Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


A.Y. Credits
2016/2017 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Laura Gardini

Assigned to the Degree Course

Economics and management (L-18)
Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

 The course aims to provide the basic elements of financial mathematics and classical valuation of bonds (items which have become indispensable in many of the sectors in which a graduate in Economics may operate), and aims to teach to perform the most common financial calculations (valuation of flows, amortization schedules, bonds, spot and forward interest rate structures). To this end, the basic concepts of standard financial mathematics are introduced, with examples and applications related to practices commonly ised in workplaces and in financial markets.


Course outline:

The basic rules for financial compounding.

Interest rates estimation.

Annuities and financial flows

Redemption plan of indebtedness, with several applications.

Valuation and management of fixed income securities

Duration and Yield curve estimation

Selection criteria of riskless financial flows

 Basic Financial Transactions Elementary: The Interest in Simple, Actuarial and Compound Regime, Comparison of three Financial arrangements, equivalent exchange rates.

Annuities and Constitution Capital: with fixed rates with variable rates.

Amortization: General requirements. Particular Amortization schedules. Amortization of capital with constant capital rates (Italian), with constant annuity (French). Amortization plan with two rates (American type). Other repayment plans. Leasing. Settlement value.

Evaluation of financial flows: Value, Makeham formula. Evaluation Criteria of Investment. Net Present value Criterion (NPV). Internal Rate of yield or cost (IR). Comparison between NPV and IR.

Arithmetic Average Maturity. Financial Average Maturity. Duration. Flat Duration and Modified Duration. Convexity.

Bonds and related properties.

Bridging Courses


Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

It is expected the learning of the basic elements of classical mathematical finance leading to the knowledge and understanding of this subject and to its use and application in the framework of different contexts. The ability of the autonomous use of the financial techniques in several activities and works in this sector are also expected, as well as making autonomous judgements ability, learning and communication abilities.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Course books

Castagnoli, Cigola, Peccati, "Financial Calculus with applications" EGEA, Milano, 2013.


3 exercises followed by an oral examination.

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