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## Prerequisites

• Calculus
• Probability and statistics
• Linear algebra

Due to challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, start dates for the MITx MicroMasters® Program in Finance courses have been postponed until Fall 2020.

Please note: the dates listed for each course are tentative and subject to change. If we make any further changes to the program schedule, we will share this information with you via email, and make it available on our website.

Modern finance is the science of decision making in an uncertain world, and its language is mathematics. As part of the MicroMasters® Program in Finance, this course develops the tools needed to describe financial markets, make predictions in the face of uncertainty, and find optimal solutions to business and investment decisions.

This course will help anyone seeking to confidently model risky or uncertain outcomes. Its topics are essential knowledge for applying the theory of modern finance to real-world settings. Quants, traders, risk managers, investment managers, investment advisors, developers, and engineers will all be able to apply these tools and techniques.

The course is excellent preparation for anyone planning to take the CFA exams.

### What you'll learn

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• Probability distributions in finance
• Time-series models: random walks, ARMA, and GARCH
• Continuous-time stochastic processes
• Optimization
• Linear algebra of asset pricing
• Statistical and econometric analysis
• Monte Carlo simulation
• Applied computational techniques

### Syllabus

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Learning modules:

1. Probability: review of laws probability; common distributions of financial mathematics; CLT, LLN, characteristic functions, asymptotics.

2. Statistics: statistical inference and hypothesis tests; time series tests and econometric analysis; regression methods

3. Time-series models: random walks and Bernoulli trials; recursive calculations for Markov processes; basic properties of linear time series models (AR(p), MA(q), GARCH(1,1)); first-passage properties; applications to forecasting and trading strategies.

4. Continuous time stochastic processes: continuous time limits of discrete processes; properties of Brownian motion; introduction to Itô calculus; solving differential equations of finance; applications to derivative pricing and risk management.

5. Linear algebra: review of axioms and operations on linear spaces; covariance and correlation matrices; applications to asset pricing.

6. Optimization: Lagrange multipliers and multivariate optimization; inequality constraints and quadratic programming; Markov decision processes and dynamic programming; variational methods; applications to portfolio construction, algorithmic trading, and best execution.|

7. Numerical methods: Monte Carlo techniques; quadratic programming

Paul F. Mende
Senior Lecturer, Sloan School of Management
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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