Past Mathematical Finance Internal Seminar

1 December 2017
13:00
Alexander Cox (University of Bath)
Abstract

In this paper, we consider the pricing and hedging of a financial derivative for an insider trader, in a model-independent setting. In particular, we suppose that the insider wants to act in a way which is independent of any modelling assumptions, but that she observes market information in the form of the prices of vanilla call options on the asset. We also assume that both the insider’s information, which takes the form of a set of impossible paths, and the payoff of the derivative are time-invariant. This setup allows us to adapt recent work of Beiglboeck, Cox, and Huesmann [BCH16] to prove duality results and a monotonicity principle, which enables us to determine geometric properties of the optimal models. Moreover, we show that this setup is powerful, in that we are able to find analytic and numerical solutions to certain pricing and hedging problems. (Joint with B. Acciaio and M. Huesmann)

  • Mathematical Finance Internal Seminar
3 November 2017
13:00
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Rita Maria del Rio Chanona and Johannes Wiesel
Abstract

Rita Maria del Rio Chanona:

Global financial contagion on a Multiplex Network

We explore the global financial system, in particular the risk of global financial contagion through network theory. Although there is extensive literature on contagion in networks, we argue that it is important to consider different channels of contagion. Therefore we deem into the multilayer framework, where nodes are countries and each layer represents a different type of financial obligation. The multiplex network is built using data provided by collaborators in the IMF. We study contagion with a percolation model and conclude that financial shocks can be amplified considerably when the multilayer structure is taken into account.


Johannes Wiesel:

Robust Superhedging vs Robust Statistics

In this talk I try to reconcile the different understanding of robustness in mathematical finance and statistics. Motivated by recent advances in the estimation of risk measures, I present estimators for the superhedging price of a claim given a history of observed prices. I discuss weak efficiency and convergence speed of these estimators. Besides I explain how to apply classical notions of sensitivity for the estimation procedure. This talk is based on ongoing work with Jan Obloj.

 

  • Mathematical Finance Internal Seminar
20 October 2017
13:00
Christoph Siebenbrunner and Andreas Sojmark
Abstract

Christoph Siebenbrunner:

Clearing Algorithms and Network Centrality

I show that the solution of a standard clearing model commonly used in contagion analyses for financial systems can be expressed as a specific form of a generalized Katz centrality measure under conditions that correspond to a system-wide shock. This result provides a formal explanation for earlier empirical results which showed that Katz-type centrality measures are closely related to contagiousness. It also allows assessing the assumptions that one is making when using such centrality measures as systemic risk indicators. I conclude that these assumptions should be considered too strong and that, from a theoretical perspective, clearing models should be given preference over centrality measures in systemic risk analyses.


Andreas Sojmark:

An SPDE Model for Systemic Risk with Default Contagion

In this talk, I will present a structural model for systemic risk, phrased as an interacting particle system for $N$ financial institutions, where each institution is removed upon default and this has a contagious effect on the rest of the system. Moreover, the financial instituions display herding behavior and they are exposed to correlated noise, which turns out to be an important driver of the contagion mechanism. Ultimately, the motivation is to provide a clearer connection between the insights from dynamic mean field models and the detailed study of contagion in the (mostly static) network-based literature. Mathematically, we prove a propagation of chaos type result for the large population limit, where the limiting object is characterized as the unique solution to a nonlinear SPDE on the positive half-line with Dirichlet boundary. This is based on joint work with Ben Hambly and I will also point out some interesting future directions, which are part of ongoing work with Sean Ledger.

  • Mathematical Finance Internal Seminar
9 June 2017
13:00
Pietro Siorpaes
Abstract


Martingale optimal transport is a variant of the classical optimal transport problem where a martingale constraint is imposed on the coupling. In a recent paper, Beiglböck, Nutz and Touzi show that in dimension one there is no duality gap and that the dual problem admits an optimizer. A key step towards this achievement is the characterization of the polar sets of the family of all martingale couplings. Here we aim to extend this characterization to arbitrary finite dimension through a deeper study of the convex order

 

  • Mathematical Finance Internal Seminar

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