**Course co-ordinator(s):** Prof Andrew Cairns (Edinburgh), Dr Matthias Fahrenwaldt (Edinburgh), Dr Karamjeet Singh (Malaysia).

**Aims:**

This course aims to provide students with an introduction to the basic concepts and models of financial mathematics.

**Summary:**

- Simple interest
- Compound interest and discount
- Time units and effective rates of interest
- Accumulations and present values of discrete-time cashflows
- Varying rates of interest
- Annuities
- Yields
- Measuring rates of return
- Loan schedules
- Fixed-interest securities
- Discounted Cash Flows

## Detailed Information

**Pre-requisites:** none.

**Location: **Edinburgh, Malaysia.

**Semester: **1.

**Learning Outcomes: Subject Mastery**

At the end of studying this course, students should be able to:

- Describe the basic concepts of simple and compound interest.
- Calculate the present value or accumulation of any set of discrete-time cashflows, at constant or varying rates of interest
- Derive and use simple formulae for values of level and increasing annuities-certain
- Explain the concept of the yield on a series of cashflows, and its limitations
- Calculate time-weighted, money-weighted and internal linked rates of return
- Analyse loan schedules, including simple alterations
- Describe basic fixed-interest securities, and calculate prices and yields allowing for tax
- Understand, the discounted cash flow model and know what internal rates of return (IRR), net present values (NPV) and break-even durations are

**Reading list:**

- Garrett, S.J. (2013). An Introduction to the Mathematics of Finance (second edition). Butterworth-Heinemann.
- Zima, P. & Brown, R.L. (1996).
*Schaum’s Outline: Mathematics of Finance (Second Edition)*, McGraw Hill.

**Assessment Methods:**

There will be a two-hour end-of-course examination, contributing 90% of the total mark. During the second half of the semester there will be an Excel-based assignment counting for 10% of the total mark.

**SCQF Level: **8.

**Credits:** 15.

## Other Information

**Help:** If you have any problems or questions
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