Mathematics for Economics and Finance (2020/2021)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Francesco Rossi
Francesco Rossi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
primo semestre (lauree) dal Sep 28, 2020 al Dec 23, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The teaching aims to provide knowledge of basic quantitative tools and classic mathematical models for the analysis and evaluation of the main economic-financial operations, of the financing contracts and investment projects, tools and models that can be used for an efficient business management.
At the end of the lessons, the student must be able to correctly represent an economic and financial problem in a mathematical model, evaluating it so it takes into account the right hypotheses, the correct choice of the mathematical expressions and the correct methodology for solving the problem; therefore, the teaching aims to develop the capacity for autonomous reasoning in the analysis and interpretation of concrete problems.


1. Recalls of Mathematics and Statistics

2. Laws and financial regimes. Financial transactions: capitalization and discounting. Financial laws: amount, current value, interest, discount, interest rate and discount rate. Simple interest regime, capitalization several times a year, compound interest, commercial discount. Equivalent interest rates on periods other than the year. Financial arbitrage, the splitting of financial laws, spot rates, forward rates. Force of interest. Foreign currency transactions. Nominal rates, inflation, real rates.

3. Composite financial transactions. Composite financial transactions and their classification. Present value and upside of a set of financial movements. Net present value (NPV or NPV). Evaluation of the installment, the number of installments, the implied rate (IRR or IRR). Consumer credit, TAN and TAEG. Depreciation plans and closing conditions. Depreciation to constant capital shares, in constant installments, in advance interest installments, with accumulation shares. The pre-depreciation. Early repayment of a mortgage. Indexed rate mortgages. Financial leasing. Accumulation plans.
Bond loans and valuation of the price of a bond, estimate of the term structure of the rates. Control / immunization of interest rate risk: duration and convexity.
Criteria for choosing between financial operations / projects: NPV, IRR, TRM, WACC.

4. Linear Programming (PL) and Operational Research (RO). The formulation of the problem of PL, the mathematical structure, the graphic solution, the properties of the model, the typical applications, the method (the algorithm) of the simplex. Introduction to RO techniques: graphs and their applications, inventory theory, queue theory, Markov processes.

5. Portfolio selection. Investments in activities with a random return. Expected return and volatility / risk of a portfolio of assets. Risk aversion and the Markowitz model. Yield and risk of a portfolio with: a business with a random return and a reliable return, two assets with a random return, two assets with a random return and one with a certain return. Capital Allocation Line. Capital Market Line.


Teaching material is available online by accessing the course web page.

Furthermore, you can consult:

➢ as regards points 2, 3 and 5: Giacomo Scandolo, matematica Finanziaria, Amon, Padova, 2013 and, of the same Author, Matematica Finanziaria: esercizi, Amon, Padova, 2013.

➢ for the theoretical synthesis and exercises about points 2 and 3 we recommend: A. Basso, P. Pianca, Introduzione alla Matematica Finanziaria, Cedam, Padova, 2010.

➢ as regards point 5, we can also see: F. Rossi, F. Mantovani, Teoria di Portafoglio (diversificazione degli investimenti e controllo del profilo rendimento-rischio), Monduzzi Editore, 2010, pages 1-46 and 75-86.

➢ as regards point 4, refer to the online material or the volume of R.E. Markland, Topics in Management Science, J. Wiley & Sons, ed. 1989 or later.

Methods of carrying out the lessons

The course consists of 48 hours of lessons. Tutoring hours are also provided.

The lessons and the tutoring will be held in live streaming with registration.


While there will be no formal prerequisites to make profitable learning, you should have already passed the exam of Mathematics, the first year, and of Statistics, in the second year.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Basso A., Pianca P. Introduzione alla Matematica Finanziaria CEDAM 2010
Scandolo Giacomo Matematica Finanziaria Amon 2013
Scandolo Giacomo Matematica finanziaria - Esercizi Amon 2013
Rossi F., Mantovani F. Teoria di portafoglio (diversificazione degli investimenti e controllo del profilo rendimento-rischio) Monduzzi 2010 9788865210307
Markland R.E. Topics in Management Science J. Wiley & Sons 1989

Assessment methods and criteria

There is NOT an intermediate assessment test.
There will be a written test carried out in the presence of the duration of two hours.
The written test covers all the topics on the program, is divided into several questions inspired by the examples presented in the classroom as well as those contained in the material available online.
The student must be equipped with a calculator and the form, available online, which, of course, must not be "integrated", under penalty of exclusion from the test.
The test is aimed at ascertaining:
- knowledge of the topics in the program
- the ability to apply methods and models to the various economic and financial problems
The remote modality, oral aimed at ascertaining the above, will be guaranteed to students who ask for it and adopted for all if it is required by the rules on containing the pandemic.