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Financial Engineering in Property (ABPL90406)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90406
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Property is the choice of investors amongst many avenues of asset classes and constitutes a significant share of the global wealth. The economic performance of most developed countries is influenced by the performance of their real estate markets. The property investment has witnessed numerous cycles of growth and recession, and is now considered as a mature and sophisticated market. In order to attract even wider participation, and to meet the appetite of diverse range of investors, newer instruments (in particular) real estate derivatives, are being developed across the globe. While financial and commodity derivative products are being used widely, financial engineering in property is relatively recent. These products have the potential to offer better returns and diversification, while prone to significant risks as the potential to destabilize the operating environment is large. It would be imperative to have better risk management capacity to configure and utilize these instruments.

The aim of this subject is to expose you to the linkage between structured finance and property markets, and the functioning of financial engineering products prevalent in Property domain, in particular real estate derivates, and to equip you with knowledge, skills required to understand, analyse and value different derivative instruments

This subject is designed to capitalise on the multi-disciplinary nature of participants. As such, it uses active discussions, interactive problem solving, peer review and group work, among other teaching and learning activities. In addition, the major assessment task is designed to allow for a significant amount of flexibility as you will be able to determine the focus of your own assignment. You will also be able to vote to determine subject content towards the end of the semester.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should be able to

  • Differentiate the main features of various structured products and demonstrate the applicability in real estate markets
  • Learn to generate a base financial model for structured products
  • Apply the understanding of the concepts of options, forwards, futures and swaps to property;
  • Relate the linkages between risks in real estate and structured finance products, and formulate methods to mitigate the same.
  • Examine various real estate derivative models being used in the industry

Generic skills

  • Solve complex problems creatively, using a combination of systemic, design and analytical thinking
  • Rapidly and correctly estimate quantities and their order of magnitude
  • Work in teams and capitalise on interdisciplinary knowledge
  • Provide constructive feedback to peers
  • Communicate effectively using data visualisation techniques where appropriate

Last updated: 21 August 2019