llsms2224  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
30.0 h
You should have a knowledge of basic topics in statistics, econometrics and finance such as those covered in the following courses:
Fundamental mathematical and statistical concepts (such as those covered in Mathématiques avancées et fondements d'économétrie [ LECGE1337 ])
Advanced Finance [LLSMS2100A or LLSMS2100B]
In addition, this course is reserved for students with a bachelor's degree in business engineering or students with equivalent quantitative method skills
Main themes
This course overviews topics in computational finance and financial econometrics (data sciences applied to finance).
The emphasis of the course will be on making the transition from an economic model of asset return behavior to an econometric model using real data.
This involves:
  1. exploratory data analysis;
  2. specification of models to explain the data;
  3. estimation and evaluation of models;
  4. testing the economic implications of the model;
  5. forecasting from the model.
The modeling process requires the use of economic theory, matrix algebra, optimization techniques, probability models, statistical analysis/econometrics, and statistical software (R).
Both edX and DataCamp plateforms will be used to allow practical training and continuous learning on R.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


Upon completion of this course, students are expected to complete the following key tasks:

  1. Have a good understanding of important issues in financial econometrics and computational finance;
  2. Be able to apply concepts and tools learned in class.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to develop the following capabilities :

         3. Knowledge and reasoning;

         4. Critical thinking skills.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The following topics will be covered:
  1. Introduction to R manipulation and programming (1x3h)
  2. Expected utility framework and modern portfolio theory using R (3x3h)
  3. Refresher on basic econometrics and linear regression (1x3h)
  4. TS topics (including volatility modelling) (3x3h)
  5. GMM estimation applied to asset pricing (1x3h)
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] : Business Engineering

Master [120] : Business Engineering