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Financial Markets: Stochastic Analysis and the Pricing of Derivative Securities
A. V. Mel'nikov, Steklov Institute of Mathematics, Moscow, Russia

Translations of Mathematical Monographs
1999; 133 pp; hardcover
Volume: 184
ISBN-10: 0-8218-1082-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-1082-8
List Price: US$74
Member Price: US$59.20
Order Code: MMONO/184
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Financial mathematics is going through a period of intensive development, particularly in the area of stochastic analysis. This timely work presents a comprehensive, self-contained introduction to stochastic financial mathematics. It is based on lectures given at Moscow State University, "Stochastic Analysis in Finance", and comprises the basic methods and key results of the theory of derivative securities pricing in discrete financial markets.

The following elements: martingales, semimartingales, stochastic exponents, Itô's formula, Girsanov's theorem, and more, are used to characterize notions such as arbitrage and completeness of financial markets, fair price and hedging strategies for options, forward and futures pricing, and utility maximization. Limiting transition from a discrete to continuous model with derivation of the famous Black-Scholes formula is shown.

The book contains a wide spectrum of material and can serve as a bridge to continuous models. It is suitable as a text for graduate and advanced graduate students studying economics and/or financial mathematics.


Graduate students and researchers working in probability theory, stochastic processes, and financial mathematics.


"The book provides a rigorous, self-contained and concise introduction to the rapidly developing field of mathematical finance. It may serve very well as a textbook for graduate students in mathematics or finance."

-- Mathematical Reviews

"The book is carefully written and contains a short but clear introduction to the theory of stochastic modelling of financial markets. It could be highly recommended as an introductory course to the topic for graduate students and specialists interested in financial mathematic problems."

-- Zentralblatt MATH

Table of Contents

  • Basic concepts and objects of a financial market
  • The elements of discrete stochastic analysis
  • A stochastic model for a financial market. Arbitrage and completeness
  • Pricing European options in complete markets. The binomial model and the Cox-Ross-Rubinstein formula
  • Pricing and hedging American options in complete markets
  • Financial computations on a complete market with the use of nonself-financing strategies
  • Incomplete markets. Pricing of options and problems of minimizing risk
  • The structure of prices of other instruments of a financial market. Forwards, futures, bonds
  • The problem of optimal investment
  • The concept of continuous models. Limiting transitions from a discrete market to a continuous one. The Black-Scholes formula
  • Appendix 1
  • Appendix 2
  • Appendix 3
  • Hints for solving the problems
  • Bibliography
  • Subject index
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