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The simultaneous purchase and sale of a financial security in order to profit from the difference in the security price during the trading activity.

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How to price complex corporate actions with spinoffs

Let's look at below UTX/RTN merger as an example: https://www.fool.com/investing/2020/03/30/raytheon-united-technologies-merger-gets-green-lig.aspx The merged companies will from that moment ...
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Arbitrage argument with bonds

Let $B(t,T)$ denote the cost at time t of a risk-free 1 euro bond, at time T. Assume that the interest rate is a deterministic function. Show that the absence of arbitrage requires that: $ B(0,1) B(1,...
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Advantages of pathwise calculus over stochastic calculus in continuous self-financing trading models

I am new to stochastic calculus but the statement below confuses me: Beside the issue of the impossible consensus on a probability measure, the representation of the gain from trading lacks a ...
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How to model the different returns of agents with different information information

For a seminar, I would like to graphically represent the returns made by agents of different information standpoints. In other words, say I have a market tuple $(\Omega, \mathbb{F}, P,S)$ where $S$ is ...
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How to calculate the interest rate under no arbitrage condition

We have two forwards with the same IBM share as the underlying asset. 1) The delivery date is two months from now, the forward price is 1.1 2) The delivery date is seven months from now, the forward ...
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European Call option combined with Short selling

How would I calculate the abitrage profit from a combination of buying the $10 European call option and short selling X number of shares at t=0 and the coming out with a profit at expiry no matter ...
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Zero Volatility Options Pricing

Suppose an asset evolves in time according to the SDE $$ dS = \mu S dt + \sigma S dW, $$ where $\mu>0,\sigma>0$ are fixed constants and $dW$ is a Wiener process. To price options for this ...
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Basic arbitrage exercise

In the exercise we are given, possible contracts to buy/sell and possibility to take credits / make deposits money with current market rates. We are asked if its possible to make profit at time T=0 ...
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Boundary for European Put Option

As an entry level financial engineer, I'm learning about call-put parity, which helps us to get the boundary for call option: $S-Ke^{-rT}\leq c\leq S$, what about put option? Should its upper bound be ...
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Nonlinear dependency between prices

Can you help me with pricing theory? There are three assets: $A$, $B$ and $C$ with prices $P_A$, $P_B$ and $P_C$ respectively. There are two processes (production, transportation, etc.) that ...
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Bond arbitrage in practice

If we have the following term structure for riskless bonds: \begin{array} {|c|c|} \hline \text{Maturity} & \text{\$1 Zero-Bond price}\\ \hline \text{0 years} & \$ 1.00 \\ \hline \text{1 years}...
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Relationship between Calendar Spread Arbitrage and Probability Density Function (pdf)

We all know that the butterfly spread no-arbitrage condition can be expressed as an inequality restriction on the second-order derivative $\partial ^2C/\partial K^2 \geq 0$, which also means the ...
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Arbitrage opportunity between two call options with strike price \$40, \$30 and cost \$4, \$3 respectively?

Question: Given two call options $c_1$ and $c_2$ with strike price $30$ and $40$ respectively. If $c_1$ costs \$3 and $c_2$ costs \$4, is there an arbitrage opportunity? My attempt: Short $c_2$ and ...
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A financial market is complete if and only iff there exists a unique equivalent martingale measure

Do you have any intuition behind the following theorem : A financial market is complete if and only iff there exists a unique equivalent martingale measure. I understand the easier version of ...
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theta for SPX options vs. E-mini future options

Interactive Brokers currently shows the following data for SPX options at strike 3000 and expiry 2020-09-17: calls: bid/ask 234.10/236.30, theta -0.362 puts: bid/ask 146.70/148.40, theta -0.225 Then ...
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One periodic binomial model

I need to look into a one-period Binomial model $(B_t, S_t)$ with interest rate $r = 0.1$ , $S_0 = 100$ and $$ S_t= 120 \, \text{with probability}\, 0.5 $$ $$ S_t= 60\, \text{with probability}\, 0.5 $$...
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Binomial Model - completeness in presence of arbitrage

Consider a uniperiodal binomial model where I buy one bond of value $B_0$ and rate $r=0.1$, and $h$ stocks with price $S_0=5$. The value of the portfolio at time $t=0$ is $$ V_0 = B_0 + hS_0, $$ ...
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Why isn't the Vasicek model arbitrage-free?

Could anyone explain why the Vasicek model isn't an arbitrage-free model? Additionally, which interest rate model is arbitrage-free and why?
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Law of one Price and Cointegration relationship

I have a question on the relationship between the law of one price and cointegration of (financial) time series. To set things clear I start with something simple: Suppose there is an unobserved "...
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A relatively useless but fun question for quants and physicists

Suppose I am a trader travelling in a very fast spaceship. What kind of SDE and corresponding PDE should I jot down and work with in order to ensure that there is no arbitrage (or if there is ...
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Option arbitrage on two correlated or cointegrated underlying assets

If two indices are highly cointegrated, does it allow for some set of statistical arbitrage strategies for european options for which those indices are single underlyings ? Does answer change if ...
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Arbitrage-free IV surface definition vs. real arbitrage process

In the context of BS implied volatility surface fitting. In the literature, it seems that conditions for arbitrage are defined in a way that assumes that options can be traded at the same price for ...
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Arbitrage free volatility smile and delta

If we have a (parametric) volatility surface which has arbitrage, then consider the delta of the options, i.e. $N(d_1)$, where $d_1 = \frac{1}{\sqrt{t}\sigma(K)}\log(F/K) + \frac{1}{2}\sigma(K)\sqrt{...
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Using cumulative returns to hedge against the overall trend

I am curious about a hypothetical strategy where you are long for a given period (like a year), and at the same time you hedge against the overall trend by going short everyday and accumulating the ...
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Binomial model arbitrage

I've recently started studying math finance from Shreve's Stochastic calculus text. In the binomial model, there is no arbitrage $\iff d<1+r<u$. To show that no arbitrage implies $1+r<u$, ...
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Arbitrage pricing models

I have been reading Wu's Interest rate modeling and in his chapter on the HJM model he says that With arbitrage pricing models, the prices of the basic instruments are treated as model inputs ...
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Non-redundant asset?

I've been solving many exercises with three assets that have two possible payoffs each, one payoff per possible future state. The question is always the same, i.e. is any asset redundant. After ...
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Factor model alternative? [closed]

Suppose there is a Fama-French model estimated for a stock of Shoemaker Ltd.: $α = 0.01$ $β_M = 0.9$ $r_M = 0.12$ $β_S = 0.3$ $S = 0.05$ $β_H = 0.2$ $H = 0.06$ $r_F = 0.03$ How would you ...
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Arbitrage bounds on volatility of price of binary option?

What are the arbitrage bounds on the volatility of the price of a binary option? If the binary price moves too much (such that it violates the arbitrage bounds) what trades would you actually execute ...
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Possible interference of Cross-Rate inaccuracy and CIP Deviations

I am currently attempting to calculate historical deviations from covered interest rate parity between 2013 and 2018. I recently read that: "Unlike the interbank spot market, in the interbank ...
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Definition Of A Portfolio

I have very recently started studying quantitative finance on my own through a book called An Introduction To Quantitative Finance by Stephen Blythe. In chapter 6 of his book, he sets out to prove ...
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Can someone explain rigorously Taleb's criticism of Nate Silver's election forecasting?

Taleb makes the claim in this paper (and others) that there exists some sort of bound on the variance of a binary forecast such that if a forecaster's binary predictions exceed the bounds on variance ...
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Generalisation of calendar arbitrage condition to options on futures

This question has discussed the condition on which calendar arbitrage opportunities arise for European call options on a stock. Do similar criteria exist for European options on futures? The most ...
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Does high levels of vol-of-vol parameter in SABR lead to Arbitrage? (Something seems wrong with Hagans formula)

Main question: Do we need to restrict the vol-of-vol parameter in SABR further than $\text{vol-of-vol}>0$ and how do we determine the interval of vol-vol which the model is arbitragefree? ...
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Find arbitrage opportunity in the given market model

Consider the following 3-period-market-model: The discounted price of the risky asset $S$: How can I find an arbitrage opportunity in this model? I know that there would be no arbitrage if we ...
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How would one sell a security that they don't own?

I am reading an article about arbitrage and it gives an example where "If you buy one unit of security B for £11 and sell two units of security A for £6 each you make a profit of £1 at t = 0$. As ...
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Price at equilibrium in a market with arbitrage opportunities

I have a fragmented market with multiple assets which are traded with each other and some times triangular arbitrage can occur. The question is how to predict the price of those assets once the ...
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Arbitrage strategy one-period model

Consider a one-period model with a stock $S_0=1$ and $S_1>0$. Introduce call options with strikes $K_1<K_2<K_3$ maturing at $T=1$. Assume further that $$ C(K_2)>\frac12(C(K_1)+C(K_3)) $$ ...
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Issue involving arbitrage conditions

In my book it's written that if one of these two conditions is verified then you can make an arbitrage. The two conditions are: $$1) \left\{ \begin{array}{c} \mathbf{q} \bullet\mathbf{n} \le0 \\ \...
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Are there any quant strategies which do not involve simultaneous buying and selling of two or more assets?

Whenever I read about quant strategies it leads me to stratergies which involve simultaneous buying and selling of two or more assets. Pairs trading, arbitrage, market neurtal or headging all these ...
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Gold forward price

In the Hull book, i saw the following exercice and its answer : Suppose the one-year gold lease rate is 1,5% and the one-year risk-free rate is 5%. Both rates are compounded annually. Calculate the ...
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Achieving desired fx exposure with using minimum pairs possible

Let say my algorithm tells me to get the following positions through opening fx positions: CUR NET POSITIONS GBP 236.96379 USD -310.58000 CHF 0.02000 There are 2 ways to achieve this: Long ...
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Determine the maximum arbitrage profit from the given contracts

I really have tough time trying to figure this out. An investor observes the following prices in the market: Euro-Stoxx-Future DEC 148.02-148.03; Euro-Stoxx-Future Call-Option DEC 148.00 1.13-1.15; ...
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How to optimize a series of equations whose outputs are a variable of the subsequent equatinos

The basic question is, given $f(x) = y$ and $f(y) = z$, how can you find $x$ such that $z$ is at its maximum? I can optimize each equation independently, but I do not know how to optimize when ...
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Call Option Overvalued and put-call parity [closed]

I have a question regarding if a Call option is overvalued compared to the call price and how you can benefit from the Arbitrage opportunity. My thoughts are as follows: Step 1: Short the call ...
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Probability and statistics in Quantitative Finance

Certain types of traders attempt to repeatedly buy and sell the same asset for a profit over a short time period, such as high-frequency “market makers”. For example, if you can repeatedly sell a ...
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How can I calculate the amount of volume to use to ensure highest profit on an arbitrage trade of two Constant Product Market Making exchanges? [closed]

If there exists an arbitrage opportunity between two Constant Product Market Making exchanges, how can you confidently determine the maximum volume to use in order to ensure highest profit? I can ...
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Do *all* non-dividend paying assets have the risk-free instantaneous return rate under the risk-neutral measure?

For simplicity let's consider a 1D BS world. The only source of randomness comes from the Brownian motion dynamics $dB_t$. The risk-free rate is $r$ (one may assume it as constant for the time being). ...
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Put Call Parity Arbitrage Question [closed]

I am incredibly stuck on the following question... Any help would be greatly appreciated. According to your binomial model, the price of YMH in 3 months will be either USD 55 or USD 45, with ...
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value of forward contract at inception

I am reading a derivation of the forward price $F$ of a forward contract. I think the author uses a circular argument to assume that "the value of the forward at inception is equal to 0" because the ...

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