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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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Strike Arbitrage

In Stochastic Volatility Modelling, Chapter 2, the author derived the Dupire equation $$\mathbb{E}[\sigma_T^2|S_T = K] = 2\frac{\frac{dC}{dT} + qC +(r-q)K\frac{dC}{dK}}{K^2 \frac{d^2C}{dK^2}}.$$ The ...
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Arbitrage Condition and Identity in Black-Scholes

After I went through the derivation to get the skew in Backus et al., I had two questions: In the proof, it mentioned the application of the arbitrage condition and then obtained equation (31): $$\...
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Is statistical arbitrage on FX possible?

Do you know of any papers which consider pairs trading (or statistical arbitrage) on foreign exchange? I couldn't find any. I asked this question on several forums and got no reply. Thus, I guess ...
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How do trading firms that pay for order flow make money from “arbitrage”?

I understand that retail brokers pass their customers' trades on to trading firms, and receive a payment for order flow in return. These trading firms carry out the trades and presumably also have to ...
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Arbitrage strategy using binomial tree

Suppose that we have a one step binomial tree model for a company. Lets say that the time per step is T, and that price of the stock can go up to $p_1$ or go down to $p_2$. Suppose a T-month European ...
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The distribution of mean reversion time from the OU process

I was reading the paper Statistical Arbitrage in the US Equity Market and I couldn't understand the figure that plots the histogram of the empirical distribution of characteristic time to mean ...
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How to compute portfolio returns when constructing a dollar-neutral portfolio

I am trying to wrap my head around this statement: dollar-neutral portfolios are built: dollar amounts of both long and short positions are equal. Furthermore, it is also true at the stock level: ...
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Replicating portfolio of an option and to find inital price

I am very new to financial math so I am not sure how to do with this question. A friend sent me this question to practice but I am unsure how to begin. I read about call option . Can that be used for ...
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Black-Scholes pricing of european call option

I am really confused on the usage of the greeks and the Black-Scholes model for option pricing. To gain some more understanding I am attempting to see if I can price a european call option under the ...
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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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Hedging With Zero Coupon Bonds from The Concepts and Practice of Mathematical Finance by Mark Joshi

In section 2.5 he describes an example of arbitrage-free pricing (attached below). I have a pretty solid understanding of how we arrived at $K' = K\frac{1+d}{1+r}$, but I got a little lost when he ...
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What market conditions are attributable to prolonged instances of triangular arbitrage opportunities?

I am investigating the potential for intra-exchange triangular arbitrage opportunities for the Cryptocurrency market. I believe that due its immaturity, relatively low volume and high volatility that ...
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Would C++'s speed over Python make it a more applicable language for scalping arbitrage opportunities?

I am using the Bittrex exchange API to ping markets to poll whether there are triangular arbitrage opportunities available for USD/BTC/LTC/USD. Note that I am not trading but rather synthesising them ...
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Modelling considerations for a jump model

The Problem: Suppose I have a simple jump model for an asset price $$ dS = S(t-)[\mu dt + YdN(t)] $$ where $N(t)$ is a Poisson process and $Y_i$ are the jump sizes (assume independece of $N(t)$ and ...
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Hedging/Arbitrage with multiple period binomial tree

Plenty of material is written on how to hedge/arbitrage option price in one period binomial model, but I cannot find anything about hedging in multiple periods. If one to use multiple periods binomial ...
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Put-Call parity arbitrage relationship

I would like to know what the relationship is between the time value of call/puts. From the put call parity formula $$C-P = S_{t} - PV(K)$$ and that value of call/put options is simply the sum of ...
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No unique no-arbitrage price when the stock price can remain unchanged

In a 1-period binomial model, with initial stock price 100, if the stock price is either 50,100, or 150 after 1 period then how can I show there is no longer a unique no-arbitrage price for a European ...
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Tips on building an automated trading system in python [closed]

I have an trading API that allows me to send/cancel/update orders. I have marketdata that I can use through another API that gives me orderbook data. Now let's say I want to build a simple arbitrage ...
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Relation of risk-neutral probability measures to arbitrage opportunities

Could someone describe how risk-neutral probability measures are linked to arbitrage opportunities and also to whether or not a market is complete? I've been asked this question and am unsure how to ...
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What literature (books, articles, etc.) should someone hoping to learn basic HFT / arbitrage strategies read first? [closed]

I am not looking for your winning strategies. Just the basic stuff from where to start. Can anyone share their opinions about what should I read to hit the ground running?
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Arbitrage between American and European put options on the same underlying asset

Suppose there exist both American-style and European-style put options on the same underlying asset, at the same strike price, and with the same expiry date. Suppose the European put is selling below ...
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How to find an arbitrage when the solution is not obvious (2 assets in a market)?

I am struggling to find an arbitrage in the following configuration. I know how to prove that there is an arbitrage (using the fundamental theorem of asset pricing). So I ve proven there is an ...
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Are statistical arb and relative value arb strategies implicitly short volatility?

I obviously don't want to generalise here, but my initial impression of stat arb and relative value arb is that these strategies earn stable pennies during bull markets when volatility is depressed ...
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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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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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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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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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Understanding Forex HFT Arbitrage with different counter parties/ Brokers/ ECN

I came across this in a online lecture. But couldn't wrap my head around it. Lets say I have accounts with two brokers/ECN/STP. Now consider the following scenario for currency pair USD/JPY Broker1: ...
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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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Arbitragefree Pricing: Q vs. P

I read that the Fundamental Theorem of Asset Pricing states, that a market is arbitrage-free if and only if there exists an equivalent martingale measure Q, under which the discounted asset price ...
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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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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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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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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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Is there an efficient method or technique to find an arbitrage between two FX dealers?

I was able to solve the following problem and find the arbitrage but only after spending a long time on it and trying out different possibilites. Is there a method or technique that can help me find ...
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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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Arbirtage free price process question in Bjork's Arbitrage Theory in Continuous Time

I am currently working through questions in Bjork's Arbitrage Theory in Continuous Time. However, I am unable to solve the following question, 7.2 in the book. A solution would be greatly appreciated. ...
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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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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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