6/7 Dec 2021
CERA, Module 0: A Refresher Course in Financial Mathematics & Risk Measurement
The European Actuarial Academy is one of the main providers of actuarial education – especially when it comes to Enterprise Risk Management (ERM). The concept of ERM has gained significant momentum in the insurance industry and beyond.
We offer a series of four training courses and exams (through DAV) to all actuaries who want to deepen their knowledge in Enterprise Risk Management and gain the international ERM-credential CERA. The defining characteristics of the CERA-credential as offered by the European Actuarial Academy are:
The Web Session 'A Refresher Course in Financial Mathematics and Risk Measurement'
The web session gives an introduction to modern financial mathematics and derivative pricing. It is designed to prepare actuaries without adequate training in these fields for the quantitative parts of the CERA education. The web session is moreover an ideal learning opportunity for actuaries who want to become acquainted with or refresh their knowledge in these highly relevant fields.
The online course begins with a repetition of basic concepts in probability theory including characteristics of random variables such as moments and quantiles. In order to prepare the analysis of dynamic financial models we introduce the idea of conditional expectations and we discuss stochastic processes in discrete time. The online session continues with an introduction to financial mathematics. We study risk neutral valuation and the hedging of derivatives in discrete-time models. The last part of the web session is devoted an introduction to financial mathematics in continuous time. Topics covered include stochastic processes in continuous time such as Brownian motion and the Ito formula, the Black Scholes model and the pricing and hedging of simple stock and bond options. The web session consists of lectures interspersed by short exercise sessions where participants can apply the probabilistic techniques hands on.
Organised by the EAA - European Actuarial Academy GmbH
The web session is open to all persons who are interested in deepening their quantitative skills in the fields of financial mathematics and risk measurement.
Technical RequirementsPlease check with your IT department if your firewall and computer settings support web session participation (the programme Zoom is used for this online training). Please also make sure that you are joining the web session with a stable internet connection.
Purpose and Nature
Rüdiger FreyRüdiger Frey is Professor of Mathematics and Finance at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). Prior to that, he held positions as Professor of Optimization and Financial Mathematics at the University of Leipzig and various academic positions at the University of Zurich and at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. He holds a diploma in mathematics from the University of Bonn where he received his PhD in financial economics in 1996. His main research fields are quantitative risk management, dynamic credit risk models and the pricing and hedging of derivatives under incompleteness and market frictions. Rüdiger has published research papers in leading international academic journals and has given seminars at a number of important international conferences and institutions. He is coauthor of the popular book "Quantitative Risk Management: Concepts Techniques & Tools" (Princeton University Press, second edition 2015), which was rated as one of the Top 10 Technical Books of 2006 on Financial Engineering, by Financial Engineering News. Rüdiger has also been involved in consulting projects for Swiss and German insurance companies and banks and is frequently giving practitioner training courses.
Jochen WolfSince 2005, Jochen Wolf has been Professor for Mathematics and Economics at the Hochschule Koblenz. Before, he worked for several years at the German financial supervisor BaFin where he was responsible for various aspects of insurance supervision. At BaFin he was also involved in the Solvency II project. Prior to joining BaFin, Prof. Wolf held various research positions in stochastic analysis at Universität Jena and at the Université Paris-Nord. He holds a diploma in mathematics from the Universität Mainz and a doctorate in mathematics (focus probability) from the Universität Jena. Professor Wolf is actively involved in the actuarial education at the German actuarial association (DAV).
The CERA exams are organised by the Deutsche Aktuarvereinigung e. V. (German Association of Actuaries) in German and English.
For further information and exam registrations, please contact Tim Kampmann at
firstname.lastname@example.org. If this would be your first CERA exam, please kindly send a certificate confirming that you are a full member of your actuarial association via e-mail in addition.