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HFT enhancements for FIX (Simple Binary Encoding) vs proprietary protocols performance and cost

I would like to know from those that have used FIX (with Simple Binary Encoding) for HFT compares with the current (proprietary) protocols in use that often vary per counterparty. Interested in ...
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Why is the discount function non increasing if pure cash holdings are feasible?

I am struggeling with the question, for example lets take a swap with rate of 3.2 for one year and 3.6 for 2 years and Discount Factor 0.96899 for the first year and 0.93158 for the second year. ...
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moody's credit ratings for senior unsecured bonds

Can 2 senior unsecured bonds from the same obligor have different moody's credit ratings? Or do they both have to have the same rating because they are in the same capital structure? Thanks
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What's wrong with this asset growth simulation?

Sorry if this is too basic, but I have this spreadsheet that simulates asset growth of a portfolio under a given return and risk using MPT. Here is a plot of probability distribution of asset ...
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Is “Issuer and Holder with same strike” meaningless?

I've seen a callable putable bond whose first exercise date is an exercise date both for the holder and the issuer. Moreover both strikes have the same value: 100. I wonder what does it mean. I ...
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Control variate for Heston model

Does anyone have suggestions for potential control variates for vanillas in a Heston model? I've tried black scholes with implied volatility, average volatility and long term volatility all without ...
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Automatic fixing of missing floating rate in QuantLib's addFixing()

Due to the periodic fixing of floating rate bonds's coupon rates, in order to calculate the bond clean price one must tell the pricing engine to account for previous LIBOR rate fixing. If I am right (...
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Definition of “tenor” argument in QuantLib's Schedule class object

In QuantLib an object of class Schedule takes const Period &tenor as argument. I would ...
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how to extend lognormal model so that $\sigma$ is correlated to $\mu$?

Consider a log-normal model, $dx / x = \mu dt + \sigma dW$, where $W(t)$ is a Wiener process. Let's say $\mu$ and $\sigma$ change with time, slowly, so we note them by $\mu(t)$ and $\sigma(t)$. ...
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Partial Least Squares Discriminant Analysis

Could anyone point me to detailed literature about "Partial Least Squares Discriminant Analysis"? Intuition, methodology and examples.. Thanks,
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garchOxFit in R

Could someone please help me with trying to get the Ox interface to work in R. I followed the steps outlined in this paper (http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1752095), but I get the ...
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Normal vs Lognormal Short Rate models

Are there any general arguments to decide whether it is better to use a model with a normal or a lognormal distribution of the short rate? E.g. Hull-White with a normal and Black-Karasinski with a ...
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Bracket-Notation in SDEs

I often come across the following notation in my script, and I have not found it anywhere else. While our lecturer insists it is of utmost importance to write this way in his exams, he yet failed to ...
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why banks shall keep short term gap position low?

I'm reading "Insights for Bank Directors" (http://www.stlouisfed.org/col/director/reference_view.htm), a good introduction to commercial banks, based on a virtual bank "Insight". It talks about Gap ...
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What are the differences between CFD and SSF?

What are the intricate differences between SSF and CFD? The similarities are that both take into account interest and settled daily thus looks more or less the same pima facie.
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Statistics of difference between two GBMs

if I have two asset prices modeled separately as geometric brownian motions. How do i go about calculating the expected statistics of their difference? Like given the sigmas and mus of both processes, ...
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How to deal with different amount of td's in computing Sharpe Ratio

In calculating the Sharpe Ratio, should I take into account the days were I have 0 return due to non-trading day? Another user posted a similar question but this was related to trading days with no ...
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Testing Black Scholes Analytical Options Pricer

I've written some code to calculate European option prices using the Black-Scholes analytical method. Can somebody recommend a good way to test that code? I have looked at option pricers online like ...
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Find a paper about portfolio management

Where to find the following paper of the noble prize Paul Samuelson (2003) “When and Why Mean-Variance Analysis Generically Fails,”. I was looking for it desperately on Google and Google Scholar but ...
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Good Model Calibration Books/Papers for Common Option Pricing Models

I am trying to find a good book which focuses on the model calibration. I just want to know generally, what are the most common methods of model calibration(such as Black-Scholes Model, Stochastic ...
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Pricing swaptions

What are the approaches available to price a swaption (either European or American style)? So far it seems Black method is the only one used. Thanks!
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How to interpret/use VaR and Standard Deviation?

The parametric VaR is defined as follows: $$VaR=Z_a*Vol$$ Is this the best way to interpret how much risk is being taken on for a particular asset? How does one interpret volatility on its own if ...
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How to attribute income that incurs a double liability in a P&L?

I'm a developer writing a system for a startup. Without giving away too much of the business model, here are the basics of how it works: The web site has two forms of "currency": tickets and ...
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Performance Stats of Pairs Trades

This is something I've been thinking about for a while but I can't reach a clear conclusion. When we calculate, for example, the profit factor for a pairs trading strategy, do we treat each pairs ...
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Why does $\hat{\epsilon}'\hat{\epsilon}$ of a factor model measure risk?

$\hat{\epsilon}'\hat{\epsilon}$ from the market model: $R_{it} - \hat{\alpha} - \hat{\beta}R_{mt} = \hat{\epsilon}$, or from a factor model such as the Fama-French 3 factor model, is often used in the ...
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CARA Utility function expected utility

I have been trying to undestand how the expected utility for a CARA negative exponential Utility function is calculated. In my particular case the variable has normally distributed returns. Could ...
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How to compute portfolio weights from multivariate regression results?

Assuming that I performed a multivariate regression and I found a set of $k$ coefficients $\alpha_1, ..., \alpha_k$ for each of the factors $F_1, ... F_k$. I have then computed the following ...
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Use of AI in portfolio optimization

A new Danish hedge fund has received quite a large amount of attention in the last month or so. They are launching a new investment fund that uses proprietary AI to select stocks to invest in. They ...
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Proxy for risk in portfolio theory when return can take only two values

I'm trying to adapt tools from portfolio theory for another use, and I have a question about how I might do so. Suppose that instead of having normally distributed returns, the return $R_i$ is ...
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Calculating Theta assuming other variables remain the same

Is there any way to calculate theta at X day in future based solely on knowing 1) Total Current Option Price 2) Days Till Expiration How would this be done? Thank you
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What is the difference between STOXX and STOXXE?

Could anyone explain the difference between STOXX and STOXXE? Which is the right index for benchmarking European stocks? Thanks.
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How to get started in quant finance? [closed]

I am a programmer and I have no finance background. I am looking for advice as to how to get started in the quant finance industry. My goal would be to have solid understanding about the industry and ...
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How do I calculate weighted mean with negative weights?

I need to display in my system the amount of stocks that I own and the average price it took me to buy them. I am having a problem doing that when I include the selling. Lets say I bought 4 stocks ...
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How does this statement about the price of a prepaid forward on a stock follow?

I am self-studying for an actuarial exam on financial economics. This statement in the following problem/solution seems to imply that the prepaid forward price on a stock is the same as the prepaid ...
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What is the difference between OIS Swap vs Basis Swap?

What is the use of OIS Swap Curve vs. Basis Swap Curve?
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How was money made from bond yield convergence?

I'm currently reading a book which provides examples of how hedge funds employed a global macro trading strategy in the past to generate significant returns. Once such example is the convergence of ...
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Find the parameter $d$ of the Affine Option Pricing Model in Duffie, Pan and Singleton (2000)

According to Duffie, Pan and Singleton (2000) for any real number $y$ and any $a$ and $b \in \mathbb{R}^n$, the price of a security that pays $\exp(aX_t)$ at time $T$ in the event that $bX_t \leq y$ ...
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Simulate drifted geometric brownian motion under new measure

I have a very fundamental question regarding simulation of DRIFTED geometric brownian motion. We have the standard Blackos Scholes model: $dS(t)=r S(t)dt+\sigma S(t) dW^{\mathbb{P}}(t)$, where $W^{\...
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Conditional probability of geometric brownian motion

I created paths using GBM to implement The stochastic mesh method. But the method requires the conditional distribution, given some S(t) the probability of S(t+1). I've searched and can't find this ...
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Define the order of GARCH(m.s)

I know that if the order of Arch(m) is over 3, we should use GARCH and GARCH(1,1) was proved to be the best. But was GARCH(1,1) proved to be available for any country's stock market? My result show ...
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30 Day Federal Funds Futures settlement price

A question regarding this futures: http://www.cmegroup.com/trading/interest-rates/stir/30-day-federal-fund.html It says that settlement price = 100 - [average of effective federal fund rate for ...
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Is it possible to find / estimate the volatility surface of non-listed index options?

I have 3 QNET options (european, 2 puts, 1 call, all same expiry, different strikes) that the broker is pricing clearly off a volatility surface. Bloomberg only carries historical volatility and I ...
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What is Estimation Risk - VAR Backtest

Simple Question. Can someone explain please: What is Estimation Risk in Value at Risk Backtesting
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example Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman Equation - clarification of $dX_t$ derivation using $\pi_t$, $\Pi_t$

I have a market with safe rate r and risky asset S $$ \frac{dS_t}{S_t}=(r+Y_t)dt+\sigma dW_t \quad \quad (1)$$ $$ dY_t = - \lambda Y_t +dB_t \quad \quad (2)$$ where W, B are Brownian Motions with ...
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OTC Market Data

I am currently doing research on the OTC Markets (OTCQB, OTCQX). As far as I know, the only data available is end of day. The research will require tick level data. This leads me to two questions: ...
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Correlation: Use Price or Return? Return doesn't make sense [closed]

I am trying to find the correlation between the returns of two indices over a long period of time (10 years+) . Should I be using the index daily price level or the index daily total return? Most ...
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HJM framework problem - showing that HJM drift condition implies that $b(z)=b+βz$ and $(ρ)^2=α$

Hi I am looking for some general clarification to Heath–Jarrow–Morton framework. I am analyzing a problem where the forward rate is modeled as $$ f(t,T)=e^{\beta(T-t)} Z_t+h(T-t) \tag{1}$$ for some ...
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Expected Value of Products of Processes

Suppose I have two processes. $A_t = A_0 \exp((a-\frac{1}{2}\sigma_A^2)t+\sigma_A W_t^A$ $B_t = B_0 \exp((b-\frac{1}{2}\sigma_B^2)t+\sigma_B W_t^B$ I would like to calculate $E[A_s B_t]$ where s &...
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“Expectation” of a FX Forward

I have an FX process $X_t = X_0 \exp((r_d-r_f)t+ \sigma W_t)$. Now clearly $E[X_t] = F_{0,t}^X$. i.e. a forward contract of the process $X$ starting at time 0 and maturing at time $t$. What if I ...
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Vasicek model problem

I am analyzing a problem where the below is given Vasicek model with risk-neutral dynamics $$dr_t = \kappa (\theta - r_t)dt + \sqrt{r_t} dW_t \quad \quad (1) $$ bond prices $$P(t,T)=e^{A(t,T)-B(t,T)...

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