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1. The Binomial No-Arbitrage Pricing Model 1.1. One-Period Binomial Model 1.2. Multiperiod Binomial Model 1.3. Computational Considerations 1.4. Summary 1.5. Notes 1.6. Exercises 2. Probability Theory on Coin Toss Space 2.1. Finite Probability Spaces 2.2. Random Variables, Distributions, and Expectations 2.3. Conditional Expectations 2.4. Martingales 2.5. Markov Processes 2.6. Summary 2.7. Notes 2.8. Exercises 3. State Prices 3.1. Change of Measure 3.2. Radon-Nikod'ym Derivative Process 3.3. Capital Asset Pricing Model 3.4. Summary 3.5. Notes 3.6. Exercises 4. American Derivative Securities 4.1. Introduction 4.2. Non-Path-Dependent American Derivatives 4.3. Stopping Times 4.4. General American Derivatives 4.5. American Call Options 4.6. Summary 4.7. Notes 4.8. Exercises 5. Random Walk 5.1. Introduction 5.2. First Passage Times 5.3. Reflection Principle 5.4. Perpetual American Put: An Example 5.5. Summary 5.6. Notes 5.7. Exercises 6. Interest-Rate-Dependent Assets 6.1. Introduction 6.2. Binomial Model for Interest Rates 6.3. Fixed-Income Derivatives 6.4. Forward Measures 6.5. Futures 6.6. Summary 6.7. Notes 6.8. Exercises Proof of Fundamental Properties of Conditional Expectations References Index

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Steven Shreves comprehensive two-volume Stochastic Calculus for Finance may well be the last word, at least for a while, in the flood of Masters level books.... a detailed and authoritative reference for quants (formerly known as rocket scientists). The books are derived from lecture notes that have been available on the Web for years and that have developed a huge cult following among students, instructors, and practitioners. The key ideaspresented in these works involve the mathematical theory of securities pricing based upon the ideas of classical finance.

...the beauty of mathematics is partly in the fact that it is self-contained and allows us to explore the logical implications of our hypotheses. The material of this volume of Shrevess text is a wonderful display of the use of mathematical probability to derive a large set of results from a small set of assumptions.In summary, this is a well-written text that treats the key classical models of finance through an applied probability approach. It is accessible to a broad audience and has been developed after years of teaching the subject. It should serve as an excellent introduction for anyone studyin the mathematics of the classical theory of finance.-- SIAM, 2005


From the reviews of the first edition: Steven Shreve??'s comprehensive two-volume Stochastic Calculus for Finance may well be the last word, at least for a while, in the flood of Master??'s level books.... a detailed and authoritative reference for "quants??? (formerly known as "rocket scientists???). The books are derived from lecture notes that have been available on the Web for years and that have developed a huge cult following among students, instructors, and practitioners. The key ideaspresented in these works involve the mathematical theory of securities pricing based upon the ideas of classical finance. ...the beauty of mathematics is partly in the fact that it is self-contained and allows us to explore the logical implications of our hypotheses. The material of this volume of Shreves??'s text is a wonderful display of the use of mathematical probability to derive a large set of results from a small set of assumptions. In summary, this is a well-written text that treats the key classical models of finance through an applied probability approach. It is accessible to a broad audience and has been developed after years of teaching the subject. It should serve as an excellent introduction for anyone studyin the mathematics of the classical theory of finance. -- SIAM, 2005 "This is the first of the two-volume series evolving from the author??'s mathematics courses in M.Sc. Computational Finance program at Carnegie Mellon University (USA). The content of this book is organized such as to give the reader precise statements of results, plausibility arguments, mathematical proofs and, more importantly, the intuitive explanations of the financial and economic phenomena. Each chapter concludes with summary of the discussed matter, bibliographic notes, and a set of really useful exercises." (Neculai Curteanu, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1068, 2005)


From the reviews of the first edition:

Steven Shrevea (TM)s comprehensive two-volume Stochastic Calculus for Finance may well be the last word, at least for a while, in the flood of Mastera (TM)s level books.... a detailed and authoritative reference for "quantsa (formerly known as "rocket scientistsa ). The books are derived from lecture notes that have been available on the Web for years and that have developed a huge cult following among students, instructors, and practitioners. The key ideaspresented in these works involve the mathematical theory of securities pricing based upon the ideas of classical finance. ...the beauty of mathematics is partly in the fact that it is self-contained and allows us to explore the logical implications of our hypotheses. The material of this volume of Shrevesa (TM)s text is a wonderful display of the use of mathematical probability to derive a large set of results from a small set of assumptions. In summary, this is a well-written text that treats the key classical models of finance through an applied probability approach. It is accessible to a broad audience and has been developed after years of teaching the subject. It should serve as an excellent introduction for anyone studyin the mathematics of the classical theory of finance. -- SIAM, 2005 "This is the first of the two-volume series evolving from the authora (TM)s mathematics courses in M.Sc. Computational Finance program at Carnegie Mellon University (USA). The content of this book is organized such as to give the reader precise statements of results, plausibility arguments, mathematical proofs and, more importantly, the intuitive explanations of the financial andeconomic phenomena. Each chapter concludes with summary of the discussed matter, bibliographic notes, and a set of really useful exercises." (Neculai Curteanu, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1068, 2005)

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