Spring 2019  ACMA 490 D300
Selected Topics in Actuarial Science (3)
Class Number: 8472
Delivery Method: In Person
Overview

Course Times + Location:
Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5025, Burnaby

Instructor:
JeanFrancois Begin
jbegin@sfu.ca
778.782.4478
Office: SCK10548

Prerequisites:
Dependent on the topic covered.
Description
CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:
The topics included in this course will vary from term to term depending on faculty availability and student interest.
COURSE DETAILS:
This course is divided into eleven chapters.
 Chapter 1, Probabilistic Foundations : Sample Space, Random Variable, Probability Measure, Distribution, SigmaAlgebra, Measurable Space, Probability Triple.
 Chapter 2, Stochastic Processes : Stochastic Process, Filtration, Stopping Time.
 Chapter 3, Expectations : Independence, Conditional Probability, Expectation, Moments, Conditional Expectation.
 Chapter 4, Martingales : Definition, Examples, Stopped Process, Optional Stopping Theorem, Markov Process.
 Chapter 5, Introduction to DiscreteTime Market Models : Price Processes, Measurable Space, Arbitrage, Pricing, TwoPeriod Generalization.
 Chapter 6, Advanced DiscreteTime Market Models : Price Systems and Martingale Measures, SelfFinancing Strategy and Arbitrage, Arbitrage and Martingale Measures, Attainable Claims and Price Uniqueness, Admissible Strategy and Martingales, Relationship Between Replication and Pricing, RiskNeutral and Martingale Measures, Market Completeness.
 Chapter 7, Convergence : Metric Spaces, Almost Sure Convergence, Convergence in Probability, Convergence in Mean, Convergence in Distribution
 Chapter 8, Brownian Motion : Normal Distribution Review, Scaled Random Walks, Brownian Motion, Construction of the Brownian Motion.
 Chapter 9, Stochastic Integral : Riemann Integration, Ito Integration.
 Chapter 10, Stochastic Differential Equations and It¯o’s Lemma : Ordinary Differential Equations, Ito’s Lemma, Product Rule, Multidimensional Ito’s Lemma, Solutions of Stochastic Differential Equations.
 Chapter 11, Girsanov’s Theorem and Change of Measures : Change of Measure, RadonNikodym Theorem, Girsanov’s Theorem, Multidimensional Girsanov’s Theorem.
Grading
 InClass Activities 20%
 Midterm Exam 40%
 Final Exam 40%
NOTES:
Above grading is subject to change
Materials
RECOMMENDED READING:
 Hull, J. C. (2015). Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives, 9th ed. Pearson.
 Lyaso, A. (2017). Stochastic Methods in Asset Pricing. The MIT Press.
 McDonald, R. L. (2015). Derivatives Markets, 3rd ed. Pearson.
 Shreve, S. (2004). Stochastic Calculus for Finance I : The Binomial Asset pricing Model. Springer Science & Business Media.
 Shreve, S. (2004). Stochastic Calculus for Finance II : ContinuousTime Models. Springer Science & Business Media.
Department Undergraduate Notes:
Students with Disabilites:
Students requiring accommodations as a result of disability must contact the Centre for Accessible Learning 7787823112 or csdo@sfu.ca
Tutor Requests:
Students looking for a Tutor should visit http://www.stat.sfu.ca/teaching/needatutor.html. We accept no responsibility for the consequences of any actions taken related to tutors.
Registrar Notes:
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