (Fabozzi, Mann 2012)

Pre-requisites

Mathematics for Economics and Finance

Empirical Methods in Finance

Programming for Finance

Evaluation

First attempt

Exam:
Written 3h00 hours
Documentation:
Allowed with restrictions
Calculator:
Allowed with restrictions
Evaluation:

There will be a non compulsory written mid-term exam, 1h30, closed book, non programmable calculators allowed. You are allowed to bring a single one-sided sheet of A4 paper containing formulas for your exclusive use.

There will be a written closed book final exam at the end of the class.

The exam problems will follow the exercises and class lecture material. No laptops or cell phones are permitted during exams.

If M is the mid-term grade, F the grade of the final exam, then the overall grade will be max(1/3M+2/3F, F). Thus, if the final is better than the mid-term, you win. In the case that the mid-term is better than the final, it may help to improve the grade by a bit.

Retake

Exam:
Written 3h00 hours
Documentation:
Allowed with restrictions
Calculator:
Allowed with restrictions
Evaluation:

A written closed book exam. Non programmable calculators permitted, however no substitutes, e.g. cell phones or related devices, are going to be tolerated during exams. Only calculator TI-30X II (B or S) and HP 10s are allowed. You are allowed to bring a single one-sided sheet of A4 paper containing formulas for your exclusive use.

For the make-up exam, the mid-term no longer counts. The final grade is the one of the make-up exam.



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