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What is a stationary process?

How do you explain what a stationary process is? In the first place, what is meant by process, and then what does the process have to be like so it can be called stationary?
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What is the role of stochastic calculus in day-to-day trading?

I work with practical, day-to-day trading: just making money. One of my small clients recently hired a smart, new MFE. We discussed potential trading strategies for a long time. Finally, he expressed ...
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Law of an integrated CIR Process as sum of Independent Random Variables

It is known (see for example Joshi-Chan "Fast and Accureate Long Stepping Simulation of the Heston SV Model" available at SSRN) that for a CIR process defined as : $$dY_t= \kappa(\theta -Y_t)dt+ ...
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Missing step in stock price movement equations

Assuming a naive stochastic process for modelling movements in stock prices we have: $dS = \mu S dt + \sigma S \sqrt{dt}$ where S = Stock Price, t = time, mu is a drift constant and sigma is a ...
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Solving Path Integral Problem in Quantitative Finance using Computer

I've asked this question here at Physics SE, but I figured that some parts would be more appropriate to ask here. So I'm rephrasing the question again. We know that for option value calculation, path ...
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Deriving the definition of stochastic integrals with respect to Ito processes from first principles

When I first encountered the definition of integrals with respect to Ito processes (Shreve's Stochastic Calculus for Finance Vol II), I didn't think twice. However, I wanted to see if the definition ...
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Probability distribution of maximum value of binary option?

A binary option with payout \$0/\$100 is trading at \$30 with 12 hours to expiration. Assuming the underlying follows a geometric Brownian motion (hence volatility remains constant), what ...
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Why Ito calculus?

Coming from physics, I am used to the fact that the Ito interpretation of most natural stochastic equations is wrong, and one should be using Stratonovich calculus instead (of course they are ...
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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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Deterministic interpretation of stochastic differential equation

In Paul Wilmott on Quantitative Finance Sec. Ed. in vol. 3 on p. 784 and p. 809 the following stochastic differential equation: $$dS=\mu\ S\ dt\ +\sigma \ S\ dX$$ is approximated in discrete time by ...
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Obtaining characteristics of stochastic model solution

I want to use the following stochastic model $$\frac{\mathrm{d}S_{t}}{ S_{t}} = k(\theta - \ln S_{t}) \mathrm{d}t + \sigma\mathrm{d}W_{t}\quad (1)$$ using the change in variable $Z_t=ln(S_t)$ we ...
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What is the mean and the standard deviation for Geometric Ornstein-Uhlenbeck Process?

I am uncertain as to how to calculate the mean and variance of the following Geometric Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process. $$d X(t) = a ( L - X_t ) dt + V X_t dW_t$$ Is anyone able to calculate the mean ...
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Why does Black-Scholes equation hold on continuation region of American Option?

Explanation for Put Option: $ \frac{\partial V}{\partial t}+ \mathcal{L}_{BS} (V) = 0 $, where $\mathcal{L}_{BS} (V) = \frac{1}{2} \sigma^2 S^2 \frac{\partial^2 V}{\partial S^2} + (r-q) S ...
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Change of measure discrete time

Suppose I have a random walk $X_{n+1} = X_n+A_n$ where $A_n$ is an iid sequence, $\mathsf EA_n = A>0$. How to construct a martingale measure for this case?
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Real world application of stochastic portfolio theory

There is a branche of stochastic portfolio theory (see also this question). Fernholz and Karatzas have published research in this field (e.g. "Diversity and relative arbitrage in equity markets") and ...
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Stochastic Calculus Rescale Exercise

I have the following system of SDE's $ dA_t = \kappa_A(\bar{A}-A_t)dt + \sigma_A \sqrt{B_t}dW^A_t \\ dB_t = \kappa_B(\bar{B} - B_t)dt + \sigma_B \sqrt{B_t}dW^B_t $ If $\sigma_B > \sigma_A$ I ...
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Distribution of hitting time of the integrated CIR process

If an increasing process $X_t$ has a known Laplace transform $\mathbb{E} e^{-s X_t} = m_t(s)$, define its hitting time $\tau$ to some level $B$ to be $$ \tau = \inf\{ u > 0 : X_u \geq B \}. $$ Can ...
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Transformation of Volatility - BS

I have recently seen a paper about the Boeing approach that replaces the "normal" Stdev in the BS formula with the Stdev \begin{equation} \sigma'=\sqrt{\frac{ln(1+\frac{\sigma}{\mu})^{2}}{t}} ...
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Geometric Brownian motion - Volatility Interpretation (in the drift term)

A Geometric Brownian motion satisfying the SDE $dS_t = rS_t dt+\sigma S_t dW_t$ has the analytic solution $$S_t = S_0\exp\left\{\left(r-\frac{\sigma^2}{2}\right)t\right\}\exp\{\sigma W_t\}$$ Recently ...
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Girsanov Theorem and Quadratic Variation

Girsanov theorem seems to have many different forms. I've got a problem matching the form in wiki to the one in Shreve's book, due to the difficulty of quadratic variation calculation. Below is the ...
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Filtration and measure change

I asked this question in math stackexchange but to no avail. So i'm trying the luck here. I'm reading Steven E. Shreve's "Stochastic calculus for finance II", and find myself not really understand ...
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how we can derive $PIDE$ of double exponential Jump-diffusion model (we know as kou model)?

I'm working in double exponential Jump-diffusion model (we know as kou model) with following form , under the physical probability measure $P$: \begin{equation} ‎\frac{dS(t)}{S(t-)}=\mu‎‏ ‎dt+\sigma ...
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Why is this stochastic integral a martingale?

Suppose that: $W^*_t$ is a Wiener process under probability measure $\mathbb{P}^*$ and; $\tilde{S}_t=S_0+\sigma\int_{0}^{t}S(u)dW^*_s$. In my lecture notes, it says that $\tilde{S}_t$ is a ...
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Self-financing and Black-Scholes-Merton formula

Self-financing is an important concept in financial product replicating, normally used in pricing. I read about several ways to derive Black-Scholes-Merton (BSM) formula. Seems some approaches ...
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How do practitioners use the Malliavin calculus (if at all)?

This question is inspired by the remark due to Vladimir Piterbarg made in a related thread on Wilmott back in 2004: Not to be a party-pooper, but Malliavin calculus is essentially useless in ...
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Why does the price of a derivative not depend on the derivative with which you hedge volatility risk?

I'm trying to derive the valuation equation under a general stochastic volatility model. What one can read in the literature is the following reasoning: One considers a replicating self-financing ...
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Derivation of Ito's Lemma

My question is rather intuitive than formal and circles around the derivation of Ito's Lemma. I have seen in a variety of textbooks that by applying Ito's Lemma, one can derive the exact solution of a ...
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What is the average stock price under the Bachelier model?

Let's say stock price follows following process: $$dS(t) = \sigma dW(t)$$ where $W(t)$ is Standard Brownian motion. The initial level for the stock is $S(0)$. Define the average of stock price ...
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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 to use Itô's formula to deduce that a stochastic process is a martingale?

I'm working through different books about financial mathematics and solving some problems I get stuck. Suppose you define an arbitrary stochastic process, for example $ X_t := W_t^8-8t $ where $ W_t ...
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Multi Fractals Models

From a quant point of view, how would you explain Multi Fractals Models in few words ? I have the level to take these courses, but won't be able to do it next year, so I want to know what I am ...
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How does one go from measure P to Q(risk-neutral) when modeling an asset paying dividends?

I am really having a terrible time applying Girsanov's theorem to go from the real-world measure $P$ to the risk-neutral measure $Q$. I want to determine the payoff of a derivative based an asset ...
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How to perform basic integrations with the Ito integral?

From the text book Quantitative Finance for Physicists: An Introduction (Academic Press Advanced Finance) I have this excercise: Prove that $$ ...
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Proof that the stopping time for a Brownian Motion is finite for given target levels

Given a standard brownian motion $W_t$ and defining $\tau$ as: $\tau :=inf\{t\geq0:W_t=1$ or $W_t=-2\}$ The proof below shows that the stopping time is finite: $P(\tau < t) \geq (|W_t|>2)\\$ ...
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Is the average of independent Brownian Motions still a Brownian Motion?

If $W$ and $B$ are independent Brownian Motions (BM thereafter), then the average of $W$ and $B$ is $X_t=\frac{1}{2}(W_t+B_t)$. Where do I begin to show that indeed it is still a BM? Also, if both ...
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Upper bound concerning Snell envelope

Consider a non-negative continuous process $X = \left (X_t \right)_ {t\geq 0}$ satisfying $ \mathbb E \left \{ \bar X \right\}< \infty $ (where $ \bar X =\sup _{0\leq t \leq T} X_t $) and its ...
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What is the forward rate for a Black-Karasinski interest rate model?

I was wondering if anyone could help me with the instantaneous forward rate equation for a Black-Karasinski interest rate model? I was also after the Black-Karasinski Bond Option Pricing Formula.
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pdf of simple equation, compound Poisson noise

I would like to find the probability density function (at stationarity) of the random variable $X_t$, where: \begin{equation*} dX_t = -aX_t dt + d N_t, \end{equation*} $a$ is a constant and $N_t$ is a ...
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What is a good Computer Algebra System for financial engineering?

I would like to know if there exists some computer algebra systems adapted to calculate pricing based on particular models, i.e. pricing YoY Inflation Swap under Jarrow Yildirim Model. I know that ...
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Girsanov's Theorem - Change of Measure

I have trouble understanding Girsanov's theorem. The Radon Nikodym process $Z$ is defined by: $$Z(t)=\exp\left(-\int_0^t\phi(u) \, \mathrm dW(u) - \int_0^t\frac{\phi^2(u)}{2} \, \mathrm du\right)$$ ...
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Ito, Stochastic Exponential and Girsanov

This is a two-part question relating to the change of measure density used in Girsanov and secondly to the Stochastic Exponential. Whilst reading notes relating to Girsanov it is stated that the ...
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Stochastic control (HJB) for wealth process involving stopping times

Given a wealth process that evolves as $$d w_t = r w_t dt + \theta_t ( \sigma dW_t + (\mu-r) dt) - c_t dt.$$ where $\theta_t$ is the worth of holding at time $t$ and $c_t$ is the consumption stream. ...
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Malliavin Calculus

From a quant point of view, how would you explain Malliavin calculus in few words ? I have the level to take these courses, but won't be able to do it next year, so I want to know what I am missing. ...
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Why is GARCH more often applied in risk analysis than stochastics?

I am trying to look out for something I can engage in for my final year project (M.Sc) but my interests lie more in risk analysis (specifically credit risk). I have tried searching the web but really ...
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A question on Ito

If we know the dynamics of $S$, then we can estimate the value of $S$ at a time point, $t$. Here, I have a question concerning how to solve for $S_t$ by Itô because I obtained different results by ...
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Square of arithmetic brownian motion process

We have an arithmetic Brownian motion process $X_t$ that follows $dX_t=\mu dt + \sigma dZ_t$ and we define the asset price $S_t=X_t^2$ and we are asked to find the stochastic differential equation ...
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unique equivalent martingale measure in incomplete markets

Do you have any idea about how we can prove, and under which conditions, that an equivalent martingale measure (EMM) in an incomplete market is unique? The assumptions we have made are: 1) that the ...
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Multidimensional Ito's Lemma for Vector-Valued functions

Consider the vector of $n$ Ito processes $$ d \mathbf{X}_t = \mathbf{\mu}(\mathbf{X}_t,t)dt + \Sigma(\mathbf{X}_t,t)d\mathbf{W}_t $$ where $\mathbf{\mu} \in \mathbb{R}^n$ and $\Sigma \in ...
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Itô diffusion processes in finance with unknown distribution at a terminal value

In several papers it is argued that for many Itô diffusion processes, $$dX_t = a(t,X_t)dt+b(t,X_t)dB_t,$$ in mathematical finance the distribution of $X_T$ for fixed $T>0$ is unknown, which makes ...
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Implications of shifting the lognormal model for forward rates from a probability perspective

I have a question regarding the application of a shift to the Black-Scholes formula for negative forward rates. I am reading in the Brigo book that "increasing the shift $\alpha$ shifts the ...