Mathematics 483, Mathematical Models in Finance and Investments, Fall 2012

Illinois State University Mathematics Department

Mr. R. Dale Hall, FSA, CERA, CFA, MAAA
Chief Actuary, Life/Health Operations
COUNTRY Financial
1701 North Towanda Avenue
Bloomington, IL 61702-2000
Telephone: 309-821-6407, Fax: 309-820-5709.
Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski, FSA, CERA, FSAS, CFA, MAAA
Actuarial Program Director
Office: Williams Hall, room 334.
Office telephone: 309-438-7226, office fax: 309-438-5866, iPhone: 309-287-1711, Skype: krzysio1898, GoogleTalk: krzysio1898.
Classes Meet
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00-8:50 p.m. (with a ten minute break), in Stevenson Hall, room 310.
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. Appointments with Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski should be scheduled at:

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 the best of the remaining tests. The grading scale for will be as follows: 90% or better -- A, 80% to 90% -- B, 70% to 80% -- C, 60% to 70% -- 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.

Important dates
Illinois State University withdrawal information for the Fall 2012 semester is given at this web site:

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 University. 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

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.

Readings for presentation in class (this link will let you download a file listing the readings, and giving links to download them, the list may have items added throughout the class)