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Method to calculate the best way to repay two different loans given a set amount of money per month?

Given two (or more) loans of different balances and interest rates and a single amount of funds available per payment period, is there a way to calculate the best way to split the available funds to ...
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the intuitive difference between expected utility and utility of expected profit in a gambling game

What is the intuitive difference between expected utility and utility of expected profit in a gambling game ? Which one is the "usefulness of the game" to a player ?
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Compound interest with a compounding interest rate

I have an investment which pays 3% interest (r) annually but it also increases the interest rate every year by 5% (g). I re-invest all interest payments at the start of each year. How many years (t) ...
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Shape of utility function

I have read in a paper (http://www.public.asu.edu/~kirkwood/DAStuff/refs/risk.pdf) that the shape of the utility function depends on the attitude towards risk. My question is does not it also depend ...
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Attitude toward risk taking and the exponential utility function [on hold]

I want to know some reference/book on the following topic: "Attitude toward risk taking and the exponential utility function". Thanks in advance.
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Discrete Fourier Transform Interpretation

Using Mathematica I took the Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT) of a vector whose entries are volumes of a particular stock. The power spectrum is plotted below: There are two questions that I have ...
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I'm trying to do this for a friend… [closed]

On April 1st, the unpaid balance in an account was \$$174$. A payment of \$$70$ was made on April 8th. On April 26 a $26.00 purchase was made. The interest rate per month was 1.75% per month of the ...
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Deriving Geometric Brownian Motion's solution?

The Black Scholes model assumes the following underlying dynamics, known as Geometric Brownian Motion: $$dS_t=S_t(\mu dt+\sigma dW_t)$$ Then the solution is given: ...
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Finding inflation rate

This is my maths problem: A car cost $19,335 in 1989, and it is worth $40,000 in today's money, adjusting for inflation. How much is the inflation rate? What ...
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Partial Differential equations and applications- Reference request

I will be taking up a PDEs course next semester and would like to find some good references. The topics covered in the syllabus is given below. Partial differential equations: Conservation laws, ...
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What is the Most Efficient Way to Calculate the Internal Rate of Return?

I have built a program that prices financial assets and it does this in part by calculating the IRR. The problem is that it does not run as quickly as I would like it to. I currently use the ...
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Betfair Odds Percentage Movements & Hedging

I want to determine if the odds on Betfair have decreased by a certain percentage and then calculate the hedged profit when hedging on that percentage, but it's made tricky by the fact that decimal ...
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Bond valuation question

Trying to solve the following question, but I am a bit stuck. The 2IFM1 Corporation has two different bonds currently outstanding. Bond M has a face value of $\$20,000$ and matures in $20$ years. ...
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Actuarial Science - Amortization

Kevin takes out a $10$-year loan of $L$, which he pays by the amortization method at an annual effective interest rate of $i$. Kevin makes payments of $1000$ at the end of each year. The total amount ...
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Math Finance: Arbitragefree Pricing Q vs. P

I read that the Fundamental Theorem of Asset Pricing states, that a market is arbitrage-free if there exists a riskneutral equivalent martingale measure Q~P, under which the discounted asset price ...
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Solving $a_1x_1 + \cdots +a_nx_n = b$

I'm glad to ask my first question on the maths site! So here we go. I'm trying to set up prices right now and here is my problem : I know that my customer has a certain amount of money available. ...
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Matlab Optimization problem with Matrices

I'm trying to solve an optimization problem in Matlab. The equations you will find below. Problem is it is all Matrices, and I have no idea which solver to use for that. w is of size (n x 1) mu_BL (1 ...
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Solutions to exercises in Nelson's “An Introduction to Copulas”

I am paving my way through Nelson's "An Introduction to Copulas". The book has exercises (quite good actually), but no solutions. Does anybody have a solution manual for (some of those) exercises? ...
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Homework question compound interest

If $ \$ 6000$ are invested at 7% compounded continuously, what amount after 2 years? I know how to set it up but at one point I get lost $$A=Pe^rt$$ $$A=6000^{0.07}(2)$$ Somebody please help.
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Calculating FV and Payments for an inflation indexed savings (graduated annuity)

I have searched high and low but I can't seem to find the right calculation to work out exactly what I need. What I need is an equation. To work out the FV of an inflation indexed savings plan. The ...
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Is there any way to find compound interest easily?

What will be the compound interest on a sum of Rs. $25,000$ after $12$ years at the rate of $12%$ per annum?
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Questions about the field Business Mathematics

What interests should one have to decide to pursue a master's degree in Business Mathematics? Which subjects are related with this field? What career opportunities are there having this master's ...
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Finding criteria for a household financial budget falsification

I’m working on a financial problem about budget of households. Households in a state fill a form about their net budget in every year and our insurance company investigate their financial status and ...
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Finding the continuity of the mapping of a solution to a PDE to its partial derivative

Here is a modified version of the Black-Scholes PDE: $\frac{\partial \phi(t,S,i)}{\partial t}$ + $r_iS\frac{\partial \phi(t,S,i)}{\partial S}$ + $\frac{1}{2} \sigma^2_i S^2 \frac{\partial^2 ...
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Calculating VaR, CVaR

I am supposed to calculate the value at risk and expected shortfall of an asset with revenue given by a density function: $f(x)=0.5\exp{(-|x-0.05|)}$. My workings: If I understand it correctly, than ...
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How to find the expectation value?

Suppose that an insurer has an exponential utility function $u(x)=−2e^{-2x}$. What is the minimum premium $P^{-}$ to be asked for a risk X? After solving this we reached the following, So,only ...
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Fair Value Of a Call Option

I am dealing with the following question/information (which may not be complete): The price of the underlying asset is $100$. European call option with exercise price $150$ in a year. The price of ...
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the relationship between fractional difference and ACF of a time sequence

When reading the GARCH modeling part of book Analysis of Financial Time Series, I read the following statement. In specific, I do not understand how does the author ...
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Figuring out a growing monthly payment based on constraints

I'm working on a problem where I need to calculate the monthly payments for a loan given a few constraints. These payments grow at a constant rate every 2 years (24 months) and pay off the entire loan ...
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Derive the Black– Scholes formula for the European call option.

Consider the standard Black–Scholes model. Derive the Black– Scholes formula for the European call option. thanks for help.
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Including future value into calculation of interest rate

There is a discussion on this page regarding the back-calculation of the interest rate, given the other parameters of a typical finance calculation (present value, repayments and term length). Three ...
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How to rearrange this equation to solve for 'r' in closed form?

I'm taking a finance course, and I can't afford the financial calculator which can be used to solve this, so I would like to know how to solve this algebraically by hand (I don't care if it uses ...
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I want the solution of Bjork Arbitrage Theory in Continuous Time

I am working on Financial Mathematics and also work on Bjork Arbitrage Theory in Continuous Time sometimes I have problem in the Exercises. Does any body know about solution of this book ?
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Calculating inflation rate

This is my maths problem (It is NOT homework help, just me trying to learn basics of this bit of maths): A car cost £14,000 in May 1994, the inflation rate then was 1.9%, but the current inflation ...
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Trying to calculate FV with annual & monthly fees

First question on here so please go easy if it's a stupid one! I have created a PHP based FV calculator for use on a client's website. This is the scenario: They offer returns of ...
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Stochastic Finance I am having difficulty with my homework questions. Brownian Motion

A 2-dimensional process $(B_t^1,B_t^2),\ t \geq 0 $ is a standard 2-dimensional Brownian Motion if each $B_t$ is a standard Brownian motion and the $B_t^s$ are independent of each other. Let $ X_t = ...
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Recurrence On finance

A bank pays 6% interest at the end of each year on an account which initially starts with $2000. Find a recurrence relation for, the amount of money in the account at the end of year n if a) only ...
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To determine effective cost of investment

I have this problem,need of help on how to attempt it. If you pay for a certain investment with installments of GCD 1000 in early January and GCD 1000 in early July and then receive GCD 2000 in late ...
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Optimizing interest for a set of debt payments

Suppose I've got $n$ debts with principals $P_1, P_2, ..., P_n$, with corresponding interest rates $r_1, r_2, ..., r_n$, compounded monthly. Further, assume I have a constant $A$ dollars per month to ...
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Calculate Interest

Peeta is saving to buy a new oven for his bakery that will cost \$8000. He has \$6,000 to invest at $5 \frac{1}{2} \%$ compounded semi-annually. How long will he need to wait for until he can afford ...
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Calculate expectation under risk neutral measure: $\mathbb{E_Q}(\max(S-1,0))$

I am busy with a numerical simulation and I want the calculate the following expectation under the risk neutral measure: $\mathbb{E_Q}(\max(S-1,0))$. $S$ is some variable that I calculated using ...
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what are the units for a rate of return?

My understanding of "rate" is more physics oriented. For example, distance/time is understandable for me and something I can explain. However, a rate of return: "The return, or rate of return, can ...
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Which math courses should I take to prepare myself for Masters in Financial Mathematics?

I am an Applied Mathematics (BSc.) student that is graduating soon. Apparently, I need to take one more elective course (but I can also fit in two more electives if I want to) before I can graduate. I ...
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Expected value of SinhX

A random variable X is distributed according to a normal distribution with mean u and variance d.How to evaluate the expected value of SinhX?Thanks
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Computing the probability that a stock process is more valuable than the bond process

I am currently revising for my exam and I cannot really deal with the following problem (I am a beginner in terms of stochastic processes): $W_t$ is the standard Brownian motion. Consider a stock ...
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Construct an arbitrage opportunity in a multi-period model

I am currently revising for my exam in Financial Mathematics, and I could not solve this question: For $T > 1$, consider a $T$-period model with a single risky asset and a bank account which pays ...
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Math for Future Value of Growing Annuity

Am I working this out correctly? I need to verify that my code is correct... $$1000 \cdot \left(\frac{(1 + 0.1 / 12)^{40 * 12} - (1 + 0.06 / 12)^{40 * 12}}{(0.1 / 12) - (0.06 / 12)}\right)$$ ...
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Interest Accumulation - Geometric Sequence

Hello I have just worked a question in which I get an answer different to the answer in my book. The question states: If a person deposits 500 at the end of each month for 20 years at an AER of ...
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Show that the risk-neutral probability of a European call option ending in money is N(d2)

Show that the risk-neutral probability of a European call option ending in money is N(d2). I was trying to using Risk-Neutral Valuation Formula, but how to show the result is N(d2)? Thanks
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Simple Stochastic Control Problem

Consider $dX_t = \pi_t X_t dt + \pi_t X_t dW_t, X_0 = x$, where $W_t$ is a standard brownian motion, and $\pi$ is some real valued process. Let T>0. How can we calculate $P[X_T\geq 2x]$, where ...