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Mean reversion speed $\kappa$ is better interpreted with the concept of half-life, which can be calculated from $\text{HL} = \ln(2) / \kappa$. For example, if the mean reversion coefficient is $\kappa = 1.5$, then the half-life of the process is $\ln(2) / 1.5 = 0.46209812$ years, or about 6 months. Let's assume that the current interest rate is 1% and the ...


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I would argue that there is some path-dependency involved. The BS model is considered the big breakthrough and it presented the world with some kind of tractable toy model. After that people saw that you had to adjust the model to account for all kinds of stylized facts (e.g. non-constant volatility for different strikes, over time and so on). Yet finite ...



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