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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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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Does implied vol vary for calls vs puts?

Volatility skew tells us that options with the same maturity at different strikes can have different implied vol. However, can a corresponding call and put for the same strike and maturity have ...
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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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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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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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Creating Options Database

I am trying to create a database which will hold information for various stock options and will need to be updated daily. The idea is to use this database to keep track of changes in the open interest ...
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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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How to price an option allowing to change a call into a put?

A recruiter asked me this question: Suppose you have the following contract: a call option with maturity T = 2 years the possibility to change this call into a put at t = 1 year What is the price ...
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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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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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Best way to store hourly/daily options data for research purposes

There are quite a few discussions here about storage, but I can't find quite what I'm looking for. I'm in need to design a database to store (mostly) option data (strikes, premiums bid / ask, etc.). ...
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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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Old CBOE SPX options data: listing and expdate issue

I can't figure out the logic behind SPX option data for 2008-2009 years. First, all traditional SPX options have exp_date on the third Saturday of each month. How can it be? Why not Friday? Second, ...
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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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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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The Upper Bound of an American Put Option

I have just read the following paragraph (in bold) and have a question on the upper bound of an american put option: http://www.sharemarketschool.com/option-valuation-upper-and-lower-bounds-part-...
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Replicating American call option

Consider a two-period binomial model for a risky asset with each period equal to a year and take $S_0 = 1$,$u = 1.2$, and $l=0.8$. The interest rate for both periods is $R = .05$ a.) If the asset ...
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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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Why the expected return rate of a stock has nothing to do with its option price?

OK, I admit that this is a frequently asked question. But I couldn't find a satisfying answer after I read the explanations of books, went through the derivations of B-S formula, and searched answers ...
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How do you calculate price of non-existant call option on commodity future

I've been stumped on this for awhile now. I'm trying to determine the price of a call option on a commodity futures contract that expires in the future. My issue is that while the future's contracts ...
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Is there any other way to measure option pricing model performance than proximity to market prices?

Short version Why do we take market prices as the prices to be estimated and predicted? The common answer is efficient markets hypothesis as in "Market agents do their best effort given their ...
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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
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What are the some good measures of risk for options?

I've seen a number of measures of risk in my reading: Sharpe, Sortino, Calmar, etc. In CAPM there is Beta, and I've seen papers discussing how to modify CAPM for asymmetry. There is Value at Risk and ...
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Qualitative properties of call

I have read somewhere that we can show by using arbitrage argument the following relationship for call option : $$\frac{\partial{C_t(T,K)}}{\partial{K}}\leq0$$ $$\frac{\partial^2{C_t(T,K)}}{\...
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How to hedge a barrier option with vanilla options?

I want to hedge a barrier option, say a knock-out call with strike K and barrier B out-of-the-money. My idea was to start from the payoff diagram of this option, and try to accomodate it with vanilla ...
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what is exercise frontier in option pricing

What's exercise frontier in option pricing? It kept popping up but I was never fully introduced to the concept. Follow up question: And is the optimal exercise time the first time the option is in-...
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Butterfly spread model price

Consider a butterfly spread with strikes $K_1, K_2, K_3$. My professor wrote the model price, $V$, was equal to the following: $$V = exp(-rT) * P(K_1<S_T<K_3) * (1/2) \Delta K$$ where $\Delta K ...
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Calculating Greeks in Covered Calls?

Just want to confirm whether Delta, Gamma, Theta, Vega will be calculated in the following way? Since we own 100 shares of stock while selling a call we need to subtract greek value from one? right? ...
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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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Arbitrage opportunity in discrete time

Say we have the following binary option $B$ on asset $S$ with strike K and expiration time T, assume also that the following relation holds at time $0$: $B > N*C(K,T)-N*C(K+1/N,T)$ Where $N$ is ...
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Capital increase: which stock price to use as input to Black-Scholes formula?

For an exercise we have to calculate the theoretical value of a scrip / preferential right on its issue day (23 April) in the context of a capital increase. The scrips are issued on 23 April. The ...
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how to compute the risk free rate for a given maturity of an option contract?

i'm working on options with different maturities. I need to correspond a risk free rate for each maturity. What rate should i consider as risk free rate? thank you.
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Delta Hedging for 2 Factor Models

If the value of an option at Maturity is what is the off-setting position you take for X and Y, if you are i)Long Call of the option ii)Short Call of the option iii)Long Put of the option iv)Short ...
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Relations between Call and Put

I am trying to solve a question in finance but I am pretty much stuck and would need your help :) Suppose you know the following information about a market: Future is at 66 70 strike straddle is ...
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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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Option pricing: Risk neutral probability calculation

Let $u=1.3$ $d=0.9$ $r=.05$ $S(0)=50, X = \text{strike} = 60$. Assume binomial model Why isn't the risk neutral probability found by solving the following for $p$: $$E[S(T)]=p65+(1-p)45=S(0)(1+r)^T=...
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Monte Carlo Option Pricing: Averaging Price Per Path

In Glasserman's book, he computes the price of an option by first computing the average price over each simulated price path. Once all the paths have been simulated, the average of all the payoffs is ...
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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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Put-on-call option confusion

So the question asks: Given a 3-steps Binomial Tree model with $S(0) = 50$, $U = 20%,D = 􀀀20%$, and $R = 5%$. A European call option has the strike price $X = 40$ and maturity time $T = 3$. Also, a ...
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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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Put call parity: when are the premiums the same?

Please explain why put call parity could be compared to the payoff of a long forward contract. ie. $C_E-P_E=V_X(0)$ where $C_E,P_E$ are the call/put premiums and $V_X(0)$ is the value of a long ...
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Taleb Modified Delta

How does one go about calculating the modified delta as proposed by Taleb in his book Dynamic hedging? In his book he says its a change in the call price divided by a change in the underlying and ...
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Construct option and stock portfolio

If a riskless security costs 100 today and will cost 120 at time T, a stock costs 50 today and will either be 70 or 30 at time T, and call options on the stock have strike price 50 expiring at time T, ...