
Finanza Matematica I (Prof. Emilio Barucci) FINANZA MATEMATICA I
10 crediti
Mix didattico: 64 ore di lezione, 20 di esercitazioni e 20 ore di didattica innovativa.
Modalità di valutazione:
L’esame si compone di tre parti: la valutazione dei compiti assegnati durante la didattica innovativa, una prova scritta ed una prova orale. Ciascuna prova d’esame scritta si compone di sei esercizi e/o domande.
La parte di didattica innovativa pesa per 9/30, l’esame scritto per 21/30. Il voto che ne risulta può essere accettato dallo studente oppure costui può presentarsi all’orale. La valutazione della didattica innovativa può essere mantenuta soltanto per l’anno accademico in cui è stato seguito il corso.
Programma:
L’insegnamento copre la teoria classica dei mercati finanziari e si compone di sei moduli:
1) Struttura dei tassi di interesse e valutazione di obbligazioni (5 lezioni)
 leggi di capitalizzazione
 tassi di interesse a pronti e a termine
 valutazione di obbligazioniscelta di investimenti
 rischio di tasso di interesse, duration, indicatori di variabilità
 teoria dell’immunizzazione
2) Scelte di portafoglio in condizioni di rischio (6 lezioni)
 teoria dell’utilità attesa
 avversione al rischio
 analisi mediavarianza
 scelte di portafoglio tra un titolo rischioso e uno privo di rischio
 scelte di portafoglio tra un titolo privo di rischio e N titoli rischiosi
 scelta di assicurazione
3) Frontiera dei portafogli (4 lezioni)
 frontiera dei portafogli con titoli rischiosi
 frontiera dei portafogli con un titolo privo di rischio
 scelte di portafoglio e frontiera dei portafogli
4) Asset pricing, modelli di equilibrio e non arbitraggio (6 lezioni)
 capital asset pricing model
 assenza opportunità di arbitraggio
 teorema fondamentale dell’asset pricing
 arbitrage pricing theory
 albero binomiale
5) Gestione del rischio (3 lezioni)
 mapping del rischio: portafoglio azionario, obbligazionario, derivati
 Value at Risk, Expected shortfall
 principali metodologie per la stima del VaR (full evaluation e metodo deltanormal), backtesting del VaR
6) Introduzione ai mercati finanziari (8 lezioni)
 funzionamento sistema finanziario
 intermediazione finanziaria e creditizia
 mercato monetario, obbligazionario, azionario, dei cambi
 ruolo della Banca Centrale
 politica monetaria
 gestione di un intermediario finanziario/creditizio
 Seminario su Rapporto Stabilità Finanziaria (BDI)
Moduli didattica innovativa:
1) Struttura dei tassi di interesse e valutazione di obbligazioni (5 ore)
 bootstrap della curva, tassi equivalenti, tassi a termine (relazione con quelli a pronti),
 valutazione di obbligazioni
 TIR, TAEG
 Rendimento investimento, tasso cedolare, tasso di rendimento (HP, scadenza e aspettative di tasso)
 rischio di tasso di interesse, duration, immunizzazione
2) Scelte di portafoglio in condizioni di rischio e Frontiera dei Portafogli (5 ore)
 individuazione del grado di avversione al rischio
 costruzione frontiera
 analisi al variare della correlazione, dei titoli, lunghezza delle serie storiche
 determinazione del portafoglio tangente
 scelte di portafoglio e frontiera dei portafogli con grado di avversione al rischio
3) Asset pricing, modelli di equilibrio e non arbitraggio (5 ore)
 albero binomiale: opzioni americane, payoff complessi
 bound di non arbitraggio su opzioni
 copertura tramite strategie con derivati
4) Gestione del rischio (5 ore)
 stima del VaR, ES: metodi parametrici, simulazione stroica
 metodo deltanormal
 Backtesting del VaR
Bibliografia:
Emilio Barucci, Claudio Marsala, Matteo Nencini, Carlo Sgarra, Ingegneria Finanziaria, Editore: EGEA, Anno edizione: 2009, ISBN: 9788823820951
Frederic Mishkin, Stanley Eakins, Giancarlo Forestieri, Istituzioni e mercati finanziari, Editore: Pearson
MOOC educazione finanziaria http://www.imparalafinanza.it/mooc/

Mathematical Finance II (Prof. Matteo Brachetta) MATHEMATICAL FINANCE II (Master Level, Mathematical Engineering)
Prof. Daniele Marazzina
AIM of the Course:
The aim of the course is to make the students familiar with the mathematical and, more in general, with the quantitative methods adopted in describing the dynamics of financial markets and in valuating and hedging financial derivatives.
SUBJECTS of the Course:
The No Arbitrage Principle in a continuous time setting. The fundamental Theorems of Asset Pricing. The Geomeric Brownian motion as a limit of a binomial random walk. The BlackScholesMerton analysis and the BlackScholes formula for European Options. The BlackScholes equation solved via PDE methods and via the FeynmanKac representation formula. Complete and incomplete market models. Completeness of the BlackScholes model and its relation with the martingale representation theorem. Hedging in the BlackScholes setting: the Greeks.
Portfolio dynamics and selffinancing strategies. The optimal control problems in the BlackScholes setting: the optimalconsumptioninvestment problem and the related HamiltonJacobiBellman equation. The twofunds theorem: the case with no riskfree asset and the case with a riskfree asset. The Merton problem and its generalizations.
Early exercise features and American option pricing. The free boundary problem for the BlackScholes equation and its formulation as an optimal stopping problem.
Exotic and PathDependent options: Barrier, Lookback, Asian options valuation for the lognormal model. The multidimensional BS model and the valuation of basket options. Forward and Futures: Black76 formula for options on futures. Currency derivatives.
FixedIncome derivatives. Short rate models and bond valuation: affine models and affine term structures. The Vasicek, Holee, CoxIngersollRoss, Hull and White Models. Forward rate models: the HeathJarrowMorton approach. The LIBOR market model. Valuation of Caps, Floors and Swaptions in the LIBOR market model.
Valuation of forward and futures in stochastic interest rate models.
Limitations of the BlackScholes model: empirical evidences on lorgeturns distributions: fat tails, aggregational Gaussianity, volatility clustering and the leverage effect. Qualitative discussion on the volatility smile and the volatility term structure of option prices.
The course will include exercise sessions in which examples and applications of the general theory to specific concrete cases will be provided and discussed.
EXAMINATION PROCEDURE. The exam will be perormed in two steps: a written part, mainly related to exercises and applications, and an oral part mainly related to the general theory.
REFERENCES::
1) T. Bjork, ARBITRAGE THEORY IN CONTINUOUS TIME, Oxford University Press, 4th Ed., 2009.
2) E. Rosazza Gianin, C. Sgarra, MATHEMATICAL FINANCE: THEORY REVIEW AND EXERCISES, Springer, 2013.
PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE: Basic notions of probability, mathematical statistics, differential and integral calculus; basic notions on stochastic calculus: Ito integral, Ito lemma, stochastic differential equations. Basic notions on PDE: the diffusion equation and its fundamental solution. Basic definitions of the most popular financial products available on the market.
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH.

Financial Engineering (Prof. Roberto Baviera) FINANCIAL ENGINEERING (Master Level, Mathematical Engineering)
Prof. Roberto Baviera in collaboration with dr. Emanuele Mercuri (Illimity) & dr. Alessandro Brusaferri (Cnr  STIIMA) and also Prof. Michele Azzone, dr. Aldo Nassigh & dr. Pietro Manzoni (PoliMi).
Main obiectives and contents
From theory to practice in finance with a casestudy approach:
1. Credit Risk: singlename and multiname products;
2. Quantitative Risk Management (RM): from RM Measures to RM Techniques;
3. Structured products: calibration, valuation and some hedging issues.
Suggestions by previous year students (before starting the course) can be found below. Pls check also for course prerequisites. For a glimpse into the course, check out one of the last editions of the Best Pitch Award.
Description of main arguments
0. Basic derivatives' concepts
 Forward & option: Exchangetraded Markets vs OTC markets, Forward vs Futures. Forward Price: deduction via a noarbitrage argument. European Option (Call/Put): decomposition in Intrinsic Value & Time Value; Put Call Parity. CRR & Black Model and examples. MonteCarlo technique.
 Main Greeks: Delta, Gamma, Vega e Theta. Volatility Smile.
 Basic Interest Rate (IR) instruments: Fundamental Yearfractions in IR Derivatives. Depos, FRA, STIR Futures, Interest Rate Swaps & Fwd Swap, Cap/Floor, Swaptions.
 IR bootstrap. Sensitivities: BPV, DV01 and duration. Sensitivity analysis and hedging of IR risk with IRS.
1. Credit Risk
 Introduction to credit risk.
 Basic Fixed Income instruments in presence of Credit Risk: Fixed Coupon Bond, Floater Coupon Bond, Asset Swap, CDS. SPOL, CDS, ASW relations. Bootstrap Credit Curve.
 Firmvalue (Merton, KMV calibration, BlackCox) & Intensity models (JarrowTurnbull, inhomogeneous Poisson).
 Multiname products (ABS, MBS, CDO) and models for HP and LHP.
 Copula approach and Li model with examples (Archimedean and Gaussian Copulas), CDO Implied Correlation.
2. Quantitative Risk Management
 Basel Accords, Risk Management Policy.
 VaR/Expected Shortfall (ES): VarianceCovariance method, Historical Simulation, Weighted Historical Simulation, Bootstrap, Full valuation MonteCarlo, Deltanormal & Delta Gamma method, plausibility check and Scaling rule. Coherent measures: assioms, VaR subadditivity (counterexample, elliptic case), ES coherence.
 Backtest VaR: Basel approach, unconditional & conditional backtest.
 Capital Allocation: Euler Principle & Contribution to VaR & ES.
3. Structured products
 Certificates, Equity and IR Structured bond: the general MonteCarlo approach for pricing notcallable structured products. Callable & Autocallable products.
 Deal structuring and Issuer hedging.
 Digital Risk: Slope impact & Black Correction in Autocallable products, FFT technique. Lewis formula for option pricing and analytic strip via an example: Exponential Levy model and characteristic function (NIG & VG). Global calibration and pricing via a MonteCarlo (NIG). Sticky Strike & Sticky Delta. Parsimony and smile symmetry.
 IR products and models: plain vanilla and exotics. HJM models: Main equation under Risk Neutral measure; equivalence with a ZC bond approach. Fundamental Lemmas and examples:
o Market models: BMM, LMM and SMM. Calibration: Flat Vol vs Spot Vol in Cap/Floor markets.
o Hull White model (Extended Vasicek): Cap/Floor & Swaption solution. Calibration. Pricing: Trinomial Tree.
Course Prerequisites
Mathematical Finance II, Stochastic Differential Equations and (proficiency in) Matlab
More in detail:
 Arbitrage Pricing Theory
 Forwards, Futures, Call/Put European and American Options. Physical delivery & Cash settlement
 CRR and Tree pricing approach
 Fixed Coupon Bonds, Floaters and their sensitivities (e.g. duration), caplet/floorlet and swaption
 Filtration, Stochastic Ito Calculus, change of measure and Girsanov Theorem, Stochastic FubiniTonelli theorem
 Integration rules in the complex plain
 Proficiency in Matlab
Course organization
 Written & oral examination
 The 10 CFU version uses some "Innovative teaching methods" designed in collaboration with the financial industry.
This version could end also with a final project; starting from the AY 20192020 the best pitch has been awarded. Also a second, a third edition and a forth edition of the Best Pitch Award has been conferred for the AY 20202021, AY 20212022, and AY 20222023. Last but not least, it has been followed by a fifth edition for the AY 20232024.
Suggestions (and answers to some FAQs) by previous year students: "Should I choose FE?"
https://youtu.be/YP201yTOSeE
... and do not hesitate to contact previous years' students for any further question and/or clarification!
Textbooks
1. J. Hull (2009), Options, futures and other derivatives, Pearson Prentice Hall, 7th Ed.
2. A.J. McNeil, R. Frey, P. Embrects (2005), Quantitative RM: concepts, techniques and tools, Princeton Univ. Press
3. P.J. Schonbucher (2003), Credit Derivatives Pricing Models, Wiley

Computational Finance (Prof. Daniele Marazzina) COMPUTATIONAL FINANCE (Master Level, Mathematical Engineering)
Prof. Daniele Marazzina
AIM of the Course:
The aim of the course is to make students familiar with the advanced quantitative methods adopted in describing the dynamics of financial markets, in valuating and hedging financial derivatives, and in optimal investments problems. All models and methods will be implemented in Matlab.
SUBJECTS of the Course:
Advanced Models for Financial Markets and Asset Allocation
Levy processes: stochastic calculus for jump processes; fondamental properties of Levy processes and reason why they overcome the Black&Scholes limits; LevyKintchine formula; simulating Levy processes.
Stochastic Volatility models: Heston, HullWhite, Stein & Stein models. SABR. Stochastic volatility models with jumps.
Numerical Methods for Finance
Monte Carlo Simulations: random numbers generator; sampling from uniform and normal distribution; Quasi Monte Carlo methods; simulating continuous processes; simulating jump diffusion processes; variance reduction techniques; pricing European and exotic options; pricing American derivatives: the Longstaff & Schwarz algorithm.
PDE: Finite Differences and Finite Elements discretizations: evaluating barrier and European options via Finite Differences and Finite Elements; pricing American derivatives: the PSOR algorithm.
FFT: CarrMadan method for European derivatives.
Bitcoin and Blockchain Technologies (Prof. Ferdinando Ametrano)
Hash functions and elliptic curve cryptography; Blockchain and Merkle tree; Distributed consensus and mining; Transactions; Bitcoin Core; Wallets.
REFERENCES:
R. SEYDEL, TOOLS FOR COMPUTATIONAL FINANCE, SPRINGER 2012.
R. CONT, P. TANKOV, FINANCIAL MODELLING WITH JUMP PROCESSES, CRC/CHAPMANHALL 2004. 
Insurance and Econometrics (Prof. Michele Azzone and Matteo Brachetta) INSURANCE AND ECONOMETRICS (Master Degree, Mathematical Engineering)
Prof. Michele Azzone (Econometrics) and Prof. Matteo Brachetta (Insurance)
AIM of the Course:
The aim of this course is to cover two main topics: insurance markets and econometrics.
Lectures and coding sessions will allow students to acquire the following competences:
 Knowledge and understanding
basic and advanced concepts of actuarial mathematics;
basic and advanced concepts of econometrics.
 Ability in applying knowledge and understanding
know how to compute the fair premium of an insurance contract;
know how to analyze in a proper way a financial time series.
 Making judgements
be able to judge the main financial risks in insurance contracts;
find proper modeling assumptions to analyze financial time series.
 Communication skills
to be able to express mathematical and financial concepts in a clear and rigorous way.
SUBJECTS of the Course:
On the insurance markets part, we will address some modelization issues that make the market different from the banking market and we will deal with the Solvency II regulation. We will address the issue of pricing life products and the definition of reserves. We then consider the main features of damage insurances, and the differents w.r.t. life insurances.
The econometrics part is intended to supply the students with basic econometric tools for financial time series modeling. Stationary processes and the Wold theorem will be described to pursue ARMA models selection, estimation and forecast. We will introduce unit root processes, vector models and cointegration. We address heteroskedastic (ARCHGARCH) models for market volatility to be applied to portfolio hedging problems. We will consider factor models for large portfolios and the principal component approach.
EXAMINATION PROCEDURE:
a) a project on the insurance part;
b) a project on the econometrics part;
c) an oral exam on both the insurance and the econometrics part.
For both projects, the maximum mark is 30/30. In order to be admitted to the oral exam the average mark of the two projects must be at least 12/30. The objective of projects is to let students work in groups, applying the approaches and principles taught in class. Projects will be assigned during the semester. Project outputs are expected to be released at fixed deadlines that will be defined by the time the project will be assigned. The evaluation of projects will be based on the produced outputs (documentation, code, …).
The oral exam is mandatory, and it could result in a maximum increase of the final mark of 3/30 points.
The exam has the goal of checking whether the student has acquired the following skills:
 knowledge of basic and advanced concepts of actuarial mathematics;
 knowledge of the EU regulamentation for Insurance markets;
 knowledge of basic and advanced concepts of econometrics;
 ability to compute the fair premium of an insurance contract, as well as its profit for the insurance company;
 ability to analyze in a proper way financial time series;
 ability to judge the main sources of financial risk in insurance contracts;
 ability to express mathematical and financial concepts in a clear and rigorous way. 
Fintech (Prof. Daniele Marazzina) Fintech (Master Level, Mathematical Engineering)
AIM of the Course:
The aim of the course is to make students familiar with the new frontiers of Fintech. Financial technology (Fintech) is the introduction of new technologies and innovations in the traditional financial methods and services. Within the financial services industry, some of the used technologies include artificial intelligence (AI), big data, and blockchain. The aim of the course is to show use cases were these techniques are applied to specific financial problems, overcoming traditional methods.
The course is divided in two parts: 50% on blockchain and big data, and (50%) on machine learning applications on financial problems.
SUBJECTS of the Course:
Bitcoin and Blockchain Technologies
Hash functions and elliptic curve cryptography; Blockchain and Merkle tree; Distributed consensus and mining; Transactions; Bitcoin Core; Wallets; Token; Stable coins.
BigData
How to use data to prevent financial problems: lapse risk in the insurance sector.
How to use data to obtain credit rate for small and medium enterprise.
Machine Learning
How to face problems in capital markets and the energy sector via a Machine Learning approach.
EXAMINATION PROCEDURE:
a) projects on the fintech topics;
b) projects presentation and oral exam.
The objective of projects is to let students work in groups, applying the approaches and principles taught in class. Projects will be assigned through the semester. Project artifacts are expected to be released at fixed deadlines that will be defined by the time the project will be assigned. The evaluation of projects will be based on the produced artifacts (documentation, code, …).
The oral exam is mandatory.
The exam has the goal of checking whether the student has acquired the following skills:
 knowledge of advanced concepts of stochastic calculus, which are essential in quantitative finance;
 knowledge of how to choose modeling assumptions to solve a financial problem properly;
 ability to write a code/algorithm to solve a financial problem, exploiting the developed theoretical knowledgements;
 ability to find proper modeling assumption to describe a financial asset (like interest rate, volatility, commodities, etc.);
 ability to express mathematical and financial concepts in a clear and rigorous way.
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH.

Advanced mathematical models in finance (Prof. Roberto Baviera) ADVANCED MATHEMATICAL MODELS IN FINANCE (Master Level, Management Engineering)
Prof. Roberto Baviera in collaboration with dr. Laura Locatelli (Unicredit) & Matteo Gardini (Plenitude)
AIM of the Course:
The course will allow the student to address portfolio decisions designing an asset management strategy; to understand equilibrium and no arbitrage pricing techniques (stocks and derivatives); to understand how to manage risk through mathematical models. More in detail, the student will learn to build the portfolio frontier and to define an asset management strategy; to use equilibrium and no arbitrage techniques for pricing stocks; to price and hedge financial derivatives (equity and interest rate); to find proper modeling assumption to describe a financial asset (stock, interest rate, volatility, commodities, etc.); to know how to manage risk of stocks financial derivatives in a financial institution.

Double Degree with ENSIIE Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and Ensiie (France) propose a student exchange program that will culminate in the award of the degree of both institutions.
Politecnico di Milano students, who have been ammitted to the second year of the Master Degree (Laurea Magistrale) in Mathematical Engineering, major in Quantitative Finance or Applied Statistics, are entitled to continue their curriculum in the second and third year at Ensiie, attending courses for 120 credits.
Students shall produce a final thesis in Italian and French (or in English) which shall be presented at both Institutions. Thereafter they shall be awarded the "Laurea Magistrale in Ingegneria Matematica" at the Politecnico di Milano, as well as the "Diplome d'Ingenieur ENSIIE" at ENSIIE. Furthermore, like all the ENSIIE students, they may equally be able to apply for a double degree ENSIIEUniversity of ParisSaclay, obtaining also a "Master Degree of University of ParisSaclay".
The general program of studies must be approved in advance by both Institutions.
Teaching

Finanza Matematica I (Prof. Emilio Barucci) 
Mathematical Finance II (Prof. Matteo Brachetta) 
Financial Engineering (Prof. Roberto Baviera) 
Computational Finance (Prof. Daniele Marazzina) 
Insurance and Econometrics (Prof. Michele Azzone and Matteo Brachetta) 
Fintech (Prof. Daniele Marazzina) 
Advanced mathematical models in finance (Prof. Roberto Baviera) 
Double Degree with ENSIIE