Alternative Finance

Ects : 3

Enseignant responsable :


Volume horaire : 21

Description du contenu de l'enseignement :

The aim of this course is to propose an out-of the box perspective upon the financial markets and to explore the financial universe beyond the traditional investments like equity, bonds, currency… . We will focus the course on the products and technics used at the fringe of finance including crowfunding, peer-2-peer finance, shadow banking, Bitcoin, social and environmental impact products….


Throughout this course students will learn about alternative investment supports and alternative financing solutions. The objectives of this lecture are:

  • To understand the mechanism of alternative risks: global warming, catastrophic events including on the economy, …
  • To explore new area including Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Investment, cryptocurrency etc..
  • To get familiar with modelling methods specific to alternative finance.

Course outline:


1. Alternative finance 101

Two faces of the same coin: as investors or as issuers.

2. Modelling methods for alternative finance

  • Introduction to the non-Gaussian universe
  • Real Option Theory
  • Extreme value theory

3. Crypto-currencies: an alternative financial universe

4. Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Investment

5. Crypto-currency : an alternative financial universe.

6. Alternative capital markets and Fintechs: Focus on Crowdfunding and P2P finance

7. Alternative Risk Transfer

  • Climate risks
  • Insurance and re-insurance. Focus on CAT Bonds

8. Fintech workshop (industry view)

Pré-requis obligatoires :

Students must be enrolled in courses Applied Time series and must have past Introduction to Financial Econometrics, Financial Derivatives.

Coefficient : 1.5

Compétence à acquérir :

Knowledge on the modelling methods specific to alternative finance.

Mode de contrôle des connaissances :


Bibliographie, lectures recommandées

  • Alexandridis, A. K. and A. D. Zapranis, 2013: Weather Derivatives, Springer, 300 pages.
  • Barrieu P., and L. Albertini, 2009: The Handbook of Insurance-Linked Securities, Wiley, 398 pages.
  • Frunza, M., 2010: Carbon allowances: A new financial asset, Editions universitaires europeennes, 164 pages.
  • Guthrie G., Real Options in Theory and Practice, 2009, OUP, 432 pages.