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edu-2008-spring-exam-fm - Exam FM Financial Mathematics...

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Exam FM Financial Mathematics This three hour multiple-choice examination is administered by SOA/CAS and is identical to CAS Exam 2. During 2008, Exam FM will begin to be administered by computer-based testing (CBT). Please check the “ Computer-Based Testing Rules and Procedures” section for additional details about CBT. Check the Updates section of the SOA Web Site for any changes to the exam or Syllabus . The goal of the Financial Mathematics exam is to provide an understanding of the fundamental concepts of financial mathematics, and how those concepts are applied in calculating present and accumulated values for various streams of cash flows as a basis for future use in: reserving, valuation, pricing, asset/liability management, investment income, capital budgeting, and valuing contingent cash flows. The candidate will also be given an introduction to financial instruments, including derivatives, and the concept of no-arbitrage as it relates to financial mathematics. The following learning objectives are presented with the understanding that candidates are allowed to use specified calculators on the exam. The education and examination of candidates should reflect that fact. In particular, such calculators eliminate the need for candidates to learn and be examined on certain mathematical methods of approximation. LEARNING OBJECTIVES 1. Candidates will know definitions of key terms of financial mathematics: inflation; rates of interest [simple, compound (interest and discount), real, nominal, effective, dollar-weighted, time-weighted, spot, forward], term structure of interest rates; force of interest (constant and varying); equivalent measures of interest; yield rate; principal; equation of value; present value; future value; current value; net present value; accumulation function; discount function; annuity certain (immediate and due); perpetuity (immediate and due); stocks (common and preferred); bonds (including zero-coupon bonds); other financial instruments such as mutual funds, and guaranteed investment contracts. Specifically, candidates are expected to demonstrate the ability to: a. Choose the term, given a definition. b. Define a given term. c. Determine an equation of value, given a valuation problem involving one or more sets of cash flows at specified times.
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