1st Edition

Introduction to Financial Derivatives with Python

By Elisa Alòs, Raúl Merino Copyright 2023
    252 Pages 91 B/W Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

    252 Pages 91 B/W Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

    Introduction to Financial Derivatives with Python is an ideal textbook for an undergraduate course on derivatives, whether on a finance, economics, or financial mathematics programme. As well as covering all of the essential topics one would expect to be covered, the book also includes the basis of the numerical techniques most used in the financial industry, and their implementation in Python.


    • Connected to a Github repository with the codes in the book. The repository can be accessed at https://bit.ly/3bllnuf
    • Suitable for undergraduate students, as well as anyone who wants a gentle introduction to the principles of quantitative finance
    • No pre-requisites required for programming or advanced mathematics beyond basic calculus

    1. Introduction. 1.1. Financial Markets. 1.2. Derivatives. 1.3. Time has a Value. 1.4. No-Arbitrage Principle. 1.5. Chapter’s Digest. 1.6. Exercises. 2. Futures and Forwards. 2.1. Forward Contracts: Definitions. 2.2. Futures. 2.3. Why to use Forwards and Futures? 2.4. The Fair Delivery Price: The Forward Price. 2.5. Chapter’s Digest. 2.6. Exercises. 3. Options. 3.1. Call and Put Options. 3.2. The Intrinsic Value of an Option. 3.3. Some Properties of Option Prices. 3.4. Speculation with Options. 3.5. Some Classical Strategies. 3.6. Draw your Strategy with Python. 3.7. Chapter’s Digest. 3.8. Exercises. 4. Exotic Options. 4.1. Binary Options. 4.2. Forward Start Options. 4.3. Path-Dependent Options. 4.4. Spread and Basket Options. 4.5. Bermuda Options. 4.6. Chapter’s Digest. 4.7. Exercises. 5. The Binomial Model. 5.1. The Single-Period Binomial Model. 5.2. The Multi-Period Binomial Model. 5.3. The Greeks in the Binomial Model. 5.4. Coding the Binomial Model. 5.5. Chapter’s Digest. 5.6. Exercises. 6. A Continuous-Time Pricing Model. 6.1. Creating Some Intuition. 6.2. The Black-Scholes-Merton Framework. 6.3. THE BLACK-SCHOLES-MERTON EQUATION. 6.4. The Black-Scholes-Merton Formula. 6.5. The Black-Scholes-Merton Model from a Probabilistic Perspective. 6.6. The Black-Scholes-Merton Price and the Binomial Price. 6.7. The Greeks in the Black-Scholes-Merton Model. 6.8. Other Assets. 6.9. Drawbacks of the Black-Scholes-Merton Model. 6.10. Chapter’s Digest. 6.11. Exercises. 7. Monte Carlo Methods. 7.1. The Need of General Option Pricing Tools. 7.2. Mathematical Foundations of Monte Carlo Methods. 7.3. Option Pricing with Monte Carlo Methods. 7.4. European Options that Depend on the Final Price of Two Assets. 7.5. Chapter’s Digest. 7.6. Exercises. 8. The Volatility. 8.1. Historical Volatilities. 8.2. The Spot Volatility. 8.3. The Implied Volatility. 8.4. Chapter’s Digest. 8.5. Exercises. 9. Replicating Portfolios. 9.1. Replicating Portfolios for the Binomial Model. 9.2. Replicating Portfolios for the Black-Scholes-Merton Model. 9.3. Chapter’s Digest. 9.4. Exercises.


    Elisa Alòs holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Barcelona. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and Business at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and a Barcelona GSE Affiliated Professor. Her research focus has been on the applications of the Malliavin calculus and the fractional Brownian motion in mathematical finance and volatility modelling since he past fourteen years.

    Raúl Merino has been working full-time in the industry as Risk Quant since 2008. He is also an Associate Professor at Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) where he teaches the course "Financial Derivatives and Risk Management". Raul holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Barcelona. In his Ph.D. he studied the use of decomposition formulas in stochastic volatility models. His research interests are stochastic analysis and applied mathematics, with a special focus on applications to mathematical finance.