Python in Finance is a unique, easy-to-follow course which requires no prior programming knowledge or experience. Designed to meet the enormous rise in demand for individuals with knowledge of Python in the financial industry, students are taught the practical coding skills now required in many roles.
The material contains multiple examples of practical applications in finance with a focus on quantitative risk/pricing analytics (taught in the Market Risk (Finance) course), giving you an opportunity for valuable practical experience. The course contents provide you with the must-have coding skills needed to excel in the modern finance sector. The course material has been developed in partnership with industry veteran and renowned practitioner, Dr Simon Clift.
After this course, candidates will possess the knowledge to write their own code from scratch in the Python programming language to, for example price options with the Black Scholes model, derive greeks, perform Monte Carlo simulation, generate an implied vol surface and many more (see course curriculum for additional details).
The Python programs developed by the student during the training program, and for the project completed at the end of the cohort (in the full program only) become an important part of the student’s portfolio. The portfolio is a valuable addition to a student’s CV/resume, and is a real asset that is evidence of the student’s practical experience and knowledge. This is particularly useful during a job search to set the student apart from other applicants.
The Python in Finance course is not offered on a standalone basis. It is included in our Certificate in Finance Business Analysis (FinBA), and Coding (Python, SQL) in Finance Certificate training programs.
You will learn how to use the following and more, to write Python code for financial applications.
- Jupyter Notebook
- Pandas (for data analysis)
- NumPy, and SciPy (for quantitative computing)
- Matplotlib (for data visualisation)
We will cover:
1 – Basics
Jupyter Notebook Introduction
Operators (arithmetic, comparison, Boolean)
2 – Data Structures
Indexing and Slicing
3 – Language Structures
- While Loop
4 – Advanced Python Features
5 – Pandas for Data Analysis
Indexing, and Slicing Data
Date Columns, and Arithmetic
Handling Missing Values
Dataframe Arithmetic Operations
6 – Visualisation Using Matplotlib
- 3D Plotting
7 – Basic Financial Calculations with Pandas
Forward Filling, Backward Filling
Linear Interpolation Using Specific Index
8 – Financial Computing with NumPy, and SciPy
- Array Operations
Indexing, and Slicing
Black Scholes Option Pricer
Monte Carlo Pricing (Pure Python)
Monte Carlo Pricing (NumPy)
Sensitivities (Greeks) Computation
Vectorised Black Scholes Option Pricer
Implied Volatility Surface Generation
Value at Risk (VaR) estimation
All students are to work on the following Python projects:
Residual Risk Add On capital
PnL Attribution Test (PLAT) – Spearman correlation, and Kolmogorov-Smirnov test
- Scenario Generation
Sensitivities Based Method sensitivities
Risk Factor Eligibility Test
- Value at Risk
- Expected Shortfall
Vanilla option pricing
- Exotic option pricing
- Back testing
- Volatility surface construction
- Monte Carlo stock price simulation (geometric brownian motion)
Final Python Project:
At the end of the cohort, students will build Python programs with financial applications, using the skills acquired during the course.
Note – The Python version used in the course is 3.6.3. (Note – you are required to install any 3.x version of Python (not necessarily 3.6) for the course)
The following software must be installed on your computer for this course:
Notepad++ or a similar text editor for .py files
(Get both Jupyter Notebook and Python together (free of charge) at: anaconda.com/download)
Note: This course is taught in a Windows environment. The course is designed for specialised professionals in finance. It is not intended for IT specialists, computer scientists, or professional developers in finance. Software installation/application support not provided by the program. Students are advised to contact the vendors or search online for information.
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