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Linear Algebra for fund allocation logic

I am writing a program which automatically calculates the trade allocations. Imagine we have a 3 funds, Fund A, B and C. They current asset allocations (so-far-percentages) are 10%, 20%, 70% ...
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cash flow diagram, in/outflow series

I have a econ midterm coming up soon and stumbled upon this question. I know this is the math section but it appears not many use the finance one. My approach is: 2C=800/(1.12^2)+1200/(1.12^6)=125.71 ...
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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 the accumulated value at time 8 of $1600 invested at time 6

Given: $a(t) = xt^{2} + yt + z $ $100a(2) = 152$ and $200a(4) = 240$ Using that, I found that $z = 1, $ $x = -0.105 $, and $y = 0.47$ The question asks for the accumulated value at time 8 of 1600 ...
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Need help and clarification in Exam FM problem, future value.

The problem that I am working on is the following. Jim began saving money for this retirement by making monthly deposits of 200 into a fund earning 6% interest compounded monthly. The first ...
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The Present Worth of $169 due in 2 years at 4% Per Annum Compound Interest

The present worth of $\$169$ due in 2 years at $4\%$ per annum compound interest is The choices are as follow: $\$150.50$ $\$154.75$ $\$156.25$ $\$158$ I tried to solve this by multiplying $169$ ...
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Whats the formula to work out the minimum monthly payment of a loan?

I'm a developer, and i'm building a snowball debt calculator. I want a formula to work out what the minimum monthly repayment would be on a debt with a given interest. And I really want to get the ...
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Exam FM problem. What does this problem mean?

Danny borrows 4,000 from Genevive at an annual effective rate of interest i. He agrees to pay back 4,000 after 14 years and 5,440.32 after another 14 years. Danny repays the ...
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Methods of solving this exam FM problem with geometric-investments.

The problem I am working on is as follows. Matthew makes a series of payments at the beginning of each year for $20$ years. The first payment is $100$. Each subsequent payment through the tenth ...
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Pricing a riskless asset in the Black & Scholes market

Consider a Black&Scholes Market where a risky asset evolves according to: $$\frac{dS_t}{S_t}=\mu dt+\sigma dB_t$$ $$S_o=s$$ Riskless asset is associated with risk free rate r. I want to represent ...
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Can someone check my answers to this problem?

This is from Discrete Mathematics and its Applications Definition of recurrence relation from book From my understanding, compounded annually means that every year(annually) the account will ...
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Exam FM problem with loans. $(1.0075)^2$ or $(1.0075)^3$?

I am a bit confused about the following problem and I would like to have clarification. A loan of $12,000$ was made with annual rate of $12\%$ convertible quarterly. Smith plans to make a ...
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Calculating the yield of a bond purchased at a lower price.

I am working on the following problem. A 10 year bond bearing a $7\%$ coupon rate payable semiannually is bought to yield $5\%$ semiannually. The bond is redeemable at par. If the bond is ...
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Algebraic representation of how values are calculated in TI BA II+?

In order to understand how the BA II+ works, I would like to know the algebraic representation of it. For example, for the problem below Present value of an annual coupon bond that pays 80 per ...
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Exam FM problem. Bonds

the following problem is what I am working on. Suzan can buy a zero coupon bond that will pay $1000$ at the end of $12$ years and is currently selling for $624.60$. Instead she purchases a $6\%$ ...
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How do you compute such a limit? (Where the variable is the upper limit in a definite integral)

I have computed limits rigorously before but I have never come across an example where the variable is located in the upper limit of a definite integral. The exact question is attached. It's shown ...
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I have questionin from the stochastic differential equation merton model

in the following stochastic differential equation merton model we have $$\frac{ds}{s}=(\alpha-\lambda k)dt+\sigma dW+dq$$ where $\alpha$ is the instantaneous expected return on the stock; ...
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Heavy-tailed distributions

I have encountered the following two definitions of heavy-tailedness (right tail) for a $[0,\infty)$-valued random variable $X$ satisfying $\mathbb{E}[X]<\infty$: (i) ...
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Interest rates. What is the difference between $I=I_0(1+r)^t$ and $\frac{dI}{dt}=rI$?

When I was in school, we used this method for generating the amount of money would be in a bank account after $t$ years with interest rate $r$: $$I=I_0(1+r)^t \text{ where }I_0\text{ is the initial ...
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Conditional likelihood of continuously-combounded returns

The simplest possible asset pricing model ist the geometric brownian motion for asset price. Here the price $S_t$ solve the familar $$dS_t = (\mu +0.5 \sigma^2)S_t \, dt + \sigma S_t \, ...
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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) ...
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Exam FM Portofolio problem: Using Macaulay Duration

The following problem is what I am working on and I cannot solve it. Under the current market conditions Bond 1 has a price (per 100 of face amount) of $P_1=88.35$ and a Macaulay duration of ...
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Macaulay duration for a coupon bond. Proof

I am working on showing the following. There is a coupon bond redeemable at par with annual coupon rate $r$ per year. The yield to maturity is $i$. The total number of coupons is $n$. Show ...
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Calculating interest on changing principal amount

I'm writing software and I'm trying to calculate interest on a principal value that changes daily in a predictable way. For example, if you saved $5 each day for five years at a 4% annual interest ...
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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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How to solve a Compound Interest Question with yearly withdrawals?

The current period is January 2015 A Principal wants to make 3 deposits in the bank: Start of 2015, Start of 2016, Start of 2017, And wants to give a $5000 scholorship for to the best student at ...
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Find expected present value of a continuous payment stream

I have a question for the financial part of my course which I am struggling to answer as i am not sure my answer makes sense. Question: Time is counted from the present t = 0 in years. Suppose for ...
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Finding Joint Probability of a Binomial Tree Model given the stock price , then Conditional Probability

Consider a T-period binomial tree model with stock price $S_{t,n} = S_0u^nd^{t-n}$ at each node $(t,n)$ of the binomial tree for every $n = 0,1,...,t$ and every $t = 0,1,...,T$. a) Let $v,t \in ...
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Prove the process is a martingale with respect to the natural filtration

Let $\{M_n\}_{n\ge 0}$ be a symmetric simple random walk. Fix a real $b$. Prove that the process $S_n = e^{bM_n} (\frac{2}{e^b + e^{-b}})^n$, $n = 0,1,2,....$, is a martingale w.r.t. the natural ...
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How to differentiate the standard normal deviation w.r.t. a parameter inside the upper bound

Given that $$N(x)=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}}\int_{-\infty}^x e^{-\frac{s^2}{2}}\:ds$$ And that $$d=\frac{1}{\sigma\sqrt{\tau}}\ln\left({\frac{S}{e^{-r\tau}K}}\right)+\sigma\sqrt{\tau}$$ How do I take the ...
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How do I calculate interest on short term loan?

I'm trying to work out interest on short term loans - these are loans that extend to months not years, and are typically repaid in monthly chunks, but I also know that some are repayable in weekly ...
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How to differentiate the Black-Scholes formula w.r.t. volatility

The Black-Scholes-Merton formula for determining call option value is given as: $$C(S,K,\sigma,r,\tau)=N(d_1)S-N(d_2)Ke^{-rT}$$ where $N(d_i)$ is the standard normal distribution and ...
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Construct a strategy to profit: Problem involving term structure and interest rates.

I am currently studying about term structure and interest rates such as forward rates, swap rates, etc... The following problem seems like an actual actuarial problem that I might see in the future ...
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What is this sort of optimisation called?

I am reading a book in mathematical finance. There is something about constrained optimisation. They have specialised it for the financial market, but I am wondering what the general name for this ...
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Find the annual yield rate. Exam FM problem.

I'm trying to solve for the following problem and I cannot get the right #. You are given the spot rates at time $t=1,\ 2 \ \text{and} \ 3$ as $s_0(1)=.15,\ s_0(2)=.10,\ \text{and} \ s_0(3)=.05$ ...
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Forward rate example, switching the investment.

I need explanation regarding forward rates for the following specific example. A zero coupon with spot rate $s_0(1)=.08$ and $s_0(2)=.09$ are available. a), Smith borrows $1$ and is obliged ...
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How long an investment will take to compund to a target amount

A man with $\$20,000$ to invest decides to diversify his investments by placing $\$10,000$ in an account that earns $7.2\%$ compounded continuously and $\$10,000$ in an account that earns $8.4\%$ ...
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Calculating monthly compounded interest

To solve the problem How long does it take for an investment to double in value if it is invested at 8% compounded monthly? I figured like this: $$2P = P(1 + 0.08)^t$$ where $P$ is an ...
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Purchasing a unit on fund $X$ calculating the dollar weighted and the time weighted rate of return.

I am currently working on the following problem trying to figure out the rate of return. Fund $X$ has unit values which are $1.0$ on Jan 1 05, $0.8$ on Jul 1 05 and $1.0$ on Jan 1 06. A fund ...
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Dollar weighted method vs. Time weighted method Problem. Exam FM

The following is the problem that I am working on and I am having trouble. On Jan 1 2005, an investment account is worth 100. On Apr 1 2005, the value has increased to 103 and 8 was withdrawn. ...
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Finite expectation of bank account with CIR interest rate model

The CIR interest rate model is $$dr_t=(\theta-ar_t)\,dt+\sigma\sqrt{r_t}\,dW_t\;.$$ The money account with this interest rate is $$e^{\int_0^tr_s\,ds}\;.$$ It is known that ...
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Dollar weighted return. Formula or definition?

I was learning dollar-weighted return and I was a bit puzzled by the following and I would like to have some advice. I understand that it's basically the internal rate return, but using simple ...
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Pricing/Valuation of American Options

Hi i'm a litte bit confused by the pricing valuation of American options. For simple Assumtions on the Blacksholes Model and no dividends, and constant rates else one can show, that for a given ...
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Calculating a Forward Starting Swap with Forward Equations

I have been trying to resolve this problem for some time but I cannot get the correct answer. The problem is the following one. Compute the initial value of a forward-starting swap that begins at ...
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Loan Interest Discrepancy

Suppose that I have a loan value $x$ and interest rate $r$. The simple interest is then $x\cdot(1+r)$. If I take out a loan compounded annually and paid monthly for $12$ months the amount at the end ...
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Inequality of an expectation (here: perpetual put of an american option)

for a given function $u(x):=\sup_{\tau \in T_{0,\infty}}E[(Ke^{-r\tau}-xe^{\sigma B_{\tau}-(\sigma^{2}\tau)/2})_{+}1_{\tau <\infty}]$ and $x \in [0,\infty)$, K a positive real number, $(B_{t})$ a ...
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Exam FM problem: Financial calculator necessary for finding $i$ from $a_{\overline{n}\rceil i}$? Edited

I am currently studying for the Exam FM for actuaries, and the calculator that I have is a TI 30X IIS, which was very helpful for me during the Exam P. I cam as far as studying bonds, and the ...