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What is the recipe for deriving a PDE for the price of an option?

In the Black Scholes setting, here is how my understanding is of how we derive the PDE for the value of an option. We assume that the price of the option is Markovian in our state variable $S_t$. ...
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Is it possible to transform arithmetic-average strike continuous sampling Asian Black-Scholes equation to a heat equation?

By Transformation from the Black-Scholes differential equation to the diffusion equation - and back, we are able to transform vanilla European option into a heat equation. And we know that the ...
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Numerical Solution to 3 Dimensional Backward BS PDE

I have a three dimensional backward BS PDE. $$ \frac{\partial V}{\partial t} + a(t) S \frac{\partial V}{\partial S} + \frac{1}{2} \sigma(t, S)^2 \frac{\partial^2 V}{\partial S^2} + b(t, M) \frac{\...
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Why does Black Scholes formula give inconsistent dimensional analysis result?

For example, distance = speed * time, m = m/s * s. But this technique gives wrong answer on the Black Scholes formula. The square root in the denominator gives wrong unit inside of the culumulative ...
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Pricing Knock Out Barrier Options by solving Black Scholes PDE (MATLAB)

This question is based on MATLAB functions. Suppose there is a stock S following the process $dS_t=(r-q)S_tdt+\sigma(S_t,t)dW_t$ r - risk-free rate, q - dividend yield, W - Weiner process The ...
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Black-Scholes equation to Heat equation .(Boundary conditions)

I have been given a problem to code the heat equation which is transformed from B-S equation (European call option) . Now the boundary conditions are for European call option: $$C(S,T)=\max(S-K,0)$$...
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Errors on Finite Differences + Implicit Scheme + Black & Scholes

I'm solving the classical Black & Scholes (BS) PDE for a European option using finite difference and the implicit scheme. In other words, I'm trying to solve $\displaystyle\frac{\partial V}{\...
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If the value of a call option is not dependent on the drift of the stock, why does a higher stock price mean a higher call option price [duplicate]

I have read that the price of an option is not affected by the drift of the stock since the drift term doesn't appear in the Black Scholes PDE. I become confused because to me, this implies that the ...
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Why does a higher stock value imply a higher call option value [closed]

This may seem like a very dumb question, but if the underlying stock price is greater, then why should a call option be worth more. My reasoning is that, if the option price is not affected by the ...
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Black Scholes Replicating Portfolio Riskfree Asset

Im having a question about this standard derivation of the Black-Scholes formula: http://www.soarcorp.com/research/BS_hedging_portfolio.pdf The paper states $$C=\Delta S+B$$ and finally $\Delta = ...
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Alternative derivation of the Black Scholes formula

I encountered the following derivation of the Black Scholes formula for call price. It may very well be an established method but I had never seen it before so I called it an alternative derivation. ...
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Proof Black Scholes Theta

I saw the following proof of theta in a paper I read, and I thought it looked pretty neat. Unfortunately I don't understand the step that they do. This is what they do: Now, I don't get how they go ...
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Cash deposit in replicating portfolio for BS equation unnecessary?

The book on Option Valuation Methods that I currently study (Higham 2013) constructs a replicating portfolio $\Pi = A(S,t)S + D(S,t)$ for deriving the BS PDE, where $D$ is a cash deposit. $D$ does not ...
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Why does it make sense that $S$ and $e^{rt}$ are solutions to the Black-Scholes PDE?

It's readily verified mathematically that $V=S$ and $V=e^{rt}$ are solutions to the Black-Scholes PDE $\frac{\partial V}{\partial t} + \frac{\sigma^2 S^2}{2} \frac{\partial^2 V}{\partial S^2} + r S \...
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AFV Model Implementation for Convertible Bonds

I am reading the original AFV model paper for pricing convertible bonds. https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/~paforsyt/convert.pdf The paper is very technical and I am having trouble finding the actual PDE's to ...
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What is the domain of the Black-Scholes operator?

By the Black-Scholes operator I mean the following. $$L_{BS}u(x) = \frac{1}{2}\sigma^2x^2\frac{\partial^2}{\partial x^2}u(x) + rx\frac{\partial}{\partial x}u(x) - ru(x)$$ Obviously, the domain of $...
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Which PDE is satisfied by the function of Wiener process $u(t,x)$?

Suppose you have the following function: $u(t,x)=\mathbb{E}[f(xe^{W_t+\frac{1}{2}t})]$, where $W_t$ is a Wiener process. Let us first differentiate: $du=\mathbb{E}[f'(xe^{W_t+\frac{1}{2}t})(e^{W_t-\...
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Black Scholes in the case of dividends

Let's take the case where the underlying stock has the continuous dividend yield $\delta$. Then, in the risk-neutral world, $\frac{dS}{S}=(r-\delta)dt+\sigma dW^Q$. Suppose we want to price a ...
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Theta from Black-Scholes PDE - is it possible to use implied volatility?

There is a need to derive theta $\theta$ of an option out of standard Black-Scholes PDE. In usual notation ($P$ - price of an option, $S$ - underlying spot): $\theta=r_dP−Sr_d\delta−\frac{1}{2}\...
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Black-Scholes equation for barrier options

I would like to write down the PDE for the price of an up-and-in call option under the Black-Scholes model as follows. The payoff of the option at expiry $T$ is $$C_T := \max(S_T-K,0)1_{M_T \geq L}$$ ...
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Transforming and minimisation of the BS PDE

I'm trying a novel numerical substitution/fitting method to solve the BS PDE, but the issue is that due to the large range of magnitude of prices $V(s,t)\in[10^{-20},10^1]$, when I try to minimise the ...
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Black-Scholes PDE - Change of Variables

In the derivation below, I cannot figure out how to solve for "Step 3". Can anyone help me walk through the steps in detail? Derivation:
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Spectral Analysis for European Put Options

I am trying to implement the spectral analysis on European Put Options. My code is designed to change the number of nodes(basis functions) accordingly, but the boundary condition and thus the range of ...
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Brennan-Schwartz algorithm for pricing American options

I'm reading Pricing American Options using LU decomposition by Ikonen and Toivanen (IT). They reference The valuation of American put options by Brennan and Schwartz, and cast it as method that uses ...
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Assumption in black scholes solution

Under the usual notations, In most textbooks on Quantative Finance, for deriving the Black-Scholes solution I find that authors, while setting up the riskless portfolio, assume that, $$\text{d} (\...
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Rigorous derivation of $d\Pi$ for stock with continuous dividend

Suppose we are holding a replicating portfolio $\Pi_t$ of long an option $f(S,t)$ and short some stock, so $$\Pi_t=f(S_t,t)-\Delta_t S_t$$ Suppose the stock follows geometric Brownian motion and pays ...
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Finite Difference Method for Black-Scholes-Formula

Using finite difference method for the Black-Scholes-Partial Differential Equation one need to impose some boundary conditions on the edge of the grid, i.e for a Grid on $D=[a,b]\times R^+$ one need ...
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The PDE of the probability hitting the barrier before T

Suppose: $$d S=\mu S dt+\sigma Sd W$$ $Q(t,S)$ is the probability that $S$ hit the barrier $B(S_t<B)$ before $T,$ then $Q$ satisfies following PDE $$Q_t+\dfrac{1}...
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How to price up-out-call by solving heat equation like down-out-call

We know that by changing the variables we can obtain the Black-Scholes formula of vanilla call through solving the ...
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Is there a quick way to see why this claim $C(S, t)$ on $S$ does not satisfy the Black-Scholes PDE?

I'm self-studying for an actuarial exam on financial economics and encountered the below practice exam problem. An exam problem should typically take 5-6 minutes to complete, so I'm wondering if ...
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probability of default for Kolomogorov backward equation

suppose $$dA = \mu Adt + \sigma AdX.$$ is a geometric Brownian motion. One says that the Probability $P(A,t)$ of $A$ reashing the critical level $K(t)$ before maturity: $$\dfrac{\partial P}{\partial ...
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A bug in delta hedging, when for a certain step dS=0

Suppose we are doing a delta hedging simulation according to Black Scholes, where the initial condition are [stockPrice, strike, timeToExpire ,riskFreeRate, dividend, sigma, isCall] = [100, 100, 1, 0, ...
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Why there is some inhomogeneous term in the PDE of fixed income

We consider one factor driving model of fixed income product say short-term interest $r(t)=\lim\limits_{T\rightarrow t} R(t,T),$ $R(t,T)$ is yield i.e $$B(t,T)e^{(T-t)R(t,T)} = 1$$ Then we see ...
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Pricing log-contract with Black-Scholes PDE

I was wondering if someone could help me with a problem, regarding the Merton Black Scholes PDE. I have an exam soon and this question on an old exam has been bothering me and a friend for quite a ...
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What's the intuition behind the transformation of Black-Scholes into Heat equation?

A sequence of transformations can be used to turn the Black-Scholes PDE into the heat equation. Let $C(S, t)$ be the price of a vanilla European option at time $t$, maturing at time $T$, where the ...
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How to use the Feymann-Kac formula to solve the Black-Scholes equation

I have the Black-Scholes equation for European option with maturity $T$ and strike $K$ $$\begin{cases}\frac{\partial u}{\partial t} = ru - \frac{1}{2} \sigma^2 x^2 \frac{\partial^2 u}{\partial x^2}-r ...
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Can someone check this boundary condition for me?

At the moment I'm comparing plots between the implicit numerical Black-Scholes PDE and the Monte-Carlo Method for the Black-Scholes equation. However, for the particular boundary condition I'm using I'...
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Can someone try this Boundary Condition for the Black-Scholes PDE out for me?

I have a bit of a favor to ask and if anyone could help me out with this I'd really appreciate it. At the moment I'm trying to use the triangle wave formula as the payoff for the Black-Scholes PDE i.e....
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Initial/Boundary Conditions for a Butterfly Option?

What are the initial and boundary conditions for a Butterfly Option? I want to write up a PDE program for it and I have a rough idea of what the payoff should be (is it just a call and a put at the ...
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Monte Carlo and PDE results are different for a Call Option!

Okay so this might be a fairly trivial question but I'm having an issue with valuing a call option using both a Monte Carlo method and a PDE method. When I started I first used the parameters: Spot =...
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von Neumann boundary in the transformed PDE

I have transformed the BSM PDE $$\frac{\partial V}{\partial t} + \frac{\sigma^2}{2}S^2 \frac{\partial^2 V}{\partial S^2} + rS \frac{\partial V}{\partial S} - rV = 0 $$ to $u(\tau,x) = V(T-\tau,S_{0}...
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Black-Scholes PDE & Terminal Condition

Just a quick question I was hoping someone could shed light on. So far I am familiar with the Black-Scholes PDE with the terminal condition at time $T$ been $V(t=T,S)=(S-K)^+$. I also understand that ...
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Boundary Conditions for Call Spread

I was just wondering if someone could verify whether these are the two boundary conditions for a Call Spread Black-Scholes PDE. The first one I have is: $max(S_{T} - K_{1}, 0) - max(S_{T}-K_{2},0)$ ...
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Solve Black scholes PDE without using any transformation

I know that one of the methods of solving the black scholes PDE given by : $\frac{\partial V}{\partial t} + \frac{\sigma^2 S^2}{2}\frac{\partial^2V}{\partial S^2} + rS\frac{\partial V}{\partial S} -rV ...
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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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Deriving Black Scholes PDE under stock as a numeraire

There are many ways to derive the Black Scholes PDE. The Martingale way would be to demand the option price is driftless according to particular measures. Below I derive the correct PDE using the bank ...
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How does the diameter of the spatial grid affects the solution of a Crank Nicholson algorithm?

this is my first question so I hope I express myself clearly. I'm trying to implement an Implicit and a Crank Nicolson algorithm for the generic PDE $\partial_\tau u(\tau,x)+a \partial_x^2 u(\tau,x) +...
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Implications of Black Scholes Plot

I'm pretty new to finances, but I'm heavily into scientific computation. For my scientific computations class, I need to have at least a basic understanding of finances for the presentation I'm going ...
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Boundary conditions: Dirichlet vs Neumann

I'm thinking about the interplay of Dirichlet and Neumann BCs in a FDM scheme. Let's assume a simple Black-Scholes call option problem, with BS PDE with constant coefficients, i.e. instead of $S$, in ...
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Why can't we use Finite Differences with non-parabolic PDEs?

The title of the question says it all. Why can we only apply the method to parabolic PDEs like the heat equation, and not to ordinary PDEs?