FE535 Introduction to Financial Risk Management
Course Catalog Description
Introduction
The course will review different topics related to risk modeling and management, specifically in line with Financial Risk Manager (FRM) Parts I and II (mainly Part I). The class will begin with basic topics related to Quantitative Analysis and Financial Market Products, covering derivatives and options. The first part of the class will be dedicated to Market Risk and how to use derivatives to manage risk. Later in the class, we will cover topics related to Credit Risk, which will relate to measuring default risk and managing credit risk. Additionally, the students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge in two miniprojects over the semester. Past tutorials are available to further assist the students to meet their goals and equip them with the necessary tools needed to tackle real data risk management problems.
Campus  Fall  Spring  Summer 

On Campus  X  X  
Web Campus  X  X 
Instructors
Professor  Office  

Majeed Simaan  msimaan@stevens.edu  Babbio 629 
Khaldoun Khashanah  kkhashan@stevens.edu  Babbio 543 
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Course Outcome
The objective of the course is to learn the main financial concepts and analytical tools in risk management. Lectures will be combined with discussions, inclass labs, and applied projects using real data and computations. As a result, the aim of the class is to help students to both think and act as professional risk managers. Additionally, the class aims to cover different topics from FRM Parts I and II, aiding the students to comprehend the exam materials from a deeper perspective.
After successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
 Model risk using stochastic processes
 Use statistical analysis of financial data for risk pricing and management
 Understand different types of asset classes and derivatives
 Identify different types of risk such as model, market, and credit
 Apply derivatives for linear and nonlinear risk management
Course Resources
Textbook
Financial Risk Manager Handbook, + Test Bank: FRM Part I / Part II 6th Edition by Philippe Jorion
Additional References
Risk Management and Financial Institutions (Wiley Finance) 4th Edition by John C. Hull
The Economic Foundations of Risk Management: Theory, Practice, and Applications by Robert A. Jarrow
The Essentials of Risk Management (McGrawHill) 2nd Edition by Michel Crouhy, Dan Galai , and Robert Mark
Risk Management and Simulation by Aparna Gupta
HANDOUTSPractical Methods of Financial Engineering and Risk Management: Tools for Modern Financial Professionals by Rupak Chatterjee
Grading
Grading Policies
Type  Weights  Notes 

Midterm  30%  The midterm will be in the same fashion as the FRM exam. It will mainly include all chapters that we cover during the first half of the course. 
Final Term  30%  The final will be in the same fashion as the FRM exam. It will mainly include all chapters that we cover during the second half of the course. 
MiniProjects  20% 
There will be 2 miniprojects over the semester. Each
submission counts as 10 points of the final grade. The
projects will be completed and graded as a team. For each
project, a presentation is required.
Presentation: upon submission, teams are expected to present their work and highlight individual contribution and synergy. Each presentation counts as 5 points and will be graded on the individual level. Note: the assignments will require computation and working with data. I will provide handouts and tutorials on this. These will be mainly conducted using R. Nonetheless, teams are welcome to use any other programming language or statistical software. However, my contribution is limited to R. 
Labs  10%  We will have multiple labs during classes. The purpose of these is to encourage discussion among the team members and apply recently learned topics. The labs will require some computer computations. Hence, the students are encouraged to work with their laptops. 
Participation  10%  Discussions are highly encouraged, including class
attendance and general participation. Additionally,
attendance will be taken over the course of the semester.
The class will integrate DataCamp (DC) as part of the programming process. There will be multiple assignments over the semester that will count as part of your class participation. 
Lecture Outline
Week  Topic  Reading  Assignment 

Week 1  Intro to Risk Management  Ch. 1 from Jorion
Recommended: Ch.1 from Hull 

Week 2  Portfolio Theory and CAPM  Ch. 1 from Jorion
Recommended: Ch.1 from Hull 
Refresh your probability and statistics knowledge: read Ch. 2 and Ch 3 from Jorion 
Week 3  Modeling and Simulation: Law of Large Numbers  Ch. 4 from Jorion
Recommended: Ch. 7 from Hull 

Week 4  Modeling and Simulation:Brownian Motion (BM)  see above  Lab 1 Due 
Week 5  Calibration of Geometric BM and application to RM  see above  Lab 2 Due 
Week 6  Introduction to Bonds, Time Value of Money  Ch. 6 from Jorion  Lab 3 Due 
Week 7  Interest Rate Risk  Case Study: LTCM
Project 1 Update Lab 4 Due (no submission) 

Week 8  Midterm Review  Midterm Week  
Week 9  Introduction to Derivatives  Ch. 7 from Jorion
Recommended: Ch. 5 from Hull For further information on the OTC market refer to Ch 18 from Hull 
Project 1 Due 
Week 10  Introduction to Derivatives II  see above  
Week 11  Managing Linear Risk  Ch. 13 from Jorion
Recommended: Ch.8 from Hull 

Week 12  Managing Linear Risk II  see above  Project 2 Update 
Week 13  Option Markets  Ch. 8 from Jorion
Recommended: Ch.8 from Hull 
Lab 5 Due 
Week 14  Managing NonLinear Risk  Ch. 14 from Jorion
Recommended: Ch.8 from Hull 
Lab 6 
Week 15  Special Topic + Final Review  Project 2 Due  
Week 16  Exam II 