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

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Black Scholes: How does it help to transform uncertainty and still not be able to calculate a fair price?

Recapitulating the history of Black-Scholes: Nobody knows the fair price of options. Revolution: BS! You put in all the parameters and get a price -> A Nobel Prize for that one! Wait: Nobody knows ...
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C# - Using Black Scholes Newton returns NaN occasionally

First caveat: I'm a programmer doing this for a client, and my knowledge of options probably has holes in it. So be a little forgiving here. =) The Issue: When I run Black Scholes Newton against ...
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Is vega of Black-Scholes European type option always positive?

We assume we work in the risk-neural measure with a stock which pays no dividend and a continuous discount rate. For PUT and CALL only: can someone please clarify if what I said is correct? The ...
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Why the Black-Scholes formula can be used in the real world?

The BS formula is deduced using the risk neutral measure. Why can it be used in the real world?
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How to get Black Scholes' Geometric Brownian Motion differential form form the closed form?

My instructor has mostly self contained notes, where our textbook is mostly a reference. She has it written that: $$S_t = S_0e^{(\mu - \frac{\sigma^2}{2})t + \sigma W_t} \iff dS_t = S_t(\mu dt + \...
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Why are there two expressions for the Black-Scholes hedging portfolio

I am new to derivatives pricing and am trying to understand why there are two different expressions for the Black-Scholes hedging portfolio. The first approach, used in books like Hull, stipulates ...
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Continuity of Black-Scholes formula

How to proof B&S pricing formula is continuous in time $t$ (or it is not?). The general pricing formula is $$ C_t = e^{-r(T-t)} \mathbb{E}^*[(S_T-K)^+ | \mathcal{F}_t] \hspace{1cm} 0\leq t\leq T ...
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Trouble arriving at Black-Scholes Formula

I am attempting to arrive at the Black-Scholes formula for my own understanding. I can accept one can use the risk-free distribution & rate, so I am attempting to use the distrution to arrive at ...
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options pricing using vwap

This is a question about why options prices do not take volume into account. The popular option valuation formula "black-scholes" certainly does not account for this and I don't suggest that it does. ...
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price of a “Cash-or-nothing binary call option”

I'm stuck with one homework problem here: Assume there is a geometric Brownian motion \begin{equation} dS_t=\mu S_t dt + \sigma S_t dW_t \end{equation} Assume the stock pays dividend, with the ...
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What's the explanation for the formula for the volatility of a stock / volatility of the continuously compounded return of a stock?

I am self-studying for an actuarial exam, Models for Financial Economics. It's stated as a given in my manual that $\sigma$ is the volatility of the stock, $\sqrt{\text{Var}(\ln(S_t/S_0))}$ and that ...
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Why gamma and theta have opposite signs?

I saw some textbooks use B-S equation to explain why gamma and theta have opposite signs in most of the cases. For example, John Hull's classic book. The explanation is, first write B-S equation in ...
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Option pricing ? Where to get the dividend yield from?

I'm trying to apply Black & Scholes formula for a real example to price a vanilla equity option but I'm strugling a little bit whith the dividend yield. Let's assume I have a stock that trades at ...
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Basic question about Black Scholes derivation

In the derivation of the Black Scholes equation, the value of the portfolio at time $t$ is given by $$P_t = -D_t + \frac{{\partial D_t}}{{\partial S_t}}S_t $$ where $P_t$ is the value of the ...
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Expected option return in MATLAB

The expected return of an option is given by its expected payoff under $P$ over its market price under $Q$. For the Black-Scholes model, expected call option return is given as (see here): $$ E(R)=\...
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Solve Black scholes PDE without using any transformation

I know that one of the methods of solving the black scholes PDE given by : $\frac{\partial V}{\partial t} + \frac{\sigma^2 S^2}{2}\frac{\partial^2V}{\partial S^2} + rS\frac{\partial V}{\partial S} -rV ...
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Find call and put volatilities using ATM, Risk reversal and Butterflies volatilities

I have to plot the implied volatility surface for EUR/USD. So, my goal is to produce something like that, from put delta 10 to call delta 10: Searching for informations, I found that I could find ...
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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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Lookback option explicit formula using Black Scholes

I would like to compute the time-0-price for a lookback option using Black Scholes formula, the explicit formula is given by $$S_0[(\frac{2r+\sigma^2}{2r})\Phi((\frac{2r+\sigma^2}{2\sigma/\sqrt{T}}))-...
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What are $d_1$ and $d_2$ for Laplace?

What are the formulae for d1 & d2 using a Laplace distribution?
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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: $$dS_i(t)...
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Distribution of Black Scholes call option price at time 0<t <T

Does anyone know how to find the probability law (distribution) under P* of a Black Scholes Call Option price $C_t$ for $0 < t < T $? (Under P*, $ dC_t = \frac{\partial c}{\partial s}\sigma S_t ...
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Why is the volatility smile important

One thing I can't understand clearly is why there is so much focus on the volatility smile. Given my knowledge of the Black and Scholes model, this is what I get: People use the volatility smile as a ...
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Replicating strategy in the Black-Scholes model

I have a two-asset Black-Scholes model for a financial market: $dB_t=B_t r dt$ $dS_t=S_t(\mu dt+\sigma dW_t)$ I introduce a European claim $\xi=max(K,S_T)$ with maturity $T$, for some fixed $K$. I ...
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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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Range options in BS

I know how barrier options are priced in Black-Scholes scheme. I'm wondering if an analytical formula exists also for range (corridor) digital options i.e. options paying only if the price remains ...
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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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risk-neutral valuation implies no arbitrage?

It is known that in an arbitrage-free continuous time market, the price of every asset is evaluated as the corresponding price in the replicating strategy using risk-neutral valuation. I want to ...
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Black-Scholes in Delphi [closed]

when trying to implement the Black-Scholes formula in Delphi, I've found this: http://www.espenhaug.com/black_scholes.html I've checked the results against option-price.com and found they are ...
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Black-Scholes PDE to heat equation, nonconstant coefficients

Can someone provide me with details or a reference on how to transform the Black-Scholes PDE with nonconstant coefficients (i.e. $r=r\left(S,t\right)$, $\sigma=\sigma\left(S,t\right)$) to the heat ...
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Stochastic volatility

Suppose we have : $\frac{dS_{t}}{S_{t}}= \sigma dW_{t}$ with $\sigma_{t}$ a stochastic volatility process. How to compute $\mathbb{E}^{Q}[(S_{T}-K)+]$ ? Is there a BS alike formula : "$S_{0}N(d+)-Ke^{-...
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Why is $N(d_2)$ not needed for hedging?

I'm trying to understand delta hedging. If I sell a plain vanilla call option, in order to delta hedge it, I have to buy delta amount of stocks. What I don't understand is that the BS price of the ...
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Why t (time) in Black Scholes & Binomial defined as year?

What's the logical/scientific explanation for Black Scholes & Binomial using year rather than second (SI standard for time) ?
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Black-Scholes: Why the focus on volatility?

We know Black-Scholes is an imperfect model for options pricing. Why is so much of the analysis of its defects focused on implied volatility? The fact that IV varies for the same stock at the same ...
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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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Relationship between European, American options volatility

Suppose, if the price of a European option (say a put) can be shown to be monotone in volatility (say for any maturity), does it follow that American options has to be monotone in volatility? ...
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Valuing derivatives under stochastic interest rates

I would like to price a European option with maturity equals to 5 years. To do this, I'm using the Black-Scholes model with stochastic interest rates. Suppose I choose the CIR model for the risk-...
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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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Black Scholes Formula, drift term

In the formula, the stock return is modelled as a brownian motion that is a drift + a stochastic term, ok I get that. But the drift term is then modelled as r - volatility ^ 2 / 2. I am not sure how ...
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Using Black-Scholes to price a geometric average price call

Sorry if this is the wrong exchange for this question. It seems to be the most relevant, anyway. I'm trying to learn and understand the Black-Scholes framework, with a focus on the stochastic ...
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The role of Gamma in replicating a put

I am analyzing portfolio protection by replication of a put. Having my portfolio with value $V$ I could buy put giving me the payoff $P$ resulting in a call like pay-off scenario $C=V+P$. Say, I don'...
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Is there a good closed-form approximation for Black-Scholes implied volatility?

While the solution for IV can certainly be reached using numerical search methods, I wonder if a high precision closed-form approximation exists. For example, there is a very robust (precise within ...
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Time-zero price of two specific contingent claims

I am unsure how to start with the following problem. I have two contingent claims where contingent claim (1) pays $\int_0^T S_u du$ and contingent claim (2) pays $(\log S_T)^2$ at time $T$ Now I ...
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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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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: $\log(\frac{SN'(d_1)}{e^{-...
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Analytical solution for a modified Black-Scholes equation

Recently, a modified Black-Scholes equation was proposed (Zheng), namely Please consider the case when $$\sigma \left( S,t \right) =\sigma\,{S}^{k/2}$$ and with the European put option Using ...
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Pricing exotic option whose payout depends on the stopping time

I am struggling with this question: Let $B$ be a standard Brownian motion. In a Black-Scholes model, at time $t$, the stock price is given by \begin{equation} S_t = \exp \{ \sigma B_t + ( r- \frac{1}{...
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Black Scholes model: condition of payout function

Given: Consider a two-asset, continuous time model (B,S) where $$dB_t = B_t r dt, \quad dS_t = S_t ( \mu dt + \sigma dW_t)$$ Clearly, the martingale deflator is: $$Y_t = e^{(-r - \frac{\lambda^2}{2})...
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Boundary condition for Asian Option under Black-Scholes model

I am looking at Kemna and Vorst's paper: A PRICING METHOD FOR OPTIONS BASED ON AVERAGE ASSET VALUES. see http://www.javaquant.net/papers/Kemna-Vorst.pdf Let $\text{d}S_t = S_tr\text{d}t + S_t\sigma\...
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Trading days or calendar days for Black-Scholes parameters?

Black-Scholes requires volatility estimated in trading days. How does this affect other parameters? Specifically, should the time-to-expiration also be in trading days? And how does this affect the ...