Mathematics 383, Actuarial Models II, Fall 2009

Illinois State University Mathematics Department


Instructors
Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski, FSA, CERA, CFA, MAAA
Actuarial Program Director
Office: Stevenson Hall room 313G
Telephone: 309-438-7226, Fax: 309-438-5866.
E-mail: krzysio@ilstu.edu
and
Mr. Kendall Williams, FCAS, MAAA
Manager, Property Casualty Actuary
Country Insurance & Financial Services
1701 Towanda Avenue, P.O. Box 2100
Bloomington, IL 61702-2100
Telephone: 309-821-3610, Fax: 309-821-3538.
E-mail: Ken.Williams@countryfinancial.com
Classes Meet
Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00-5:50 p.m. (with a ten minute break), in Stevenson Hall, room 308.
Office Hours
Office hours will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00-3:50 p.m., in Stevenson Hall room 313G, by Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski. Please ask for an appointment at other times.

Textbooks

Notes for all topics with practice exercises will be posted as links next to dates of classes, see below, in the schedule of classes.

• Derivatives Markets, Second Edition, by McDonald, R.L., Addison-Wesley, Pearson Education, 2006.
The following (downloadable as PDFs) study notes from the Society of Actuaries are also useful:

• Multi-State Transition Models with Actuarial Applications by J. Daniel. This is a reference on Markov Processes.

Poisson Processes (and mixture distributions) by J. Daniel. This is a reference on Poisson Processes.

• Exam M syllabus for the Fall 2009 examination session.

• Exam MFE Tables.

Some Remarks on "Derivatives Markets", by E. Shiu.

"Derivatives Markets," Errata, by R. McDonald.
• Exam MFE Sample Questions and Solutions.

May 2007 SOA Exam MFE and Solutions.


Objective
The objective of this class is to help you learn about Poisson and Markov stochastic processes and mathematical models utilized in financial economics.These actuarial models form a key part of modern actuarial science. We will cover the entire contents of the Course MFE/3F professional actuarial examination, and the portion on Poisson and Markov processes from the Course MLC professional actuarial examination. For students interested in taking those examinations, here is:

• Registration form for the Fall 2009 Course MLC and Course MFE professional actuarial examinations.

Note that we will cover the entire contents of the Course MFE before its examination, as the examination is given on Monday, November 2, 2009, and our coverage of MFE will end on Thursday, October 29, 2009.


Grading
There will be a total of six tests. Any of the comprehensive tests (as indicated in the schedule) can count as a final. Because there will be so many opportunities for testing and only the best four test scores will affect the class grade, no make-up tests will be offered. The final will count as 40% of your grade, and the best two of the remaining tests will count as 30% of your grade each. You will also receive up to 20% extra credit for the best of the remaining tests. The grading scale for undergraduate students will be as follows: 80% or better -- A, 70% to 80% -- B, 60% to 70% -- C, 50% to 60% -- D, below 50% -- F. The grading scale for graduate students will be: 90% or better -- A, 80% to 90% -- B, 70% to 80% -- C, 60% to 70% -- D, below 60% -- F.

Important dates
Illinois State University withdrawal information for the Fall 2009 semester is given at this web site: http://www.registrar.ilstu.edu/crd/withdrawal/withdrawfall.shtml.


Disability concerns
Illinois State University provides a welcoming atmosphere for individuals with disabilities by assisting each in functioning independently within the University community and providing equal access and opportunity in accomplishing educational, professional and personal goals. Disability Concerns, a unit of the Student Affairs Division,  is the designated office to provide approved accommodation services for students, faculty, staff, and guests with disabilities. Disability Concerns obtains and maintains documentation of disability, certifies eligibility for services, determines reasonable accommodations, and develops plans for providing such accommodations. This is accomplished in a confidential manner to ensure equal opportunity for participation in all courses, programs, activities and employment offered by Illinois State. Please contact the Disability Concerns in Fell Hall room 350, tel.  309-438-5853 (Voice), 309-438-8620 (TTY) if you have needs that can be accommodate by that office.

Schedule of classes
  • Tuesday, August 18, 2009. Parity and Other Option Relationships (Derivatives Markets, Chapter 9).
  • Thursday, August 20, 2009. Parity and Other Option Relationships (Derivatives Markets, Chapter 9).
  • Tuesday, August 25, 2009. Parity and Other Option Relationships (Derivatives Markets, Chapter 9). Additional study material: Put-call parity charts.
  • Thursday, August 27, 2009. Binomial Option Pricing I (Derivatives Markets, Chapter 10). Class taught by Mr. Ken Williams.
  • Tuesday, September 1, 2009. Binomial Option Pricing I (Derivatives Markets, Chapter 10). Class taught by Mr. Ken Williams.
  • Thursday, September 3, 2009. Binomial Option Pricing II (Derivatives Markets, Chapter 11). Class taught by Mr. Ken Williams.
  • Tuesday, September 8, 2009. Binomial Option Pricing II (Derivatives Markets, Chapter 11). Class taught by Mr. Ken Williams.
  • Thursday, September 10, 2009. Test No. 1, on the material covered through September 8, 2009.
  • Tuesday, September 15, 2009. The Black Scholes Formula (Derivatives Markets, Chapter 12).
  • Thursday, September 17, 2009.The Black Scholes Formula (Derivatives Markets, Chapter 12).
  • Tuesday, September 22, 2009. Market-Making and Delta-Hedging (Derivatives Markets, Chapter 13). Class taught by Mr. Ken Williams.
  • Thursday, September 24, 2009. Market-Making and Delta-Hedging (Derivatives Markets, Chapter 13). Class taught by Mr. Ken Williams.
  • Tuesday, September 29, 2009. Exotic Options (Derivatives Markets, Chapter 14). Class taught by Mr. Ken Williams.
  • Thursday, October 1, 2009. Exotic Options (Derivatives Markets, Chapter 14). Class taught by Mr. Ken Williams.
  • Tuesday, October 6, 2009. Test No. 2, on the material covered through October 1, 2009.
  • Thursday, October 8, 2009. The Lognormal distribution (Derivatives Markets, Chapter 18).
  • Tuesday, October 13, 2009. Monte Carlo Valuation (Derivatives Markets, Chapter 19).
  • Thursday, October 15, 2009. Brownian Motion and Ito's Lemma (Derivatives Markets, Chapter 20).
  • Tuesday, October 20, 2009. Brownian Motion and Ito's Lemma (Derivatives Markets, Chapter 20). The Black-Scholes Equation (Derivatives Markets, Chapter 21).
  • Thursday, October 22, 2009. Exotic Options II (Derivatives Markets, Chapter 22). Volatility (Derivatives Markets, Chapter 23).
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2009. Interest Rate Models (Derivatives Markets, Chapter 24).
  • Thursday, October 29, 2009. Interest Rate Models (Derivatives Markets, Chapter 24).
  • Tuesday, November 3, 2009. Markov Processes.
  • Thursday, November 5, 2009. Markov Processes.
  • Tuesday, November 10, 2009. Poisson Processes. Class taught by Mr. Ken Williams.
  • Thursday, November 12, 2009. Poisson Processes. Class taught by Mr. Ken Williams.
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2009. Poisson Processes. Class taught by Mr. Ken Williams.
  • Thursday, November 19, 2009. Test No. 3, comprehensive.
  • Tuesday, December 1, 2009. Test No. 4, comprehensive.
  • Thursday, December 3, 2009. Test No. 5, comprehensive.
  • Friday, December 11, 2009. 10:00 a.m. -- 12:00 noon. Test No. 6, comprehensive.