Louis Bachelier's Theory of Speculation

The Origins of Modern Finance

Author: Louis Bachelier

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400829309

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

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March 29, 1900, is considered by many to be the day mathematical finance was born. On that day a French doctoral student, Louis Bachelier, successfully defended his thesis Théorie de la Spéculation at the Sorbonne. The jury, while noting that the topic was "far away from those usually considered by our candidates," appreciated its high degree of originality. This book provides a new translation, with commentary and background, of Bachelier's seminal work. Bachelier's thesis is a remarkable document on two counts. In mathematical terms Bachelier's achievement was to introduce many of the concepts of what is now known as stochastic analysis. His purpose, however, was to give a theory for the valuation of financial options. He came up with a formula that is both correct on its own terms and surprisingly close to the Nobel Prize-winning solution to the option pricing problem by Fischer Black, Myron Scholes, and Robert Merton in 1973, the first decisive advance since 1900. Aside from providing an accurate and accessible translation, this book traces the twin-track intellectual history of stochastic analysis and financial economics, starting with Bachelier in 1900 and ending in the 1980s when the theory of option pricing was substantially complete. The story is a curious one. The economic side of Bachelier's work was ignored until its rediscovery by financial economists more than fifty years later. The results were spectacular: within twenty-five years the whole theory was worked out, and a multibillion-dollar global industry of option trading had emerged.

The Efficient Market Hypothesists

Bachelier, Samuelson, Fama, Ross, Tobin and Shiller

Author: Colin Read

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137292210

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 222

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Describes the lives, theories, and legacies of six great minds in finance who changed the way we look at financial markets and equilibrium. Bachelier, Samuelson, Fama, Ross, Tobin, and Shiller; proponents and critics of the market efficiency theories who redefined modern finance, creating the foundation on which all financial analysis rests.

Brownian Motion

An Introduction to Stochastic Processes

Author: René L. Schilling,Lothar Partzsch

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 311037398X

Category: Mathematics

Page: 424

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Brownian motion is one of the most important stochastic processes in continuous time and with continuous state space. Within the realm of stochastic processes, Brownian motion is at the intersection of Gaussian processes, martingales, Markov processes, diffusions and random fractals, and it has influenced the study of these topics. Its central position within mathematics is matched by numerous applications in science, engineering and mathematical finance. Often textbooks on probability theory cover, if at all, Brownian motion only briefly. On the other hand, there is a considerable gap to more specialized texts on Brownian motion which is not so easy to overcome for the novice. The authors’ aim was to write a book which can be used as an introduction to Brownian motion and stochastic calculus, and as a first course in continuous-time and continuous-state Markov processes. They also wanted to have a text which would be both a readily accessible mathematical back-up for contemporary applications (such as mathematical finance) and a foundation to get easy access to advanced monographs. This textbook, tailored to the needs of graduate and advanced undergraduate students, covers Brownian motion, starting from its elementary properties, certain distributional aspects, path properties, and leading to stochastic calculus based on Brownian motion. It also includes numerical recipes for the simulation of Brownian motion.

Mathematics of Derivative Securities

Author: Stanley R. Pliska

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521584241

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 582

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During 1995 the Isaac Newton Institute for the Mathematical Sciences at Cambridge University hosted a six month research program on financial mathematics. During this period more than 300 scholars and financial practitioners attended to conduct research and to attend more than 150 research seminars. Many of the presented papers were on the subject of financial derivatives. The very best were selected to appear in this volume. They range from abstract financial theory to practical issues pertaining to the pricing and hedging of interest rate derivatives and exotic options in the market place. Hence this book will be of interest to both academic scholars and financial engineers.

Modern Political Economics

Making Sense of the Post-2008 World

Author: Yanis Varoufakis,Joseph Halevi,Nicholas Theocarakis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136814736

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 512

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Once in a while the world astonishes itself. Anxious incredulity replaces intellectual torpor and a puzzled public strains its antennae in every possible direction, desperately seeking explanations for the causes and nature of what just hit it. 2008 was such a moment. Not only did the financial system collapse, and send the real economy into a tailspin, but it also revealed the great gulf separating economics from a very real capitalism. Modern Political Economics has a single aim: To help readers make sense of how 2008 came about and what the post-2008 world has in store. The book is divided into two parts. The first part delves into every major economic theory, from Aristotle to the present, with a determination to discover clues of what went wrong in 2008. The main finding is that all economic theory is inherently flawed. Any system of ideas whose purpose is to describe capitalism in mathematical or engineering terms leads to inevitable logical inconsistency; an inherent error that stands between us and a decent grasp of capitalist reality. The only scientific truth about capitalism is its radical indeterminacy, a condition which makes it impossible to use science's tools (e.g. calculus and statistics) to second-guess it. The second part casts an attentive eye on the post-war era; on the breeding ground of the Crash of 2008. It distinguishes between two major post-war phases: The Global Plan (1947-1971) and the Global Minotaur (1971-2008). This dynamic new book delves into every major economic theory and maps out meticulously the trajectory that global capitalism followed from post-war almost centrally planned stability, to designed disintegration in the 1970s, to an intentional magnification of unsustainable imbalances in the 1980s and, finally, to the most spectacular privatisation of money in the 1990s and beyond. Modern Political Economics is essential reading for Economics students and anyone seeking a better understanding of the 2008 economic crash.

Telegraph Processes and Option Pricing

Author: Alexander D. Kolesnik,Nikita Ratanov

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3642405266

Category: Mathematics

Page: 128

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The telegraph process is a useful mathematical model for describing the stochastic motion of a particle that moves with finite speed on the real line and alternates between two possible directions of motion at random time instants. That is why it can be considered as the finite-velocity counterpart of the classical Einstein-Smoluchowski's model of the Brownian motion in which the infinite speed of motion and the infinite intensity of the alternating directions are assumed. The book will be interesting to specialists in the area of diffusion processes with finite speed of propagation and in financial modelling. It will also be useful for students and postgraduates who are taking their first steps in these intriguing and attractive fields.

Fuzzy Portfolio Optimization

Theory and Methods

Author: Yong Fang,Kin Keung Lai,Shouyang Wang

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3540779264

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 176

View: 809

Most of the existing portfolio selection models are based on the probability theory. Though they often deal with the uncertainty via probabilistic - proaches, we have to mention that the probabilistic approaches only partly capture the reality. Some other techniques have also been applied to handle the uncertainty of the ?nancial markets, for instance, the fuzzy set theory [Zadeh (1965)]. In reality, many events with fuzziness are characterized by probabilistic approaches, although they are not random events. The fuzzy set theory has been widely used to solve many practical problems, including ?nancial risk management. By using fuzzy mathematical approaches, quan- tative analysis, qualitative analysis, the experts’ knowledge and the investors’ subjective opinions can be better integrated into a portfolio selection model. The contents of this book mainly comprise of the authors’ research results for fuzzy portfolio selection problems in recent years. In addition, in the book, the authors will also introduce some other important progress in the ?eld of fuzzy portfolio optimization. Some fundamental issues and problems of po- folioselectionhavebeenstudiedsystematicallyandextensivelybytheauthors to apply fuzzy systems theory and optimization methods. A new framework for investment analysis is presented in this book. A series of portfolio sel- tion models are given and some of them might be more e?cient for practical applications. Some application examples are given to illustrate these models by using real data from the Chinese securities markets.

Financial Derivatives

Author: Bishnupriya Mishra,Sathya Swaroop Debasish

Publisher: Excel Books India

ISBN: 9788174465726

Category: Finance

Page: 246

View: 1707

In the recent decade, financial markets have been marked by excessive volatility and are associated with various risks. Derivatives are the instruments for managing risks. Derivatives are financial contracts whose value/price is dependent on the behavior of the price of one or more basic underlying assets which may be commodity or financial asset. In recent years, derivatives have become increasingly important in the field of finance. The book discusses at large the meaning, basic understanding, pricing and trading strategies of the financial derivatives. Common derivatives include options, forward contracts, futures contracts, and swaps. While futures and options are now actively traded on many exchanges, forward contracts are popular on the OTC market. This book provides a broad-based introduction to the technical aspects of the main classes of derivatives, the markets in which they are traded and the underlying concepts. This book is a comprehensive, industry-independent exploration of financial derivatives which offers an insightful look inside financial derivatives that is sweeping corporate world, banks, and investment finance. From reviewing the basic building blocks of financial derivatives to systematically examining the myriad of processes involved in creating innovative financial instruments, this lucid text provides professional advice to the learners. This book is intended as a text for MBA students specializing in the area of Finance, students of CA/ICWA, students of M.Com, academicians, researchers, practitioners and investors in general.

Pascal, Fermat und die Berechnung des Glücks

eine Reise in die Geschichte der Mathematik

Author: Keith J. Devlin

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 9783406590993

Category: Wahrscheinlichkeitstheorie - Geschichte

Page: 204

View: 4969

Der Autor stellt die Entstehung der Wahrscheinlichkeitsrechnung und den damit verbundenen Wandel des menschlichen Alltagslebens dar.

Financial Engineering and Computation

Principles, Mathematics, Algorithms

Author: Yuh-Dauh Lyuu

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139431900

Category: Mathematics

Page: N.A

View: 6698

Students and professionals intending to work in any area of finance must master not only advanced concepts and mathematical models but also learn how to implement these models computationally. This comprehensive text, first published in 2002, combines the theory and mathematics behind financial engineering with an emphasis on computation, in keeping with the way financial engineering is practised in capital markets. Unlike most books on investments, financial engineering, or derivative securities, the book starts from very basic ideas in finance and gradually builds up the theory. It offers a thorough grounding in the subject for MBAs in finance, students of engineering and sciences who are pursuing a career in finance, researchers in computational finance, system analysts, and financial engineers. Along with the theory, the author presents numerous algorithms for pricing, risk management, and portfolio management. The emphasis is on pricing financial and derivative securities: bonds, options, futures, forwards, interest rate derivatives, mortgage-backed securities, bonds with embedded options, and more.

Philosophie des Geldes

Author: Georg Simmel

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3843025010

Category: Philosophy

Page: 608

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Georg Simmel: Philosophie des Geldes Erstdruck: Leipzig (Duncker & Humblot) 1900. Der Text folgt der 2., vermehrten Auflage von 1907. Das annotierte Inhaltsverzeichnis wurde aufgelöst und den jeweiligen Abschnitten vorangestellt. Vollständige Neuausgabe mit einer Biographie des Autors. Herausgegeben von Karl-Maria Guth. Berlin 2013. Textgrundlage ist die Ausgabe: Georg Simmel: Philosophie des Geldes. Dritte, unveränderte Auflage, München und Leipzig, Duncker & Humblot, 1920. Die Paginierung obiger Ausgabe wird in dieser Neuausgabe als Marginalie zeilengenau mitgeführt. Umschlaggestaltung von Thomas Schultz-Overhage. Gesetzt aus Minion Pro, 11 pt.

Capital Ideas

The Improbable Origins of Modern Wall Street

Author: Peter L. Bernstein

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118523989

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 360

View: 7184

Capital Ideas traces the origins of modern Wall Street, from the pioneering work of early scholars and the development of new theories in risk, valuation, and investment returns, to the actual implementation of these theories in the real world of investment management. Bernstein brings to life a variety of brilliant academics who have contributed to modern investment theory over the years: Louis Bachelier, Harry Markowitz, William Sharpe, Fischer Black, Myron Scholes, Robert Merton, Franco Modigliani, and Merton Miller. Filled with in-depth insights and timeless advice, Capital Ideas reveals how the unique contributions of these talented individuals profoundly changed the practice of investment management as we know it today.

Grundbegriffe der Wahrscheinlichkeitsrechnung

Author: A. Kolomogoroff

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3642498884

Category: Mathematics

Page: 62

View: 6858

Dieser Buchtitel ist Teil des Digitalisierungsprojekts Springer Book Archives mit Publikationen, die seit den Anfängen des Verlags von 1842 erschienen sind. Der Verlag stellt mit diesem Archiv Quellen für die historische wie auch die disziplingeschichtliche Forschung zur Verfügung, die jeweils im historischen Kontext betrachtet werden müssen. Dieser Titel erschien in der Zeit vor 1945 und wird daher in seiner zeittypischen politisch-ideologischen Ausrichtung vom Verlag nicht beworben.

Börsenerfolg ist kein Zufall

die besten Investmentstrategien für das neue Jahrtausend

Author: Burton G. Malkiel

Publisher: FinanzBuch Verlag

ISBN: 9783932114342

Category: Investments

Page: 411

View: 5668


Animal Spirits

Wie Wirtschaft wirklich funktioniert

Author: George A. Akerlof,Robert J. Shiller

Publisher: Campus Verlag

ISBN: 3593389371

Category: Political Science

Page: 300

View: 7054

Viel zu lange hat die Ökonomie einen der wichtigsten Faktoren im wirtschaftlichen Agieren von Menschen vernachlässigt: die Animal Spirits, also die nicht-rationalen Aspekte unseres Handelns. Ein großer Fehler, sagen George A. Akerlof und Robert J. Shiller, dessen Folgen wir in der Wirtschaftskrise täglich neu zu spüren bekommen. Sie fordern, das Verhalten des Menschen in der Wirtschaft wieder stärker zu berücksichtigen, anstatt sich auf reinen Marktglauben zu konzentrieren. Dieses Buch ist das Ergebnis ihrer langjährigen Forschungsarbeit. Es zeigt uns, wie erfolgreiches ökonomisches Denken und Handeln in der Zukunft aussehen muss.

Das Zeitalter der Fugger

Author: Richard Ehrenberg

Publisher: Georg Olms Verlag

ISBN: 9783487400624

Category: Banks and banking

Page: 420

View: 967


Frontiers of Modern Asset Allocation

Author: Paul D. Kaplan

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 111817299X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 416

View: 4770

Innovative approaches to putting asset allocation intopractice Building on more than 15 years of asset-allocation research,Paul D. Kaplan, who led the development of the methodologies behindthe Morningstar Rating(TM) and the Morningstar Style Box(TM),tackles key challenges investor professionals face when puttingasset-allocation theory into practice. This book addresses commonissues such as: How should asset classes be defined? Should equities be divided into asset classes based oninvestment style, geography, or other factors? Should asset classes be represented by market-cap-weightedindexes or should other principles, such as fundamental weights, beused? How do actively managed funds fit into asset-class mixes? Kaplan also interviews industry luminaries who have greatlyinfluenced the evolution of asset allocation, including HarryMarkowitz, Roger Ibbotson, and the late Benoit Mandelbrot.Throughout the book, Kaplan explains allocation theory, creates newstrategies, and corrects common misconceptions, offering originalinsights and analysis. He includes three appendices that put theoryinto action with technical details for new asset-allocationframeworks, including the next generation of portfolio constructiontools, which Kaplan dubs "Markowitz 2.0."