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Time Series Analysis and Forecasting in Finance

Unit code: MATH68032
Credit Rating: 15
Unit level: Level 6
Teaching period(s): Semester 2
Offered by School of Mathematics
Available as a free choice unit?: N



Additional Requirements

Students are not permitted to take more than one of MATH38032 or MATH48032 for credit in the same or different undergraduate year.  Students are not permitted to take MATH48032 and MATH68032 for credit in an undergraduate programme and then a postgraduate programme.


To introduce the basic concepts of the analysis of time series in the time domain and to provide the students with experience in analysing time series data.


This course unit covers a variety of concepts and models useful for empirical analysis of time series data.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course unit students will

  • have understanding of the basic time series concepts;
  • be able to build models to time series data and critically assess them using a variety of methods for exploration of time series data, identification and models selection.

Assessment methods

  • Other - 20%
  • Written exam - 80%

Assessment Further Information

  • Coursework: homework assignment weighting 20%.
  • End of semester examination: three hours weighting 80%


  • Introduction and examples of economic and financial time series, asset returns. Basic models: white noise, random walk, AR(1), MA(1). [2]
  • Stationary time series. Autocovariance and autocorrelation functions. Linear Prediction. Yule-Walker equations. Estimation of autocorrelation and partial autocorrelation functions. [3]
  • Models for stationary time series - autoregressive (AR) models, moving average (MA) models, autoregressive moving average (ARMA) models. Seasonal ARMA models. Properties, estimation and model building. Diagnostic checking. [6]
  • Non-stationary time series. Non-stationarity in variance - logarithmic and power transformations. Non-stationarity in mean. Determinisitic trends. Integrated time series. ARIMA and seasonal ARIMA models. Modelling seasonality and trend with ARIMA models. [4]
  • Filtering, exponential smoothing, seasonal adjustments. [2]
  • Non-linear models - threshold AR, bilinear models. Cointegration. [2]
  • Multivariate time series. Stationarity, autocorrelation and crosscorrelation. Multivariate autoregressive model. Markov property. Representation of univariate autoregressive models in Markov form. [3]
  • Model based forecasting, from ARMA and ARIMA. [3]
  • Conditionally heteroskedastic models â€' ARCH-type models. Volatility forecasting. [7]
  • Regime switching models [1].

Recommended reading

  • Cryer, Jonathan D and Chan, Kung-Sik. Time Series Analysis with Applications in R.  Second edition. Springer, 2008.
  • Mills, Terence C. The Econometric Modelling of Financial Time Series. Second edition. Cambridge University Press, 1999.
  • Shumway, Robert H and Stoffer, David S. Time Series Analysis and Its Application: With R Examples. Second edition. Springer, 2006.
  • Cowpertwait, Paul SP and Metcalfe, Andrew V. Introductory Time Series with R. Springer, 2009.

Feedback methods

Feedback tutorials will provide an opportunity for students' work to be discussed and provide feedback on their understanding.  Coursework or in-class tests (where applicable) also provide an opportunity for students to receive feedback.  Students can also get feedback on their understanding directly from the lecturer, for example during the lecturer's office hour.

Study hours

  • Lectures - 33 hours
  • Tutorials - 11 hours
  • Independent study hours - 106 hours

Teaching staff

Georgi Boshnakov - Unit coordinator

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