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Stochastic Calculus for Finance II: Continuous-Time Models (Springer Finance) 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0387401016
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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 ideas presented 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 Shreve’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 studying the mathematics of the classical theory of finance." (SIAM, 2005)

"The contents of the book have been used successfully with students whose mathematics background consists of calculus and calculus-based probability. The text gives both precise Statements of results, plausibility arguments, and even some proofs. But more importantly, intuitive explanations, developed and refine through classroom experience with this material are provided throughout the book." (Finanz Betrieb, 7:5, 2005)

"The origin of this two volume textbook are the well-known lecture notes on Stochastic Calculus … . The first volume contains the binomial asset pricing model. … The second volume covers continuous-time models … . This book continues the series of publications by Steven Shreve of highest quality on the one hand and accessibility on the other end. It is a must for anybody who wants to get into mathematical finance and a pleasure for experts … ." (www.mathfinance.de, 2004)

"This is the latter 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)

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Stochastic Calculus for Finance evolved from the first ten years of the Carnegie Mellon Professional Master's program in Computational Finance. The content of this book has been used successfully with students whose mathematics background consists of calculus and calculus-based probability. The text gives both precise statements of results, plausibility arguments, and even some proofs, but more importantly intuitive explanations developed and refine through classroom experience with this material are provided. The book includes a self-contained treatment of the probability theory needed for stochastic calculus, including Brownian motion and its properties. Advanced topics include foreign exchange models, forward measures, and jump-diffusion processes.

This book is being published in two volumes. This second volume develops stochastic calculus, martingales, risk-neutral pricing, exotic options and term structure models, all in continuous time.

Masters level students and researchers in mathematical finance and financial engineering will find this book useful.

Steven E. Shreve is Co-Founder of the Carnegie Mellon MS Program in Computational Finance and winner of the Carnegie Mellon Doherty Prize for sustained contributions to education.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 550 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 1st edition (December 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387401016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387401010
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Think of this as a thank-you letter to Shreve for helping to teach me applied quantitative finance. This is a truly wonderful book and a great place to start learning the subject, regardless of your previous exposure to the subject or mathematical maturity, and has plentiful opportunities in the exercises to practice important results.

The first three and part of the fourth chapter serve as the mathematical preparation for the book. Shreve reviews basic concepts from probability, introducing just enough measure-theoretic concepts to understand the motivation behind the concepts of a filtration and its relation to conditional expectation, martingales, and later in a brief chapter on American options, stopping times. Since the book's main emphasis is on the application of the Ito-Doeblin calculus in solving SDE generated by Brownian motion, Chapter 2 covers the necessary elements of conditional expectation for risk-neutral pricing. Chapter 3 covers Brownian motion, although not rigorously - he gives just enough properties of the canonical continuous stochastic process to know how to identify it and to understand its crucial properties. This chapter is important for the first part of Chapter 4, which uses the properties of Brownian motion to develop the notion of quadratic variation and its role in the calculation of the Ito Integral. After developing the Ito integral and demonstrating its key properties, such as the martingale property and the Ito isometry, Shreve has enough math to start developing the Black-Scholes-Merton framework for actual finance.
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Although I work in a major global bank at a senior level I don't use stochastic calculus in my job. My maths and physics background goes back to the 1970s when stochastic calculus was not part of undergraduate studies. Indeed, one usually did stochastic theory at postgraduate level. I have memories of reading Halmos for measure theory, Feller for probability theory, Wiener and others. None of this was easy.

Suffice it to say that there were a lot of abstract building blocks one had to erect first before one could actually do anything useful.

Stochastic calculus is not easy. It is less intuitive than ordinary calculus. The vast majority of textbooks launch into a wall of definitions that seem divorced from the motivation for them. I am always suspicious of authors who do that. It's fine if you are writing for a very specialised audience but I am with Richard Feynman who reckoned that if you can't provide a simple explanation you don't really understand what is going on. In that context read his PhD thesis - it is most readable and understandable.

What Shreve has done - and this is a significant achievement in my view - is to present something that is rigorous enough (and we all know that in this and other areas of mathematics one can go on and on with minute points of detail all in the name of rigour) yet grounds the concepts in something that is understandable.

The simple pedagogical fact of life with this type of material is that there is a large overhead in getting to a particular point and Shreve had done a very good job in getting readers to a good standard without destroying their will to go on!
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In the old time, students in Finance or Financial Engineering who want to study SDE has few choices.

Kazartas & Shreves' classic text book is too rigorous and very demanding, it would give readers solid theoretical background, but I think only few readers can really master in those material.

That's why books like Oksendal's SDE come into the market, they are easier than Kazartas & Shreve but deeper than many undergrad Financial Mathmetics in theory. Oksendal is easy reading and good for self study; however, it's Finance part is relatively weak.

For those Finance or Financial Engineering people, Steele's book fits well, It is right at the level like Oksendal, and root at Finance application. It's story telling style makes it joyful in reading, but bad in reference.

Finally we have Shreve's new book. This book is at the level of demanding as Oksendal and Steele's books. You may still need some grad-level mathematics training to understand the stuff well. But unlike other stochastic calculus books, it is designed for Finance field. Finance guy nomatter practitioners or researchers can soon find help they need in this books. Also it is well-organized and with nice writing style. Although the first couple chapters are a little too condense, I still highly appreciate this book.
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This book makes no claims to be the mathematical bible on stochastic calculus and I believe that the author refers (in a blatant piece of marketing) to the other Shreve book with Karatzas, which trust me IS a very intractable read.

This is a good book and covers all the topics in a well rounded manner, he also has a very good little section in which he addresses his competitors, such as Steele etc etc,

IF you want a really ridiculous read and to show off to your mates then I recommend Musiela and Rutkowski, which I use to prop my door open in hot weather, this book has pretty much everything but is written in a very dense and inaccessible manner, you get nervous opening it, as you find something new you didn't know every time, I don't like abook to make me feel that dumb and its not really an sde book!!!!!!

In summary I am happy with my purchase of Shreve, many moons ago, I will use it again to teach an MSc course and the students will again complain that its too hard, until I give them a few refs and they will understand that you can't just waltz into the city and say I wanna be a quantitative analyst it takes hard work. Reading Shreve puts you on the right road and you can't say anything more highly than that.

As to the discussion by previous reviewers on the Ito-Doebin formula I suggest Karatzas and Shreve will answer you arguments.
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