Mathematics of Financial Markets / Edition 2

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Overview

This book presents the mathematics that underpins pricing models for derivative securities, such as options, futures and swaps, in modern financial markets. The idealized continuous-time models built upon the famous Black-Scholes theory require sophisticated mathematical tools drawn from modern shastic calculus. However, many of the underlying ideas can be explained more simply within a discrete-time framework. This is developed extensively in this substantially revised second edition to motivate the technically more demanding continuous-time theory, which includes a detailed analysis of the Black-Scholes model and its generalizations, American put options, term structure models and consumption-investment problems. The mathematics of martingales and shastic calculus is developed where it is needed.

The new edition adds substantial material from current areas of active research, notably:

a new chapter on coherent risk measures, with applications to hedging

a complete proof of the first fundamental theorem of asset pricing for general discrete market models

the arbitrage interval for incomplete discrete-time markets

characterization of complete discrete-time markets, using extended models

risk and return and sensitivity analysis for the Black-Scholes model

The treatment remains careful and detailed rather than comprehensive, with a clear focus on options. From here the reader can progress to the current research literature and the use of similar methods for more exotic financial instruments.

The text should prove useful to graduates with a sound mathematical background, ideally a knowledge of elementary concepts from measure-theoretic probability, who wish to understand the mathematical models on which the bewildering multitude of current financial instruments used in derivative markets and credit institutions is based. The first edition has been used successfully in a wide range of Master’s programs in mathematical finance and this new edition should prove even more popular in this expanding market. It should equally be useful to risk managers and practitioners looking to master the mathematical tools needed for modern pricing and hedging techniques.

Robert J. Elliott is RBC Financial Group Professor of Finance at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, having held positions in mathematics at the University of Alberta, Hull, Oxford, Warwick, and Northwestern. He is the author of over 300 research papers and several books, including Shastic Calculus and Applications, Hidden Markov Models (with Lahkdar Aggoun and John Moore) and, with Lakhdar Aggoun, Measure Theory and Filtering: Theory and Applications. He is an Associate Editor of Mathematical Finance, Shastics and Shastics Reports, Shastic Analysis and Applications and the Canadian Applied Mathematics Quarterly. P. Ekkehard Kopp is Professor of Mathematics, and a former Pro-Vice-Chancellor, at the University of Hull. He is the author of Martingales and Shastic Integrals, Analysis and, with Marek Capinski, of Measure, Integral and Probability. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Springer Finance.

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Editorial Reviews

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"...This book is a valuable addition to a graduate student's reference collection. The number of textbooks in mathematical finance is increasing much faster than the number of revolutionary contributions to the field, but this text stands above the crowd." SIAM Review, December 2005

From the reviews of the second edition:

"The book is very carefully formatted. … this book is a valuable addition to a graduate student’s reference collection. The number of textbooks in mathematical finance is increasing much faster than the number of revolutionary contributions to the field, but this text stands above the crowd." (Alexandre D’Aspremont, SIAM Reviews, December, 2005)

"The emphasis of the first edition of this book was on developing the mathematical concepts for the rapidly expanding field of mathematical finance. This second edition contains a significant number of changes and additions … . The target audience is readers with sound mathematical background on elementary concepts from measure-theoretic probability … . It should be an equally valuable resource to practitioners interested in the mathematical tools … . will be a very useful addition to any scholarly library." (Theofanis Sapatinas, Journal of Applied Sciences, Vol. 32 (6), 2005)

"The second edition adds new matieral from current active research areas. A new chapter on coherent risk measures for instance reflects the recent trend in research and applications in the area of risk management. In summary, this is an excellent textbook in mathematical finance, and I can definitely recommend it." (S. Peng, Short Book Reviews of the ISI, June 2006)

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Product Details

Table of Contents

Pricing by Arbitrage
• Martingale Measures
• The Fundamental Theorem of Asset Pricing
• Complete Markets and Martingale Representation
• Stopping Times and American Options
• A Review of Continuous Time Shastic Calculus
• European Options in Continuous Time
• The American Option
• Bonds and Term Structure
• Consumption-Investment Strategies *

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