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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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: ...
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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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Link between Vega and Gamma

"The vega is the integral of the gamma profits ( ie expected gamma rebalancing P/L) over the duration of the option at one volatility minus the same integral at a different ...
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Calendar spreading and difference in cash and futures

"Often the calendar spreading gives rise to two different levels of gamma: a long gamma in one maturity against a short gamma in another one. This may be stable except that the two maturities might ...
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Using limit orders or stop orders and gamma

From Dynamic Hedging by Taleb: Risk Management Rule: Option trader lore states that when long gamma, use limit orders. When short gamma, use stop orders. I cannot understand why this is and the ...
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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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Dealers becoming synthetically short an out-of-the-money option

"When dealing with a large-size position, dealer, upon exercise, synthetically become short an out-of-the-money option." How does this work, I cannot see why this happens synthetically in ...
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Use of cash delta vs forward delta and the mirror image rule

There has been no mention in this text of why this formula uses forward delta not cash delta. Why should have this been obvious to the reader? How can a put be delta neutral at 30%, what does this ...
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Known future volatility and difficulty in predicting final P/L

I have started Chapter 1 of Dynamic Hedging by Taleb and it starts by saying "Even if traders knew the exact future volatility but hedged themselves (rebalanced the gamma) at discretely spaced ...
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What does this options' data mean?

I've got myself some data on SPX optons which looks like this: ...
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Potential Arbitrage profit or proof problem

So the question asks: Consider 4 following European call and put options with the same maturity time: Call option with strike price $100$ sell for $45$ Call option with strike price $110$ sell for ...
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Closing prices for options written on S&P 500

I would like to find closing prices for all options written on S&P 500. I tried OptionMetrics from Wharton School but unfortunately you only find bid and ask prices. Is there any other database ...
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Shorting an option every day vs shorting only at maturity

Suppose we have 2 strategies : strategy A : every $N$ days, we short a call option with a time-to-maturity of $N$ days; strategy B : every day, we short $\frac{1}{N}$ of a call option with a ...
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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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Binary Option in B-S model - technical question

I want to price Binary Option in Black-Scholes model. The payoff is of the form $f(S_{T})=I_{\{S_{T}-K>0\}}$. If we assume that $t=0$ this is easy, because then we have ...
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if I had a 1M spread option. Would you say that was 1m notional (for IM purposes) or 1m pay + 1m rec i.e. 2m notional?

if I had a 1M spread option. Would you say that was 1m notional (for IM purposes) or 1m pay + 1m rec i.e. 2m notional?
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Effect of surprise dividends on options

The ETF in question is VDC It pays about $2.5 a year in dividends, but the payout dates are very erratic If I were to go long VDC with options, what would be the best way of doing this to avoid ...
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Why is $N(d_2)$ not needed for hedging?

I'm trying to understand delta hedging. If I sell a plain vanilla call option, in order to delta hedge it, I have to buy delta amount of stocks. What I don't understand is that the BS price of the ...
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How to derive Black's formula for the valuation of an option on a future?

I've got a question about 1976 Black Model and Bachelier model. I know that a geometric brownian motion in the P measure $dS_{t}=\mu S_{t}dt+\sigma S_{t} dW_{t}^{P}$ for a stock price $S_{t}$ leads ...
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Where to find E-mini S&P options price data or chart?

ES futures price data is easy to find, e.g. on Yahoo finance or with a free NinjaTrader demo account. I'm looking for the same for options on that futures contract. The best I could find is the ...
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Stock price distribution from options marks

I am reading the following link: on "recovering probability distributions from option prices" - how to subtract influence of stochastic volatility? At the end of the derivation it seems ...
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buy asset after exercising call options

Suppose that I buy a call option at \$10 for a stock $S_0 = \$100$, $K = \$110$, expiry date $T$. In $T$, $S_T = \$140$, so that I exercise the option to buy and then sell the assets (buy at $\$110$ ...
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Effect of different maturity options in delta-gamma-hedging

I read about hedging with options and think i got it. However there is a case am not sure how to handle. Is there any exception in the delta-gamma-hedging-(calculaton-)technique? - say: solve an set ...
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Black-Scholes and Markovian contingent claim

Background information: Proposition 4.1 - For a European Markovian contingent claim, the Black-Scholes price satisfies $$\Theta(\tau,S) = -\frac{\sigma^2 S^2}{2}\Gamma(\tau,S) - rS\Delta(\tau,S) + ...
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Options Data Sources

I am using Option Metrics to study a couple of things related to options. However, Option Metrics is quite limited in terms of scope (mainly it's US equities). I was wondering two things: 1) Are ...
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Calculating probability of options with normal/lognormal distribution: does time make a difference?

I'm trying to calculate the probability of a calendar spread resulting in a profit at expiration, when estimating it is modeled as a lognormal distribution, by getting: ...
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How to use the Black-Scholes formula with LIBOR rates?

I want to price an FX option using the Black-Scholes model, but I don't know the risk free rate, nor the volatility. I only know the LIBOR rates, the strike, and that the expiration day is 87 days ...
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Find call and put volatilities using ATM, Risk reversal and Butterflies volatilities

I have to plot the implied volatility surface for EUR/USD. So, my goal is to produce something like that, from put delta 10 to call delta 10: Searching for informations, I found that I could find ...
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Why is the probability of first touch equation so complicated?

http://marcoagd.usuarios.rdc.puc-rio.br/hittingt.html The (cumulative) probability distribution of hitting times for the above case is given by the equation below. This equation is 1 less the ...
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Put-Call Parity Application

In the binomial model, how that the Delta of a call option $\Delta^{call}$ and the Delta of a put option $\Delta^{put}$ with the same maturity and strike satisfy $$\Delta^{call}_t - \Delta^{put}_t = ...
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Risk-Neutral Probabilities, Trinomial Model

My professor has many grammatical mistakes and errors in his questions, so apologies ahead of time. I am just trying to understand what he wants for this question, In trinomial model, let $S_0 = 1$, ...
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Delta of an option in two cases

Let C be the prime of a call in fi=unction of the price in term F, Strike K, volatilité $\sigma$ and maturity t: $C(F,K,\sigma,t,r) $ We assume that we know $\delta$ ...
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What is the theoretical expected growth in an option's value over a given period of time?

Say an option with five years left before maturity has a value of $x$ today. Theoretically, under the B/S framework, what is its expected value in five years (upon maturity)? Do we assume it will ...
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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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Where can I find best end of day option data?

Looking for accurate end of day option data. Preferably with Greeks. Any recommendations?
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Example of options that cannot be priced with least-square Monte Carlo

Can you give some example of options that cannot be priced with least-square Monte Carlo? Intuitively, this is any option for which a payoff depends on a previous exercise decision. It's relatively ...
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Open interest and short selling

Open interest of SPY: https://finance.yahoo.com/q/op?s=SPY+Options If someone sell short a contract the open interest adds up or down? The open interest on yahoo finance is a reliable Information of ...
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Who Uses American Options?

...in other words, why would a person want to have the right to exercise an option early? What advantage does that really give you? Are Euro-style options not good enough for some people? Who are ...
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Hedging portfolio of options with different underlyings

Suppose i have call options for 90 of the 100 stocks of NASDAQ100. How can i hedge the risk using NASDAQ futures? Also, how can I get rid of the residual risk?
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About the Feller Condition in Heston Calibration

I have noticed when reading (many) articles about Heston Calibration that not all (few actually) do care about the Feller condition. Below is a compilation of calibration results from some different ...
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Most recent work on American option **ANALYTIC** pricing

I am studying American options and inquisitive on why they lack an analytic pricing formula. I found a paper by Kim,1990 on analytic valuation of these options and then Byun,2005 paper which studies ...
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How was this probability of negative U.S rates by end 2017 calculated?

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-26/bets-on-negative-u-s-rates-by-end-2017-jump-above-10-chance Options markets show some investors are taking out protection in case rates instead ...
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How to automatically get all options data for a particular stock into microsoft excel?

I'm looking for a way to get the entire options chain (All options expiries) for a particular stock in excel without manually copy pasting anything. It does not have to be real time and I will only be ...
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out of the money time value versus in the money time value

For an out of the money option the time value is entirely positive, then if it moves into the money the time value has a negative impact on the new intrinsic value, ok, but it looks like the negative ...
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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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Which volatility to use?

For calculating the greeks http://www.vollib.org/html/apidoc/vollib.black.greeks.html Should I use historical volatility or implied volatility?
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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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Call options and portfolio of the same options worth less?

A portfolio of long positions in call options with the same maturity and strikes on different assets is worth more than a call option on a portfolio of the same assets with the same weight; i.e. ...
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Where are the prices of real European Call options listed?

In order to solve an exercise, I need data from real European Call Options (on the same underlying). It sounds definitely trivial, but actually I feel a bit lost...do you mind giving a link/suggestion ...
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Options and bond related to convexity

Relevant definition: Assumption 2.1 (No dominance). If the payoff $P$ of a financial instrument is nonnegative, then the price $p$ of the financial instrument is nonnegative. Notation: $T$ - the ...