A contract that gives the owner the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell a security at a fixed price in the future.

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Do Options and Other Derivatives follow any mathematical laws?

I'm interested in abstracting out some properties of options and other derivatives for software library I am implementing. I was wondering if options follow any sort of mathematical laws, for example, ...
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How to replicate a correlation swap using only vanilla options and underlying

Assume I have two assets A and B that are positively correlated most of the time. I'm trading a strategy based on this correlation. Is there a way to protect myself in the event that the correlation ...
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Writing an Options Strategy Backtester

I've been doing some digging, and this question has been asked many times in various forms over the years - Backtesting Options Strategies in R Are there any good tools for backtesting options ...
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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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Monte Carlo and PDE results are different for a Call Option!

Okay so this might be a fairly trivial question but I'm having an issue with valuing a call option using both a Monte Carlo method and a PDE method. When I started I first used the parameters: Spot =...
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How do I calculate the probability of a short option position expiring worthless?

I want to be able to determine the probability of a short option position (call or put) expiring worthless. Don't know where to start but I see probabilities derived from the greeks on some web sites?...
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Probability of Brownian motion particle touching barrier given path starts at $X_0$ and ends at a known $X_t$

I have been reading Su and Rieger's paper on barriers and from there have been able to work out the unconditional probability of the process $dXt = μ dt + σ dWt$ touching a down barrier $α$ to be $\...
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How should I understand expiration dates?

The following is an excerpt from Introduction to the Mathematics of Finance by Roman: Expiration Dates The last trading day of an option is the third Friday of the expiration month and the ...
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Implied Expected Stock Return from European Option Prices

We can calculate the expected stock return (under the measure $Q$) from at-the-money ($K=S_t$) option prices as: $$E\left(\frac{S_T-S_t}{S_t}\right)=\frac{e^{rT}}{S_t}(C_t-P_t)$$ The result is ...
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How to derive an option price for an asset with these dynamics?

Assuming my underline asset price follows the process: $$d\ln (F_{t,T})=-(1/2)\sigma ^2e^{-2\lambda(T-t)}dt+\sigma e^{-\lambda(T-t)}dB_t $$ How should I derive an option price formula?
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How is the Chooser Option's value computed in this example?

In preparation for my finals, I am attempting a question on chooser options. One question asks A European chooser option on an index ETF paying a yield of 3.0% with strike \$64 has a maturity of ...
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Carr-Madan Formula

Really new to financial Maths. I am currently having problems with the Carr-Madan Formula. $$f(S_T)=f(F_t) + f'(F_t) (S_T - F_t) + \int_0^{F_t} f''(K) (K-S_T)^+ \ d K + \int_{F_t}^{\infty} f''(K)...
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How to understand this example from Hull's book?

I just started reading Hull's book, and I got stuck in an example where a financial institution has sold for $300,000 a European call option on 100,000 shares of a non-dividend-paying stock. Stock ...
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Why would one prefer variance swaps over other instruments?

I understand that an investor who has a view on an underlying's variance would be tempted by a variance swap. But why would one prefer such a contract over another instrument whose value is based on ...
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Deep ITM Call Implied Vol via Monte Carlo

Let's say I've computed the price of a call using Monte Carlo with $S_0 = 100$ and $K = 80$, using $T = 0.1$ and $r = 0$ to be $\$20.00095$. This price estimate comes with a $95\%$ confidence ...
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How do you check your option calculations?

I'm implementing a bunch of different algorithms to price options/find Greeks: finite difference, Monte Carlo, binomial... I'm not really sure how to check my calculations. I tried using QuantLib to ...
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Option pricing, origin of formula $\Pi( t,X)= E^{\mathbb{Q}}\left[e^{-\int_{t}^{T}r_s\,ds} X| \mathcal{F}_t\right]$

Imagine a model with stock prices and dividends of these stocks, as well as a market bond with associated short rate process. It is known that this model is arbitrage-free if there exists an ...
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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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Find the parameter $d$ of the Affine Option Pricing Model in Duffie, Pan and Singleton (2000)

According to Duffie, Pan and Singleton (2000) for any real number $y$ and any $a$ and $b \in \mathbb{R}^n$, the price of a security that pays $\exp(aX_t)$ at time $T$ in the event that $bX_t \leq y$ ...
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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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What models / methods are used in practice in derivative pricing?

I wrote my bachelor thesis about European Option Pricing under Stochastic Volatility and Jump Diffusion and am now near the end of my MSc in Quant Finance. As i want to write a "potential job"-...
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Delta Hedge, does large stock move produce a loss?

I dont understand how MM protect themselves from large moves in underlying while being delta hedged. Example: MM sels 1 ATM put and sells 100stock (delta = 1) as a hedge. Now what will happen if next ...
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Special term for 'intersection' of option price

Suppose, I have written two ordered lists: $S_{call}= (\textbf{8000, 8050, 8100}, 8150, 8200, 8250)$ and $S_{put} = (7850, 7900, 7950, \textbf{8000, 8050, 8100})$. Entities are correspond to strike ...
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In an example of “call options”

The following is an excerpt from Introduction to the Mathematics of Finance by Roman: As a more concrete example, suppose that IBM is selling for $\$100$ per share at this moment. A $3$ month ...
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Is it possible to place hidden order inside spread when trading E-mini S&P 500?

My question is not about hidden orders in general. In equity market a trader can post his hidden order inside spread, is it the same way for E-mini S&P 500?
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How to derive the price of a square-or-nothing call option?

At maturity $T$, the holder of a "square-or-nothing" call option written on an underlying $S_t$ receives a payoff of the form $$ \phi(S_T) = \frac{S_T^2}{K} \pmb{1}_{\{S_T \geq K\}} = \begin{cases}\...
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Is This A Viable Alternative Options Pricing Method?

i'm currently a high school student who hasn't gone past Algebra II, and thus I have minimal Calculus knowledge. I know the basics of Integration and Derivation (drop the coefficient, raise to the ...
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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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Why is H always* the letter used to describe the level of a barrier?

A quick and (hopefully) easy question. Why? *(always / often / when it's not B)
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Does a Call Spread always need to be symmetric?

I have a plot of a Call Spread Option at time $t ={0}$ but the graph of the call spread is not completely symmetric. My question is: does it have to be? Here is the plot I'm referring to: I'm just ...
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Carr-Madan european contingent claim payoff decomposition formula - application

Looking for some clarification to the values of the parameters used in the Carr-Madan payoff decomposition formula. $$f(S_T)=f(\kappa) + f'(\kappa) (S_T - \kappa) + \int_0^{\kappa} f''(K) (K-S_T)^+ ...
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Boundary Conditions for Call Spread

I was just wondering if someone could verify whether these are the two boundary conditions for a Call Spread Black-Scholes PDE. The first one I have is: $max(S_{T} - K_{1}, 0) - max(S_{T}-K_{2},0)$ ...
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Pricing with-profit/smoothed bonus annuity using Black-Scholes

Would this be possible? Subsequently, would the pricing of such an annuity be somewhat similar to pricing a lookback option?
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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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Accurately calculating Greeks for options near expiration

I understand that when a vanilla European option is near expiry, the Theta calculated from BS formula is very inaccurate and almost meaningless for practical use. However, I'm not sure if other ...
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Numerical Methods for Merton Model

The stochastic differential equation for an underlying with jumps in Merton model is: $$d{{S}_{t}}=\mu \,{{S}_{t}}dt+\sigma \,{{S}_{t}}\,d{{W}_{t}}^{P}+(J-1){{S}_{t}}d{{q}_{t}}$$ where $t \quad\,\,\, ...
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Differentiating a Payoff

Okay this is probably going to be an extremely easy/straightforward question but I thought I should post it here just to double check. Suppose I have a payoff $\Phi = (S_{T}-K)^{+}$. Now let's say I ...
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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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American call early exercise, considering a portfolio

Im aware there are lots of questions about this, but I am interested in a particular method of showing why an american call (with no dividends) should not exercised early. Here is the text I'm ...
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When is option value inversely related to expected volatility?

It is common knowledge that the greater the expected value, the higher the option value. However, there are surely exceptions, as written by Paul Wilmott's FAQs in Quantitative Finance Q: If you ...
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trading equities on options feed/microstructure data

Obviously, not asking for a trading strategy, but do people successfully use options feed/microstructure data to trade equities intraday? What's the general framework for such strategies?
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Option delta - Conditional probability definition?

Can someone help me interpret this definition of delta? Delta is a conditional probability of terminal value (St) being greater than the Strike (X) given that St > X for a call option. Is the ...
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Problems with a Black-Scholes modified equation

I haven't really studied much financial mathematics until about 2 months ago so I'm quite new to this stuff, so I'm sorry if this is a trivial question. At the moment I'm trying to work out what the ...
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Combos on close SPX

I am wondering if anyone has any information on how combos on close trade. I've been looking at the BTIC (http://www.cmegroup.com/trading/equity-index/btic-block-trades.html) and was wondering if ...
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What are the answers to these questions on card deck and option pricing?

here are 3 questions I have some trouble dealing with. Your help will be greatly appreciated! 1 - We have a deck card: 26 red, 26 black. we play a game: you draw a card from the deck without putting ...
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Why can a swap option be regarded as a type of Bond option?

Why can a swap option be regarded as a type of bond option? My idea: Suppose the swap rate of the swaption is $s$. Now consider a bond option expiring at $T$ with strike, $(P_K)_t = \dfrac{1}{1+s(T-...
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What does it mean when a risk reversal is near choice?

I'm currently reading Kathy Lien's 'Day Trading and Swing Trading the Currency Market' and I came across this phrase on risk reversals: "near choice". What does it mean when risk reversals are near ...
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Payoff of option

Consider the payoff $g(S_T)$ shown the figure: I believe the payoff represented as a linear combination of the payoffs of some options with different strike and same maturity $T$ is $$g(S_T) = (...
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Derivative: Delta of a Down and Out Call Option with Barrier=Debt(K)

I am trying to compute the derivative of this function with respect to V0: This is the price of a down and out call option, assuming the barrier equal to the level of debt K. In other terms, I need ...
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EMTA Guidelines

Does EMTA guidelines are only for Non-Deliverable trades? IF yes, then why this is applicable for Deliverable Option trades? EMTA Site - http://www.emta.org/ndftt.aspx