Module Specifications..
Current Academic Year 2023  2024
Please note that this information is subject to change.
 
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Description This undergraduate course covers asset pricing, with emphasis on continuoustime models. Arbitrage, trading strategies, market completeness. Portfolio choice in complete and incomplete markets. Myopic and hedging demand. Derivatives pricing: riskneutral pricing and risk premia.  
Learning Outcomes 1. Use basic models to price assets 2. Apply common hedging techniques 3. Derive heuristic solutions to portfolio choice problems 4. Understand the payoffs of different trading strategies 5. Use riskneutral methods to price derivative contracts 6. Relate discretetime models with their continuoustime counterparts  
All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml 

Indicative Content and Learning Activities
Arbitrage Assets, Payoffs, Simple and Gross Returns, Strategies, Selffinancing portfolios, Arbitrage, Stochastic Discount Factors, First and Second Fundamental Theorems of Asset Pricing, Law of one price. Hedging Arbitrage bounds, Replication Bounds, Superhedging, Superreplication Theorem, Market Completeness, Perfect Replication, Redundancy of Assets Optimality Utility Functions, Absolute and Relative Risk Aversion, Allais and Ellsberg paradoxes, Savage Representation, Arbitrage and Utility, Firstorder condition, Investment and Consumption. Logarithmic, Power, and Exponential Utilities. MeanVariance Analysis Expected Return and Risk, State PriceBeta Representation, HansenJagannathan Bound, MeanVariance Frontier, Twofund Separation Duality Legendre Transforms and their properties, Duality Method for Verification, Pricing by Marginal Utility. Duality Bounds. Continuous Time Bachelier and Samuelson models. Continuous trading. Doubling strategies. Admissible Strategies. Local Martingales and Supermartingales. No arbitrage and Admissibility. Stochastic Discount Factors and Martingale Measures. Bayes' formula. Diffusion models Instantaneous returns and covariances. Stochastic exponential. Discount factors in diffusion models and risk premia. Representation of payoffs. Portfolio Choice Utility maximization from terminal wealth and consumption. Solution by Duality in Bachelier and Samuelson models with exponential and power utility. Merton and Markowitz formulas. General solution in complete markets. Duality with consumption. Stochastic Control Dynamic programming. Value Function. HamiltonJacobiBellman equations. Verification. Homogeneity. Stochastic Investment Opportunities. Asset Prices and State Variables. Incompleteness. Intertemporal Hedging. Logarithmic and Power Transformations. Longrun limits. Martingale Measures and RiskNeutral Dynamics. Longrun optimality. Finitehorizon Bounds.  
 
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