A measure of the variation in price over time. Also a measure of the risk of a financial instrument.

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Estimate Volatility process

How can I estimate the process $\sigma_{t}$ given in the following paper: Spot volatility estimation for high frequency data. J. Fan, Y. Wang. Does anyone have an idea? Free source Edit: Iam very ...
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GARCH models vs VIX

I am examining how investor sentiment affects the probability of stock market crises. I am using methodology similar to this paper https://ideas.repec.org/p/dij/wpfarg/1110304.html. VIX (equivalents) ...
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GARCH variance vs standard deviation for volatility

in my series of questions related to GARCH and volatility I finally think I've got a decent grasp on it. You guys have been great help clearing up my questions for me. My next question is just a ...
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Transforming log return volatility into standard return volatility

If I have a forecasted volatility of the log returns of say, 0.03, this is obviously transformed relative to the log I took of the returns. It strikes me that I should raise ...
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How is possible to relate volatility with risk?

I read that equallying voliatility with risk is one of the hardest critics on Quantitative Finance and that this is -indeed- the fundamental base of Quant. This question is analogous considering that ...
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GARCH volatility modeling, squared returns, and convergence

After reading some more of Volatility Trading, I decided to try to make a simple volatility model using daily log returns of an ETF I follow. It turns out "simple" is sort of relative. Unfortunately, ...
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Understanding Yang-Zhang Volatility Estimator

I am using TTR in R and I am trying to understand the Yang Zhang volatility estimator. The following equations seem to imply a single value: $$ \sigma = \sqrt{{\sigma_o^2}+k\sigma_c^2+(1-k)\sigma_{rs}...
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What is the unconditional variance for a GARCH model?

I want to use a Matlab script to calculate Heston Nandi GARCH prices. I found an appropriate script online and it asks for the "unconditional variance" as an input. How do I calculate the appropriate ...
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CBOE Index Minute Data

I am doing a small research and looking for a place to purchase historical minute CBOE Index data. I am interested in: VIX - CBOE Volatility Index VVIX - CBOE VIX VOLATILITY INDEX VXV - CBOE VIX ...
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Question regarding volatility forecasting using High Frequency Data

Hi guys this is my first question on the Quantitative Finance section of the Stack Exchange network. I am currently reviewing the paper by Professor Alan E. Speight and David G. McMillan 'Daily FX ...
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Quanto derivatives and FX risk management

Let us assume that we have a foreign asset with volatility $\sigma_{ASSET}$. Now, I know that when pricing this under the foreign measure, I need to do a drift adjustment, namely $\sigma_{ASSET NEW}^2 ...
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Volatility Parametrization Libor Market Model - Underspecified Model?

Does the volatility parametrization that I have chosen give an underspecified model? Which volatility parametrization in the Libor Market Model would suit the best for the particular case described ...
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Why would one prefer variance swaps over other instruments?

I understand that an investor who has a view on an underlying's variance would be tempted by a variance swap. But why would one prefer such a contract over another instrument whose value is based on ...
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Liquidity horizons of risk factors categories

I'm reading the consultative document of the BCBS on the Fundamental Review of the Trading Book: http://www.bis.org/publ/bcbs265.pdf Table 2 on page 16 shows the liquidity horizons for 5 broad risk ...
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Prove Volatility Parametrization of Libor Market Model is Bounded/Not Bounded

How can I prove that the function $$\sigma_i\left(t\right) = k_i\left[\left(a+b\left(T_i-t\right)\right)e^{-c\left(T_i-t\right)}+d\right]$$ is bounded/unbounded? $\sigma_i\left(t\right)$ is the ...
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rugarch: GARCH external regressors

I'm currently playing around with the great rugarch package in R. However, I tried to test the external regressor functionality. I implemented a GARCH(1,1) process and compared it with a GARCH(0,1) ...
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GARCH Model Constant in Regression

When regressing a variable on a constant of 1, the coefficient of this constant is the mean. However, when I specified that the residuals follow a GARCH(1,1) model, the coefficient of the constant ...
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Transition Between Volatility Regimes

Emanuel Derman wrote a great paper in 1999 about volatility regimes and the adjustments the market makes during these periods (sticky strike, sticky implied tree, sticky delta, etc). Has any ...
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Difference between Deterministic Volatility Function approach and Ad Hoc Black Scholes?

I am thoroughly confused after reading Dumas, Fleming & Whaley (1998) "Implied Volatility Functions: Empirical Tests". Both the Ad Hoc BS Model and the Deterministic Volatility Function ...
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Put Volatility Smiles and Implied Volatility

I have been observing the option chains of put options with differing maturities. I have noticed that those puts with a close expiry date have the steepest volatility smiles. Can someone please ...
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Realized Vol for 15 min interval using second Data

I would like to calculate realized volatility for a 15 min period. Most of the literature I looked up shows how to construct daily realized volatility using intraday data. These literatures does use ...
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Why is the GARCH intercept supposed to be strictly positive?

Maybe it's a simple question but I don't really understand why it is theoretically required. Let's take the standard GARCH(1,1) $$\sigma^2_{t+1}=\omega+\alpha\epsilon^2_{t}+\beta\sigma^2_{t}$$ In most ...
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Volatility for time periods with little data

When I want the monthly volatility of stock and I only have data for about one month and I do calculation like this: ...
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What is the rationale behind using SV models with 2 distinct volatility processes?

In the Double Heston model, there are 2 distinct volatility processes. The SDEs read \begin{align} & d{{S}_{t}}=r{{S}_{t}}dt+\sqrt{{{v}_{1}}(t)}{{S}_{t}}d{{W}_{1}}(t)+\sqrt{{{v}_{2}}(t)}{{S}_{t}}...
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Estimate Option Price Given X% Move N Days in the Future

I was wondering if someone could recommend a method to estimate the price of an option N days from now given an X% move in the underlying. I have fitted a volatility surface but where I am running ...
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Comparison of Implied Vol Models

My goal is to evaluate a collection of implied volatility models for accuracy supporting real time theoretical pricing of listed equity option. My current research approach is to define a set of ...
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How is the formula for the VEV (VaR-equivalent volatility) in the PRIIP document derived?

The recent regulation (page 32) on PRIIPs requires to compute a VaR-equivalent volatility defined as $$\mbox{VEV}=\frac{\sqrt{3.842-2\ln \mbox{VaR}}-1.96}{\sqrt{T}}$$ Does anyone have an idea how ...
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Does the unconditional variance implied by a GARCH equal the sample variance?

In the MATLAB default settings for GARCH estimation they say "presample conditional variance is the sample average of the squared disturbances of the offset-adjusted response data y". Am I right in ...
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Do smaller horizons better estimate volatility for longer horizons than the longer horizons?

Suppose you want an estimate of the 20 day return variance. You could grab historical lagging 20 day windows to build an estimate, or you could build 10 day lagging windows (twice as many data points) ...
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How to transform Ornstein-Uhlenbeck parameters from hourly to daily?

I get the parameters (long-term mean, volatility, mean-reversion speed, correlation) of two correlated Ornstein-Uhlenbeck processes via a likelihood estimation from hourly data. If I want to transform ...
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VIX ETP Net Vega exposure

Does anyone know the calculation that these EQD desks are using to calculate the net Vega exposure of the VIX ETPs? I am assuming it involves shares outstanding in each ETP, the value of a 30 day ...
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When is option value inversely related to expected volatility?

It is common knowledge that the greater the expected value, the higher the option value. However, there are surely exceptions, as written by Paul Wilmott's FAQs in Quantitative Finance Q: If you ...
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How to choose a GARCH model which delivers iid standardized residuals?

For my thesis I first need to examine nine financial time series and fit a conditional volatility model such that the obtained standardized residuals ($z_t = \epsilon_t / \sigma_t$) are approximately ...
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Accuracy Rebonato Swaption Approximation Formula among Different Strikes

Can somebody explain me if the Rebonato swaption volatility approximation formula is accurate for only ATM strikes, and if yes why? Can it also be used for ITM and OTM strikes? My foundings: Let $0 &...
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Easy question (?) - how to measure if volatility for two samples is significantly different?

For my bachelor thesis I'm doing a research where at one point I want to measure if volatility for a certain sample of stocks in period A is significantly different from i) the same sample of stocks ...
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Construction of VIX and VVIX

I just read the CBOE's Whitepapers for VIX and VVIX and notice that they are constructed in the same way, i.e. a range of calls and puts on the respective underlyings (S&P500 in case of VIX, and ...
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What are some markets that don't have volatility smiles and why don't they?

I have read that volatility smiles didn't show up for equity options until 1987. Can some one give me an example(s) of what markets now still don't have volatility smiles and what an explanation for ...
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Static and Dynamic Hedging of Vol/Var Swaps

Why can a variance swap be perfectly statically hedged whereas a volatility swap requires dynamic hedging? Possible reference request to the corresponding literature.
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How to compute the foreign exchange volatility within a portfolio

Suppose I have a portfolio of 5 assets. Assets 1 and 2 have foreign exchange exposures and therefore foreign exchange volatility. How can I calculate the marginal contribution to the total portfolio ...
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A question on implied volatility surface

Let a stock price process be $(S_t)_{t\geq 0}$ and let $(K, T)\longrightarrow \sigma^*(K,T)$ be the volatility surface corresponding to vanilla options on the stock. What is, for any time $T$ the ...
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Swaption Volatility Cube arbitrage

How can I exploit an arbitrage by violating the following no-arbitrage condition (taken from the paper "Arbitrage-Free Construction of the Swaption Cube" by Simon Johnson and Bereshad Nonas): Swptn(K,...
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Events effect on intraday volatility and large outliers

I have an event that takes place over a period of a few days, and I want to estimate the effect it has on market volatility using intraday data with one minute frequency. The problem is, that e.g. ...
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Higher moments arbitrage

Is there concrete evidence that statistical arbitrage (historical vs. implied) on higher moments, specifically skewness and kurtosis, can be (significantly) done? Working from this source, the author ...
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Why is volatility said to be persistent?

Persistence in volatility of stock returns is one of the common 'stylized facts' when it comes to analyzing time series. However, I am wondering for theoretical arguments why (estimated) volatility ...
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Master thesis in Finance in search of topic concerning investor sentiment and financial crash

Is there any good idea that combines low volatility, risk aversion level of investors and prediction of financial crash ? Is there any literature?
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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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Intraday Volatility over multiple timezones

I'm in the Europe/Berlin Timezone and I need to calculate a global volatility indication Monday to Friday at 12:00. My portfolio can somewhat accurately represented by 60/30/10 S&P500, ...
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Evaluation of portfolio other than Sharpe Ratio

Is Sharpe ratio always the best way to evaluate a portfolio? I'm not really sure what this potential interview question wants me to answer. I have read that Sharpe ratio essentially explains how ...
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What is the formula that determines when VIX futures expire?

Or a source that will allow me to just get the list of dates into a program, I'm trying to do this in python but I want it to be able to figure out the next expiration automatically, or something like ...
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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 $\delta$ $\delta=\frac{\partial}{\...