1st Edition

Monte Carlo Methods and Models in Finance and Insurance

By Ralf Korn, Elke Korn, Gerald Kroisandt Copyright 2010
    484 Pages 44 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    484 Pages 44 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Offering a unique balance between applications and calculations, Monte Carlo Methods and Models in Finance and Insurance incorporates the application background of finance and insurance with the theory and applications of Monte Carlo methods. It presents recent methods and algorithms, including the multilevel Monte Carlo method, the statistical Romberg method, and the Heath–Platen estimator, as well as recent financial and actuarial models, such as the Cheyette and dynamic mortality models.

    The authors separately discuss Monte Carlo techniques, stochastic process basics, and the theoretical background and intuition behind financial and actuarial mathematics, before bringing the topics together to apply the Monte Carlo methods to areas of finance and insurance. This allows for the easy identification of standard Monte Carlo tools and for a detailed focus on the main principles of financial and insurance mathematics. The book describes high-level Monte Carlo methods for standard simulation and the simulation of stochastic processes with continuous and discontinuous paths. It also covers a wide selection of popular models in finance and insurance, from Black–Scholes to stochastic volatility to interest rate to dynamic mortality.

    Through its many numerical and graphical illustrations and simple, insightful examples, this book provides a deep understanding of the scope of Monte Carlo methods and their use in various financial situations. The intuitive presentation encourages readers to implement and further develop the simulation methods.

    Introduction and User Guide. Generating Random Numbers. The Monte Carlo Method: Basic Principles and Improvements. Simulating Continuous-Time Stochastic Processes with Continuous Paths. Simulating Financial Models and Pricing of Derivatives: Continuous Paths. Simulating Continuous-Time Stochastic Processes: Discontinuous Paths. Simulating Financial Models: Discontinuous Paths. Simulating Actuarial Models. References. Index.


    Ralf Korn is a professor of financial mathematics at the University of Kaiserslautern and a member of the scientific advisory board of Fraunhofer ITWM in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

    Elke Korn is an independent financial mathematics consultant in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

    Gerald Kroisandt is a financial mathematician at Fraunhofer ITWM, in Kaiserslautern, Germany.