The worlds of Wall Street and The City have always held a certain allure, but in recent years have left an indelible mark on the wider and there has been a need to become more financially literate.
An Introduction to Quantitative Finance
The worlds of Wall Street and The City have always held a certain allure, but in recent years have left an indelible mark on the wider and there has been a need to become more financially literate. The quantitative nature of financial transactions makes them a fascinating subject area for mathematicians of all types, whether for general interest or because of the enormous monetary rewards on offer.
An Introduction to Quantitative Finance concerns financial derivatives – a derivative being a contract between two entities whose value derives from the price of an underlying financial asset – and the probabilistic tools that were developed to analyse them. The theory in the text is motivated by a desire to provide a suitably rigorous yet accessible foundation to tackle situations the author whilst trading derivatives on Wall Street. The book combines an blend of real-world derivatives trading experience and rigorous background.
Probability provides the key tools for analysing and valuing derivatives. The price of a derivative is closely linked to the expected value of its , and suitably scaled derivative prices are martingales, fundamentally important objects in probability theory.
The prerequisite for mastering the material is an introductory undergraduate course in probability. The book is otherwise self-contained and in particular requires no additional preparation or to finance. It is suitable for a one-semester course, quickly readers to powerful theory and substantive things. The book may also appeal to students who have enjoyed probability and have a desire to see how it can be applied. Signposts are given throughout the text to more advanced topics and to different approaches for those looking to take the subject further.