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What is the difference between a book value and a market value?

0 down vote favorite I would like to understand the following problem. A 2yr zero-coupon bond has an annual yield rate of 11% per year. A 4yr zero-coupon bond has an annual yield rate of 19% ...
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Calculating or finding info about the value of a market? for example Cloud Storage

I am assembling a pitch which will aim towards investors by the end of this year/beginning of next year, and I need to gather information such as how much the Cloud Storage market is worth and how ...
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What's the point of discounting in risk-neutral pricing?

Let $\phi$ be a self-financing strategy that replicates a time $T$ option payoff $X$ on stock $S$. By definition of a trading strategy, $\phi$ is previsible. Finally, let $V_t$ be the time $t$ value ...
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How to calculate the JdK RS-Ratio

Anyone have a clue how to calculate the JdK RS-Ratio? Let's say I want to compare the Relative strength for these: EWA iShares MSCI Australia Index Fund EWC iShares MSCI Canada Index Fund EWD ...
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1answer
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Mean reversion time estimation

I am new to mean reversion trading, and I would like to get some good references about how to estimate the time it takes to a mean reverting provess to cross it's long term mean Thanks
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Matlab loop statement is driving me mad [on hold]

Can someone please help me out with this loop over here? Matlab simple refuses to consider the for o=k:k-20 statement inside the if statement. :pullingmyhair: ...
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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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ETNs as bank funding

I've just read the article in the link below and would like to know if someone can elaborate on a statement. I have added the whole paragraph, but highlighted the part about the use of ETNs as cheap ...
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Build spot rate curve with multiple treasuries for each maturity

I have the following treasuries: T 0 1/4 01/31/15 at 100.1236 T 2 1/4 01/31/15 at 101.1257 T 0 1/4 02/15/15 at 100.1251 T 4 02/15/15 at 101.9994 T 11 1/4 02/15/15 at 105.6269 T 0 1/4 02/28/15 at ...
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1answer
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Fitting transition matrices in R by solving for coefficient

I'm using various matrices to impute a fitted transition matrix for credit ratings by solving for a variable [S]. Essentially the idea is to determine a base matrix and stress matrix to compare to a ...
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Is R being replaced by Python at quant desks?

I know the title sounds a little extreme but I wonder whether R is phased out by a lot of quant desks at sell side banks as well as hedge funds in favor of Python. I get the impression that with ...
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Black Scholes Model and Dividends

My question can be summarised as such: Consider a portfolio. Say it has a price $\Pi = x$. Portfolio consists of a stock and a sequence of call options underlying on the stock. It has been announced ...
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Obtaining intra-day values of the EUR-USD exchange

I need for my project the values of the EUR-USD exchange (both intra-day and ticker). I've been playing around with the Yahoo's YQL API and at this moment I can obtain the current value of the ...
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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 + d N_t, \end{equation*} $a$ is a constant and $N_t$ is a ...
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1answer
73 views

Building curves using onshore or offshore JPY overnight rates?

I am trying to build Japanese Yen interest rate curves. When defining the curve instruments for the 'OIS' (discount) curve (aka TONAR), I am uncertain as to which rate to use for the overnight deposit ...
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Pricing options under restricted domain

How would I price an option when the underlying security is unable to trade above a certain price? I assumed this would be as simple as restricting the limits of integration of the PDF to B (the ...
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0answers
20 views

How to identify the orders p and q for ARIMA model using least squares method?

I would like to identify the orders p and q for ARIMA model using least squares method in Matlab. I have got also two data files (one with noise and one without) Previously I identified p and q for ...
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2answers
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Why is that a risk averse consumer buys the optimum insurance when there is actuarially fair insurance?

I think I understand the fact that when marginal utilities of the same function are equal (a consequence of the actuarially fair insurance), the independent variables in it must be equal -- right? But ...
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Need for Binomial Representation Theorem

In some texts (e.g. Baxter & Rennie, Shreve I) the binomial model is first constructed using the usual backward induction argument, and it is concluded that by no-arbitrage the time $t$ value of a ...
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2answers
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R package for portfolio

In the context of modern portfolio theory, one often wishes to minimise $\mathbf{w}^{\mathrm{{\scriptstyle T}}}\boldsymbol{\Sigma}\mathbf{w}$ subject to $\mathbf{w}^{T}\boldsymbol{\mu}=c_{1}$, ...
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1answer
36 views

Expected Utility and $\log$

I've just started reading about expected utility and utility functions and have the following question. $\textbf{Question:}$ An investor has an initial wealth of 100 and a utility function of the ...
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1answer
47 views

Using Gordon's Growth Model to find value of corporation

This is a question posed to us by my professor in my finance class. I was under the impression that the Gordon Growth Model was used to find the intrinsic value of a stock, but I am unsure how to plug ...
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1answer
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Black Scholes Formula, drift term

In the formula, the stock return is modelled as a brownian motion that is a drift + a stochastic term, ok I get that. But the drift term is then modelled as r - volatility ^ 2 / 2. I am not sure how ...
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1answer
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Why Must Dividends Be Reinvested to Use Risk-Neutral Pricing?

Assume the price of a stock $S_t$ paying continuous dividend $a$ satisfies $$ dS_t = S_t\left((\mu - a)dt + \sigma dW_t\right). $$ The risk-neutral pricing formula states that if $\mathbb{Q}$ is any ...
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1answer
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How to pull stock exchange names for a list of tickers, bloomberg?

How to pull stock exchange names for a list of stocks with tickers, on bloomberg? Please advise the steps so as to paste the list of tickers without having to type tickers one by one.
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In Dupire's paper, why is $(S_t, t)$ in the $(K, T)$ space?

I'm new to local volatility model. From Dupire's paper and most of the textbooks, they derived the local volatility $\sigma(K, T)$ in the $(K, T)$ (i.e., strike and maturity) space, from call prices ...
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Yield and interest rate? [on hold]

Are they the same thing? Is yield the annualized return rate? Why when yield rise, yearly return increases but price falls?
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1answer
38 views

Markowitz portfolio optimization question

I am studying the Markowitz portfolio optimization theory, and I just wanted to ask if I understood this correctly. For a stock portfolio we distinguish two kinds of risks: an unsystematic risk, which ...
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3answers
475 views

Portfolio software that shows 'total return' for each investment

I'm a high school technology teacher and sponsor for the Charity Student Investment Project. Currently our students track our investment portfolio via a google spreadsheet ...
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1answer
34 views

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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Is the Altman Z-Score broken?

When I try to predict future returns with with the Altman Z score, it fails. That would likely not be the case if it predicted bankruptcy well (e.g. the Piotroski F score). It seems to predict ...
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What is the fair price of this option?

Without having to use Black-Scholes, how do I price this option using a basic no-arbitrage argument? Question Assume zero interest rate and a stock with current price at \$$1$ that pays no dividend. ...
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1answer
38 views

Portfolio volatility

Problem True or fale? The stock of a firm has an expected return of 10%, and a volatility of 10%. The weight of the stock in a portfolio is 5%, and the correlation of the stock’s return with the ...
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1answer
105 views

negative probabilities in the bivariate tree heston model

I am trying to implement the bivariate tree approach for the Heston model by Beliavea & Nawalkha. I currently have the problem that given the specifications in their examples, I always obtain ...
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1answer
49 views

Option Pricing under Jump Diffusion Models

I was wondering what the overall approach/intuition behind how to price options under Jump Diffusion Models. My understanding is under Diffusion models such as Geometric Brownian Motion (Black ...
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How to create a basket of currency pairs with the lowest correlation in R?

My strategy is designed to buy and sell all assets of a universe and rebalance periodically. It goes either long or short. To limit risk exposure to a single currency I would like the assets in the ...
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2answers
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Negative high frequency intraday volatility - Zhou estimator

To estimate high frequency tick data stock intraday volatility, I have read Robert Almgren's notes7.pdf http://www.cims.nyu.edu/~almgren/timeseries/notes7.pdf where he talks about the bias free ...
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Is the Binomial Tree Model not self-financing?

Consider a 2-period binomial tree where the derivative price is $f$ and the stock price is $S$. Also, let the bond be deterministic with continuous growth rate $r$ and initial value $B_0$. binomial ...
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Zero coupon bonds [on hold]

Assume the zero-coupon bonds from 1 year to 4 years are all available, and the current 1-year, 2-year, 3-year and 4-year spot rates are 4%, 5%, 6% and 7% accordingly. Interest rates are annually ...
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1answer
50 views

Discounted Stock Price

I have the following Question : Prove that under the risk-neutral probability p the stock and the banjaccount have the same average rate of growth. In other words, if $ S_0 , S_N $ are the initial ...
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1answer
37 views

Derivation o HJB equation

I am trying to derive the HJB equation in a stochastic setting. Let me exemplify my problem with the simplest case where there is no control, just one state variable. Assume the payoff is given by $$ ...
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Credit Risk question

Consider two 7% (annual) coupon corporate bonds, each with one year to maturity. Both are expected to default with 20% probability. Investors demand an expected return of 4.5% on both bonds. The only ...
2
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1answer
83 views

Density of Geometric BM via Fokker-Planck

Attempting to derive density of a GBM (which we know is log-normal) the long way, using the Fokker Planck-equation. Can't figure out where I went wrong - would appreciate a few sets of extra eyes! ...
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1answer
43 views

A Difference between Local Vol and Stochastic Vol Models

For the purpose of this question a local vol model is a 1d SDE which specifies the price process and we have a contingent claim that depends on those prices (in general, at multiple times). e.g. ...
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1answer
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How to effectively hedge a Fixed-Term deal in a foreign currency?

Assume my firm is based in USD and agrees with some counterparty to buy, at time $T$, some quantity $Q$ of asset $A$ for a fixed price $K$. Assume also that $A$ prices and $K$ are denominated in EUR. ...
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Arbitrage question

Consider a hypothetical Payment in Kind (PIK) bond of XYZ Corporation. The bond has 2 years to maturity, a face value of $1000, and has an annual coupon rate of 10%. Coupons are paid annually. XYZ ...
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2answers
479 views

Demonstration of Ito's correction term/lemma in binomial tree

I am preparing an undergraduate QuantFinance lecture. I want to demonstrate the ideas of Ito's correction term and Ito's lemma in the most accessible manner. My idea is to take the "working horse" of ...
5
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5answers
450 views

Construction of “vol of vol”

How do you construct something that lets you buy "vol of vol"? not necessarily for VIX, but any particular stock or index.
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1answer
25 views

simple, intuitive barrier option derivation

Is there a simple integral that gives barrier option prices without having to deal with messy, hard PDEs and change of variables I understand there is a reflection principle such that the simulation ...
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3answers
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How does Yahoo finance calculate Beta?

I am trying to replicate the beta value that yahoo calculates but I am getting different results. According to Yahoo, its beta is calculated using 5 year returns against the SP500: yahoo beta I ...

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