An Introduction to Computational Finance by Peter Pdf

Download An Introduction to Computational Finance by Peter Pdf free online – from An Introduction to Computational Finance by Peter Pdf book; This note covers the following topics: The First Option Trade, The Black-Scholes Equation, The Risk Neutral World, Monte Carlo Methods, The Binomial Model, Derivative Contracts on non-traded Assets and Real Options, Discrete Hedging, Derivative Contracts on non-traded Assets and Real Options, Discrete Hedging, Jump Diffusion, Regime Switching, Mean Variance Portfolio Optimization.

Individual investors can also use derivatives as part of their investment strategies. This can be done
through direct trading on financial exchanges. In addition, it is quite common for financial products to include
some form of embedded derivative. Any insurance contract can be viewed as a put option. Consequently, any
investment which provides some kind of protection actually includes an option feature. Standard examples
include deposit insurance guarantees on savings accounts as well as the provision of being able to redeem a
savings bond at par at any time.

These types of embedded options are becoming increasingly common and
increasingly complex. A prominent current example are investment guarantees being offered by insurance
companies (“segregated funds”) and mutual funds. In such contracts, the initial investment is guaranteed,
and gains can be locked-in (reset) a fixed number of times per year at the option of the contract holder. This
is actually a very complex put option, known as a shout option. How much should an investor be willing to
pay for this insurance? Determining the fair market value of these sorts of contracts is a problem in option
pricing.


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