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Exercising an American call option early

I have seen the rationale behind why it is never optimal to exercise an American call option early, but have a question about it. If the option strike price is $E=\$20$ and it expires at $T=1yr$, if ...
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Implied Volatility from American options (binomial)

I am trying to get the implied volatility from options on commodity futures and I know it's possible to get it from the binomial american options (on an non-dividend paying stock). I believe it is ...
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American Call: when it's European?

It is a rather well-spread fact that in Black-Scholes (BS) model for a stock with no dividends that follows Geometric Brownian Motion (GBM), the price of American call coincides with that of its ...
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When is it rational to exercise a bond option early?

Consider american options on interest rate futures such as the 10-year treasury note. When is early exercise optimal?
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Constructing Volatility Smile from American Options

My question is about best practices for reconstructing volatility smiles for a fixed tenor from American option data. For simplicity/liquidity, I am currently considering options on SPY. I am ...
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How to choose a risk-neutral measure when the market is incomplete?

I am more of a probabilist than a financial mathematician. I am currently working on the features of American put options under a particular stochastic volatility model. Like most stochastic ...
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What is the industry standard pricing model for CME-traded Eurodollar future (American) options?

The CME-traded Eurodollar futures option is an American option. What is the industry standard pricing model for this product? Does the industry practice to treat CME-traded Eurodollar futures ...
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Longstaff-Schwartz (Least Squares Monte Carlo) applied to American Options

I'm working on an implementation in R of Longstaff & Schwartz method from the this 2001 article. I've managed to build code that replicates their prices in table 1 (p. 127), but only for the ones ...
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Why should an american option be exercised when its price equals its intrinsic value

Mark Joshi states : "If the price of the american option equals its intrinsic value, we exercise and it would be an error not to do so. The reason is that once the option has been exercised, we hold ...
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Does price of american (put) option exhibit smooth pasting in time direction under B-S model?

Let us consider the BS model and let $f(s,t)$ denote the price of an American put option with $t$ to expiry, then it is known the solution of the optimal stopping (when it is risk neutral) related to ...
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American Swaption Heding with Malliavin Calculus

Hedging American Swaption Hello, I priced an American swaption using Black model with swap rates diffusion to find the european (call) price at t. $$ C_t = (\delta \sum_{j=n+1}^{M+1} Z_t^{T_j})[R(t,...
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The Upper Bound of an American Put Option

I have just read the following paragraph (in bold) and have a question on the upper bound of an american put option: http://www.sharemarketschool.com/option-valuation-upper-and-lower-bounds-part-...
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Least Square Monte Carlo - american Call Option

An American Call Option on an non dividend paying stock has the same value as a european one. I tired to compare the results given by the LSM with the results given by the B&S formular. It seems ...
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What's the connection between implied vol curve of SPX and SPY?

I think there should be an obvious connection of the two implied vol curves from the SPX and SPY markets since the underlying of SPX is SP500, while the underlying of SPY is a ETF which tracks sp500 ...
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Random variable minus Integral of Ito Generator is a Martingale under what conditions?

I am reading about american option pricing and the variational inequality, and the book I am reading states, in the derivation of the variational inequality, the following is a martingale: $$M_s = U(s,...
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recent developments in American options?

I have read the paper written by Egloff (2005) using machine learning techniques to solve the optimal stopping problem. Is there any development in pricing American options during 2005-2016? (based ...
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Pricing an American call under the CGMY model

I am pricing an American call under the CGMY model ($0 < Y < 1$) with strike $K$ at grid point $(x_i,\tau_j)$ where $x_i=x_{min}+i\,\Delta x $ for $i=0,1,...N$ and $\Delta x=\frac{x_{max}-x_{min}...
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American put for negative interest rates

It is often explained, that the rule of thumb for exercising American options is to check when the benefit from the interest rate (sell the stock earlier, get the cash, put in the bank) is higher than ...
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Intuition behind American Option pricing

The price of an American option is given by $$V_n = \max\left(G_n,\frac{pV_{n +1}H^d + qV_{n + 1}H^u}{1 + r}\right)$$ where p, q are the risk neutral probabilities. I have two questions: How can ...
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Modified bisection formula for deriving implied volatility for a dividend paying american option

I am trying to work out the formula for calculating the implied volatility of an american option on a stock paying dividends (discrete payments or annualized yield). On page 171 of Haug The ...
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Upper bound concerning Snell envelope

Consider a non-negative continuous process $X = \left (X_t \right)_ {t\geq 0}$ satisfying $ \mathbb E \left \{ \bar X \right\}< \infty $ (where $ \bar X =\sup _{0\leq t \leq T} X_t $) and its ...
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Value of American Call vs Value of European Call when using implicit finite differences

I calculated values for put options (european and american) using the implicit finite difference method and compared them to black/scholes values. The values for american put options are higher than ...
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Can call options be priced with Least-Squares Monte Carlo?

I have been reading about Least-Squares Monte Carlo (using Longstaff & Schwartz algorithm) for option pricing. So far, I have only read examples that uses LSMC for american/bermudan PUT options ...
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Machine learning for non optimal behaviour

I was working on the pricing of complex bermudean swaption when I noticed that the exercise is often (very) subobptimal. It seems that the clients are more sensitive to past growth or drop in rates ...
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Methodology for handling short american options in a back test

Given that an American option can be exercised at any time, how does one handle algorithmically shorting an American option in a back test? I am not sure what the best practice is to simulate the ...
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How to price lookback american option when its payment is distributed during its life

I would like to price a floating strike american lookback with a particular feature: I don't want to charge upfront the client, rather I would like to insert a "running fee", some sort of a dividend. ...
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LSM American Option pricing with dividends

Under the Longstaff-Schwartz LSM method for an American call, how should I account for a continuous dividend paying stock? I assume that it'll needs to be accounted for when simulating the underlying ...
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American Options relation between greeks

Considering an American option in a Black-Scholes model, is there a relation between Vega and Gamma as it holds in the European case? I am aware an exact relation would be difficult to find. But in ...
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Early execise of American Call on Non-Dividend paying stock.

Let us consider an American call option with strike price K and the time to maturity be T. Assume that the underlying stock does not pay any dividend. Let the price of this call option is C$^a$ today ...
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How to price long dated options most efficiently?

hi question is how to price a long dated option most computationally efficiently? With European, you use Black Shoals (yes assumption constant vol/rates...etc) but it's a simple algebraic formula. ...
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What is this function in the Longstaff-Schwartz paper?

$F$ is the conditional expectation function (the "continuation value") and our approximate of this using $M$ basis functions is $F_M$... but in the paper, they have this theorem: What is $F_X$? It ...
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Issue Using QuantLib and Python to Calculate Price and Greeks for American Option With Discrete Dividends

I am having trouble using QuantLib with Python to calculate American options with discrete dividends. I am using Anaconda, Spyder, Python 3.6, and the most recent version of QuantLib. I created ...
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Foresight bias in least square monte carlo

Foresight bias means we tend to over estimate the American option value. This we observe in other areas of statistics - e.g. in sample test almost always gives better prediction than out of sample ...
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Estimating early exercise boundary for American put

I am trying to estimate the early exercise boundary for an American put option. I can find the put value through the Longstaff-Schwartz LSM method. How do I obtain the early exercise boundary within ...
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Soft American Options

On Page 24-25 of N. Taleb's "Dynamic Hedging" the author talks about "Soft American Options" A soft American option (also called a pseudo-European option) is only subjected to early exercise from ...
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why we drop the last term in the Barone-Adesi Whaley formula

In this paper Efficient Analytic Approximation of American Option Values in the first several lines of page 306, the author dropped the last term in equation 11, he explained that when $T\to 0$, we ...
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Pricing the European counterpart from American Options

I have American option prices for SPY and need to calculate the equivalent European option price to use in further calculations. What does it (formally) mean to price the equivalent European option ...
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Importance Sampling for pricing options with longstaff and schwartz

I have been asking this similar question before. However, I really want to be concrete and get and concrete explanation. I have been reading the paper by Moreni and try to implement the same ...
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Solution for american perpetual put

I have been attempting an exercise in which I have to determine the value of an american perpetual put, $P$ in terms of the asset value $S$. The solution to the exercise says: When $S>S_f$ (the ...
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Literature on Empirical Option Pricing

When I started combing through the literature I was astonished about how little the option pricing models are tested against market data and benchmarks are limited. The main barrier is of course ...
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How can one value a Bermuda option?

A Bermuda option allows early exercise at predefined dates, e.g. at maturity equal to $t_1$, $t_2$, $t_3$,...; hence , would its value be the sum of 3 discounted European options with 1-year ...
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Black-Scholes American Put Option

Here is my question: This is a question about Black-Scholes model, but it may be applicable to more complicated models. Throughout the discussion, the strike price $K$, interest rate $r$ and ...
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American put option. Exercise time is a random variable, calculation of expected payoff

I got an American put option, where the payoff is $V_\tau = \max(K - X_{\tau}, 0)$ and $X_{\tau}$ is the price of an underlying at the stopping time $\tau < T$. The underlying follows a standard ...
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Monte Carlo Method for American Call Option (No Dividends)

I tried to pricing the American Call option using "Longstaff-Schwartz" least squares method. However, I found the American call option is always lower than the Monte Carlo European call option (they ...
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Implied volatility from American options using python

I am currently trying to construct volatility surface from american option prices (using Cox-Ross-Rubinstein tree) in Python 2.7. Below you can find the code I came up with. Any corrections would be ...
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negative transition probabilities in the heston model

I've been trying to implement a bivariate tree for pricing american options with the heston model in R using the paper of Beliaeva and Nawalkha (http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=...
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A paradox about the American Put option price

Suppose a put option on a stock $S(t)$ following a Geometric Brownian motion is given, with strike $K$ and maturity $T$. Let us denote its price at time $t$ by $p(t,S(t))$. Now, by no-arbitrage ...
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Implied Volatility Surface - log forward moneyness

I'm reading this paper by Fengler (2005) and have came across the below snippet. context: Implied volatiltiy surface plot has 3 dimensions IV, Strike, Time to Maturity. Author replaced Strike with ...
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Understanding early exercise of options - The implicit put in an American call

I am self-studying for an actuarial exam on models for financial economics. I am having a hard time grasping the concept highlighted in red: I was wondering if someone could further elaborate on why ...
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Implied Dividend from American Options (in practice)

I just tried to price the implied dividend for a few active, liquid options markets using current prices and I am not convinced my results are accurate. I am using American options, and using the put-...