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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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### 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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### How to compute Implied Volatility Calculation?

We all know if you back out of the BS option pricing model you can derive and solve what the options is "implying" as its volatility. However, what is the formula used to derive Implied Volatility (...
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### Implied volatility of a complex options position

Assume I have a "complex" options position like a straddle, strangle, or iron condor. In other words, several options traded together as a single position against one underlying asset (not a basket ...
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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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### Price of call/put is convex in $K$ (strike price)

Let $\lambda\in(0,1)$. Then $$C(T, \lambda K_1 + (1 - \lambda)K_2, S, t) \leq \lambda C(T, K_1, S, t) + (1 - \lambda)C(T, K_2, S, t)$$ $T$ - the maturity $K_1$,$K_2$ - Strike prices $S$ - stock ...
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### Martingale correction for Andersen scheme with Interest Rate

I have implemented martingale correction to my Andersen scheme for Heston model, as it is in the paper (page 19-22): http://www.ressources-actuarielles.net/EXT/ISFA/1226.nsf/0/...
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### How to get Correlation using Options data?

I can calculate the "Implied Beta" using implied volatility for the option stock, and implied volatility for the market (VIX). Is there any way to calculate also the correlation without performing a ...
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### Listed Equity Options - Should the expected future payoff be discounted?

Just wondering, given daily margining of exchange traded futures/options (e.g. Eurostoxx 50), basically any difference in the risk neutral expected future payoff that is refelcted in the daily price ...
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### How would I exploit arbitrage if risk-neutral pricing doesn't hold? (Option Pricing)

We are just learning about binomial option pricing, and how the up-factor and the down-factor must match the risk-neutral price. p * u + (1 - p) * d = continuous risk free rate compounded CRR ...
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### Barrier option : Monte carlo simulation

I am trying to price a Down-and-Out Call using Monte Carlo simulation. The problem is that I get the right price for the vanilla option (same price as the analytic formula of Black and Scholes) but I ...
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### Calculating probability of Yuan's slump from options market

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-06/if-options-traders-are-right-the-yuan-s-slump-is-far-from-over Contract prices indicate a 79 percent probability that the currency will weaken ...
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### Model Price vs Market Price in terms of Fair Price (Options)

Before I start: Ok, this is something I investigated for a fair amount of time and my question is semi-academic. To simplify, I will introduce the short bit (TLDR) of my question and then lay out ...
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### Option analysis

Assume zero dividend and that the strike price for a European call option on a stock at a fixed maturity T and strike price K is given by C(K).Suppose that $C(K)=e^{-k}$ for all $K\geq 0$ ,then, I ...
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### VAR of portfolio containing options, equities and forwards

If we want to calculate VAR of a portfolio using variance covariance matrix (delta normal method), containing equities, forwards and options, how do we treat each asset class for making the variance ...
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### QuantLib: New Instrument derived from VanillaOption + PricingEngine that must work for both VanillaOption and the derived class

The derived class is a Vanilla Option on a Future and I need to specify the expiry of the underlying future which is in general different (later) than the expiry of the Vanilla Option. I have ...
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### AmericanOptionImpliedVolatility strange answers for calls IV's

My data provider includes the greeks. I tried to compute the IV's myself using RQuantLib and see if they match -- for Puts it's generally close, for Calls however certain values are way way off -- any ...
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### Option Chain Implied Volatility Calculation

I have the following EOD options data for the SPY containing IV data for each strike. ...
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### AmericanOptionImpliedVolatility - root not bracketed issue in QuantLib/R

I'm trying to compute an implied volatility -- I am trying to match real data I see in Yahoo finance which shows an IV of about 27%. My call in 'R' for the same params returns a root not bracketed ...
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### Why don't real-world probabilities affect the price of a call in a 1-step binomial model?

I was a bit hesitant to post this question because it seems so basic...but I wasn't able to figure it out on my own. Say we setup a one-step binomial tree with $S_0=100$, $S_u=110$ and $S_d=90$, ...
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### Estimating profit/loss of a Gold Futures option using Theta and Gamma

HELP! I am trying to find how much the underlying price of a gold futures option must move in order to breakeven on owning an option for a day. I was hoping someone versed in pricing options could ...
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### Notional Value in Equity Options

I have calculated the NPV of an Equity option and need to account the notional for it and have issues understanding the NPV <-> notional relation. Example: Strike price 100 Spot rate: 107.41 NPV ...
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### Option pricing before Black-Scholes

According to the Wikipedia article, Contracts similar to options are believed to have been used since ancient times. In London, puts and "refusals" (calls) first became well-known trading ...
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### Drawbacks of Black-Scholes option pricing model

Will highly appreciate if anybody can provide logical financial proof why the Black-Scholes option pricing model overestimates the value for long-term options as described in this paper "Warren ...
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### European call down and out option (geometric Brownian motion, Monte Carlo, Euler)

I need to estimate the expected value and the Greeks of an European call down and out option, assuming geometrical Brownian motion of the asset, with Monte Carlo simulation employing Euler ...
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### European Call Option Delta Upper Bound

For a pure equity process (with interest rate, dividend, etc., being zero) not necessarily the geometric Brownian motion, is the delta of a European call option always no higher than $1$? I am NOT ...
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### Basic Metrics for Option Trading Limits

Imagine a trading house that trades options in a modest way, and is looking for simple but effective metrics over which trading option limits will be set. Some random thoughts: 1) VaR is not ideal, ...
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### When is it rational to exercise a bond option early?

Consider american options on interest rate futures such as the 10-year treasury note. When is early exercise optimal?
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### how to do interpolation in the term structure of volatility surface?

everyone~ I am a newbee in the quantitative finance and I meet a problem in working out an equity option volatility surface. We use the reasonable market data to derive the implied volatility, then ...
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### Implied Volatility in Heston Model

recently I started reading the interesting book about option pricing in the stochastic volatility world from Lewis. He gives very interesting and detailed insights about this topic in general. However ...
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### Why do banks offer options? [closed]

I have only taken one introduction class in finance. However we came along opinions, their pricing, etc. We only contemplated being the buyer of a option. If everything works for you apparently you ...
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### Sobol numbers in monte Carlo simulation

I wanted to figure how how much faster the Sobol quasi random numbers convergence to the B&S call price compared with pseudo random numbers. To generate the Sobol numbers I used the randtoolbox in ...
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### hedging of a spread option with call

We have 2 underlying $S^{1}$ and $S^{2}$ with BS dynamic under the risk-neutral measure (r constant...) I found the (big) PDE satisfied by the price function $u(t,x,y)$ of a call spread whose payoff ...
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### Under what circumstances Veta is positive?

In general, as the option moves towards expiry, its vega is decreasing. Are there circumstances where the veta, i.e. the sensitivity of vega with respect to time, is positive, that is when vega is ...
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### Greeks for binary option?

How to derive an analytic formula of greeks for binary option? We know a vanilla option can be constructed by an asset-or-nothing call and a cash-or-nothing call, does that help us? Wikipedia states ...
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### Match different option high frequency databases

I downloaded the “E-mini S&P 500 (Dollar) Options for 1/10/11” Top-of-Book (BBO) data. If you are interested you may download the data from the following link (approx. 80MB zipped and 1GB unzipped)...