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Why Lie groups, differential geometry and string theory relate to MF?

I'm reading Peter Carr's "A Practitioner’s Guide to Mathematical Finance". When talking about the math used in mathematical finance, he mentions Lie groups, differential geometry, string theory. Can ...
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References for PD / LGD estimates of low-default portfolios

Any recommendations or reading sources for estimating individual PDs and LGDs for a set of low-default assets (souvereigns, investment grade corporates)? Since observing no defaults at all, regular ...
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Looking for paper: “Simulation and calibration of the HJM model” by Andersen

I've Googled for the paper and found this site but it's down (at the moment). Note, this is not a quest for a free copy (or we wouldn't allow it :), the paper is also nowhere to find for a fee. A guy ...
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Differences between editions of Security Analysis by Graham and Dodd?

Where can I find a comparison of the contents, a list of everything that changed or the differences among the different editions of the book Security Analysis by ...
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US options market/microstruture research

Can someone point out where to find up to date market/microstruture research in the options market?
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Book recommendation: math toolkit for quantitative finance and statistics

I am looking for a book which teaches mathematical topics which are relevant to master quantitative finance and statistics. Please note, I do not mean a book which would explain how math is applied ...
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How important is the limit order book?

I'm trying to understand how important the limit order today for NYSE, NASDAQ, Euronext and LSE. For example, when we talk about the volume traded during the day, what share of that volume has been ...
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Please recommend a book regarding Monte Carlo simulation in OAS

I couldn't find a book that explains in details how to use Monte Carlo Simulation to generate a number of interest rate scenarios. And then based on the interest rate scenarios, how to calculate the ...
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swaption model for forward swap rate

I have another question about interest rates. In this case it is about swaption and how to come up with a pricing formula. For the rest of my question I use the notation from Brigo. The payoff of a ...
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Using Financial Ratios to get credit rating or PD

Hello I'm looking for papers, aside from ones that use CDS spreads, about credit rating development or estimating default probability based on financial ratios that also include methodology and maybe ...
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Principal Component Analysis and Yield Curves

I've been tasked with researching trading strategies relating PCA to trading fixed income futures instruments. Apparently PCA is frequently used in this area. I'm just looking for some references for ...
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Black-Litterman example

I'm trying to learn Black-Litterman. I feel like I get the overall idea from books like Risk and Asset Allocation by Meucci as well as some of the early papers which develop the model. What I would ...
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Credit Rating or Probability of Default from Financial Ratios

Does anyone know of any papers about credit rating development or probability of default estimation done based on financial ratios that also include methodology and maybe good/bad criteria? Something ...
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VIX-implied Volatility calculator

Does anybody know any implied volatility calculator for VIX Options, possibily in Matlab? For Vanilla Options, I'm currently employing this function which is very fast and reliable (much more than ...
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Book recommendation on robust optimization

I have a bachelors degree in economics and I took undergrad courses on mathematical optimization methods for economics and dynamic optimization in economics and econometrics. Now I'm taking an ...
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What are the canonical books for statistics applied to finance?

I have some decent knowledge of probability, stochastic processes and option theory, however I do not have a proper background in statistics. Now I am working quite a lot with data, and trying ...
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What is a canonical book or article to learn pair trading?

Can someone suggest a resource with a clean cut explanation of pair trading?
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An Alphabet Effect?

While I prepared some quick and lazy charts picking just the first 10 symbols out of the SP500 for this other question I observed, that the first 10 symbols (figure 1) actually outperformed the larger ...
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Black scholes text book

I am looking for an easy and well presented introduction to Black-Scholes theory and stochastic calculus aimed at undergraduate mathematics students. Please can you recommend a book? How about Paul ...
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(Beginer on bond market) References on callable bond's pricing

I am searching for references on pricing callable bonds. I've not find any rigorous mathematical approach on the web. All I found was some soft approaches in a discrete framework. Edit: First of ...
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Importance sampling for barrier option like pricing by Monte carlo

I would like to know some references regarding importance sampling algorithms for variance reduction of Monte Carlo barrier options pricing. Please could someone help me leaving some references? If ...
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Proof oriented introductory text?

I'm currently taking this Coursera course on financial engineering, which is fine but it's very focused on applications instead of proofs. They recommend Investment Science as a companion text, but ...
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What are the canonical references on wholesale credit risk management?

I am trying to read up on "Wholesale credit risk ", but I can't find any useful references. Why is the emphasis on wholesale?
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What is some prerequisite book that can help me to read “mathematical methods for financial markets”

What is some prerequisite book in mathematics or finance that can help me to read "mathematical methods for financial markets"? I found a lot of difficulties when try to start to read the PDF of this ...
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What would be a concise method to learn Monte Carlo methods?

Is there a concise way of learning the core Monte Carlo Methods from resources available online? This leads to my next question which is what are the core ideas to learn in Monte Carlo methods?
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Starting mathematics reading for quants

What book should I start with in order to learn about the mathematics behind financial (derivatives I think!) trading that would be used in HF's & IB's (Not sure whether there would be a ...
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Concise way of learning Bond & IR models

What is the most concise way to learn about bond and interest rate models from the book Mathematical Models of Financial Derivatives by Yue-Kuen Kwok? I have studied Oksendals Stochastic Differential ...
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reference question about portfolio optimization

I know the "classical" modern portfolio theory. However I have quite a lot of different sources. It seems that there is not a book which cover this topic in a rigorous way: theory application ...
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Worked examples of applying Ito's lemma

In most textbooks Ito's lemma is derived (on different levels of technicality depending on the intended audience) and then only the classic examples of Geometric Brownian motion and the Black-Scholes ...
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Why use the E-curve as an interest rate benchmark?

EDSF or Eurodollar synthetic forward curve is used as an interest rate benchmark. Why? When should I use the EDSF "E-curve"? Any references would be extremely helpful.
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Non-linear Dynamical Systems and Quantitave Finance

The vast majority of what I have read about quantitave finance is to do with option pricing and time series analysis for forecasting. However the economy as a whole behaves as a dynamic system with ...
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Quant teams predicting the World Cup

It is a good tradition of the quant teams of the major banks to predict the World Cup. As an example see this new paper from Goldman Sachs: The World Cup and Economics 2014 (Brazil will win by the ...
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A model of macroeconomic phase

I have been pointed towards econometric models of the state, or phase, of the general economy. What I mean more specifically is that we can think of the economy as being ruled by a few models or data ...
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PDE pricing of barrier options in BS

Path-dependent options in BS framework is intuitive to price with monte-carlo under risk-neutral measure, however it appears that several kinds can be priced with PDEs. I understand how does the story ...
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Reference for Algorithmic Trading [closed]

I have recently started to look up algorithmic trading but I am finding it hard to find references related to this field.I am math major with a sound knowledge in Statistics, various programming ...
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Lookback option explicit formula using Black Scholes

I would like to compute the time-0-price for a lookback option using Black Scholes formula, the explicit formula is given by ...
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a good book on option pricing from theoretical and practical aspect

This is the situation someone I know is in: She has good understandings of stochastic calculus and the very basics about black-scholes and binomial model, but nothing more. Her background is in ...
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Topological methods in finance

Recently a promising start-up (Ayasdi) has made headlines. They are a spin-off of the Applied and Computational Algebraic Topology group of Stanford University (ComTop). What they basically do is ...
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Overview of software companies in the industry

I am looking for overview references on software companies that develop applications in the following domains: asset and portfolio management risk management derivatives pricing trading quant ...
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What is the canonical reference for Minimum Variance Portfolio's uniqueness?

I am writing a white paper in which I am trying to compare a strategy to different well-known - and classic - asset allocation optimization approaches. One of the methods I chose is the minimum ...
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Where can I find exercises on building a project finance spreadsheet?

I'm looking for a set of exercises that teach how to build a project finance spreadsheet. I accept there may be no typical project finance, but there are a lot of principles are shared in common ...
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Connections between random walk and heat equation (Material for ~)

I am preparing an undergraduate lecture in quantitative finance and I am looking for material that combines the topics: random walk and heat equation The material should be accessible ...
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Textbook / Reports on Alphanomics

Look at ACCT 340 @ http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/research/courses/acctg.html I've read some of the research papers written by the Professor, and the material is very interesting. However, I'm looking ...
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What is the relative performance of hard-to-borrow securities?

Is there any research on the equity return performance of hard-to-borrow securities? Many shops will simply screen for hard-to-borrow and eliminate these names from their short book. Anecdotally, ...
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How high of a Sharpe ratio is implausibly high for a low-frequency equity strategy?

I am looking to convince someone that an annualized Sharpe Ratio of 7 is 'extremely high' for a low frequency (daily rebalancing, say) long-short technical strategy on U.S. equities. I was hoping for ...
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What is a real world example of negative forward interest rate?

As the title says, I am looking for a real world example where a forward interest rate is negative. Theoretically this is not a problem at all, if I look for a 3M forward interest rate that starts ...
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Where to find introductory material on leveraged loans?

What are some good, preferably free, introductions to leveraged loans, also known as syndicated loans or bank loans? The introduction should describe the basic mechanics and very importantly provide ...
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What books should any quantitative portfolio manager or risk manager have as reference? [closed]

I'm interested to know what are the critical reference texts you rely on for portfolio or risk management? I mean those texts that you come back to because they are chock full of insight and know-how. ...
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Use of Local Times in Option Pricing

I know two applications of local time in option pricing theory. First, it allows a derivation of Dupire's formula on local volatility in a neat way (i.e. without resorting to differential operator ...
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How do earnings estimates respond to changes in underlying fundamentals and economic conditions?

Sell-side analysts' earnings estimates for individual companies, typically reported by I/B/E/S, are a key ingredient to many quantitative models. However, revisions to analyst estimates tend to lag ...