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Financial Econometrics (Msc Econometrics)

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In the Financial Econometrics track, you focus on the econometric techniques that have been developed for the analysis of financial markets. This track is 1 of 4 tracks you can opt for in our Master's in Econometrics.

Help organisations manage risks

In the Financial Econometrics track, you learn how to apply econometric techniques to support portfolio management or for example in the valuation of securities. Financial econometrics is all about applying statistical methods to financial market data. Areas of study include capital markets, financial institutions, corporate finance and corporate governance. Topics often revolve around asset valuation of individual stocks, bonds, derivatives, currencies and other financial instruments.

  • Familiarise yourself with the application of econometric techniques on financial data.
  • Interpret the results from a financial perspective.
  • Become an expert in the complex mathematics of the financial economy.

Why choose the Financial Econometrics track?

  1. Beside the 4 general courses of the MSc Econometrics in your curriculum, you will have 5 courses with focus on the econometric techniques that have been developed for the analysis of financial markets.
  2. You will be lectured by professors and experts working in a wide range of economic organisations and fields. Therefore, you have access to up-to-date cases and learnings from the field of financial econometrics.
  3. After graduation, you have an excellent job prospect at e.g. major international banks or other financial institutions.

Track-specific courses

Apart from the 4 general courses of the full programme, you will follow 5 track-specific courses and electives.

  • Asset Pricing

    In this course you learn the basic principles of asset pricing and risk mitigation on a market consistent basis. The underlying principle for this course is the notion that the market consistent value of an insurance or pension contract is based on the market value of the best possible replicating portfolio plus a possible add-on for the remaining (unhedgeable) residual risk. Therefore we provide you with an introduction to mathematical techniques which can be used in complete markets, such as those for equity and interest derivatives.

  • Mandatory electives: semester 2

    Choose 1 out of 7 electives:

    • Behavioural Finance    
    • Economic and Financial Network Analysis      
    • Fixed Income Risk Management           
    • Microeconometrics      
    • Real Estate Finance     
    • Real Estate Investments            
    • Behavioural Macro and Finance
  • Stochastic Calculus

    In this course you learn the elements of probability theory, stochastic processes and stochastic calculus relevant in the analysis of financial derivatives. You focus on the mathematical concepts and techniques and to a lesser extent on their application in pricing and hedging derivatives.

  • Financial Econometrics

    In this course you cover: linear time series analysis, volatility models, value at risk, VAR models and co-integration, multivariate volatility and correlation models, high-frequency data and realized variance. You will apply your knowledge to empirical data using Python and R.

Real-life case: the impact of Trump's tweets
Investigate the impact of Trump's tweets on the volatility of the Dow Jones. Execute regressions of the difference in realised volatility on the categories of the tweets of Trump. Calculate the realised variances with minute-date of the Dow Jones index. Which tweets have a rising impact on the volatility?

Contemporary issues

  • Value at risk
  • Activa pricing
  • High frequency data from stock markets
There is a good balance between theory and implementation
Finance and econometrics are an excellent combination. The courses of this track have a good balance between theoretical framework and practical implementation. The relations between students and lecturers are good, making it easy to work together and ask the critical questions that are needed to make the most out of the programme.
Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc Econometrics
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60177