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How do I calculate the delta of a convertible bond?

How can I find the delta of a convertible bond to be used for hedging?
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1answer
105 views

To lump or not to lump

Suppose I have a very simple asset whose price takes only three possible values: $X_t\in \{-1,0,1\}$. I also got some discrete time series $X = (X_t)_{t\geq 0}$ and I would like to come up with a ...
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2answers
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Difference between google finance and yahoo finance?

I am wondering about the huge differences of the data provider google finance and yahoo finance. I am interested in the monthly data from adidas listed on xetra. In google: ETR:ADS and in yahoo ...
3
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1answer
386 views

Which method is implemented by Excel's YEARFRAC for ACT/ACT?

I know the algorithm used by Excel to calculate the YEARFRAC(startDate, endDate, basis) for basis=1. Excel calls the method "act/act". A Java re-implentation of Excel's algorithm can be found at ...
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2answers
129 views

Has automated trading produced profits at IEX?

Is there evidence that automated trading is profitable on the latency-enforced portion of the exchange? On the one hand, if automated trading was profitable when these limits existed naturally, it ...
0
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0answers
33 views

What is reliable data source for long term and short term capital gain distribution for funds?

The only source where I can find how the capital gains given out by funds is separated into long term and short term distribution is http://quotes.morningstar.com/fund/aqrix/f?t=AQRIX. It seems weird ...
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1answer
85 views

The role of Gamma in replicating a put

I am analyzing portfolio protection by replication of a put. Having my portfolio with value $V$ I could buy put giving me the payoff $P$ resulting in a call like pay-off scenario $C=V+P$. Say, I ...
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1answer
46 views

Fix protocol and Bars

I am newbie in fix protocol. I would like to know how I can work with bars (candles) in the fix protocol? I mean subscription to bars from client-side and what type of message I can use to send bars ...
3
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1answer
189 views

Backtesting on historical option data

I have downloaded some daily historical option data for a timespan of 10 years and want to perform trading backtests with them. Data are European index options, on ODAX. My question is about realistic ...
2
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1answer
64 views

Where can one find realistic historical transaction costs?

I am interested in strategy simulation at different frequencies (high frequency and daily frequency) and I want to compute the optimal frequency of execution. To do this, I need to obtain realistic ...
3
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1answer
12k views

How to calculate equally weighted market portfolio

There's two studies that test the same thing in different markets (i.e. they apply the identical methodology). They state: 1) "$R_{mt}$ is the equally weighted average stock return in the dual-listed ...
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2answers
561 views

Are there any tools or useful algos for identifying corner portfolios?

Let's say I am performing mean-variance optimization subject to some weight constraints. I'd like to identify the set of corner portfolios so that I can interpolate the entire efficient frontier. A ...
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2answers
223 views

How to price exotic options using Monte-Carlo?

I am actually trying to solve some exercise problem using Monte-Carlo and C++ for exotic options. Namely, the exotic options are geometric Asian options and discrete barrier option. It is claimed ...
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2answers
323 views

Feature for Maching Learning(SVM) in High Frequecy Order Book?

I am trying to implement machine learning to predict the movement of bid and ask price but is unable to find the proper feature for training set. I am using Support Vector Machine for binary ...
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0answers
13 views

Do you include negative changes in Working Capital in an uFCFF analysis?

I am running a uFCFF analysis for two different scenarios. In one scenario working capital goes down. Do I include this negative number in the "Change in WC" line? Wouldn't this represent that I am ...
0
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1answer
49 views

Are “American” option strategies traded OTC?

Is there such a thing as an American butterfly spread? For a European butterfly spread simply buying 1 put with strike price X+a, 1 put with strike price X-a and shorting 2 calls with strike price X, ...
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0answers
36 views

Stochastic Volatility in current market environment

Some price exotics with stochastic vol, some use other models such as local vol. What is the impact/advantage/disadvantage of using stochastic volatility in the current market environment? In other ...
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2answers
55 views

How to adjust historical data highs/lows for splits and dividends?

When I download historical data from yahoo finance, only the closing price is adjusted for dividends/splits. Is there a way of figuring out the factor by which lets say the highs/lows have to be ...
2
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2answers
1k views

Bond Portfolio Immunization - Duration Matching

**Question is at the bottom** Suppose you have a portfolio of bonds A, B, and C with the following characteristics: (the "Frequency" column is the # of coupon pmts per year and also the # of ...
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2answers
186 views

Real-time market data from the exchanges: what should we be aware of?

We receive daily end-of-day data from a data vendor (i.e. not direct from an exchange) and are comfortable with this. We are now wanting to receive live data, and after a few enquiries we are feeling ...
1
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1answer
111 views

What is an appropriate algorithm to use for tax loss harvesting?

I've been reading into how Betterment and Wealthfront have architected their tax loss harvesting algorithms, but they stop short of providing any real examples. Essentially, they both reduce to: ...
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0answers
116 views

How to calculate global exposure via commitment approach for FX swaps?

How would you calculate global exposure for FX swaps using the commitment approach? In particular, would you take into account both legs? CESR guidelines (CESR/10-788) defines that the exposure for ...
0
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2answers
79 views

How to assess stock price movement from implied volatility?

Assume that: - The underlying is at 100 - The implied volatility of ATM call/put is 30%. Then, is it correct that expected 1-standard-deviation move over the next month is calculated as: $$100 * ...
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1answer
74 views

Why theta multipled by days to expiry exceeds the total time premium of the option

Sometimes, I find an option where the total time value of the option may be 5 cents(rest is intrinsic value) and there are about 15 days to expiry and theta is .08 (8 cents). How is this possible. If ...
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1answer
91 views

Risk minimization by investing in all assets with positive expected return

Suppose I have an amount $T$ to invest and $N$ available assets. The stochastic return per invested unit of asset $i$ is $R_i$. The variance and the expectation of $R_i$ are $\sigma^2_i$ and ...
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2answers
72 views

VIX Futures data: why happen to have settle price > 0 and Volume = O.I. = 0

This question is about something observed hands on data that makes me a little confused. Consider the term structure of futures on VIX of Monday, December 27, 2010. You can find it at the CFE market ...
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2answers
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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 ...
0
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1answer
93 views

Bivariate Black-Sholes Model

Let us propose bivariate Black-Sholes Model. Assume, we have an arbitrage-free complete market. $r_{f}$ is risk-free rate. Under real-world measure $P$: $dS_{1} (t)=S_{1} (t) ...
3
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3answers
174 views

What to use as portfolio diversification measure?

Suppose that we have a portfolio of $n$ assets. A perfectly diversified portfolio is one in which each asset has equal weights, i.e. each asset has weight $\frac{1}{n}$. Of course this is usually not ...
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0answers
41 views

How to implement an Interest rate neutral strategy using options?

Intuitively one would think that investing equal amounts in an ETF such as TLT and an short ETF such as TBF (with some factor for the interest rate payout of the long fund) should result in a interest ...
5
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8answers
2k views

Why should we expect geometric Brownian motion to model asset prices?

Disclaimer: I am a complete ignoramus about finance, so this may be an inappropriate forum for me to ask a question in. I am a mathematician who knows nothing about finance. I heard from a popular ...
0
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1answer
258 views

News on ETF sector performance

I am interested to find historical news (if any) associated with intraday volatility burst in a particular ETFs like ishares IYF (Financials). So say that between 12:00 - 12:10pm, the ETF IYF's stock ...
3
votes
4answers
301 views

Does an implied volatility always exist for a binary option?

I'm trying to compute the implied volatility of a binary option but I cannot get some of the strikes to reach a convergent solution using either a Monte Carlo pricing model or an analytical Black ...
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1answer
154 views

novice question on fixed coupon schedule in QuantLib

For some bonds I work with the last coupon date is not equal to bond's maturity date. E.g. the last coupon date is April 25th, 2020 and maturity date is April 25th, 2021. I looked at Schedule class ...
4
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2answers
3k views

Typical risk aversion parameter value for mean-variance optimization?

What are typical values for risk aversion parameters $\lambda$ used in mean-variance optimization? Please provide references. Just to be clear, I'm talking about the $\lambda$ in $U(w) = w'\mu - ...
0
votes
1answer
91 views

Where can I find a guide to implement the FAST protocol from scratch having already a FIX implementation ready?

I need to implement a FAST engine from scratch without using any open source or commercial FAST implementations. The FAST spec does not help much so I am not sure from where to start. Have anyone done ...
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1answer
50 views

portfolio optimization with uncertain returns

What is the usual method of dealing with many uncertain mean returns in portfolio optimization? For example say you have a 3 asset portfolio with assets A, B and C. All the correlations and variances ...
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1answer
45 views

Does a call calendar lose its entire value if underlying increases well past the strike?

If I buy a call calendar spread, and the underlying increases, both options are in the money by the expiry of the short call. So both options increase in value, but the short one increases less ...
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vote
1answer
99 views

Combine together different strategies in one portfolio [closed]

Hi I have generate equity of my strategies which invest in commodities and currencies at daily interval. What the best method to combine together all strategies in one portfolio? I want to make the ...
0
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1answer
127 views

Convert a call spread to a butterfly to mitigate risk

I do not have a source for this (apologies), but sometimes, I hear about option traders initiating a vertical spread(short) and then converting that call spread to a butterfly spread to mitigate risk. ...
3
votes
1answer
774 views

Documentation of the ISDA CDS standard model

I have to validate the use of the ISDA CDS standard model. Don't understand me wrong - I am sure that the ISDA model is "good" I just need to know what it is in detail. I can download an ...
1
vote
1answer
92 views

Are there industry standards form market data server and real time linux kernel?

I'm wondering if there is some standard in the industry about the version of the linux kernel of a computer to run a market data engine on it. (market data engine = connect to brokers, subscribe to ...
2
votes
1answer
130 views

Order book Limit Order book

I am trying to make a Limit Order book from an ITCH file using r. what is the basic difference between orderbook and limit orderbook? R has a package for orderbook I think
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2answers
257 views

Which interest rates to use for options pricing?

I am looking at the historical treasury interest rates and am uncertain which rates would be best to use for options pricing. Should I use 1 month, 6 month, 2 year? See: ...
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votes
2answers
243 views

How to apply Elliott wave priciple to any Time Series?

I'm strongly interested to computing Elliott Wave to any given Timeseries. Does anybody tried? Is there any phython library to do that? I'm looking for an algorithm taht if I give to it a time ...
2
votes
2answers
202 views

How to compute the VaR for European Call, using the delta-normal method?

I have a European call option with current stock price $S_0$, strike $K$, risk-free rate $r$, volatility $\sigma$, and time to maturity $T$ years. I assume that the stock price at time $t$, which is ...
3
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0answers
71 views

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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1answer
56 views

What is the filtration described?

What is the filtration $(\mathfrak{F}_t)$ encircled below? Is it $(\mathfrak{F}_t) = (\sigma(W_t)) = (\sigma(\tilde{W_t})), t \in [0,T]$? Or is it $(\mathfrak{F}_t) = (\sigma(\hat{W_t})), t \in ...
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0answers
36 views

Correction factors for volatilities of smoothed returns

In An Introduction to High Frequency Finance (http://www.amazon.ca/Introduction-High-Frequency-Finance-Ramazan-Gen%C3%A7ay/dp/0122796713), the authors (on page 253) build a tick-frequency volatility ...
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1answer
37 views

How to manage risk on a call calendar when underlying is falling

Let us say I bough a call calendar spread. Now, at expiry of the short option, the underlying has decreased significantly, and I am approaching my max loss(i.e both the options are close to 0). In ...

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