Interest Rate Derivatives, October 2021 - January 2022

Department of Statistics and Quantitative Methods, UniversitĂ  di Milano-Bicocca


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Learning objectives

The course has a practitioner approach, presenting the current market best practices, often not yet documented in textbooks. Lecturers from the street are invited: traders, risk-managers, quants, consultants. The course aims to provide the students with the knowledge usually tested when applying for investment banks in the interest rate derivatives area.


The course is about the valuation of derivative products (linear, plain vanillas, and exotics) and presents the main Interest Rate and Credit models, with special emphasis on rate/credit curve construction and collateralization issues.

  • FRA, Futures, and Swaps
  • Rate curve bootstrapping in multi-curve regimes
  • Black Model and its shifted log-normal variants
  • Interest rate volatility: par, forward, no-arbitrage, and SABR model
  • Term structure models: equilibrium, no-arbitrage, short rate, and market models
  • Caps and Floors, Swaptions, and Bermudan Swaptions
  • Credit Default Swaps
  • Credit curve bootstrap
  • Counterparty risk: clearing, collateralization, and XVA valuation adjustments
  • Market risk management: greeks and static replica of structured products


Derivatives, stochastic processes, risk measures

Teaching method

Textbooks and Reading Materials

  • John Hull, Options, Futures and Other Derivatives, 10th edition
  • Paul Wilmott, on Quantitative Finance

Teaching language

English if foreign students are present, else Italian.


Students attending the lessons are asked to solve some assignments. Assignments have a deadline and are not required/allowed for students that did not actively partecipate to the semester didactical activity.

Assignments can be tackled cooperatively by team of students, up to three students. Successful assignments will contribute up to five points to the final grade.

Please send the assignments to the e-mail that will be indicated with subject IRD202110 #1 for the first assignment, IRD202110 #2 for the second assignment, etc.

The final oral exam will be individual.

Lessons’ calendar and material

Workshops are with Paolo Mazzocchi, assistant lecturer (material).

  1. 2020-10-05 Tuesday 16:30-19:00
    Interest Rate Basics (slides)
    Workshop on Interest Rate Basics
    Assignment #1: fill in the Excel spreadsheet (deadline: TBD)
    Assignment #2: fill in the Excel spreadsheet (deadline: TBD)
    Assignment #3: fill in the Excel spreadsheet (deadline: TBD)
  2. 2020-10-12 Tuesday 16:30-19:00
    Rate Curves Calibration (slides)
  3. 2020-10-19 Tuesday 16:30-19:00
    Workshop on Rate Curve Calibration
    Assignment #4: fill in the Excel spreadsheet (deadline: TBD)
    Black Model (slides)
  4. 2020-10-26 Tuesday 16:30-19:00
    Volatility (slides)
    Guest lecturer: Nicola Moreni
  5. 2020-11-02 Tuesday 16:30-19:00
    Caps and Floors (slides)
    Guest lecturer: Carlo Clerici
  6. 2020-11-09 Tuesday 16:30-19:00
    Workshop on Caps/Floors
    Assignment #5: fill in the Excel spreadsheet (deadline: TBD)
    Swaptions, Structured Products, and Hedging (slides)
  7. 2020-11-16 Tuesday 16:30-19:00
    Workshop on Greeks and Hedging
    Assignment #6: fill in the Excel spreadsheet (deadline: TBD)
    Trading Obbligazionario (slide)
    Guest lecturer: Andrea Bugin
  8. 2020-11-30 Tuesday 16:30-19:00
    Interest Rate Models (slides)
    Workshop on Swaptions and Bermudan Swaption
    Assignment #7: fill in the Excel spreadsheet (deadline: TBD)
  9. 2020-12-14 Tuesday 16:30-19:00
    Credit Derivatives (slides)
    Counterparty Risk and Collateral Protection (pdf)
    Overview of Central Clearing (pdf)
    Workshop on Credit Curve Bootstrapping and Credit Default Swaps
    Assignment #8: fill in the Excel spreadsheet (deadline: TBD)
  10. 2020-12-21 Tuesday 16:30-19:00
    XVAs: Introduction to Valuation Adjustments (slides)
    Guest lecturer: Andrea Prampolini
  11. 2021-01-11 Tuesday 16:30-19:00
    The Reform of Benchmark Interest Rate Indexes and Its Impact on Derivative Pricing (slides-1, slides-2)
    Guest lecturers: Maria Cristina Lege and Luigi Cefis
  12. 2021-01-18 Tuesday 16:30-19:00
    Catch-up lesson
  13. 2021-01-25 Tuesday 16:30-19:00
    Catch-up lesson