# Tagged Questions

Questions having to do with financial mathematics. Please note that for questions in quantitative finance, quant.stackexchange.com is perhaps a better site.

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### Exam FM question. Bonds with loss at the last moment.

I was working on the following problem and the answer that was given to me looks a little shady and I wanted someone to confirm my thoughts. As of 12/31/2005, an insurance company has a known ...
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### Variance and diversification of a portfolio

Suppose I have a portfolio composed by $n$ assets and fixed total size, with stochastic returns. I'm looking for a result stating that as $n$ increases the variance (or any other measure of riskiness) ...
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### Convergence under rank correlation

I have a following setup: Let $c\in{\Bbb R}$, $R^2\in [0,1]$ and $\Psi,\varepsilon_1,\varepsilon_2,\ldots$ independent random variables on a probability space $(\Omega,{\cal A},{\Bbb P})$. Define the ...
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### Stochastic control with stopping times

Given a wealth process that evolves as $$d w_t = r w_t dt + \theta_t ( \sigma dW_t + (\mu-r) dt) - c_t dt.$$ and smooth functions $u,F: [0, +\infty) \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, how can we optimise the ...
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### Isolating for i

So this might seem a bit fundamental, but in financial math the following equation gives you the price for a bond $$P = C \frac {1-(1+i)^{-n}} {i} + B(1+i)^{-n}$$ where $P$ is the price of the ...
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### Differential of stochastic term

Question 1: How does one come up with the equation in the red box below? It looks like some kind product rule, but I'm not sure how to apply Ito's lemma here. Bjork doesn't seem to explain it ...
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### YTM and YTC. how do you discount the coupon rate?

A corporation sold a 30-year bond with a coupon rate of 8% (4% semiannually) two years ago. The bonds are callable at 105% of par value 5 years after issue and 103% of par value 10 years after issue. ...
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### Finantial Math problem verification: price of a product, devaluation and type of change

The problem is: "Which would be the price, in Mexican Pesos (MXN) that would have a car in five years, if its actual value is US 28,567? Consider that its price increments in a 1.2% each semester and ...
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### Mixed Lognormal Model Calibration

Any ideas as to how to calibrate a mixed lognormal volatility model (Brigo and Mercurio 2002) for arbitrary N < 10? The paper seems vague with respect to implementation.
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### Book request: Mathematical Finance, Stochastic PDEs

I'm a math student, starting a PhD in the near future. My field of research will be mostly in the field of applied mathematics / numerics. Topics will deal with Kinetic Theory, Moment Equations, ...
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### Exam FM problem using force of interest. Calculate $P-Q$ [closed]

The foce of interest at time $t$ is given by $\delta_t=.01t$. $P$ is the present value of a 12 yr annuity due of $100$ payable annually. $Q$ is the present value of a 12 yr annuity immediate of $100$ ...
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### Why does PERT work?

e is the limit of (1+1/n)^n. So how come we do Pe^rt to calculate continuously compounded interest? The regular formula for compound interest is (1+r/n)^tn, with rate being part of the base, not the ...
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### Find compound growth rate from cumulative totals

I'm a bit out of my depth here, so please feel free to correct any errors in terminology, etc. I'm looking to solve for a percentage growth rate. I know the starting population, the number of ...
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### How to calculate savings over the life of a car loan?

I'm working through the maths in this, only the relevant parts of which I quote: ...On a \$25,000 car loan through the manufacturer for four years, your monthly payment would be about [1.] \$520 ...
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### Simplifying $\sum_{t=1}^{n}t^2v^t$ using actuarial notation.

In financial mathematics involving immunization, I encounter situations where I am trying to calculate $$(A) \quad v+4v^2+9v^3+ \cdots +n^2v^n=\sum_{t=1}^{n}t^2v^t$$ where $v$ is the present value ...
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### Are these two option valuation formulas equivalent? Why?

I have been reading a finance paper that claims that the following function, which is a value for a financial derivative (1): V(s,t)=E_{Q} \left[\zeta\big(S(T)\big)e^{-\int_t^T r_F(\nu) d\nu}\\+\...
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### Calculate year for a provided yield

\$146.25 will yeild \$46.25 at 7.5% per annum. How to get the number of years? Answer is 6 but how do you get it? What is the formula?
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