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Financial Math

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This course provides students with a fundamental knowledge of financial mathematics. Student will learn how to apply this knowledge when understanding calculating the time value of money, both present and accumulated. There will be a focus on various cash flows as they apply to reserving, pricing, investments, and budgeting. Student will also be introduced to derivatives and no-arbitrage. This course will provide students the basic material to be mastered for the Financial Mathematics professional Examination.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5 weeks

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    Financial Economics Introduction

    • Explain a put call parity calculation.
    • Explain how the No-Arbitrage concept is used to calculate theoretical value of swaps, forwards, and futures.
    • Compare different hedging strategies.
    • Calculate the value of derivative contracts.
    • Define Financial Market Investment Instrument related terms.
    • Explain the connection between various investment products.

    Time Value of Money (Miracle of Compound Interest)

    • Define Interest calculation vocabulary.
    • Identify 4 items necessary in an interest calculation.
    • Explain the connection between different interest rate types.
    • Describe the Equation of Value given a set of cash flows and an interest rate type value.
    • Calculate the Time Value of Money.

    Annuities and other Cash Flows not Contingent

    • Define Annuity Terms.
    • Explain the connection between the components of an annuity.
    • Calculate an annuity.
    • Describe the process to determine the price of stock using the dividend discount model.


    • Define Loan Terms.
    • Explain the connection between the different components of a loan.
    • Calculate the outstanding balance of loan.
    • Calculate the amount of principal and interest in any payment.

    Bonds, General Cash Flow and Immunizations

    • Define bond, general cash flow, and immunization terms.
    • Explain the connection between the components of a bond.
    • Describe constructing an investment portfolio based on 3 methods: 1) Full Immunization, 2)matching present value/duration, and 3) exactly matching cash flows.
    • Calculate portfolio yield rate and duration.
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