The volatility of the price of the underlying security that is implied by the market price of an option based on an option pricing model.

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Log-normal Volatility Approximation

In a comment to this question, it is mentioned that, under the log-normal distribution, \begin{align*} vol(k) \approx vol(atm) \times \sqrt{\frac{atm}{k}}. \end{align*} Here, $k$ is the strike, $atm$ ...
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SABR Implied Volatility and Option Prices

I am trying to understand the SABR model. Specifically, I am having difficulty to understand how to calibrate the model parameters, that is, initial variance, volatility of variance, exponent for ...
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Variability of IVs of OTM options

I'm attempting to fit a curve through moneyness/IV datapoints of intra-day options. As you can see, the data gets sparser and more variable for highly OTM options. I'd like to argue why the outliers ...
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How does one calibrate a stochastic volatility model?

I will try to use SABR Model to price call options in FX market. What does it mean to calibrate the model? As far as my understanding of the Wikipedia article goes, it means to estimate the parameters....
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Lower bound of ITM Calls when computing Implied Volatility

Assuming the Black Scholes model and pricing formula of a European call option. Then, if the call is ITM, i.e. if $ln(\frac{S}{K})>0$, the $d_1$-term will go towards infinity as $\sigma$ goes to ...
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Volatility Smile Approximation

Does anyone know what type of model is used to model the skew and IVs inside Thinkorswim platform for its volatility smile approximation? I am trying to replicate but do not know where to start. Any ...
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why Implied Vol (VIX) increase with decrease in Stock Price or vice versa?

why Implied Vol (VIX) increase with decrease in Stock Price or vice versa? whereas Vega is positively related with change in option price to change in stock price.
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The name conventions such as ATM, Risk reversal and Butterflies to construct volatility surface

Why people call (vol call - vol put) risk reversal when risk reversal actually is (call 25 delta -put detlta +25)? when constructing volatility surface? The vol of risk revesal should not be vol call -...
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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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Difference between Deterministic Volatility Function approach and Ad Hoc Black Scholes?

I am thoroughly confused after reading Dumas, Fleming & Whaley (1998) "Implied Volatility Functions: Empirical Tests". Both the Ad Hoc BS Model and the Deterministic Volatility Function ...
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SABR Calibration: Normal vs Log-Normal Market Data

This question is about getting some clarification as to how to understand market quotes for normal & log-normal vols together with certain model assumptions. So let us define $C_{BS}(F_0,K,T,\...
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How do they calculate stocks implied volatility?

I know the construction of Black-Scholes model and how do we solve it for an Implied Volatility. But in general, which option ...
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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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Calculating historical implied volatility

I know that each individual option has it's own implied volatility, but how do you go about calculating the overall implied volatility for an underlying? For example when someone sais the IV of a ...
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How to compute 30/60/90-day Implied Volatility?

I want to calculate the 30/60/90/180 day 100% moneyness implied volatility for a stock. I think I know how to do it but would like to share my thought processes with the group to verify I'm on the ...
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CBOE Index Minute Data

I am doing a small research and looking for a place to purchase historical minute CBOE Index data. I am interested in: VIX - CBOE Volatility Index VVIX - CBOE VIX VOLATILITY INDEX VXV - CBOE VIX ...
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construct volatility smile based on historic observations

So I calculated historic volatility/skewness/kurtosis for a commodity. I now would like to construct a volatility smile that reflects this historically realized distribution. I tried using some ...
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Transition Between Volatility Regimes

Emanuel Derman wrote a great paper in 1999 about volatility regimes and the adjustments the market makes during these periods (sticky strike, sticky implied tree, sticky delta, etc). Has any ...
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How can we observe volatility smile from the market. Drawbacks of Heston Stochastic Volatility Model

Here are two questions related to implied volatilities. a) The set up here is for an European option. We can get its implied volatility smile from calibration, the question is why could we also ...
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SABR Model Closed Form Solution

I've been researching the SABR model and one of the main benefits it seems is that you can obtain a closed for solution of the implied BS volatility in certain cases. In all the papers I've read, I ...
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Extrapolating SVI

In his paper Gatheral presents the following parametrization of the implied total variance $w(k,T) = \sigma_{BS}(k,T)^2T$ $$ w(k) = a + b\{\rho (k-m) + \sqrt{(k-m)^2 + \sigma^2} \}.$$ Assuming that ...
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Interest rates - Swaptions implied volatility - Volatility anchoring with Black and with normal volatilities

In a LMM+ with displacement factor a volatility anchoring technique is used, i.e. a long term volatility assumptions is applied, derived from historic time series. Should I adjust this historic ...
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SVI negative rates

I've used the SVI model in the past for equity option which worekd quite well. I came across a post on Wilmott where someone said hes using SVI for swaption as well. I would like to test the model and ...
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Implied volatility

I have a question about calculating the implied vol. Assuming the implied vol that a option will expire in 1 day is $\sigma_1$, and the implied vol that the option will expire in 2 days is $\sigma_2$. ...
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Trading spot volatility

I am reading a paper that very briefly talks about some volatility arbitrage strategies. It's so brief that I do not exactly understand how it works. It says one of the strategy is based on "short ...
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Comparison of Implied Vol Models

My goal is to evaluate a collection of implied volatility models for accuracy supporting real time theoretical pricing of listed equity option. My current research approach is to define a set of ...
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Is it possible to find / estimate the volatility surface of non-listed index options?

I have 3 QNET options (european, 2 puts, 1 call, all same expiry, different strikes) that the broker is pricing clearly off a volatility surface. Bloomberg only carries historical volatility and I ...
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Calendar Arbitrage in a Vol Surface

I am trying to determine the condition such that my implied vol surface doesn't have calendar arbitrage. I have done research and found that one such condition is that total variance should increase ...
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existence of implied volatility

I read a book where it was written : 1/ "implied volatility is the market's consensus on the volatility of the asset between now and the maturity of the option". -> Could someone explain me this ...
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Solving for r in the Black Scholes equation

Could you please correct which parts of my reasoning are wrong? Let's suppose that I know for sure that my estimate for a stock volatility is right (I have a crystal ball) and that it will be for ...
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ATM volatility and flat volatility

Why do the implied volatility curve and the flat curve cross over the ATM volatility (at 100%) ? Tx
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How to exploit calendar arbitrage?

Say we are looking at European Call options in a toy environment with zero deterministic intereset rates, a stock paying no dividends, no repo rates etc. Let C(T,K) be the price of a call with expiry ...
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Transforming 3M volatilities into 6M volatilities in EUR forecast curves

I have implemented a stripping algorithm to extract forward volatilities from cap/floor flat volatilities for different currencies. I am however struggling a bit when implementing a method to convert ...
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Implied Volatility as proxy for instantaneous volatility

In many papers and book I have found a reasoning that it is well summarized in this paper as "The first proxy we use is an unadjusted Black-Scholes proxy in which the implied volatility of a short-...
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What are some markets that don't have volatility smiles and why don't they?

I have read that volatility smiles didn't show up for equity options until 1987. Can some one give me an example(s) of what markets now still don't have volatility smiles and what an explanation for ...
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How to calculate Implied Volatility for out-of-the-money options?

I'm trying to calculate the implied volatility for out-of-the-money options, and to a lesser extent, in-the-money options. Most of the literature estimations I could find for implied volatility were ...
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Constant Maturity IV

I want to analyze IV skew under various market conditions but its hard given various expirations. Would it make sense to create a constant maturity IV that say is 60 DTE? Has anyone done this and what ...
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Probability that realized volatility is larger than implied volatility

I did a test about quantitative finance. One of the question was : What is the probability, in the Black-Scholes world, that the realized volatility is larger the implied volatility ? And why ? ...
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Sensitivity of short-term vs long term options' IV

I could see that the short-term options' IV raises on earnings announcements when longer-term options' IV does not react too much. So I had this doubt, "Is the volatility of short-term options' IV ...
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Rate of Options decay

I know "Time decay accelerates on nearing expiry". But I want to know the rate of acceleration. How curvy is the theta curve? Answers could be like, Provided IV is stable, in a 3-month contract,...
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IV of stocks vs IV of options

As for as I have seen, Implied volatility of stocks are easy to understand as there will always be a peak and fall(usually on earnings announcement dates). The magnitude differs but the wave pattern ...
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Why is the term structure of the implied volatility surface non-monotonic?

Does this reflect expectations & uncertainty about interest rates (exposure to rho?), event driven concerns about the underlying, or something else?
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Interpolating on the BS parameters and injecting in the BS formula vs interpolating directly on option prices

Let's consider a simple European call option. In practice, the way the Black-Scholes formula is used to price it is by injecting all of the parameters and paying special attention to the volatility ...
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Implications of shifting the lognormal model for forward rates from a probability perspective

I have a question regarding the application of a shift to the Black-Scholes formula for negative forward rates. I am reading in the Brigo book that "increasing the shift $\alpha$ shifts the ...
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Inverse Smile Volatility Ibex35

I was analysing ibex implied volatility and when I draw it I found it was reversed: X axis are the strikes and Y axis implied volatilities calculated by BS. The blue line is the spot price. Data (...
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What kind of crisis can drag Implied Volatility down globally?

I want to trade buying long straddles with low IV ranks. I wonder what could be a crisis for me. I believe any kind of economical crisis would increase the IV. What happening could be a crisis for me? ...
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Historical Volatility vs Implied Volatility Performance in Pricing Options

I consistently read on academic papers, when pricing options, using implied volatility is better than using historical volatility. Because, market is more "forward-looking" and historical data is "...
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Vol surface changes as underlying moves

We market make in highly liquid, near term options markets. I want to build a risk report that tells us how our portfolio's greeks will change as the underlying moves. This is for risk management in ...
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How to select the initial guess for implied volatility?

When we calculate the implied volatility, we would need to give the solver a range to start with. For example, QuantLib uses [0,4.0] for the range, which is another way of saying try all possible ...
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Constructing a minute-by-minute volatility curve

For market making in front month vanilla commodity options we need a volatility curve that updates every second or so as the underlying and the options change prices. If all the strikes have a good ...