Credit and interest rate risk

llsms2226  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Credit and interest rate risk
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
Advanced courses in probability theory and finance course covering financial markets and products. Corresponding UCl course:
  • LLSMS2225 (Elements of Stochastic calculus)
  • LLSMS2100 (Advanced Finance)
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
  1. Part I : Black-Scholes Model (discrete time Cox-Ross-Rubinstein, continuous time model Black-Scholes-Merton, greeks)
  2. Part II: arbitrage-free pricing (fundamental theorem of asset pricing).
  3. Part III : Interest rates products (FRAs, Swaps, caps, floors) and pricing (affine short rate model, arbres binomiaux).
  4. Part IV : Limits of the model and advanced methods.

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


During their programme, students of the LSM Master¿s in management or Master¿s in Business engineering will have developed the following capabilities¿

2.2 Master highly specific knowledge in one or two areas of management : advanced and current research-based knowledge and methods.

2.3 Articulate the acquired knowledge from different areas of management.

2.4 Activate and apply the acquired knowledge accordingly to solve a problem.

3.1 Conduct a clear, structured, analytical reasoning by applying, and eventually adapting, scientifically based conceptual frameworks and models,to define and analyze a problem.

6.1 Work in a team :Join in and collaborate with team members. Be open and take into consideration the different points of view and ways of thinking, manage differences and conflicts constructively, accept diversity.

8.1 Express a clear and structured message, both orally and in writing in their mother tongue, in English and ideally, in a third language, adapted to the audience and using context specific communication standards.

8.3 Persuade and negotiate :understand the needs and viewpoints of others, put forward their reasoning in an appropriate, relevant and persuasive manner, able to bring out points of agreement, even in antagonistic situations.


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”.
Using the technical concepts introduced in LLSMS2225, the objective of this course is to introduce fundamental concepts associated to derivatives valuation under the no-arbitrage assumption. After a detailed derivation of the Black Scholes formula and its connections with LLSMS2225, the focus will be set to interest rates and credit risk modeling.
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Ex-cathedra courses enriched with exercises on R and group and/or individual projects.
Students will be asked to prepare some courses before joining the classes.
The main objective of the projects is to make the concepts more concrete and to facilitate the learining processes.
Students will have to study and present the valuation and hedging strategy of a derivatives product (to be determined togather with the professor).
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Continuous evaluation (projects with implementation in R)
  • Date: Will be specified later
  • Type of evaluation:  Report + oral presentation (teamwork, 30% of final grade) and assessment of individual contribution during the exam session (10% of final grade, see below)
  • Comments: No
Evaluation week
  • Oral: No
  • Written: No
  • Unavailability or comments: No
Examination session
  • Oral: Yes
  • Written: No
  • Comments: The final examination is made of three parts :
    • exam (exercises + theory) (55% of final grade)
    • One individual report (+/-5 pages) about ethics in financial modeling, to be sent the day before the exam (5% of the final grade)
    • discussion with the teaching assistant to assess the individual contribution of the student in the group project (10% of final grade). Attention : the grade of the project(s) (i.e. both the group and individual contributions to the project, being worth 30% of the final grade) will be set to 0 for the students who would not show up at this individual evaluation.
  • Slides, Excel workbook and R code
- Hull, J. Options, Futures and Other derivatives.
- Portrait & Poncet, Finance de marché, Dalloz, 2009.
- Joshi, M. : Concepts and Practice of Mathematical Finance, Cambridge University Press, 2003.
- Shreve, S. : Stochastic calculus for Finance I & II, Springer 2004.
Teaching materials
  • Slides, Excel workbook and R code
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Economics: General

Master [120] : Business Engineering

Master [120] : Business Engineering