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Financial Optimization
(dt. Financial Optimization)

Level, degree of commitment in original study programme Advanced module, compulsory elective module
Forms of teaching and learning,
Lecture (3 SWS), recitation class (1 SWS) oder lecture (2 SWS), recitation class (2 SWS),
180 hours (60 h attendance, 120 h private study)
Credit points,
formal requirements
6 CP
Course requirement: Successful completion of at least 50 percent of the points from the weekly exercises.
Examination type: Written or oral examination
The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for study course M.Sc. Business Mathematics.
Original study programme M.Sc. Wirtschaftsmathematik / Wirtschaftsmathematische Anwendungsmodule
One semester,
Person in charge of the module's outline Prof. Dr. Dr. Marcus Porembski


  • Static portfolio models, asset pricing, risk measures and optimization (nonlinear programming, quadratic optimization)
  • Robust portfolio models and optimization (second order cone programming, semidefinite optimization)
  • Dynamic portfolio models, asset liability management and optimization (stochastic programming)

Qualification Goals

The students shall

  • be familiar with the essential approaches in portfolio optimization and their application,
  • be familiar with the respective classes of optimization problems (basic theory and solution methods),
  • practice mathematical working methods (development of mathematical intuition and its formal justification, training of the ability to abstract, proof techniques),
  • improve their oral communication skills in the exercises by practicing free speech in front of an audience and during discussion.


None. The competences taught in the following module are recommended: Linear Optimization.

Recommended Reading

  • Porembski, M.: Vorlesungsskript "Financial Optimization"

Please note:

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