Quantitative Finance (QFGB)

QFGB 8901. ACCOUNTING I. (3 Credits)

Provides a basic understanding of the preparation and analysis of corporate financial statements. Introduces generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and the standard-setting process. Discusses current issues in the reporting process, such as the benefits and problems of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

QFGB 8902. BASICS OF ECONOMICS. (1-3 Credits)

Covers both microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomics topics include theory of demand and the nature of profit and utility-maximizing market equilibrium that constitute the economic basis of finance theory and applications. The macroeconomics segement defines the major components of the economy, outlines a simple model of long-run, real economic behavior with competitive, market clearing prices, then establishes a companion model of short-run adjustments without flexible pricing.

QFGB 8903. BASICS OF FINANCE. (1-3 Credits)

Provides a conceptual framework for decision-making processes in many diverse areas of finance. Concepts including time value of money, stock and bond valuation, project and firm valuations, risk and return measures, portfolio management, basic CAPM and APT, diversification and hedging are reviewed. Basic theoretical aspects of corporate finance, such as dividend policy and capital structure, are also introduced.

QFGB 8905. MATH FOR QUANTITATIVE FINANCE. (1.5 Credits)

Reviews the basics of mathematics in preparation for advanced courses in the MSQF program. Topics include: Special functions, Multivariate calculus, Optimization, Integration, Differential equations (ODE and PDEs), and Linear algebra.

QFGB 8906. PROBABILITY & STATISTICS. (1.5 Credits)

Reviews the basics of probability and statistics in preparation for advanced courses in the MSQF program. Topics include special distributions like binomial, poisson, normal, lognormal, gamma, beta, and fat-tailed distributions.

QFGB 8911. ADV FINANCIAL MODELING. (2 Credits)

Provides the foundation for developing skills in the quantitative analysis of financial decisions, primarily using Microsoft Excel. Topics include business planning, forecasting, sensitivity and scenarion analyses, risk and return measures, portfolio analysis, binomial option pricing and Value-at-Risk (VAR) analysis. Empasizes practical skills to produce computer models that are useful for a variety of decision-making purposes.

QFGB 8914. BASIC OF DERIVATIVES. (2 Credits)

Introduces deferred delivery (i.e. exchange-traded futures and OTC -traded forward) markets and option markets. The course covers the following: (1) briefly examines the institutional features of these markets; (2) discusses hedger, arbitrageur and speculator strategies; (3) provides and analytical foundation for the pricing of these contracts; (4) reviews some of the available empirical evidence concerning these markets; and (6) uses the data to perform small-scale suggestive tests of the theories and strategies.

QFGB 8915. INTRO TO STOCHASTIC CALCULUS. (2 Credits)

Focuses on the practical applications of stochastic differential equations subject to appropriate boundary conditions, solving valuation problems, and using measure-transformations as required in advanced financial engineering practice to value assets within a risk-neutral framework. Builds a theoretical foundation for continuous-time models that are essential for the pricing and hedging of financial derivatives.

QFGB 8923. FINANCIAL ECONOMETRICS 1. (2 Credits)

Covers estimation of parametric and non-parametric techniques commonly used in finance, applying high-frequency financial databases. Discusses properties of financial data, linear time series data analysis, basic theory of statistical inference with linear models, general linear models, conditional Heteroskedasticity models, nonlinear models and Bayesian inference and estimation.

QFGB 8924. EQUITY STYLE DERIVATIVES. (2 Credits)

Designed to complement and extend the topics discussed in Basics of Derivatives (QF 8914), this course includes all types of derivatives where a commodity, equtiy, or currency is the underlying asset. Hull's software and a Bloomberg/Reuters terminal are used for pricing options and gathering data. The data to perform small-scale suggestive tests of theories and stategies is used.

QFGB 8925. SIMULATION APPLICATIONS. (2 Credits)

Introduces state-of-the-art computational techniques essential for implementing financial models, pricing derivatives, obtaining numerical solutions to estimation problems, and simulating stochastic systems in risk management. Provides conceptual framework for gaining experience on simulation design and implementation using METLAB. This course builds a skill set that combines financial modeling, data analysis, and computation.

QFGB 8926. FINANCE THEORY. (2 Credits)

Introduces financial theory with a particular emphasis on portfolio choice and the fundamentals of asset pricing. Focuses on both the partial equilibrium theory (CAPM), and the general equilibrium theory (Arrow-Debrew Pricing Theory) with brief introductions on the arbitrage-based theories. Introduces the basics of asymmetric information and how the problems it imposes can be mitigated via security design. It also emphasizes and understanding of the theories of Discrete-Time Asset Pricing; studies the application of the theory of stock options to real options and complex corporate liabilities; and explores the basic foundation of the GMM tests of asset-pricing theories.

QFGB 8927. INTRODUCTION TO C++. (2 Credits)

This course will introduce quantitative finance students to programming in C++.

QFGB 8928. AUTO TRADING SYSTEMS - INTRO. (3 Credits)

This course discusses key issues involved in the design of an Auto (Algorithmic) Trading Systems, and provides hands-on experience. The end product is a prototype Auto Trading System designed by students that successfully trades in the real market (stock, futures, option) using live data feeds from exchanges. Issues covered include: typical structures of trading systems; efficient processing of live information; minimizing trade slippages; handling large number of securities; asynchronous information processing; GUI interfaces; etc. Industry experts are invited to discuss new developments. Key programming techniques will be reviewed at the beginning, very briefly. The course is suitable for students in MSGF, MSQF, and other master level students with some knowledge of programming (e.g, R, Matlab, VBA/Excel, etc) who are interested in building auto trading systems.

QFGB 8931. FIXED INCOME SECURITIES. (2 Credits)

Introduces fixex-income securities, basic fixed-income concepts, the different sectors of the fixed-income market, and basic ond mathematics. Studies quantitative fixed-income analysis and its use in valuing bonds and quantifying risk-return characteristics. Involves extensive training in the mathematical formulation of bond valuation problems and in the use of the existing models and software to solve these problems.

QFGB 8932. EQUITY PORTFOLIO MGMT. (2-3 Credits)

Introduces the basic concepts of equity portfolio management, including constructing optimal portfolio performance, passive and active performance strategies, and portfolio risk management. Involves extensive training in portfolio optimization software.

QFGB 8933. FINANCIAL ECONOMETRICS II. (2 Credits)

Introduces modern financial econometric techniques iwth a special focus on applications to finance. Both the theoretical framework for making statistical inference and exemplary applications using data in modern finance are emphasized. The course involves extensive use of commericial software packages as well as implementing new financial econometric technicques using high-level programming language, such as MATLAB.

QFGB 8934. INTEREST RATE DERIVATIVES. (2 Credits)

Studies continuous time no-arbitrage models of yield curves and pricing of fixed-income securities and derivatives. In paricular, treasury bonds as well as more complicated instruments, such as options on bonds, interest rate swaps, option on interest rate swaps, caps, floors, and Mortgage Backed Securiteis are priced and analyzed.

QFGB 8935. RISK MANAGEMENT. (2 Credits)

Builds strong understanding of the risks of individual products and methods of hedging and/or replication those products. Also examines firm-wide risk issues from a financial perspective which requires aggregation of multiple postions and consideration of interrealationships among asset price fluctuations. Regulatory and other non-market risk issues are considered and simulation techniques for modeling risk are practiced.

QFGB 8941. FIXED INCOME PORTFOLIO MGMT. (2-3 Credits)

Introduces basic concepts and techniques of fixed-income portfolio management, including designing portfolio strategies, measuring portfolio performance, indexing, portfolio immunization techniques, and hedging risks. Emphasizes the practical application of modern techniques to optimize portfolio performance. Involves extensive training in the use of fixed-income portfolio management software.

QFGB 8942. ADVANCED FINANCE THEORY. (2 Credits)

This course build upon Financial Thoery I (QF 8922) and examines cross-sectonal and time series properties of asset returns. Offers and indepth statistical review of several theoretical models of inter-temporal asset pricing. Microstructure effects on short-term asset returns as well as test of returns predictability are covered.

QFGB 8943. LARGE-SCALE DATA MODELING. (2 Credits)

Explores financial modeling topics using large data sets and various econometric techniques applied in a variety of financial problems. Topics include modeling the yield curve in the US and other countries, application of pattern recgonition techniques in developing stock-rating systems, factor models in portfolio construction, and portfolio performance evaluation. Emphasis on project analysis using SAS to process large data sets and develop appropriate models for solving real problems in equity and fixed-income research.

QFGB 8944. CREDIT RISK MGMT. (2-3 Credits)

Introduces modern credit risk models with particular focus on credit derivative instruments. Focuses on derivative market methods, rather than accounting analyses of business risks. Exposes students to institutional practices and commonly used data. Students will be expected to thoroughly understand professional software output, along with the risks and rewards of credit product strategies.

QFGB 8946. C++ FOR FINANCE. (3 Credits)

This course uses C++ to solve Finance problems. Two types of students will take this course. One type is the student with a strong computer programmiing background (perhaps an engineering undergraduate), but who has not taken C++ or applied it to finance problems. The other type may have been a finance undergraduate student who has little computer programmming experience before entering the MSQF program. The latter student must take the spring introduction to C++ course offered by the computer science department as a prerequisite to taking this course in their second fall term.

QFGB 8947. ADVANCED DERIVATIVE PRICING. (2 Credits)

This course covers advanced option pricing.

QFGB 8948. QUANTITATIVE METHODS FOR PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT. (2 Credits)

Introduces the scope of the quantitative concepts used in asset management, with focus on practical application, challenges and limitations in constructing optimal portfolios, evaluating performance and portfolio risk. Involves extensive discussions of case studies and group project.* *Subject to NY Approval.

QFGB 8949. ADVANCED FINANCIAL ECONOMETRIC. (2 Credits)

This course takes up Bayesian estimation of small-scale financial sector and macro-econometric models. Counter-factual simulations will also be used, as well as monte-carlo methods for evaluating confidence intervals. In addition to Bayesian estimaton, the course will make use of extensive data sets to investigate topics such as contagion effects across countries in financial markets, and neural networks for predictive accuracy. * *Subject to NY Approval.

QFGB 8950. ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS. (2 Credits)

The course is an introduction to the rapidly evolving universe of alternative investments. Delivered in modules, the course covers a broad array of alternative strategy classeS(Quantitative/Systematic, Fundamental Long/Short, Global Macro, Private Equity) ranging across all major asset classes (Equities, Fixed Income, Currencies, Commodities, Derivatives).* *Subject to NY Approval.

QFGB 8951. INTERNSHIP AND PROJECT REPORT. (2-4 Credits)

A professional project report and presentation are the final outputs of this course. Students complete these projects under the supervision of a faculty member. Both individual and group-projects are possible.

QFGB 8952. BUSINESS COMM FOR QUANTS A. (1 Credit)

Covers the basics of professional speaking and writing. Develops oral and written presentation skills essential for successful careers. Coordinated with summer term internship to give students the opportunity to apply their new communication skills in a business setting.

QFGB 8953. RESEARCH SEMINAR 1. (1.5 Credits)

This fall course features a series of lecturers from the finance industry. They discuss research projects that their companies are working on.

QFGB 8954. RESEARCH SEMINAR 2. (1.5-3 Credits)

This spring course features a series of lecturers from the finance industry. They discuss research projects that their companies are working on.

QFGB 8955. COMPUTATIONAL FINANCE. (2 Credits)

QFGB 8956. ADV GLOBAL PORTFOLIO MGT. (3 Credits)

The course will review (1) basics of modeling of securities' returns and volatility in the context of portfolio management / “buy-side”; (2) theoretical basis and empirical evidence of risk-return trade off and investor preferences; (3) main approaches to portfolio construction and challenges with their practical application; (4) performance evaluation, and other relevant portfolio management topics.

QFGB 8957. Financial Industry and New Regulations. (3 Credits)

This course will explore how the market structure has fundamentally changed after the 2008 liquidity and credit crisis, and how this crisis has impacted on liquidity, balance sheets, risk taking and returns across the entire financial services industry. The new reality is that regulation has changed the landscape of Wall Street and the dynamic of how the sell-side and buy-side will interact in the foreseeable future.

QFGB 8958. LECTURES IN APPLIED PORT MGT. (3 Credits)

This advanced Portfolio Management course quickly reviews Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT) conceptual underpinnings and builds on MPT 1.0. It delves into contemporary liability driven asset allocation, MPT 2.0 and portfolio management industry practices, issues and concerns. Lectures, problem solving, and self-study along with extensive hands-on tools using Microsoft Excel based models will be used to provide a practitioner's perspective. We will review and demo contemporary asset allocation optimization and forecasting techniques, new asset class pricing and valuation, performance and risk attribution, tail risk measurement and management tools etc. using real time vendor based (third party) solutions. As prerequisites - the student should have class exposure to investment and portfolio analysis, Excel, stats, and basic regressions.

QFGB 8959. MACHINE LEARNING FOR FINANCE. (2 Credits)

This course explores the world of Machine Learning and financial applications. We will investigate how it uses large amounts of structured or unstructured data to discover patterns and hidden topics, transforming raw data into knowledge for decision making. We will investigate real and practical examples from finance, tracing parallels between data science, statistics, and data analytics.

QFGB 8960. ADVANCED C++ FOR FINANCE. (2 Credits)

Advanced C++ for finance.

QFGB 8961. BUSINESS COMM FOR QUANTS B. (1 Credit)

Covers the basics of professional speaking and writing. Develops oral and written presentation skills essential for successful careers.

QFGB 8962. ST IN QUANTITATIVE FINANCE. (1 Credit)

Covers different Quantitative Finance topics.

QFGB 8999. INDEPENDENT STUDY. (2,3 Credits)