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Black-Scholes is a mathematical model used for pricing options.

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Using BS Delta to hedge in a LV Model

Why do some people use a Black Scholes Delta instead of the delta given by the Local Volatility model?
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Simulate double exponential process with correlated jumps?

So, I'm trying to simulate a correlated double exponential jump process for two assets, and I understand the pure exponential jump process ($\eta_1$ and $\eta_2$, the probability of an upward jump ...
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How are the two concepts No arbitrage & Risk neutral probability related?

The title, and might I add, that this question is in relation to the Black-Scholes model and why the concepts are important for option pricing in general.
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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 derive Black's formula for the valuation of an option on a future?

I've got a question about 1976 Black Model and Bachelier model. I know that a geometric brownian motion in the P measure $dS_{t}=\mu S_{t}dt+\sigma S_{t} dW_{t}^{P}$ for a stock price $S_{t}$ leads (...
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Tradable information from BS Implied volatility

These are two follow up questions to: Implied volatility as price transform I understand that the BS model is used as a 'Blackbox' that takes a market price and maps it in a 1to1 fashion to a 'BS ...
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Beta between stock and option

In Black Scholes model I would like to compute $$ \beta_K = \frac{\mathrm{cov}(C_{K,T},S_T)}{\mathrm{cov}(S_T,S_T)} = \frac{\mathrm{cov}((S_T - K)^+,S_T)}{\mathrm{cov}(S_T,S_T)} $$ with respect to say ...
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Replicating strategy in the Black-Scholes model

I have a two-asset Black-Scholes model for a financial market: $dB_t=B_t r dt$ $dS_t=S_t(\mu dt+\sigma dW_t)$ I introduce a European claim $\xi=max(K,S_T)$ with maturity $T$, for some fixed $K$. I ...
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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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Is there an arbitrage free option model that treats volatility as a deterministic function of strike?

I am trying to get a good understanding of the different models out there, and thus be able to study hedging errors, and strengths and weaknesses. My understanding of the Local Volatility model in ...
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Finding the dynamics of a dividend paying asset under arbitrary numeraire

Assuming I have a dividend paying asset $S$ with dividend process $D$. Now I would like to use the bank account process $B$ as numeraire and determine the dynamics of $S$ under the the corresponding ...
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Black-Scholes PDE to heat equation, nonconstant coefficients

Can someone provide me with details or a reference on how to transform the Black-Scholes PDE with nonconstant coefficients (i.e. $r=r\left(S,t\right)$, $\sigma=\sigma\left(S,t\right)$) to the heat ...
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Black-Scholes and Fundamentals

So basically $dS_t=\mu S_tdt+\sigma S_tdWt$ and $\mu=r-\frac12\sigma^2$ I have just been thinking about this later equation. This is very interesting because it ties together risk-free rate, ...
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When should we delta hedge?

Let's say I'm the seller of a European call option on a non-dividend paying stock. I pocket the premium $c_0$ of the call at $t=0$. If I start to delta-hedge right away, this is equivalent to ...
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Understanding the solution of this integral

The following integral represents an expected value of a geometric brownian motion for $S_T>K$ (i.e. part of the Black-Scholes call option price): $$\int_{z^*} (S_te^{\mu\tau-\frac{1}{2}\sigma^2\...
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Derivation of BS PDE problem using Delta hedging

I've always been confused with Delta hedging. It is well-known that for a (smooth enough) function of $(S,t)$ we have, due to Ito's lemma, that: \begin{eqnarray*} dC = \left(\frac{\partial C}{\partial ...
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Is it possible that under Black-Scholes: $\ln S_{T} \sim N \left ( \ln S_t - \frac{1}{2}\sigma^2(T-t), \sigma^2(T-t) \right )$

I have a slide on which there is written that under Black-Scholes model: $$\ln S_{T} \sim N \left ( \ln S_t - \frac{1}{2}\sigma^2(T-t), \sigma^2(T-t) \right )$$ Now, here there is a good explanation ...
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Gamma/delta dynamics in the Black Scholes model and it's relation to PnL (Basic of option theory)

If we are in a Black Scholes setup and a I have a Call option and hedged it by shorting delta amount of its underlying. What does the second derivative of the call with respect to Price of the ...
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Black Scholes: How does it help to transform uncertainty and still not be able to calculate a fair price?

Recapitulating the history of Black-Scholes: Nobody knows the fair price of options. Revolution: BS! You put in all the parameters and get a price -> A Nobel Prize for that one! Wait: Nobody knows ...
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C# - Using Black Scholes Newton returns NaN occasionally

First caveat: I'm a programmer doing this for a client, and my knowledge of options probably has holes in it. So be a little forgiving here. =) The Issue: When I run Black Scholes Newton against ...
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Is vega of Black-Scholes European type option always positive?

We assume we work in the risk-neural measure with a stock which pays no dividend and a continuous discount rate. For PUT and CALL only: can someone please clarify if what I said is correct? The ...
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Equivalent Martingale Measure(EMM) of Inverse of Stock Price

I met this question says how to price a vanilla call option $C(St,t,T,K) = \frac{1}{S_T}$which pays the inverse of a stock $V_{t} = \frac{1}{S_{t}}$ at maturity if the stock price follows a geometric ...
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Relationship between forward and option prices

Do forward prices factor into option prices at all? It seems to me from Black-Scholes that you just need a spot price and interest rate r. I understand that $F_t = S_0 e^{r t}$, but I don't know if ...
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Why is $N(d_2)$ not needed for hedging?

I'm trying to understand delta hedging. If I sell a plain vanilla call option, in order to delta hedge it, I have to buy delta amount of stocks. What I don't understand is that the BS price of the ...
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How to get Black Scholes' Geometric Brownian Motion differential form form the closed form?

My instructor has mostly self contained notes, where our textbook is mostly a reference. She has it written that: $$S_t = S_0e^{(\mu - \frac{\sigma^2}{2})t + \sigma W_t} \iff dS_t = S_t(\mu dt + \...
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Relationship between European, American options volatility

Suppose, if the price of a European option (say a put) can be shown to be monotone in volatility (say for any maturity), does it follow that American options has to be monotone in volatility? ...
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How to calculate implied correlation via observed market price (Margrabe option)

I can't seem to figure out how to do the following: compute the implied correlation $ρ_{imp}$ by using the observed market price $M_{quote}$ of a Margrabe option, and solving the non-linear equation ...
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Conceptual explanation of the relationship between gamma and vega plotted against delta for a European call option

I recently plotted Gamma and Vega against Delta for a European call option and found that the graphs look very similar. This makes sense to me mathematically since the two formulas are pretty much the ...
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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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ultra-long tenor European call option valued using Black-Scholes

For tenors > 100 years (i.e. 150 years), my Black-Scholes model is telling me the price of a call option will be equal to its current stock price. Can anyone intuitively explain this? Thank you
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Is the asset-or-nothing call option in this example valued incorrectly in the Black-Scholes framework?

I understand the solution to the author's example below, but I can't help but notice that the implied volatility is an imaginary number: The time-$t$ price of an All-or-nothing Asset Call is $S_t e^{-...
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Price and constant hedging portfolio for straddle: $X=|S(T)-K|$

wondering if somebody could check my answer for a homework question! Given a straddle, characterized by its pay-off at maturity $X=|S(T)-K|$, I am asked to find the price of the (simple) claim at any ...
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derivation of general black-scholes formula

I would like to find a derivation for the Black-Scholes fomrula in the general case (i.e., where the volatility function $\sigma : [0,T] \to \mathbb{R}^+$ and the investment rate $r: [0,T] \to \mathbb{...
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Basic practical question about Delta hedging

I am trying to understand a simple thing about Delta hedging in the Black-Scholes world. I know I'm doing something blatantly wrong, I just can't see it now. Let's say I write a call option and sell ...
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derive vega for black schole call from this formula?

Is it possible to get the right formula for vega of a call option under the black scholes model from this formula? $$\frac{\partial{C}}{\partial{\sigma}}=\frac{S_0}{\sqrt{2\pi}}{e^\frac{-d_+^2}{2}}(\...
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Continuity of Black-Scholes formula

How to proof B&S pricing formula is continuous in time $t$ (or it is not?). The general pricing formula is $$ C_t = e^{-r(T-t)} \mathbb{E}^*[(S_T-K)^+ | \mathcal{F}_t] \hspace{1cm} 0\leq t\leq T ...
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Does Implied Volatility always exist?

I am considering a simple Heston Model Market with one risky and one riskless asset. The dynamics of the riskless asset is simply $dB_t=r*B_t*dt$ The dynamics of the risky asset is as follows, $ ...
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options pricing using vwap

This is a question about why options prices do not take volume into account. The popular option valuation formula "black-scholes" certainly does not account for this and I don't suggest that it does. ...
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Black-Scholes pricing of binary options

I'm trying understand something basic about Black-Scholes pricing of binary options. In my example above, the current price is over the strike price. The volatility is extreme but I'm still having ...
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Mark Joshi, The concepts and practice of mathematical finance chapter 6 exercise 20,21

Find the Black-Scholes price of an option paying $$(S_T^{\alpha} - K)_{+}$$ at time $T$. Solution - The forward price is given by $$F_T(t) = e^{r(T-t)}S_t$$ So, $$F_T(0) = e^{rT}S_0$$ and $...
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Equivalent martingale measure price dynamics

Assume $S_0(t)=\exp(\int_0^t r(s) ds)$. Then $\mathbb{Q}\sim \mathbb P$ is a martingale measure $\iff$ every asset price process $S_i$ has price dynamics under $\mathbb Q$ of the form $dS_i(t)...
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First passage probability formula

I recently read an article and they provide a formula for the first-passage probability as $$Z = {1 \over \sigma }\left[ {\log S/{S_t} + (r - {1 \over 2}{\sigma ^2})t} \right]$$ ${{S_t}}$ value of ...
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Distribution of Black-Scholes option price

Consider a Black-Scholes formula for option pricing on conditional interest rate $r=0$ for European call option. Let's write it as $BSCall(\sigma)$ and investigate it as a function of unknown non-...
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Understanding the relationship between the Black-Scholes formula and a replicating portfolio

I'm self-studying and I'm considering the below example. The specific example is not especially relevant, but I included it for reference. I'm trying to understand the relationship between a ...
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Why are there two expressions for the Black-Scholes hedging portfolio

I am new to derivatives pricing and am trying to understand why there are two different expressions for the Black-Scholes hedging portfolio. The first approach, used in books like Hull, stipulates ...
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Lookback option to find stock price

Consider the payoff equation for the lookback option $\psi(T)= max(S_t-S_T)$, where $t\in[0,T]$ and $S_t$ is modeled by the geometric Brownian motion with constant parameters. Find the price of stock ...
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Determining the implied volatility for options with bid/ask prices below the intrinsic value

I need some help in understanding the Black-Scholes option pricing model. In my data there are several deep itm European index put options that have an ask price below the intrinsic value. ...
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Is the European call option delta an increasing function of the spot?

In the Black-Scholes' setting, the delta hedge ratio of a European call option is given by $N(d_1)$, which is an increasing function of the underlying equity spot $S_0$. Does this property hold ...
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Verifying an identity of an equation for Black Scholes formula

I just started working on the Black Scholes formula with help of the book Financial option valuation by Higham. Apparently you are possible to derive the following function: $\log(\frac{SN'(d_1)}{e^{-...
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Black Scholes model: condition of payout function

Given: Consider a two-asset, continuous time model (B,S) where $$dB_t = B_t r dt, \quad dS_t = S_t ( \mu dt + \sigma dW_t)$$ Clearly, the martingale deflator is: $$Y_t = e^{(-r - \frac{\lambda^2}{2})...