• Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski,
FSA, CERA, FSAS, CFA,
MAAA, Actuarial Program
Office: Stevenson Hall room 313G. Office telephone: 309-438-7226, office fax: 309-438-5866. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will also have the following visiting instructor who will not hold office hours:
• Dr. Wei Hao, FSA, CFA, MAAA, Actuary, State Farm Insurance Companies. E-mail: email@example.com.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00-7:50 p.m. (with a ten minute break),
in Stevenson Hall, room 325.
Office hours will be held Tuesdays 2:30 p.m.-- 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
There will be study notes, practice exams, and optional readings for presentation in class provided by Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski in Reggienet.
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.
• Zvi Bodie, Alex Kane, and Alan J. Marcus, Investments, 10th edition, McGraw-Hill, 2014, ISBN 9780077861674.
• John Hull, Options, Futures and Other Derivatives, 9th Edition, Pearson, 2016, ISBN: 9780133456318.
Students can earn extra credit for making presentations in class and for discussions in class on advanced readings, mostly related to the Society of Actuaries Quantitative Finance and Investment Track Fellowship exams, and to the Casualty Actuarial Society Course 9 Examination on Financial Risk and Rate of Return.
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 suggested in Reggienet or other readings from Fellowship level examninations of the Society of Actuaries or the Casualty Actuarial Society. 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 2017 semester is given at this web site: http://www.registrar.ilstu.edu/registration/withdrawal/fall.shtml.
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Schedule of classes
- Tuesday, August 22, 2017. Overview of assets, liabilities and capital of financial intermediaries and regulatory supervision of them.
- Thursday, August 24, 2017. Financial Assets. Review of derivatives securities.
- Tuesday, August 29, 2017. Role of derivative securities in financial intermediaries.
- Thursday, August 31, 2017. Ito Processes, Ito's Lemma.
- Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Ito Processes, Ito's Lemma. Black-Scholes Equation.
- Thursday, September 6, 2017. Black-Scholes Equation.
- Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Stochastic processes modeling interest rates.
- Thusday, September 14, 2017. Stochastic processes modeling interest rates.
- Tuesday, September 19, 2017. This class will be replaced by the Meet the Firms event.
- Thursday, September 21, 2017. More on derivative securities.
- Tuesday, September 26, 2017. No-Arbitrage Pricing Theory.
- Thursday, September 28, 2017. No-Arbitrage Pricing Theory.
- Tuesday, October 3, 2017. No-Arbitrage Pricing Theory.
- Thursday, October 5, 2017. Test No. 1, on the material covered through October 3, 2017.
- Tuesday, October 10, 2017. Interest Rate Risk Management. Chapter 9 in first textbook. Class taught by Dr. Wei Hao.
- Thursday, October 12, 2017. Interest Rate Risk Management. Chapter 9 in first textbook. Class taught by Dr. Wei Hao.
- Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Interest Rate Risk Management. Chapter 9 in first textbook. Class taught by Dr. Wei Hao.
- Thursday, October 19, 2017. Special presentation on catastrophe modeling by Ms. Minchong Mao, FCAS, ASA, MAAA, Catastrophe Modeling Manager at State Farm Insurance Companies. This class will be held in Stevenson Hall room 401 and it will be an event of the Actuarial Program.
- Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Equilibrium Pricing. Class taught by Dr. Wei Hao.
- Thursday, October 26, 2017. Equilibrium Pricing. Class taught by Dr. Wei Hao.
- Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Equilibrium Pricing. Class taught by Dr. Wei Hao.
- Thursday, November 2. 2017. Equilibrium Pricing. Class taught by Dr. Wei Hao.
- Tuesday, November 7, 2017. . Insurance securitization.
- Thursday, November 9, 2017. Test No. 2, on the material covered through November 7, 2017.
- Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Special presentation on asset-liability management in practice at State Farm Insurance by Dr. Wei Hao, FSA, CFA, MAAA.This class will be held in Stevenson Hall room 401 and it will be an event of the Actuarial Program.
- Thursday, November 16, 2017. Introduction to Enterprise Risk Management. Coherent Risk Measures. Theory of capital for insurance firms: Expected Policyholder Deficit.
- Tuesday, November 28, 2017. Value at Risk. Conditional tail expectation.
- Thursday, November 30, 2017. Risk-Based Capital in the U.S. insurance regulation. Overview of Solvency II and Swiss Solvency Test. Shortfall Constraints.
- Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Test No. 3, comprehensive.
- Thursday, December 7, 2017. Test No. 4, comprehensive.
- Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 6-8 p.m., Test No. 5, comprehensive, in Stevenson Hall room 308 (note a different room, and we may have to move the final to STV 348, this will be announced later).