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Numerical methods for financial mathematics

Financial Mathematics, Second cycle
1 ali 2 year
first or second
slovenian, english
Hours per week – 1. or 2. semester:

There are no prerequisites.

Content (Syllabus outline)

Algorithms for option pricing in discrete models. Monte Carlo Methods for European options.
Simulation methods of classical law. Inverse transform method. Computation of expectation.
Variance reduction techniques. Tree methods for European and American options. Conver-
gence orders of binomial methods. Estimating sensitivities. Numerical algorithms for portfolio
insurance. Tree methods and Monte Carlo methods for Exotic options (barrier options, asian options, lookback options, rainbow options).
American Monte Carlo methods.
Finite difference methods for the Black-Scholes partial differential equation.


J. Hull. Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives. Prentice Hall, 2011.
N. H. Bingham, R. Kiesel. Risk-Neutral Valuation: Pricing and Hedging of Financial Derivatives. Springer Finance, 2004.
P. Glasserman. Monte Carlo Methods in Financial Engineering. Springer, 2003.

Objectives and competences

The course covers the chapter of mathematical finance that deal with numerical methods for pricing of derived financial instruments of all kinds.
Since the content is of great practical importance we expect that also specialists from financial practice will present their work experience during the course.
With individual presentations and team work interactions within seminar/project activities students acquire communication and social competences for successful team work and knowledge transfer.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:
Understanding of mathematical models used in finance. Mathematical tools necessary in modelling.
The knowledge is directly usable in practice, it is also the source for combing of mathematical theories with finance.
The subject connects many mathematical topics, specially those of numerical methods and probablity theory, with application.
Transferable skills:
The knowledge is directly applicable in everyday practice in financial institutions.

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures, exercises, homeworks, consultations, seminars


Seminar work
Oral exam
grading: 5 (fail), 6-10 (pass) (according to the Statute of UL)

Lecturer's references

Janez Bernik:
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Tomaž Košir:
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Marjeta Krajnc:
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Mihael Perman:
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Jaka Smrekar:
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