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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Mathematical Sciences


Associate Professor Gregoire Loeper



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


Efficient market hypothesis. Extreme events. Volatility clustering. Poisson process. Hawke's process. Correlation estimators. Hayashi-Yoshida estimator. Lead-lag. Market impact. Optimal execution. Agent models.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Develop specialised financial skills within the fields of statistics and probability theory.
  2. Understand the complex connections between specialised financial and mathematical concepts.
  3. Apply critical thinking to problems in statistics and probability that relate to financial markets.
  4. Apply problem solving skills within the finance context.
  5. Formulate expert solutions to practical financial problems using specialised cognitive and technical skills within the fields of statistics and probability.
  6. Communicate complex information in an accessible format to a non-mathematical audience.


Weekly homework: 10%
Assignments: 10%
Minor project: 10%
Exam: 70%

Workload requirements

Two 1.5-hour lectures and one 1-hour tutorial per week

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Chief examiner(s)


Only students enrolled in the Master of Financial Mathematics can enrol in this unit. Exceptions can be made with permission from the unit co-ordinator.