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Book recommendation: math toolkit for quantitative finance and statistics

I am looking for a book which teaches mathematical topics which are relevant to master quantitative finance and statistics. Please note, I do not mean a book which would explain how math is applied ...
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Lease Accounting / FX Embedded Derivatives: How to Value Floor / Cap Optionality Features

Suppose you have a lease agreement where the functional/domestic currency is RUB and the currency on which the lease is written USD. Let $S$ be the USD/RUB exchange rate (# of rubles per 1 dollar). ...
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Sharpe Ratio vs Net Profit vs max drawdown

When evaluating the performance of an algorithm, what should hold more importance? Sharpe Ratio , Net profit or max drawdown? For instance, I have two algorithms one performs very good on Stocks with ...
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Determination of Quote / Trade Ratio

What is the common criteria used to count a quote or trade in reference to the quote/trade ratio? Criteria: If it beats the best bid or offer. If it adds size to the best bid or offer. What if the ...
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On the existence of a perfect market with no arbitrage that contains a forward contract

Consider the following theorem from p. 31 of Steven Roman's "Introduction to the Mathematics of Finance Arbitrage and Option Pricing" (Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics, 2012), giving the forward ...
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Does anyone know where I can find a free efficient frontier tool, or an informative and legitamate/academic graph of the efficient frontier?

I'd like to build a portfolio based upon modern portfolio theory and I'd like to find a tool I can use to calculate the proper mix of asset classes. Can anyone help with this? I think a good ...
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HFT Architecture

Im an undergrad student trying to become more familiar with how HFT works. In specific, I was wondering what kind of hardware they use and how each piece contributes to the system. I've been led to ...
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Difference between GARCH and Heston Volatility model

I know that the difference between the GARCH and the Heston model is volatility vs variance in the stochastic part of the volatility sde. However,from my solutions, there is only ever a 2 - 10 cent ...
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Historical Daily NAV for Closed End Funds

Does anyone know where to get historical, daily net asset values for closed end funds from the date of inception to the present? Yahoo finance has daily opening, high, low, closing values, but no NAV ...
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MLE estimate of normal distribution

Probably a naive question. I am quoting this from Greene's econometrics book: "The occasional statement that the properties of the MLE are only optimal in large samples is not true, however. It can ...
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Consumer (Borrowers and Lenders) risk free curve

I was thinking about this topic: how to construct a "risk free" curve for the generic consumer. Imagine we want to price a debt security done by a private, lended by another private (say, normal ...
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Finding relative price strength as defined in CANSLIM stock picking methodology

I am wondering if there is any website that provides relative price strength as is defined in CAN SLIM stock picking methodology. For the CAN SLIM difinition I am looking at this article: ...
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SRRI calculation for absolute return funds

I am trying to understand the formula for calculating SRRI for absolute return funds described in ESMA's guideline CESR/10-673, and Richard's answer has been of great help (What does this formula (to ...
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Market Data Sources Bloomberg Vs Reuter

In my project, we have two version of systems. One version is for derivative trades and other version is for bond trades.For derivatives we get the market data from Reuters and for Bonds we are ...
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What is the difference between these two Expected Shortfall definitions?

I have come across different ways expected shortfall is defined. e.g. $$ES_a(X)=\frac{1}{1-a}\int_a^1VaR_b(X)db$$ and $$ES_a(X)=\frac{1}{a}\int_0^aVaR_b(X)db$$ e.g. on Wikipedia's article. Are these ...
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Conversion stock symbols Google Finance vs. Reuters

I'm working on a project that will fetch data from Google Finance and Reuters. In order to avoid keeping two separate lists of stock symbols, I'm looking for some kind of conversion or database or API ...
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Can you explain me these comments on high frequency data?

I was reading some slides on high frequency data and i came across these statements: data discreetness induces high degree of kurtosis and Non synchronous trading and risk premium are ...
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129 views

How important is the limit order book?

I'm trying to understand how important the limit order today for NYSE, NASDAQ, Euronext and LSE. For example, when we talk about the volume traded during the day, what share of that volume has been ...
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What are pros and cons of mean absolute deviation portfolio optimization?

In this question a paper about mean absolute deviation portfolio optimization is mentioned and in the answer a spreadsheet with an implementation is attached. What is the use of this procedure? Does ...
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What are the properties of Max and Min functions?

I am having trouble understanding the transition from the third line to the fourth line. I see how it works through cases, but is there a general property that allows this?
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What are recent important papers on credit portfolio risk modeling?

I'm interested in papers which consider mathematical models of risks of different portfolios of retail credit. This is not my area of research, so I may be misusing some terms. The idea is simple: I ...
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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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Local volatility SVI parametrization

In this paper Gatheral presents the following parametrization of the implied total variance $w(k,T) = \sigma_{BS}(k,T)^2T$ for each slice $k \mapsto w(k,T)$: $$ w(k) = a + b\{\rho (k-m) + ...
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Local volatility surface corresponding to the implied volatility surface

In Derman/Kani/Zou paper about local vol they rebuilt a local vol surface from an implied vol surface. Each implied volatility depicted in the surface of the "implied Vol" is the Black-Scholes implied ...
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Exponential weighting of returns

I am looking for a procedure to compute an exponential weighting of returns given a half life parameter. I ran accross a wikipedia article, can I take it unchanged an assume N(t) is the return at ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Is it statistically valid to ignore “irrelevant” stock prices during backtesting?

As an amateur trader, I have reasonable success with my current end-of-day trading systems. All my systems are based on at least ONE year of "in-sample" data for backtesting, followed by 6-months of ...
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Pricing of Binary or Digital Options or more generally options with discontinuous payoffs using PDEs

I am trying to find references (books, papers, etc.) for calculating $\mathbb E f(X_T)$, where $X_T$ is a diffusion and $f$ is a real function that is not continuous, by means of solving a PDE or ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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What does tradable asset mean?

I see a lot of theorems related to tradable assets in quantitative finance text books. What is a tradable asset? What does 'tradable' mean exactly? Does it simply mean the asset can be bought and ...
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Stub rate and first fixing in IRS

I have 2 questions that probably are related. Suppose there is an IRS that pays a 2% fixed rate every 6 months and receives the Libor 3 months (but paid every 6 months). The swap starts today (March ...
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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 ...
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Where can I get equivalent of 3 months libor or swap historical data?

Please note: I have already checked your standard "Historical data sources" link, but it does not have the data I need: I am looking for 5 years of libor/swap data for major currencies. Daily, or ...
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How to test the 5 Factor CAPM of Fama & French (2014)?

I would like to conduct a study testing the 5 factor CAPM, using UK stocks. Does anyone have any suggestions of how I can do this? Could this task be as simple as regressing average returns for a ...
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How to estimate parameters of geometric brownian motion with time-varying mean?

Does anyone know how to estimate $A$, $\sigma_1$,$\sigma_2$ from the following system? $$dx = \mu_t x dt + \sigma_1 x dB_x$$ $$d\mu = A(\bar\mu - \mu) dt + \sigma_2 dB_\mu$$ Variation in $x$ could ...
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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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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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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 ...
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How to filter and normalize market data obtained from distinct sources (FIX 4.4, bloomberg, etc) in an algorithmic trading system?

I'm wondering if some of you known how to resolve this requirement: I have to define the architecture of an algorithmic trading system (but I'm not an architect, so I'm trying to do my best). I have ...
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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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How to calculate implied volatility smile of basket using correlations?

For a basket, the realized volatility can be calculated using: $$\sqrt{\sigma_1^2 + \sigma_2^2 + 2 \sigma_1 \sigma_2 \rho}$$ If I have the volatility surface of two underlyings S1,S2 (strike space). ...
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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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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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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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