Ebook
Simulation and Optimization in Finance: Modeling with MATLAB, @Risk, or VBAISBN: 9780470882122
896 pages
September 2010

In recent years, there has been a notable increase in the use of simulation and optimization methods in the financial industry. Applications include portfolio allocation, risk management, pricing, and capital budgeting under uncertainty.
This accessible guide provides an introduction to the simulation and optimization techniques most widely used in finance, while at the same time offering background on the financial concepts in these applications. In addition, it clarifies difficult concepts in traditional models of uncertainty in finance, and teaches you how to build models with software. It does this by reviewing current simulation and optimization methodologyalong with available softwareand proceeds with portfolio risk management, modeling of random processes, pricing of financial derivatives, and real options applications.
 Contains a unique combination of finance theory and rigorous mathematical modeling emphasizing a handson approach through implementation with software
 Highlights not only classical applications, but also more recent developments, such as pricing of mortgagebacked securities
 Includes models and code in both spreadsheetbased software (@RISK, Solver, Evolver, VBA) and mathematical modeling software (MATLAB)
Filled with indepth insights and practical advice, Simulation and Optimization Modeling in Finance offers essential guidance on some of the most important topics in financial management.
Preface xi
About the Authors xvi
Acknowledgments xvii
CHAPTER 1 Introduction 1
Optimization; Simulation; Outline of Topics
PART ONE Fundamental Concepts
CHAPTER 2 Important Finance Concepts 11
Basic Theory of Interest; Asset Classes; Basic Trading Terminology; Calculating Rate of Return; Valuation;
Important Concepts in Fixed Income; Summary; Notes
CHAPTER 3 Random Variables, Probability Distributions, and Important Statistical Concepts 51
What is a Probability Distribution?; Bernoulli Probability Distribution and Probability Mass Functions; Binomial Probability Distribution and Discrete Distributions; Normal Distribution and Probability Density Functions; Concept of Cumulative Probability; Describing Distributions; Brief Overview of Some Important Probability Distributions; Dependence Between Two Random Variables: Covariance and Correlation; Sums of Random Variables; Joint Probability Distributions and Conditional Probability; From Probability Theory to Statistical Measurement: Probability Distributions and Sampling; Summary; Software Hints; Notes
CHAPTER 4 Simulation Modeling 101
Monte Carlo Simulation: A Simple Example; Why Use Simulation?; Important Questions in Simulation
Modeling; Random Number Generation; Summary; Software Hints; Notes
CHAPTER 5 Optimization Modeling 143
Optimization Formulations; Important Types of Optimization Problems; Optimization Problem Formulation Examples; Optimization Algorithms; Optimization Duality; Multistage Optimization; Optimization Software; Summary; Software Hints; Notes
CHAPTER 6 Optimization under Uncertainty 211
Dynamic Programming; Stochastic Programming; Robust Optimization; Summary; Notes
PART TWO Portfolio Optimization and Risk Measures
CHAPTER 7 Asset Diversification and Efficient Frontiers 245
The Case for Diversification; The Classical MeanVariance Optimization Framework; Efficient Frontiers; Alternative Formulations of the Classical MeanVariance Optimization Problem; The Capital Market Line; Expected Utility Theory; Summary; Software Hints; Notes
CHAPTER 8 Advances in the Theory of Portfolio Risk Measures 277
Classes of Risk Measures; ValueAtRisk; Conditional ValueAtRisk and the Concept of Coherent Risk
Measures; Summary; Software Hints; Notes
CHAPTER 9 Equity Portfolio Selection in Practice 321
The Investment Process; Portfolio Constraints Commonly Used in Practice; Benchmark Exposure and
Tracking Error Minimization; Incorporating Transaction Costs; Incorporating Taxes; Multiaccount
Optimization; Robust Parameter Estimation; Portfolio Resampling; Robust Portfolio Optimization; Summary;
Software Hints; Notes
CHAPTER 10 Fixed Income Portfolio Management in Practice 373
Measuring Bond Portfolio Risk; The Spectrum of Bond Portfolio Management Strategies; LiabilityDriven
Strategies; Summary; Notes
PART THREE Asset Pricing Models
CHAPTER 11 Factor Models 401
The Capital Asset Pricing Model; The Arbitrage Pricing Theory; Building Multifactor Models in Practice;
Applications of Factor Models in Portfolio Management; Summary; Software Hints; Notes
CHAPTER 12 Modeling Asset Price Dynamics 421
Binomial Trees; Arithmetic Random Walks; Geometric Random Walks; Mean Reversion; Advanced Random
Walk Models; Stochastic Processes; Summary; Software Hints; Notes
PART FOUR Derivative Pricing and Use
CHAPTER 13 Introduction to Derivatives 477
Basic Types of Derivatives; Important Concepts for Derivative Pricing and Use; Pricing Forwards and
Futures; Pricing Options; Pricing Swaps; Summary; Software Hints; Notes
CHAPTER 14 Pricing Derivatives by Simulation 531
Computing Option Prices with Crude Monte Carlo Simulation; Variance Reduction Techniques;
Quasirandom Number Sequences; More Simulation Application Examples; Summary; Software Hints; Notes
CHAPTER 15 Structuring and Pricing Residential MortgageBacked Securities 587
Types of AssetBacked Securities; MortgageBacked Securities: Important Terminology; Types of RMBS
Structures; Pricing RMBS by Simulation; Using Simulation to Estimate Sensitivity of RMBS Prices to Different Factors; Structuring RMBS Deals Using Dynamic Programming; Summary; Notes
CHAPTER 16 Using Derivatives in Portfolio Management 627
Using Derivatives in Equity Portfolio Management; Using Derivatives in Bond Portfolio Management;
Using Futures to Implement an Asset Allocation Decision; Measuring Portfolio Risk When the Portfolio
Contains Derivatives; Summary; Notes
PART FIVE Capital Budgeting Decisions
CHAPTER 17 Capital Budgeting under Uncertainty 653
Classifying Investment Projects; Investment Decisions and Wealth Maximization; Evaluating Project Risk;
Case Study; Managing Portfolios of Projects; Summary; Software Hints; Notes
CHAPTER 18 Real Options 707
Types of Real Options; Real Options and Financial Options; New View of NPV; Option to Expand; Option to
Abandon; More Real Options Examples; Estimation of Inputs for Real Option Valuation Models; Summary; Software Hints; Notes
References 733
Index 743
Frank J. Fabozzi, PhD, CFA, CPA, is Professor in the Practice of Finance and Becton Fellow at theYale School of Management and Editor of the Journal of Portfolio Management. He is an Affiliated Professor at the University of Karlsruhe's Institute of Statistics, Econometrics, and Mathematical Finance and is on the Advisory Council for the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University. He earned a doctorate in economics from the City University of New York.