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Statistics for Finance


  • Provides material for courses in financial econometrics and financial mathematics
  • Describes the modern theory of financial derivatives from an empirical point of view, focusing on identification and estimation theory
  • Presents the main ideas of proofs, avoiding tedious technical details
  • Connects the concepts through examples, case studies, and cross references throughout the book
  • Includes end-of-chapter problems that assess students’ understanding of both simple and complex mathematical concepts

Solutions manual and figure slides available upon qualifying course adoption


Statistics for Finance develops students’ professional skills in statistics with applications in finance. Developed from the authors’ courses at the Technical University of Denmark and Lund University, the text bridges the gap between classical, rigorous treatments of financial mathematics that rarely connect concepts to data and books on econometrics and time series analysis that do not cover specific problems related to option valuation.

The book discusses applications of financial derivatives pertaining to risk assessment and elimination. The authors cover various statistical and mathematical techniques, including linear and nonlinear time series analysis, stochastic calculus models, stochastic differential equations, Ito’s formula, the Black–Scholes model, the generalized method-of-moments, and the Kalman filter. They explain how these tools are used to price financial derivatives, identify interest rate models, value bonds, estimate parameters, and much more.

This textbook will help students understand and manage empirical research in financial engineering. It includes examples of how the statistical tools can be used to improve value-at-risk calculations and other issues. In addition, end-of-chapter exercises develop students’ financial reasoning skills.


Erik Lindström, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Lund University

Henrik Madsen, Technical University of Denmark

Jan Nygaard Nielsen, Netcompany