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What are the main limitations of Black Scholes?

Pls explain and discuss these limitations, and explain which models can I use to overcome these limitations. Alternatively, provide examples of how to modify the original Black Scholes to overcome ...
9
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1answer
294 views

Cost function for hedging portfolio

Let's say I am hedging an exotic instrument $E$ with $N$ liquid instruments $L_i$, each of which has an associated hedging ratio $R_i$ and a bid-ask spread $\delta_i$ (per dollar of notional). What ...
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1answer
298 views

Convert returns into an index? [closed]

What's the right way to take a series of returns and convert it into a continuous index? Let's say I want to show the performance of a strategy starting from 1, and adding on returns so that I get an ...
4
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2answers
919 views

How to derive appropriate volatility for a binary option (with strike/term) from market data?

I am valuing a binary FX option (european) with a defined strike and term (2Y). I'm using a closed form solution based on Black-Scholes framework. How can I derive the appropriate volatility to use ...
4
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2answers
786 views

Heuristics for calculating theoretical probabilities of being ITM at time T for listed options

I'm looking for a heuristic way to calculate the probabilities of being in the money at expiry for non-defined risk options combinations (listed options). I use delta as a proxy for this probability ...
3
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2answers
863 views

Covariance for arbitrarily large portfolios

I am implementing a method in Java to calculate the variance, covariance, and value at risk for a portfolio, which should be flexible for use with any number of assets in a portfolio. I am struggling ...
4
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1answer
2k views

Mersenne twister random number generator in Java for Monte Carlo Sim.

I am using the Mersenne twister random number generator in Java for a Monte Carlo Simulation. I need a uniform distribution of values between -1 and 1. My code is below (I am importing ...
2
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2answers
788 views
9
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5answers
1k views

When to shut down a trend following strategy?

Suppose I have trend following strategy(on close to close data) that is not getting acceptable returns for some time. When should I start thinking about shutting it down?
0
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2answers
1k views

Ultra-High Frequency Trading Help [closed]

Im putting together an Ultra-High Frequency desk and need to answer the following questions for ordering some rack servers to process about 2 GB of data per second. If anyone has worked at a HFT desk ...
11
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7answers
882 views

Keeping a track record honest

I want to start a blog/newsletter and maintain a track record of trades I recommend. I have a never-expiring demo account for this purpose. How do I keep this track record "honest"? Three months ...
7
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4answers
1k views

Can the futures market's open interest predict commodity, treasury, and equity returns?

I came across this article and became curious. Can the futures market's open interest really predict market action?
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2answers
880 views

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 ...
4
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1answer
170 views

Any example code implementing the Shelton CDO 'Back To Normal' Paper?

I'm having a hard time getting my expected loss calculations to tie out with the standard recursion method when implementing the proxy distribution algorithm described by the Back To Normal CDO paper ...
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3answers
690 views

Discrete-time model: stock dynamics

I am working in the area of probability theory and for a case study I would like to make some calculations in finance. Since I am developing theory for the discrete time, I am interested in models for ...
8
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4answers
398 views

Seeking Historical Non-Finance Datapoints for Backtesting

I'm working on some financial analysis code which I'd like to test against a historical dataseries to analyze the correlations to my algorithm to some non-finance related data. Ideally, I'd like to ...
8
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2answers
2k views

Cluster analysis vs PCA for risk models?

I built risk models using cluster analysis in a previous life. Years ago I learned about principal component analysis and I've often wondered whether that would have been more appropriate. What are ...
3
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2answers
367 views

Bank of England base rate feed

I am implementing a program in Java that needs the Bank of England base rate. Rather than the user inputting this into the system, I have heard that there is a way to get a live feed of the base rate ...
6
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1answer
182 views

Data on US bankruptcy rate vs. standard valuation ratios

Does anyone know of any research or data on US corporate bankruptcy rates as a function of standard valuation ratios, such as P/B, P/E, etc.? I'm trying to adjust the results of backtests to account ...
7
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3answers
849 views

Does the gamma function have any application in quantitative finance?

I was looking into the factorial function in an R package called gregmisc and came across the implementation of the gamma function, instead of a recursive or iterative process as I was expecting. The ...
2
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2answers
1k views

On my way to becoming a Quant [closed]

I'm currently studying for my undergrad in CS, and considering to do a grad in both CS and Math. I would like to see what you guys would recommend to prepare myself for a field as a Quant. I am ...
8
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3answers
576 views

How would one price a “credit event binary option”?

CBOE has introduced credit event binary options, kind of as a retail trader's CDS. These binary options are worth $1 if there is a credit event (ie, bankruptcy) before expiration, and $0 if there is ...
4
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1answer
580 views

Quant PMs need to know the following… [closed]

To the degree in which it's possible, I'd like to know what the community believes are the objective skills/knowledge required to run a successful Quant book. I'm not interested in strategies, ...
12
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3answers
1k views

How to encode trading strategies mathematically

If you have a bunch of different econometric data (e.g. indexes, FX, commodities, interest rates...) you can try to find a formula to see if there is any relationship in the data - e.g. to forecast ...
2
votes
1answer
220 views

Picking from two correlated distributions

Can anyone provide a simple example of picking from two distributions, such that the two generated time series give a specified value of Pearson's correlation coefficient? I would like to do this in ...
8
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3answers
627 views

Price of Brent versus West Texas Intermediate

As of right now, the price of Brent Crude is $\$$111.59/bbl and the price of WTI Crude is $\$$98.36/bbl. I'm well aware that futures markets don't set the spot price for oil, but actual ...
14
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6answers
9k views

Is Scala used in trading systems

I'm curious about high performance computing and consider algo/program trading as an interesting source of information about what are performant technologies that are used to trade the markets. Is ...
3
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3answers
242 views

estimating the accuracy of a method for forecasting the distribution

Say for a stock I want to do a simulation using 30 days of historical returns, and maybe generate 1000 paths, with 2 days as the forecast horizon. Say I have 100 of these 5 day blocks used for ...
4
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3answers
655 views

Supply and Demand of Oil [closed]

This is probably not the best place to ask this question but the one that seems most appropriate on stack exchange(doesn't seem to be an economics one). Anyways, My question, a serious one and not ...
5
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1answer
569 views

USDCAD options vs CADUSD options arbitrage?

I think I've found an arbitrage opportunity. Right now, I can do this (first via CME, second via SAXO) : BUY CADUSD AMERICAN PUT 10200 STRIKE EXPIRING 16 MAR 2011 FOR 53 pips USD SELL USDCAD ...
3
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2answers
419 views

Need advice on finding forward spot rates

So this is a "work homework" question. As part of my job they are sending us through sort of a training course. I'm looking for advice, or a link to a site that explains how to do this with maybe some ...
4
votes
1answer
970 views

Simple model for option premium (for covered call simulation)?

Given a historical distribution of weekly prices and price changes for a stock, how can I estimate the the option premium for a nearly at-the-money (ATM) option, say with an expiration date 3 months ...
7
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1answer
760 views

What SABR $\beta$ to use for EURIBOR swaption smiles

I am currently wrapping up my thesis. My final chapter is on applying the SABR model model for pricing purposes. I am valuing a constant maturity swap by replicating its value using plain vanille ...
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5answers
1k views

How to estimate the probability of drawdown / ruin?

A fairly naive approach to estimate the probability of drawdown / ruin is to calculate the probabilities of all the permutations of your sample returns, keeping track of those that hit your drawdown / ...
8
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2answers
2k views

Is there a technique for using xts or zoo objects with options data (i.e., many entries per date) in R?

I am starting to work with options data from optionmetrics. I use data frames, but it seems like xts or zoo objects are the way to go for features and speed. I can't figure out the best work-around to ...
10
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1answer
259 views

How do you characterize dividends for equity options?

While many systems like to treat dividends as a continuous yield when pricing equity options, it works quite poorly for short-dated options. In the short run, deterministic dividends are clearly the ...
2
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0answers
910 views

Which CEP platform is most popular for trading systems? [closed]

I heard that trading firms employ CEP platforms such as StreamBase, Marketcetera, JBoss Drools, and etc., to implement trading systems. I wonder which one is most popular and the recent trend of ...
11
votes
2answers
2k views

Is there a standard method for quantifying mean-reversion for use in directional trading?

Assuming a directional strategy (no pairs or spread trades) is there a "standard" method for quantifying mean-reversion? Should auto-correlation, variance ratios, hurst exponent, or some other measure ...
9
votes
1answer
177 views

Breaking Transactions Down into Derivatives

We were talking about merger arb in a class I had last night, and when we got do deal construction it was mentioned that the different ways can be viewed as different options. For instance a fixed ...
10
votes
2answers
1k views

Where to find Greeks for futures to form delta-hedged futures portfolio of S&P 500 index/futures

I can't find S&P 500 index (SPX) futures data with Greeks to create delta-hedged portfolios. Do these data exist? I have access to most of the common data sources. In the meantime, I am trying to ...
13
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3answers
11k views

Correlation between prices or returns?

If you are interested in determining whether there is a correlation between the Federal Reserve Balance Sheet and PPI, would you calculate the correlation between values (prices) or period-to-period ...
6
votes
1answer
397 views

Correlation skew mapping

What methods can be used to map the correlation skew of a credit index on a bespoke CDO portfolio?
3
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2answers
620 views

on “recovering probability distributions from option prices” - how to subtract influence of stochastic volatility?

This is based on a 1995 paper by Rubinstein/Jackwerth by the above title where the authors produces a distribution of stock prices inferred from option prices. But their approach only produces a joint ...
5
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2answers
604 views

System Development / Optimization

I have been testing a trend following strategy. The results shows massive drawdowns which makes the equity curve very unstable. I just wanted to know what are some ways in which I can reduce the ...
8
votes
1answer
462 views

What are the main differences in Jump Volatility and Local Volatility

Is a JV model simply Local Vol + Jump Diffusion? If so, it seems logical that an existing JV model be able to be used for valuation of both Vanilla and Exotic options. Is this true? Does a Local ...
7
votes
2answers
389 views

Stochastic recovery rates

How do I model the randomness of recovery rate given default when pricing credit derivatives?
7
votes
1answer
368 views

Reject inference

What are the most effective techniques for reject inference in the context of retail credit scoring. Parcelling is something I use frequently... Any other approaches out there?
2
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0answers
278 views

How to calculate correlations(COT report) in R ? [closed]

First thing i want to do is load data(.csv) into R. The data i am concentrating are the COT reports. Want to load a single column into R and calculate the correlation with the proper instrument.
11
votes
2answers
543 views

Transparent quant products with real track record

A real track record is better than backtesting! I am looking for products, funds, certificates, indices etc. that are based on quantitative trading strategies where the strategies and performance ...
2
votes
0answers
293 views

Can you implement a condor options trading strategy in a spreadsheet? [closed]

Can you implement a condor options trading strategy in a spreadsheet? Could you give an example?

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