Monte Carlo simulation methods uses repeated random experiments to determine results.

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How useful is Markov chain Monte Carlo for quantitative finance?

Naively, it seems that Bayesian modeling, structural models particularly, would be quite useful in finance because of their ability to incorporate market idiosyncrasies and produce accurate ...
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Portfolio optimization with monte carlo sampling from predictive distribution

Let's say we have a predictive distribution of expected returns for N assets. The distribution is not normal. We can interpret the dispersion in the distribution as reflection of our uncertainty (or ...
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Monte carlo methods for vanilla european options and Ito's lemma.

I understand that by applying Ito's lemma to the following SDE $$dX=\mu\,X\,dt+\sigma\,X\,dW$$ one obtains a solution to the above SDE which is as follows: $${X}\left( t\right) =\mathrm{X}\left( ...
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When to use Monte Carlo simulation over analytical methods for options pricing?

I've been using Monte Carlo simulation (MC) for pricing vanilla options with non-lognormal underlyings returns. I'm tempted to start using MC as my primary option-valuating technique as I can get ...
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Is creating constrained random portfolios a hard problem?

Creating random portfolios with weights $x_i$ can be thought of as sampling from the surface of a simplex given by $$Ex = f$$ and $$Ax \le b$$ Where $E$ and $A$ are constraint matrices for equality ...
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Reference on Markov chain Monte Carlo method for option pricing?

I have to implement option pricing in c++ using Markov chain Monte Carlo. Is there some paper which describes this in detail so that I can learn from there and implement?
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Simulating property price index

I am trying to write a Monte Carlo simulation to calculate risk associated with some property based products. What is the most reasonable stochastic process to model property price index? Do people ...
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How to transform process to risk-neutral measure for Monte Carlo option pricing?

I am trying to price an option using the Monte Carlo method, and I have the price process simulations as an inputs. The underlying is a forward contract, so at all times the mean of the simulations is ...
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Consistency of economic scenarios in nested stochastics simulation

I am interested in references on research regarding the consistency of economic scenarios in nested stochastics for risk measurement. Background: Pricing by Monte-Carlo: For pricing complex ...
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Methods for pricing options

I'm looking at doing some research drawing comparisons between various methods of approaching option pricing. I'm aware of the Monte Carlo simulation for option pricing, Black-Scholes, and that ...
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How to get greeks using Monte-Carlo for arbitrary option?

Let's assume I have an arbitrary option that I can price using Monte-Carlo simulation. What is the general approach (i.e. without relying on specific option type) to calculating the greeks in this ...
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What are the merits of pseudo random numbers over quasi random numbers in monte-carlo simulation?

I understand that quasi-random numbers have much better convergence, but are there any reasons for me to use pseudo-random numbers instead?
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Simulation of GBM

I have a question regarding the simulation of a GBM. I have found similar questions here but nothing which takes reference to my specific problem: Given a GBM of the form $dS(t) = \mu S(t) dt + ...
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Simulating the joint dynamics of a stock and an option

I want to know the joint dynamics of a stock and it's option for a finite number of moments between now and $T$ the expiration date of the option for a number of possible paths. Let $r_{\mathrm{s}}$ ...
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Is there any research on applying state-space or dynamic linear models to forecasting equity risk premia?

Is there any research on applying state-space or dynamic linear models to forecasting equity risk premia on a security-by-security basis with a medium term horizon (say 3 month to 12 months horizon)? ...
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Speeding up computations: when to use Quasi and standard Monte-Carlo in pricing

I am familiar with the theory of Monte-Carlo techniques in the numerical integration, and recently I have started my experiments with these methods applied to derivatives pricing. I am using ...
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How to reduce variance in a Cox-Ingersoll-Ross Monte Carlo simulation?

I am working out a numerical integral for option pricing in which I'm simulating an interest rate process using a Cox-Ingersoll-Ross process. Each step in my Monte Carlo generated path is a ...
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Monte carlo portfolio risk simulation

My objective is to show the distribution of a portfolio's expected utilities via random sampling. The utility function has two random components. The first component is an expected return vector ...
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Estimation of Empirical Expected Shortfall of a heavy tailed distribution

Assume that you have a portfolio for which you have estimated a parametric model to the underlying instruments, but the distribution of the portfolio as a whole is too complicated to compute ...
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Simulating conditional expectations

There is a multidimensional process X defined via its SDE (we can assume that its a diffusion type process), and lets define another process by $g_t = E[G(X_T)|X_t]$ for $t\leq T$. I would like to ...
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Distribution of Geometric Brownian Motion

Please let me know where I have been mistaken! Let the SDE satisfied by the GBM $S(t)$ be $$ \frac{dS(t)}{S(t)} = \mu dt + \sigma dW(t). $$ Then, the underlying BM $X(t)$ will satisfy $$ dX(t) = ...
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portfolio optimization from empirical return distributions

I'd like to do a portfolio optimization of a set of ETF's but want to avoid traditional problems with normality assumptions in returns etc. Are there techniques that let me sample 'draws' from the ...
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Vanilla European options: Monte carlo vs BS formula

I have implemented a monte carlo simulation for a plain vanilla European Option and I am trying to compare it to the analytical result obtained from the BS formula. Assuming my monte carlo pricer is ...
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Principle Component Analysis vs. Cholesky Decomposition for MonteCarlo

Let's assume we have a portfolio containing large number (~500) of risk factors. We want to simulate the portfolio dynamics. PCA based simulation would be faster as we can reduce the dimensionality. ...
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How to do a Brownian Bridge with quasi-random numbers in the Heston model?

I'm required to use the Euler Monte Carlo method to compute the option price under Heston model settings. I know from some paper that the convergence is volatile for the Heston model with a plain ...
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How to minimize the difference between a parametric VaR and a MC-VaR with lognormal assumption?

Given that we want to find the Value at Risk for a portfolio of stocks only, there are two main methods to proceed. In the problem, we also assume that stocks follow a geometric Brownian motion. A ...
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How to estimate the greeks with a Monte Carlo simulation?

I am simulating the path of three indices to price a 1 year basket option. All the indices are domestic, so there is no currency component. At each time step I am using the local volatility ...
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Should we apply practical constraints on the distribution of monte carlo paths?

to limit interest rate paths to a 'reasonable' range (if we could define reasonable). Now we calibrate log-normal skew and mean reversion monthly to robust basket of atm swaptions and in and out ...
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Stock Price Behavior and GARCH

In my (limited) understanding, the behavior of a stock price can be modeled using Geometric Brownian Motion (GBM). According to the Hull book I'm currently reading, the discrete-time version of this ...
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Greeks: Why does my Monte Carlo give correct delta but incorrect gamma?

For a vanilla European call, my Monte Carlo method gives the right option price and delta but the wrong gamma. In particular, the value of gamma varies wildly each time I run the method. I estimate ...
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Usage of Brownian Bridge?

I was recommended to read something about Brownian Bridge. Could someone familiar with BB give some recommendation? It was mentioned that BB benefits in 2 places BB could reduce the simulation ...
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Sanity check - How to price callables

This question is meant as a sanity check whether i got the workflow right for pricing callable bonds. If anyone finds a mistake, or has a suggestion, please answer. The workflow is: For every call ...
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How to apply quasi-Monte Carlo to path-dependent options?

Following up on my recent question on variance reduction in a Cox-Ingersoll-Ross Monte Carlo simulation, I would like to learn more about using a quasi-random sequence, such as Sobol or Niederreiter, ...
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Generate correlated random variables from Normal and Gamma distributions

I want to generate a random vector $z$ of dimension $k+m$ with some given correlation matrix $\Sigma$, such that the first $k$ elements of the vector are distributed normally and the last $m$ elements ...
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Longstaff-Schwartz (Least Squares Monte Carlo) applied to American Options

I'm working on an implementation in R of Longstaff & Schwartz method from the this 2001 article. I've managed to build code that replicates their prices in table 1 (p. 127), but only for the ones ...
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Mersenne twister random number generator in Java for Monte Carlo Sim.

I am using the Mersenne twister random number generator in Java for a Monte Carlo Simulation. I need a uniform distribution of values between -1 and 1. My code is below (I am importing ...
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Simple model for option premium (for covered call simulation)?

Given a historical distribution of weekly prices and price changes for a stock, how can I estimate the the option premium for a nearly at-the-money (ATM) option, say with an expiration date 3 months ...
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Importance Sampling - where to center the sampling distribution?

Consider a Monte Carlo (MC) approximation to a European call with BS parameters $r = 0.05, \sigma = 0.4, T = 10, S_0 = 50$ and $K = 95$. Consider the following results, each using 1M points: plain ...
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How to deal with extreme cases in normal random numbers generation?

In order to generate normal random numbers, one usually generates random numbers following a uniform distribution $Z \sim \mathcal{U}(0,1)$ and then applies the reverse CDF function on them ...
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Is drift rate the same as interest rate in risk-neutral random walk when using Monte Carlo for option pricing?

When using following risk-neutral random walk $$\delta S = rS \delta t + \sigma S \sqrt{\delta t} \phi$$ where $\phi \sim N(0,1)$. Now when a text mentions drift = 5% does that mean that interest ...
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BDT model implementation

I am looking for a nice and readable description of how to implement BDT model: $d log(r(t)) = [\theta(t)-\frac{\sigma'(t)}{\sigma(t)}log(r(t))]dt + \sigma(t) dW$. I assume I already have ...
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(Re) normalisation of random variable in Monte-Carlo simulations

I have a very simple model (CIR) with a very simple discretisation scheme (Euler) and I use it to do Monte-Carlo Simulations. It is working. Someone insisted that renormalization of my random ...
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Simulating the short rate in the Hull-White model

What is the best way to simulate the short rate $r(t)$ in a simple one factor Hull White process? Suppose I have $$ dr(t) = (\theta(t)-\alpha r(t))dt+\sigma dW_t $$ where $\theta(t)$ is calibrated ...
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Estimating early exercise boundary for American put

I am trying to estimate the early exercise boundary for an American put option. I can find the put value through the Longstaff-Schwartz LSM method. How do I obtain the early exercise boundary within ...
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What sort of order submission strategy would result in a random walk of trade prices?

I have written a simulation that matches buy and sell orders, keeps track of an order book and simulates trades. My first pass at order submission was to generate random orders around the bid/ask ...
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Divergence issue with my monte carlo pricer…

I am trying to implement a vanilla European option pricer with Monte Carlo and compare its result to the BS analytical formula's result. I noticed that as I increase (from 1 million to 10 millions) ...
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How to compute greeks using the adjoint Monte Carlo approach?

Assume I have a stochastic ODE $$dS = a(S)dt + b(S)dW,$$ with Euler approximation $$\hat{S}_{n+1}=F_n(\hat{S}_n)=\hat{S}_n+a(\hat{S}_n)h+b(\hat{S}_n)Z_n\sqrt{h}.$$ This allows me to create sample ...
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Other means of calibrating Heston models

I understand that the simplest way of calibrating a Heston model for volatility surface is to use Monte-Carlo to simulate the vol and stock price trajectories and then use the observed price to do a ...
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Is there a step-by-step guide for calculating portfolio VaR using monte carlo simulations

I am trying to determine a step-by-step algorithm for calculating a portfolio's VaR using monte carlo simulations. It seems to me that the literature for this is extraordinarily opaque for something ...
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When to use the real world drift and when the risk neutral one for a Monte-Carlo simulation?

Under what conditions should the drift be real world and when risk neutral when simulating Delta Hedging option pricing trading strategy any other? For 2. it should be risk neutral. For 1., it ...