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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
ECM0013159, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
EP2422, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track BANKING AND FINANCE [001PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination COMPUTATIONAL FINANCE
Department of reference Department of Economics and Management
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
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Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SECS-P/05 Econometrics 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 6.5 46 116.5 No turn
Lecture 2.5 18 44.5 No turn

Start of activities 23/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Not strinctly necessary but kindly suggested.
1) Basic elements of statistics for financial applications.
2) Basic elements of mathematical finance.
3) Basic knowledge of microeconomics and macroeconomics, knowledge of the Markowitz model, knowledge of the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM).

The prerequisites at point 3) correspond to the content of the course of Economics of Financial Market taugth in the three-year degree in Statistica per l'Economia e l'Impresa.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims at providing tools enabling the student to address computational problems and issues in the broad area of finance. Emphasis will be given to the asset allocation framework. A the end of the course students will become advanced users of a statistical software enabling them to formalize and solve the computational problem related to an empirical finance question.
Examination methods: The exam will be given in the form of a group homework. Each group (a team), will receive, at a beginning of the course (groups will be formed within the first two weeks of lectures), a list of tasks pointing at computational finance questions. Each team will have to coordinate activities, inducing team members to interact. During the exam session, each team will show results in the form of a presentation. Each team member must have full knowledge of the presentation and of the analyses performed by the team and of the main findings.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation of the group homework will be based on the following criterias:
- presence of appropriate answers to the various tasks assigned to the team;
- appropriateness of the quantitative tools adopted by the team;
- interpretation/economic intuition of the results obtained;
- interaction across team members.
Course unit contents: 1. The Matlab suite: introduction and coding.
2. Basic Asset Allocation: Markowitz with and without the risk free; Markowitz under standard constraints.
3. Advanced Asset Allocation: Risk Budgeting; non-linear and cardinality constraints; penalization methods in the asset allocation framework;the Michaud approach for resampling; Black-Litterman model; Chow-Kritzman model.
4. Backtesting and performance evaluation.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures in computer laboratory with theory and practice even in groups.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lecture notes will be distributed to students by moodle, including example codes and data.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Hull, J.C., Options, Futures and other derivatives. --: Prentice Hall, --. E' disponibile anche una versione in Italiano Cerca nel catalogo
  • Roncalli, T., Introduction to risk parity and budgeting. --: Chapman & Hall, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Bodie, Z., Kane, A. and Marcus, A.J., Investments. --: McGraw Hill, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Hull, J.C., Risk management and financial institutions. --: Wiley Finance, --. E' disponibile anche una versione in Italiano Cerca nel catalogo
  • Barucci, E., Marsala, C., Nencini, M., and Sgarra, C., Ingegneria finanziaria. --: Egea, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Elton, E.J., Gruber, M.J., Brown, S.J., and Goetzmann, W.N., Modern Portfolio Theory and Investment Analysis. --: Wiley, --. E' disponibile anche una versione in Italiano Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Working in group