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When to use Monte Carlo simulation over analytical methods for options pricing?

I've been using Monte Carlo simulation (MC) for pricing vanilla options with non-lognormal underlyings returns. I'm tempted to start using MC as my primary option-valuating technique as I can get ...
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Is Walk Forward Analysis a good method to estimate the edge of a trading system?

Do you think Walk Forward Analysis is a good method to estimate the predictability or edge of a trading system? Are there similar methods to know (estimate) how much alpha can capture an algo (in the ...
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Monte carlo portfolio risk simulation

My objective is to show the distribution of a portfolio's expected utilities via random sampling. The utility function has two random components. The first component is an expected return vector ...
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Are there any standard techniques for adding realistic synthetic microstructure noise to a price series?

This may seem like a strange question, but for my particular application we need to actually add synthetic microstructure noise to real time charts. The signal should still be representative of the ...
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How to test for and how to simulate price rise/fall asymmetry in the stock market

One of the stylized facts of financial time series seems to be a fundamental asymmetry between smooth upward movements over longer periods of time followed by abrupt declines over relatively shorter ...
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Simulate (imaginary) asset prices using random numbers that follow a Frank Copula

I didn't understand how to simulate asset prices by using non normal random numbers. I am assuming that it would be incorrect to use the standard Geometric Brownian Motion, since it is based solely ...
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Kelly Capital Growth Investment Strategy (Example in R)

In the paper Response to Paul A Samuelson letters and papers onthe Kelly Capital Growth Investment Strategy pages 5 and 6 Dr William T Ziemba, gives a praticle example on Kelly Growth. Iâ€™m trying to ...
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Pricing a log-contract using Monte Carlo

Having a payoff of log-contract defined as $$\Pi_T = \ln \left(\frac{S_T}{S_0} \right)$$ How would you express the MC-estimator for the price of this contract? The stock price dynamics here is ...
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Random Brownian Simulation Startling Results

I was playing around in Excel the other day, simulating possible equity curve/P&L paths for a simple game I designed. The game is really trying to find an optimal risk managment strategy. I start ...
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Geometric Brownian Motion - increasing simulations or smaller step size

I am running Monte Carlo simulations to estimate future share prices of some stocks. For stock A, I need 1 share price exactly one year from now. For stock B, I need daily prices for each trading ...
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Valuing Total Return Swaps

In my quest for simulated data, I am trying to generate prices for Total Return Swaps by calculating the NPVs of the fixed and floating leg. My problem: Given the fixed leg, how do I set the spread on ...