Mr. R. Dale Hall,
Chief Actuary, Life/Health Operations
1701 North Towanda Avenue
Bloomington, IL 61702-2000
Telephone: 309-821-6407, Fax: 309-820-5709.
Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski,
FSA, CERA, FSAS, CFA,
Office: Williams Hall,
Office telephone: 309-438-7226, office fax: 309-438-5866.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00-7:50 p.m. (with a ten minute break),
in Stevenson Hall, room 308.
Office hours will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-2:50 p.m., in Stevenson Hall room 313G, by
Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski.
Please ask for an appointment at other times. Appointments with Dr.
Krzysztof Ostaszewski should be
scheduled at: http://krzysio.acuityscheduling.com.
The following textbooks are suggested, but not required:
• Financial Risk Management for Pension Plans by Leslaw Gajek and Krzysztof Ostaszewski, Elsevier Science, 2004. This book is on reserve at the Milner Library at Illinois State University and on reserve at the library of the Department of Mathematics.
• Financial Economics, edited by Harry Panjer, published in 1998 by the Actuarial Foundation. This book is on reserve at the Milner Library at Illinois State University.
There will also be study notes provided online by Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski (you must use the
ISU ULID with your password to access them, and you are only granted
access if you are registered in this class). We will also use study notes and problems from past actuarial examinations on investments, as well as other readings on topics of those past exam examinations. Links to those readings will be posted at the bottom of this syllabus, after the schedule of classes.
The objective of this class is to help you learn about mathematical models
in finance and investments, as utilized in the management as well as financial supervision of insurance enterprises and other financial intermediaries.
There will be a total of five 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 10% extra credit for
best of the remaining tests. The grading scale for will be
follows: 90% or better -- A, 80% to 90% -- B, 70% to 80% -- C, 60% to
-- D, below 60% -- F. Links to past professional actuarial examinations are provided below, and those professional examinations should serve as a guidance of what kind of material students can expect on the tests. However, the tests in this class will be quantitative only, no essay questions will be given. Even though questions will be quantitative only, students are encouraged to explain their work thoroughly. Students will also have an opportunity to earn extra creditby making presentations in class on the readings given in the syllabus(see the bottom of this web site) and past advanced actuarial examinations on the topics of this class (also see below). Those presentations must be set well in advance with Dr. Ostaszewski, and presentations scheduled at the last minuted before the end of the semester may be denied.
Illinois State University withdrawal information for the Fall 2013 semester is given at this web site: http://www.registrar.ilstu.edu/registration/withdrawal/fall.shtml.
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community and providing equal access and opportunity in accomplishing
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Schedule of classes
- Thursday, August 29, 2013. No-Arbitrage Pricing Theory. Sections 7.1.4, 7.1.5, 7.2 in first textbook.
- Tuesday, September 3, 2013. No-Arbitrage Pricing Theory. Sections 7.1.4, 7.1.5, 7.2 in first textbook.
- Thursday, September 5, 2013. No-Arbitrage Pricing Theory. Sections 7.1.4, 7.1.5, 7.2 in first textbook.
- Tuesday, September 10, 2013. Insurance Securitization.
- Thusday, September 12, 2013. Value at Risk. Also, another version of Value at Risk notes is here.
- Tuesday, September 17, 2013. Shortfall Constraints. Sections 10.1.1, 10.1.3 in first textbook.
- Thursday, September 19, 2013. Introduction to Enterprise Risk Management. Additional reading: Presentation of Dr. Kevin Ahlgrim, ASA, at the 2006 ISU Actuarial Program Research Event. Another reading on ERM.
- Tuesday, September 24, 2013. Test No. 1, on the material covered through September 19, 2013.
- Thursday, September 26, 2013. Financial Assets. Class taught by Mr. Dale Hall.
There are some additional files for the class from Dale:
- Tuesday, October 1. 2013. Derivative Securities. Section 7.3 in first texbook. Class taught by Mr. Dale Hall.
- Thursday, October 3, 2013. Derivative Securities. Section 7.3 in first texbook. Class taught by Mr. Dale Hall.
- Tuesday, October 8, 2013. Derivative Securities. Section 7.3 in first texbook. Class taught by Mr. Dale Hall. There are some additional files for the Derivative Securities classes from Dale: Derivative Securities (Powerpoint file). Calculations of prices of forwards and options (Excel file). Arbitrage examples (Word file).
- Thursday, October 10, 2013. Equilibrium Pricing. Sections 7.1.2, 7.1.3 in first textbook. Class taught by Mr. Dale Hall.
- Tuesday, October 15, 2013. Equilibrium Pricing. Sections 7.1.2, 7.1.3 in first textbook. Class taught by Mr. Dale Hall.
- Thursday, October 17, 2013. Equilibrium Pricing. Sections 7.1.2, 7.1.3 in first textbook. Class taught by Mr. Dale Hall. There are some additional files for the Equilibrium Pricing classes from Dale: Equilibrium Pricing (Powerpoint file). Utility functions (Excel file).
- Tuesday, October 22, 2013. Options and Other Derivatives. Class taught by Mr. Dale Hall.
- Thursday, October 24, 2013. Test No. 2, on the material covered through October 17, 2013.
- Tuesday, October 29, 2013. Special presentation on catastrophe modeling by Ms. Minchong Mao, FCAS, ASA, MAAA, Catastrophe Modeling Manager at State Farm Insurance Companies.
- Thursday, October 31. 2013. Options and Other Derivatives. Class taught by Mr. Dale Hall.
- Tuesday, November 5, 2013. Options and Other Derivatives. Class taught by Mr. Dale Hall. Some additional notes: Role of Interest Rate Derivative Securities.
- Thursday, November 7, 2013. Theory of capital for insurance firms: Expected Policyholder Deficit. Coherent Risk Measures. Risk-Based Capital in the U.S. insurance regulation.
- Tuesday, November 12, 2013. Special presentation on Asset-Liability Management in practice by Dr. Wei Hao, FSA, CFA, CLU, CPCU, FLMI, actuary at State Farm.
- Thursday, November 14, 2013. Theory of capital for insurance firms: Myers & Read on Capital Allocation for Insurance Companies. Cummins on Capital Allocation for Insurance Companies. Risk-Adjusted Performance Measurement for Insurance Companies.
- Tuesday, November 19, 2013. Solvency II and Swiss Solvency Test. More files on these topics Solvency II vs. Swiss Solvency Test. Swiss Solvency Test White Paper. Swiss Solvency Template, Swiss Solvency Test Reading 1. Com Frame and systemic risk.
- Thursday, November 21, 2013.Exercises for preparation for the remaining class tests. Risk-Based Capital Exercises.
- Tuesday, December 3, 2013. Test No. 3, comprehensive.
- Thursday, December 5, 2013. Test No. 4, comprehensive.
- Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.: Test No. 5, comprehensive.
Past actuarial examinations on topics of this class include Society of Actuaries exams APM/APMV, AFE, FETE, Course 6 (2000-2006), and Course 8V (2000-2006), and Casualty Actuarial Society exams 7 and 9, as well as exam 8 (2000-2010). You may want to consult these exams posted at these societies' web sites for practice problems, and another sources of possible extra credit presentations in class (to be confirmed with Dr. Ostaszewski).
Readings for presentation in class (this link will let you see a file listing the readings, and giving links to download them, the list may have items added throughout the class)