FIN-474 / 2 crédits

Enseignant: Acerbi Carlo

Langue: Anglais

Remark: MA3 only. Special schedule. See the MFE website: https://go.epfl.ch/fe


Summary

The students learn different financial risk measures and their risk theoretical properties. They learn how to design and implement risk engines, with model estimation, forecast, reporting and validation elements. The students will also overview regulation standards for banks and insurance companies.

Content

Keywords

Value at Risk, Expected Shortfall, Coherent Measures of Risk, Stress Testing, Backtesting, Basel Regulation, Solvency Regulation,

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

tbd

Recommended courses

tbd

Important concepts to start the course

Calculus 1 and 2. Statistics and probability. Portfolio theory.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Demonstrate ,discuss and illustrate relevant properties of common risk measures
  • Model profit-and-loss distribution functions, with analytical methods, Montecarlo or Historical Simulation, as appropriate
  • Estimate risk measures from iid data samples
  • Quantify risk measures exactly from exact specification of the distribution functions
  • Optimize portfolio risk and return using either variance or ES
  • Contextualise a risk engine design within financial regulation
  • Implement model validation (backtesting) procedures for a risk engine
  • Construct risk management dashboards for portfolio hierarchies, with risk attribution features

Transversal skills

  • Summarize an article or a technical report.
  • Demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking
  • Write a scientific or technical report.

Teaching methods

Slide presentations

Coding snippets and examples (python and/or matlab)

Expected student activities

(non marked) episodic programming assignments and challenges

Assessment methods

final project (50/100) plus exam (50/100)

Resources

Bibliography

Embrechts, Frey, McNeil, « Quantitative Risk Management, 2nd ed. », 2015

 

Ressources en bibliothèque

Notes/Handbook

Professor's Notes (pdf beamer slides)

Dans les plans d'études

  • Semestre: Automne
  • Forme de l'examen: Ecrit (session d'hiver)
  • Matière examinée: Advanced risk management topics
  • Cours: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Semestre: Automne
  • Forme de l'examen: Ecrit (session d'hiver)
  • Matière examinée: Advanced risk management topics
  • Cours: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Semestre: Automne
  • Forme de l'examen: Ecrit (session d'hiver)
  • Matière examinée: Advanced risk management topics
  • Cours: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines

Semaine de référence

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