1. Minimising Regret in Portfolio Optimisation (Simões)
When looking for an "optimal" portfolio the traditional approach is to either try to minimise risk or maximise profit. While this approach is probably correct for someone investing their own wealth, usually traders and fund managers have other concerns. They are often assessed taking into account others' performance, and so their decisions are molded by that. We will present a model for this decision making process and try to find our own "optimal" portfolio.
2. Systemic risk in financial networks (Murevics)
Abstract: In this paper I present a framework for studying systemic risk and financial contagion in interbank networks. The current financial health of institutions is expressed through an abstract measure of robustness, and the evolution of robustness in time is described through a system of stochastic differential equations. Using this model I then study how the structure of the interbank lending network affects the spread of financial contagion through different contagion channels and compare the results for different network structures. Finally I outline the future directions for developing this model.
- Mathematical Finance Internal Seminar