Posts Tagged ‘ finance ’

Pricing options on multiple assets (part 1) with trees

June 19, 2012
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Pricing options on multiple assets (part 1) with trees

I am a big fan of trees. It is a very nice way to see how financial pricing works, for derivatives. An with a matrix-based language (R for instance), it is extremely simple to compute almost everything. Even multiple assets options. Let us see how ...

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Time series cross-validation 4: forecasting the S&P 500

June 11, 2012
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Time series cross-validation 4: forecasting the S&P 500

I finally got around to publishing my time series cross-validation package to github, and I plan to push it out to CRAN  shortly. You can clone the repo using github for mac, for windows, or linux, and then run the following script to...

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Correlations, dimension, and risk measure

May 4, 2012
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Correlations, dimension, and risk measure

Yesterday, while I was attending the IFM2 conference, at HEC Montreal, I heard a nice talk about credit risk, and a comparison between contagion (or at least default correlation), for corporate and retail companies (in the US). And it was mentioned...

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Rmetrics financial engineering workshop

April 24, 2012
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For those looking for an in-depth workshop on financial engineering with R, look no further than the R/Rmetrics Workshop and Summer School held annually in beautiful Meielisalp, Switzerland. This is an intimate workshop limited to around 50 participants, and features tutorials from leading practitioners in finance with R. This year's workshop takes plase June 24-28. You can find the...

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See how Deloitte uses R for actuarial analysis

March 29, 2012
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Many thanks to Jim Guszcza (Predictive Analytics lead at Deloitte Consulting and Assistant Professor at UW-Madison) who gave a great webinar presentation yesterday on actuarial analysis with R. Jim's demo (starting at the 20 minute mark in the video replay below) is a great way to get a sense of how R is used for exploratory data analysis and...

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R/Finance 2012 program announced, registration open

March 21, 2012
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Registration is now open for R/Finance 2012 in Chicago, the conference devoted to applications of R in the financial sector. The program has also been announced, with topics including: modelling insurance claim reserves; risk management in power markets; peer performance of hedge funds; hedging event risk; operational risk measurement with R and RevoScaleR; and many other applications of R....

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Video: Using R in Academic Finance

March 13, 2012
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The slides and replay for Dr Sanjiv Das's webinar, Using R for Analyzing Loans, Portfolios and Risk: From Academic Theory to Financial Practice are now available. I've embedded the slides below: they tell a great story of how Das, after being mistaken for the then-CEO of Citibank (with whom he shares a name) was then led to research (using...

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Dr Sanjiv Das presents "Using R for Analyzing Loans, Portfolios and Risk"

March 5, 2012
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In a free webinar tomorrow at 10AM Pacific, Professor of Finance Dr Sanjiv Das will present, "Using R for Analyzing Loans, Portfolios and Risk: From Academic Theory to Financial Practice". I saw a version of Dr Das's talk a couple of months ago at the Bay Area R User Group meeting, and it was outstanding. I particularly recall his...

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R in Financial Services Viewpoint newsletter

February 17, 2012
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The Winter 2012 edition of Sybase's Financial Services Viewpoint newsletter includes two articles related to R. The "Industry Insight" article "R is Hot" (written by yours truly) is a one-page summary of the R phenomenon: what it is, how it's used, and how it's revolutionizing data analysis. The "Industry Insight" article by SAP's Melinda Wilson, "R swings the pendulum...

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An R script for estimating future inflation via the Treasury market

February 6, 2012
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One factor that is critical for any financial planning is estimating what future inflation will be. For example, if you’re saving money in an instrument that gains 3% per year, and inflation is estimated to be 4% per year, well then you’re losing m...

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