Mathematics 483, Mathematical Models in Finance and Investments, Fall 2018
Illinois State University Mathematics Department
All class materials are available on Reggienet


• Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski, FSA, CERA, FSAS, CFA, MAAA, Actuarial Program Director
Office: Stevenson Hall room 313G. Office telephone: 309-438-7226, office fax: 309-438-5866. E-mail:
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:

Classes Meet
Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00-7:50 p.m. (with a ten minute break), in Stevenson Hall, room 325.
Office Hours
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 scheduled at:

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. Some potential readings for presentation are provided in the class online platform, in Reggienet.

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 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.

Important dates
Illinois State University withdrawal information for the Fall 2018 semester is given at this web site:

Student Access and Accommodation Services
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No recording of this class is allowed
Students may not photograph or use audio or video devices to record classroom lectures or discussions or visual materials that accompany them (e.g., lecture slides, whiteboard notes/equations). Students with disabilities who need to record classroom lectures or discussions must contact Student Access and Accommodation Services to register, request and be approved for an accommodation. Students who violate this policy may be subject to both legal sanctions for violations of copyright law and disciplinary action under the University’s Code of Student Conduct.

Schedule of classes