Black-Scholes is a mathematical model used for pricing options.

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What is the theoretical expected growth in an option's value over a given period of time?

Say an option with five years left before maturity has a value of $x$ today. Theoretically, under the B/S framework, what is its expected value in five years (upon maturity)? Do we assume it will ...
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Hedging - calculating option prices using implied volatility surface

To hedge a strategy is it accurate "enough" to price an option using an implied vol curve vs moneyness (strike/spot) assuming sticky delta? The moneyness can be read off the chart, its corresponding ...
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Black_scholes formula for a butterfly option

Im wondering if I can apply Black-Scholes formula to valorate a butterfly option, i.e: $$B(T)=Vcall(S(T)-K,0)+Vcall(S(T)-K',0)-2Vcall(S(T)-K'',0)$$ with $K<K''<K'$, just evaluating each call ...
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Vega in a “constant volatility” Black-Scholes world?

A little confused, I consulted the Wilmott forums for guidance on how I can interpret vega/vomma. Another user's post reminded me that the Black-Scholes model assumes that the underlying has constant ...
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Discrepancy between binomial model, Black-Scholes and Monte-Carlo Simulation

I try to use Monte-Carlo Simulation to price a 10-year call option. Based on below parameter, S = 1, X = 1, volatility = 80%, T = 10, risk-free rate = 0.22% The option value based on Monte-Carlo ...
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For a call option, what is the real-world probability of expiring in-the-money?

In the Black-Scholes world, the risk-neutral probability of expiring in-the-money is given by N(d2). Can I just replace the risk-free rate by the drift rate to obtain real world probabilities? Thank ...
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Determining the implied volatility for options with bid/ask prices below the intrinsic value

I need some help in understanding the Black-Scholes option pricing model. In my data there are several deep itm European index put options that have an ask price below the intrinsic value. ...
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Tradable information from BS Implied volatility

These are two follow up questions to: Implied volatility as price transform I understand that the BS model is used as a 'Blackbox' that takes a market price and maps it in a 1to1 fashion to a 'BS ...
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Does price of american (put) option exhibit smooth pasting in time direction under B-S model?

Let us consider the BS model and let $f(s,t)$ denote the price of an American put option with $t$ to expiry, then it is known the solution of the optimal stopping (when it is risk neutral) related to ...
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Quant Research Topic [closed]

I'm a Computer Science graduate and I'm currently studying Msc in Software Engineering. I want to work as a quant developer and this web site here has been very helpful on how to go about it. I ...
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Ratio of gaussian CDFs in Black-scholes option pricing formula

What is meant by $\frac {\Phi (d_2)}{\Phi (d_1)}$ in the Black Scholes call option price? I found it in a solution as $\frac{\text{short position in cash}}{(\text{number of shares})(\text{strike ...
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School project about Black Scholes with stochastic volatility

In a university project I am looking at Black Scholes model with a stochastic volatility. I’m still not quite sure about my focus (I am in the beginning 'Idea phase'). I want to explain the theory ...
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How to adjust Black-Scholes price in function of liquidity?

Black-Scholes pricing formula assume a lot of thing, included perfect liquidity : One can buy/sell any fraction of Stock at any time and buy/sell prices are equal. The cost of the option reflect the ...
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Analytical solution to the Black-Scholes equation with time-dependent volatility

I am stuck with the following exercise and I would appreciate any help with it. I have to calculate the analytical function for the price of a call option given the following process for the ...
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How do you calculate price of non-existant call option on commodity future

I've been stumped on this for awhile now. I'm trying to determine the price of a call option on a commodity futures contract that expires in the future. My issue is that while the future's contracts ...
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Volatility smile risk (negative effect) on dynamically hedged portfolio?

About last week you can see MSFT call & put option appears to be resembling volatility smile. And then I open trade positions on a 4 MSFT long call option contract (all 4 contract with ...
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proven implementation of Black scholes formula

We are writing our own implementation of the Back Scholes model. What on-line, well-known implementation do you recommend to test against? I have found several including the one below, but it doesn’t ...
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Black-Scholes formula proof, without stochastic integration

I've looked into many books at my academic library, and very often it goes like this: Brownian motion Then, stochastic integration (Itô's formula etc.) Application: Black-Scholes formula for price ...
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Leveraged ETF calculation - dropping below zero?

I'm running some simulations with a leveraged ETF to investigate that notorious leveraged-ETF decay effect I keep hearing about. When I put in a typical Black-Scholes lognormal model of returns on the ...
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Leland's model of non-linear Black-Scholes equation

Leland's model of non-linear Black-Scholes equation: (http://i.stack.imgur.com/EkqQb.png) where с is round-trip transaction costs and S is price of stock. c is said to be constant, ...
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Which distribution do I get?

Let's assume the stock moves according to a classic Black-Scholes model, and makes a proportional jump with an unknown proportion. Say, it is either +1% or -3% of the stock value, and we know for sure ...
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self financing property vs. unlimited borrowing

How the self financing property of a portfolio should be understood in the problems where the unlimited access to the borrowing is assumed?
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Option pricing before Black-Scholes

According to the Wikipedia article, Contracts similar to options are believed to have been used since ancient times. In London, puts and "refusals" (calls) first became well-known trading ...
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Drawbacks of Black-Scholes option pricing model

Will highly appreciate if anybody can provide logical financial proof why the Black-Scholes option pricing model overestimates the value for long-term options as described in this paper "Warren ...
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How should option prices differ when using the Heston versus the Black-Scholes model?

I am running Monte Carlo simulations for a European Call using Heston Model and I am trying to compare them with prices calculated using Black-Scholes formula. I am not quite sure if the prices I get ...
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Is the European call option delta an increasing function of the spot?

In the Black-Scholes' setting, the delta hedge ratio of a European call option is given by $N(d_1)$, which is an increasing function of the underlying equity spot $S_0$. Does this property hold ...
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Black-Scholes PDE: what is the form of the boundary conditions

I'm working on the Black-Scholes equation, but I'm pretty new to financial modeling. Right now, I am trying to understand the Black-Scholes PDE. I understand that the Black-Scholes equation is given ...
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Result linked to Black-Scholes evaluation

Why does this $$Se^{-D(T-t)}e^{-d_1^2/2} - Ee^{-r(T-t)}e^{-d_2^2/2}$$ equal to $0$? (Where $E$ is a strike)
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Black Scholes - how to calculate delta with a vol skew

I am trying to calculate the delta of an option at different strike prices where the underlying has a pronounced implied volatility skew in order to correctly hedge an options strategy. Researching ...
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Solving Black Scholes PDE using Laplace transform with barrier up and in, up and out call option

I tried to finish the option pricing in european barrier up and in, up and out call option using Laplace transform. The barrier option there is a boundary condition. Can you explain step by step ...
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Calculating the volatility for Black Scholes

The following problem is from the book by Hull. I did it but I am not sure it is right. I am hoping that somebody here can tell me if I did it right and if not where I went wrong. Thanks Bob ...
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Early execise of American Call on Non-Dividend paying stock.

Let us consider an American call option with strike price K and the time to maturity be T. Assume that the underlying stock does not pay any dividend. Let the price of this call option is C$^a$ today ...
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How to price this option using the Black Scholes model?

I have a question regarding regular option pricing. In the standard Black-Scholes model, with interest r and volatility $\sigma$, I have to eetermine the arbitrage free price at time $t$ of an ...
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Formula behind pandas.Options() implied volatility

I noted that implied volatility (IV field) from pandas.Options class is very different (especially, for out of money options) than what I compute with Black-Scholes model. (risk free rate is pulled ...
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Call and Put Prices Equal at Forward Price - Why?

Consider a European call and put with values $C_t$ and $P_t$, respectively, under the Black-Scholes model. By put-call parity, $$ C_t - P_t = S_t - Ke^{-r(T-t)} $$ for expiration time $T$. Note if ...
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What should be the sign of greek letter $\rho$?

I'm reading the book Risk Management and Shareholders Value in Banking by Resti & Sironi. I quote a paragraph from the book (Chapter 5, appendix): The derivative of an option’s value with ...
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Use of Black-Scholes Model on Guaranteed Fund Investment

I am stuck with a revision question at home on Black-Scholes pricing model. The question is on a fund manager selling one unit of the fund to a customer for $S(0)$ at time $0$ and then guaranteeing ...
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Assuming Black-Scholes assumptions are correct, would the expected return from buying/selling options be 0?

I'm trying to solidify my understanding of options pricing and risk neutral distributions. If the assumptions of the Black-Scholes option pricing were true for an underlying (namely that the future ...
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Is the price of European put option monotone in volatility if we replace BM in Black-Scholes with a general Levy process?

Under the Black-Scholes model, we have the European put option is $\mathbb{E} [e^{-rt}(K-S_t)]$, where we take $\log(S_t)=X_t$ and $dX_t= \sigma dW_t - \dfrac{1}{2}\sigma^2 dt + rdt$. Here the option ...
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Why is the time value of an option mathematically always positive?

Let's consider a simple European option in the Black-Scholes framework. What is it about the maths of $SN(d_1) - KN(d_2)$ that makes its value always greater than $S-K$, when $S>K$? (I assume zero ...
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Paradoxes in quantitative finance

Everyone seems to agree that the option prices predicted by the Black-Merton-Scholes model are inconsistent with what is observed in reality. Still, many people rely on the model by using "the wrong ...
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Understanding $N(d_1)$ and how to use the stock itself as the numeraire?

Assume the stock price follows a geometric Brownian motion Then in Black-Scholes pricing model, $N(d_2)$ is the risk-neutral probability that the option expires in-the-money. However, it is said that ...
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Verifying an identity of an equation for Black Scholes formula

I just started working on the Black Scholes formula with help of the book Financial option valuation by Higham. Apparently you are possible to derive the following function: ...
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Can I get Black-Scholes option price from greeks?

I am unpleased with current Interactive Brokers risk graph for option strategies, so I'm planning on writing an application myself to plot it. My initial idea is to get the option greek values from ...
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Black-Scholes explicit Euler implementation python

I've written some code for the explicit finite difference method to solve the BS equation. For certain sets of parameters (time-steps and asset-steps) I get a stable but wrong solution. For others, ...
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Why is Vega meaningful only for options which have single-signed gammas

I have been reading Wilmott Frequently Asked Question book and this was mentioned that Vega is not useful when measuring risk for options that have gammas changing signs such as Digital option or ...
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Derivation of Magrabe formula

I'm going through the following note by Davis, link. In chapter 3 he derives the Magrabe formula. I got stuck at equation $(3.16)$. We have two assets: ...
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Gil-Palaez Inversion Formula in Black Scholes world

I am trying to calculate numerically the price of a plain vanilla call through Fourier Transform, by applying the Gil-Pelaez formula. More precisely, we have that C(K)=S0*Π1-Kexp(-rT)Π2 where ...
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Which option pricing models agree best with the market, given the asset price is known?

Assuming you can somewhat forecast the underling asset price movement, and you want to translate this value into the corresponding option price. In practice, which are the better models for this task? ...
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Black-Scholes formula with deterministic discrete dividend (Musiela approach)

For deterministic discrete dividend, there are two approach Musiela approach, works when every dividend are paid at maturity of the option. Hull approach, works when every dividend are paid ...