Questions about models for the valuation of option contracts.

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Can someone explain to me what's snell envelope?

What is snell intuitively? And what is its use in quantitative finance? Please explain to me as intuitive as possible! As I explained in the comments, I am new to this field and I was hoping someone ...
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Binary Option valuation problem in R using RQuantLib; also result validation aspect

When I am trying to value Binary Option using RQuantLib I am not getting all the greeks for exctype "american" wheras "european" exctype is fine. What is the problem here ? ...
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Citable source: Why implied volatility over dollar prices

I am aware of the reasoning of quoting vanilla options as implied volatilities rather than dollar values. However, I would like to have a literature reference where this is explained, to quote / cite ...
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Local volatility parametrization using the spot

Is it possible to estimate the local volatility using the spot price S at time t instead of the strike price K and the expiry date T ? Any help would be appreciated.
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The State-Price Deflator in a Binomial pricing model

This question comes from a Financial Economics exam and I'm very confused about a state-price deflator which doesn't seem to exist. I've included the whole question for completeness, but my actual ...
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Binomial tree vs trinomial tree in pricing options

Very new to pricing models. Is there a general guideline when to use binomial tree and when trinomial tree is preferred? As far as I know, unlike binomial tree, trinomial tree only gives a range ...
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how to use known premium of options to determine premium of options with another strike?

Assuming constant volatility across all strikes, how to use known premium of options to determine premium of options with another strike? e.g. suppose we know premium of \$40 call and put, \$50 call ...
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Intuitive understanding of Black-Scholes pricing

The Black-Scholes formula entails market completeness, so the price of an option is only the cost associated with dynamically hedging the option. Where does this cost come from? I don't see how ...
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Asset-or-nothing Option Valuation in the Black and Scholes model

In standard Black-Scholes Model, compute the price of an asset-or-nothing put and asset-or-nothing call options. Write down the put-call parity relation between the asset-or-nothing call and put ...
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compute sharpe ratio for options?

Calculating sharpe ratio for shares is a straight forward task: (average returns - risk free ) / standard deviation. However i remain baffled as to how to tackle the task for options, can someone ...
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Stochastic volatility and forward start contracts

Why is it more accurate to use stochastic volatility when pricing let's say a forward start option (ie an option priced today but striked in a future date) ?
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Replication strategy of European call option

So the question asks: L et $S(0) = 120$ dollars, $u = 0.2$, $d = −0.1$ and $r = 0.1$. Consider a call option with strike price $X = 120$ dollars and exercise time $T = 2$. Find the option price and ...
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Linear combination of payoffs of bull and bear spreads

Write the following payoffs as linear combination of call options with different strikes and possibly some cash and give the closed form formula for them. Attempted solution: The payoff for the bear ...
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Pricing a vanilla call option with a fixed dividend

I have started a finance course few months ago and am looking for a way to compute the price of a 1-year call option with a fixed dividend paid after 6 months. Using Black and Scholes I know how to ...
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completeness of the binomial model - proof

I am reviewing the steps of proof that the binomial model is complete and don't understand the marked in red transition. Could anybody explain this step? If $P^{**}$ is a risk-neutral measure, so ...
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How to calculate confidence interval for option price?

I model option prices for European call using Monte Carlo method. What is the proper way to calculate the confidence interval? A. -> Calculate the payoffs (there will be number of zeros as some ...
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Swaption on a swap with 0 year tenor

Any ideas on valuation of IRS swaption on a swap with 0 year tenor? As an example, we have a 5 year swaption, on expiration it is cash settled; the underlying swap tenor is 0 years with excercise and ...
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Finding circumstances for price of call = price of put

Here is a problem in Hull's book and the given solution: My approach was to compute the profit $\pi = \pi_{SP} + \pi_{LC}$ (short put, long call). One can show that $\pi = \pi_{SP} + \pi_{LC} = ...
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Bond price in Ho-Lee Model

I know Ho-Lee model and want to extract the price at $t$, of a European call option with strike price $K$ and exercise date $T$, on an underlying $S$-bond, but I don't know what way should I choose: ...
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Do I need simulink to model the risks of an option portfolio

I wish to buy Matlab Home and learn to model the risks of a derivatives portfolio and then stress test it. So I am guessing I will need : Stochastic calculus Linear algebra Stats/Probability Some ML ...
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Why theta multipled by days to expiry exceeds the total time premium of the option

Sometimes, I find an option where the total time value of the option may be 5 cents(rest is intrinsic value) and there are about 15 days to expiry and theta is .08 (8 cents). How is this possible. If ...
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Pricing of a call option in one period binomial model

You are given a $5\%$ call option worth $\$2.66$. The strike price $k$ is $\$41.00$. $S(0)=40$, $Sd=35$ (i.e the lower price of the stock at $t=1$) find $Su$ (i.e the high price of the stock at $t=1$)....
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Option greeks: sensitivity to 1% move

In a Black&Scholes framework how can I compute the following sensitivities: to 1% move in the underlying price to 1% move in implied volatility I would like the greeks to tell me how many ...
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Implication of the Greeks under jump diffusion model

Consider jump diffusion model proposed by Merton and Kou. As far as i know, most paper only dealt the valuation of option under the jump diffusion model. As i expected, because of the ...
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What is the effect of dividend yield being greater than the risk-free rate to American options pricing?

Even though dividends are discrete, literature often makes the assumption of continuous dividends (mostly in the case of indices but the individual stocks as well). The dividend yield denoted by q is ...
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Sample size and historical correlation matrices

I was wondering whether any literatures existed on how to properly estimate correlation matrices from historical data. Obviously the entire procedures allows a lot of leeway. The frequency of the ...
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Symmetry of option-implied probability density

I was wondering whether the option implied probability density of the log returns: $x = \ln\left(\frac{S}{S_0}\right)$ with S the value of a certain stock, is always symmetric ? I was asking myself ...
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Numerical difficulties in fitting option prices

In [1], the authors state that "Although some studies apply the curve-fitting method directly to option prices, the severely nonlinear relationship between option price and strike price often leads to ...
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binary option gap option cash or nothing option [on hold]

i have a lot of problem in understanding binary option specially the gap option how the pay-off can be negative ?and the prime can be also negative how we choose the strik price and the montant cash ...
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Pricing options using particle swarm optimization (PSO)

I am currently trying to recreate some of the work done to price various types of options using particle swarm optimization. In particular, I am trying to price European options using a similar method ...
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volatility of a mid curve option

Question: When checking the volatility surface for, let's say, a swaption, where the the option expires in 1Y and the underlying starts in 1Y and ends in 5Y, one would check the volatility surface ...
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Acceptable difference of Bermudan Swaption prices computed under 1 Factor Hull-White and Libor Market Model

What is an acceptable difference between the Bermudan swaption prices computed with the 1 factor Hull-White model and the Libor Market model? Details: The set of underlying calibration ...
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Pricing of convertible bonds

I'm trying to evaluate a convertible bond using the structural approach : the price of convertible bond is an option (call) on the firm value. We suppose that the firm value is equal to the sum of the ...
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Finding the corresponding Strike

I have been asked the following question recently, and I was unable to find the solution (I have the feeling that either a data is missing or I misunderstand a notion). Here is the following question :...
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HN-GARCH Option Pricing Function produces negative values (fOptions HNGOption)

I have implemented the fOptions package's hngarchFit() function to fit a Heston-Nandi GARCH model to a set of option prices, followed by the HNGOption() function to price them. Unfortunately, the ...
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How can I improve the pricing simulation of basket option?

I valuated the price of below basket option Underlying assets are three global stock index : Eurostoxx 50, S&P500, KOSPI 200 Maturity: 36 months with advanced redemption date in every 6 months ...
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Portfolio with a certain pay-off curve

I would like to find a relevant optimization option's portfolio models which can describe a certain pay-off curve (objective function) under same assumptions. For example, assumptions on how to limit ...
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Estimate Option Price Given X% Move N Days in the Future

I was wondering if someone could recommend a method to estimate the price of an option N days from now given an X% move in the underlying. I have fitted a volatility surface but where I am running ...
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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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Generating process for stock price paths in this paper?

I am reading Longstaff and Schwartz Valuing Aerican Options by Simulation because monte carlo simulations, especially their use in option pricing, is interesting to me. However, I am having some ...
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Replicant portfolio with commissions (Jarrow Rudd)

I have created a Jarrow Rudd three for a call option that I know how to replicate with a portfolio. A replicating portfolio of a option works this way: At time 0 we form a replicating portfolio ...
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shifted SABR - ATM vol

quick question guys. I know that for Shifted SABR (or any other Shifted model), we simply model the underlying price process (lets say the forward interest rate F), as F' = F + x, x being the shift. ...
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Applying Black-Scholes to valuing index options

I am currently attempting to use the Black-Scholes model to value index options. My issue is; what should I use as the price of the underlying? Say I want to value a call option on the German DAX with ...
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Proving the convexity of put price [duplicate]

Prove that the price of the European put option is a convex function of the strike price in one-step binomial model. In other words, if $P_E(X)$ is the price of the European put option in one-step ...
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Portfolio replication option pricing: Money market position

Why when replicating a call option, the money market position (bond, risk free investment) is negative and when replicating a call option, the money market position is positive? Please explain ...
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Connecting Call price computed discretely to call price computed under continuous time case

I want to connect the call premiums calculated discretely via the binomial pricing method to the Black-Scholes-Merton formula for the call premium which applies to continuous time case. The framework ...
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Delta hedge compound option

Delta hedge portfolio should be adjusted from one period to the other, as the ratio changes. How does it work with compound options though? Suppose, I have a put on a call option on a stock, in 2 time ...
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Ideas for speeding up greek calculations

My current calculations using the vollib library averages 0.5 seconds. Is there any way to get it faster? Any tips/best practice notes will be helpful. This is for a scripting language such as python....
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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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Price of call (calibration)

I need to understand how we got this : $\forall i \in I $ $C^{*}_{0}(T_i,K_i)=e^{-rT_i}E[(S_{T_{i}}-K_i)^+|S_0]=e^{-rT_i+X_{T_{i}}}E[(S_{T_{i}}-K_i)^+]$ at How we pass from conditional expecation to ...