INTRODUCTION TO QUANTITATIVE FINANCE

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The goal of this course is to provide a good background in quantitative finance. After some reminders on probability theory (change of probability measure, random variables, usual distributions, conditioning), the course is planed as follows:
1) Classical financial market modeling: stochastic basis, stochastic processes, price processes and self financing portfolio processes in discrete-time. Examples of price dynamics and portfolio dynamics in continuous time; interpretation by discretization.
2) Fundamental theorem of asset pricing; pricing of European and Asian options.
3) Examples of pricing by Monte Carlo numerical simulations. Programming in Scilab applied to classical models, e.g. the Black and Scholes model.