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What does it mean to be “long or short in volatility”?

I've heard a question regarding pricing of european calls. The question is: Is the call long or short in volatility when it is (deep) OTM? What is the profile of the implied volatility? I know ...
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Bachelier model call option pricing formula

Does anybody have the Bachelier model call option pricing formula for $r > 0$? All the references I've read assume $r = 0$. I don't speak French, so I can't read Bachelier's original paper.
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Why is the Put-Call Symmetry model dependent?

The put-call symmetry states that C(S,t;X,r,q) = P(X,t;S,q,r), and that this works for American options. According to my notes, this is 'model dependent' because it ...
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At-the-money Call Spread approximation

In a trading manual I got during a course, the value of the ATM Call-Spread is approximated by $CS_{ATM}=\frac{1}{2}StrD+(F-m)\times\Delta CS$ The lecturer skipped the part where he derived this ...
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Greeks of a Basket Option

I want to estimate delta, vega and gamma for a basket option. This option is a European Call option. The underlying is $S=\omega_1 S_1 +\omega_2 S_2$ Where: $S1$ = stock price of asset 1 $S2$ = ...
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How many monte carlo runs do I need for pricing a Call?

I have to price several calls using Monte Carlo. Obviously, there is a huge tradeoff between the number of runs and the fair price of the call option. I know I can check how the approximation changes ...
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Equivalent form of Black-Scholes Equation (to transform to heat equation)

I am trying to understand the transformation of the Black-Scholes equation to the one-dimensional heat equation from Joshi, M. (2011). The Concepts and practice of mathematical finance. 2nd ed. ...
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Black-Scholes formula proof, without stochastic integration

I've looked into many books at my academic library, and very often it goes like this: Brownian motion Then, stochastic integration (Itô's formula etc.) Application: Black-Scholes formula for price of ...
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Abritrage when Put Option Greater then Strike Price?

I am having a tough time conceptualizing this question here: Let $P$= Price of European Option, $S$ = Present Price of Option and $K$ = Strike Price. If $P > K$, why does abritrage exist? Assuming $...
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Zero-rebate barrier option pricing under the Heston model

I'm trying to derive an approximation for the zero-rebate barrier option under the Heston model: $$dS_t=\mu S_tdt+\sqrt{v_t}S_tdW^S_t$$ $$dv_t=\kappa(\bar{v}-v_t)dt+\eta\sqrt{v_t}dW^v_t,\quad d\langle ...
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How to short an option?

It appears to me that retail investors can only buy calls and puts, but not short them through any standardized way (except maybe borrowing the option from a friend ;) ). Is that correct, or how can ...
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Flaw in the following argument with Binary Options and Skew

A Binary option is ATM and expires tomorrow. If the skew of the vanilla options steepens (left side up, right side down) what happens to the price of the Binary Option. I know that using a ...
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Qualitative properties of call

I have read somewhere that we can show by using arbitrage argument the following relationship for call option : $$\frac{\partial{C_t(T,K)}}{\partial{K}}\leq0$$ $$\frac{\partial^2{C_t(T,K)}}{\...
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Estimate simple option price without a calculator

I have been to two different interviews for jobs related to option trading, and both time I have been asked a question, which is pretty basic, and still I could not answer it. If you have an European ...
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Calculating Greeks in Covered Calls?

Just want to confirm whether Delta, Gamma, Theta, Vega will be calculated in the following way? Since we own 100 shares of stock while selling a call we need to subtract greek value from one? right? ...
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Delta Hedging/ Exchange for Currency Options

I'm looking at 2 cases of hedging EURUSD, using call spread or range forward. Lets say spot is 1.1300 and my buy call is at 1.1300 and sell call is at 1.1500. Hypothetically I'm assuming that this is ...
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Boundaries for Call Spread

I'm reading an interview book called A Practical Guide to Quantitative Finance Interview and I have some doubts regarding part of its solution and highlighted them in bold: Question: What are the ...
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Call option prices in terms of maturity with negative interest rates

let's assume that interest rates are constant, $r$. When $r\geq 0$, we can see that if $T_1<T_2$ and $C_1$ (resp. $C_2$) is the price of a call option on a non-dividend paying stock with maturity $...
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arbitrage opportunity in a two period model

I have a little problem evaluating an european call. I Suppose the following: in $$t=0 : S_0 = 10$$ $$t = 1 : S_1 = \{10,11\}~with ~p=0.5$$ riskless rate : $(1+r)=\beta=1.049$ Strike ...
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Is the vega of a portfolio of a long 0.5 delta and short two 0.25 delta calls positive or negative?

More specifically what I am trying to find out is whether the following relationship is always true or not. Same underlying for the calls, assume the most simplistic assumptions (interest rate = ...
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Value of Call Option as Volatility goes to Infinity

Why would the value of a call option go infinity as volatility goes to infinity? I understand how you could solve this question by taking $\sigma \rightarrow \infty$ in the solution to the black ...
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Black-Scholes call option formula, which probability measure

The stock and bond under the Black-Scholes framework, no dividends: $$S_t=S_0e^{\sigma W_t+\mu t}=S_0e^{\sigma \tilde{W}_t +(r-\frac{1}{2}\sigma^2)t}$$ $$B_t=e^{rt}$$ where $\tilde{W}_t$ is $\mathbb{Q}...
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How to derive and interpret the duration of a call option?

I read here that CFA students are taught that $$ D_{C} = \frac{\Delta_{C} D_{B} B}{C} $$ Where $D$ is the duration, $\Delta_{C}$ is the first derivative of the options price with regards to the ...
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pricing american calls on non dividend paying stocks

It is never optimal to exercise an american call option early if it is written on a stock that doesn't pay dividends, yet when pricing such an option, using a binomial model, we check whether or not ...
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How to price a call option which depends on two Wiener processes?

Could someone explain to me why the regular call pricing formula works, just with $\sigma$ replaced by $\|\sigma\|$ in the case where the underlying asset depends on two Wiener processes? For example,...
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fair price for a call option

I am struggling with the following problem: An investor is considering a European call option, whose price $C_0$ is yet to be determined, on the shares of a company called XYZ. You know that : the ...
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Explaining an Option product: SIX Discount Certificates

So I have the option with the important info above. I am trying to generate a portfolio that represents the option. However I am stuck on the first hurdle as I believe it is a call option as the ...
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Why it is not possible to price American perpetual call option using PDE approach?

Using a standard PDE approach to price an American perpetual put option I obtain that the price of such option has the following form: $$ V(S) = A S + B S^{-2r/\sigma^2}. $$ And then I need to find a ...
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How does gamma trading depend on $K$?

If we think realized vol > implied vol, then we might go ahead and delta hedge a call, hoping that profits from gamma outweigh the decay. Question: What should $K$ be on the call? ATM? If so, why? ...
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Understanding the necessary and sufficient conditions for rational early exercise of a call option

I am self-studying for an actuarial exam, and I encountered the following in my text: The author states that if $PV_{t, T}\text{(Divs)} < K(1 - e^{-r(T - t)})$, early exercise is not rational. ...
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Quick way to extrapolate call price as function of strike

Let's say I know the price of a call for two different values of strike. Is there a quick way to guess the price for another value of strike ? Actually, I know that C(100)=15 and C(90)=20 and I have ...
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Risk Reversal quoting convention in FX market

How is RR bid offer quoted in market? For example: If a 25delta call and 25delta put is quoted as 5.5%/5.6% and 5.3%/5.5% respectively. What would be quote of a 25d RR with these call and Put?
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Fair value for a LEPO (Low Exercise Price Options)

In one of my lecture notes, I stumble across this exercise question: Consider Low Exercise Price Options, LEPOs, (with dividends) in Australia. Using the value at the outset, explain why such ...
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Will pricing a Bermudan option default to a value of a European option?

I have a call option with 2 expiry in two years. For the first 9 months I cannot excercise the option. After that the I can exercise at any time. I am pricing this option using a binomial tree using ...
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Callable Bond = long Bond - call on bond?

Can someone verify (maybe there is some literature around) the following relationships? Callable Bond= Long on Bond + short on a Call Position --> PV(CallableBond) = PV(Bond) - Call on Bond? or ...
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Call option with underlying following a Bachelier process

I am trying to reach a derivation/proof for how to price a call option when its underlying asset follows a Bachelier process with unknown drift term: $$dS_t=...dt+\sigma dW_t$$ but zero interest ...
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Call option Delta

I have an exercise where I need to show that the prices of call options $ C(t,K)=E((S_t-K)^+),t \in [0,T]$ with Strike $K$ for fixed $t$: $$\frac{\partial ^+C(t,K)}{\partial K}=-P(S_t>K).$$ We ...
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Calculate the price at time t=0

Assume the risk-free bond Bt and the stock St follow the dynamics of the Black & Scholes model (with interest rate r, stock drift $\mu$ and volatility $\sigma$). Calculate the price at time $t = ...
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Calculating the max. risk free interest rate with two given options

I have an excercise where we have two European Call Options, which have the same underlying, same maturity $t = 3$, same interest. The only difference is their price and their strike. The price of the ...
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Why is higher the call price, the higher the price of a callable bond?

I am preparing for FRM level 2, but I ran into a question whose answer was confusing to me: In the answer, it says "all other things remaining the same, the higher the call price, the higher the ...
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Question about the process of monte carlo simulation

I have encountered an interesting question. Is it better to simulate the geometric brownian motion process for call itself or GBM for the underlying. My question is can we actually apply GBM to call? ...
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Put call parity: when are the premiums the same?

Please explain why put call parity could be compared to the payoff of a long forward contract. ie. $C_E-P_E=V_X(0)$ where $C_E,P_E$ are the call/put premiums and $V_X(0)$ is the value of a long ...
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Analysis of exercising a call option early

Most options traders sell their call options early instead of exercising them, as you would make a bigger profit this way due to being able to salvage some remaining extrinsic value. For example: ...
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difference between caplet and call

I wanted to know the difference between a caplet and a call. In my course (Interest rate models and curves) , we said that a caplet is a call option. Is it really true? Thanks
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Where do Over-allotment (Greenshoe) option shares come from?

I'm just wondering, if following an IPO the share price goes up and the underwriter calls the option, where do those extra 15% shares come from? Does the company have to issue more stock to cover the ...
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What is the strike of a short put that mimics a covered call

If I am long a stock $X$ which I purchased at $\$100$ and sold a covered call in the front month with strike $\$105$ for $\$2$ then is it true that the covered call is equivalent to a naked put at ...
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European Call option replication

An asset $S_t$ is evolving according to the Black-Scholes model. We want to replicate a call option on this asset by holding Delta units of the asset at every time. I use a Monte Carlo algorithm to ...
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Interest rates, effect on call price

Generally, we assume that an interest rate increase makes the call price more expensive. From my understanding it is because the expected return on the stock price increases. However the interest rate ...
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How do you calculate price of non-existant call option on commodity future

I've been stumped on this for awhile now. I'm trying to determine the price of a call option on a commodity futures contract that expires in the future. My issue is that while the future's contracts ...
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How to price an European call on zero-coupon from the yield curve?

It is known that the price of an European call of maturity $T^*$ on zero-coupon of maturity $T$ is given by $$p(0,T)= B(0,T^*)\mathbb E ^{\mathbb Q_{T^*}}\left[ (B(T^*,T)-K)^+\right]$$ where $B(0,T)...