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A financial contract whose payoff is linked to the evolution of an underlying security.

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Variance Swap : dividends and rates

In a simplified world you can assume that the var swap is replicated by a continuous set of calls and puts and interest rates are equal to zero. So your PNL is only sensitive to the volatility. But in ...
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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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Is Red Code unique per derivative instrument

Does RED Code (="Markit Reference Entity Database Code") uniquely identify the derivative that has been traded? Is it possible to get a derivative's ISIN code from RED Code?
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Determining cost of carry for a future in Euronext.com [closed]

A snapshot from the trading book of the CAC 40 futures, on November 5 2018, is: Using the book prices, how can I compute the cost of carry implicit in the November and December contracts? Please ...
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Pricing Corridor Variance Spreads

Recently in the equity derivatives market there have been some trades on what are known as "Corridor Variance Spreads." The large equity derivative dealers and investment banks have been promoting it ...
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How is the performance measure computed here?

The image is from John C Hull Textbook titled Options, Futures and Other Derivatives ( page 407 - Ninth Edition). The table above was obtained after computing the delta of stock price, shares ...
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Static hedge forward swap using zero coupon swaps

I'm trying to create a static hedge for a forward swap using two spot starting zero coupon swaps (to prove that there is no convexity adjustment needed). Here are the instruments - Paying fixed in ...
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How are Interest Rate Swaps Quoted

Im not sure if this is the right place to ask this question or whether Personal Finance & Money would be a better place. Basically I know that initially interest rate swaps are quoted based on the ...
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How to use USD OIS discounting for local currency uncollateralised swaps?

I am wanting to do MTM valuations of uncollateralised swaps as our banks have switched to using the USD OIS curve for their discounting (assuming no xVA adjustments). None of the cashflows we are ...
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Cash-or-nothing and Asset-or-nothing price derivation

I was wondering how to derive the price of a cash-or-nothing and asset-or-nothing option by trying to work out the expectation under the risk-neutral measure, while assuming that the underlying ...
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Why can a deterministic portfolio only grow at risk free rate

In black scholes derivation we assume that portfolio grows at risk free rate because the process is deterministic, my question is why is it riskfree rate? If i have information about some event in the ...
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Compute I-spread from ASW-spread (or vice versa)

The I-spread ("mid swap spread" or yield-yield spread) is a standlone measure of credit risk, a security against matched maturity vanilla swap rate. Consider a package in which the investor receives ...
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Arbitrage and state price formulation

I must be missing something really obvious due to my temporary obtuseness. Can someone please help me see the obvious? :-P Thank you. I am just browsing Darrell Duffie's Dynamic Asset Pricing Theory. ...
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The positivity of the market price of risk

Does the market price of risk, be it of stochastic volatility, interest rate or equity return, have to be positive? What is the rationale if it does?
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Exotic derivatives - Replication

I would like to replicate the payoff Max(0, Min(S1, K) - S2) with a combination of the following derivatives: -> option on S1, strike of our choice -> option on (S1-S2), strike of our choice -> A ...
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Quantlib derivative valuation from zero curve

I have newly started with Quantlib-Python for valuing derivatives. In all the examples stated in this bolg or in other places, market quote is inserted and bootstrapping is done via individual rate ...
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Which of the following derivatives are protected from arbitrary corporate action?

Practically speaking, are individual stock futures/options and Index futures/ (options on futures) protected from arbitrary company action? Say, in the extreme, all companies suddenly pays huge ...
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uncollateralised otc derivatives and bank funding costs

I've read multiple references that imply that the valuation of OTC derivatives being related to bank funding cost. Given that an uncollateralised OTC derivative needs no funding from the bank's ...
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Upper bound option price in volatility dimension

All, I have a theoretical question about the value of an option when spot price goes to infinity as a function of volatility going to infinity. I know that for a call option: The option value ...
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Futures Exchanges and marking to market [closed]

When a futures exchange marks to the market, does it "help" the losing side or winning side. According to my knowledge, it makes the losing side lose even more by deducting from their margin account? ...
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How to prove price of Asian option under geometric averaging is cheaper than a European call?

This was an exam question at Cambridge University. Let $S_t = S_0 \exp \left(\sigma W_t + (r-\dfrac{1}{2}\sigma^2) \right)$ and a bank account returns a continuously-compounded rate of interest $r$....
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FX options pricing exchange rate regimes

how can we estimate the impact of a exchange rate regime switch ( from fixed to float) on the options prices i'm talking about the moroccan case (EUR/MAD USD/MAD) options OTC , is there any stochastic ...
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Collateralized / uncollateralized swap

Is a fully collateralized interest rate swap considered free of counterparty credit risk? Or close to risk free? Therefore discounted by the rate that best proxies the risk-free rate (which is the OIS-...
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Different ways to express a 2s10s steepener?

Some off the top of my head 2s10s cash steepener, however this ages into a 1s9s over time 2s10s swap steepener, better/cleaner way? Are there other ways to express this curve strategy? Would you do ...
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Optimal number of nodes for binomial lattice?

Let's suppose one is valuing a Euro call on a ZCB in a Black-Derman-Toy lattice. How many nodes/levels of discretization are optimal? Obviously too many creates computational issues and too few ...
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Lattice pricing of derivatives under multi curve framework (OIS and LIBOR)

My goal is to price various derivatives resetting to 1M and 3M LIBOR via using a lattice. I have calculated an OIS curve for discounting and adjusted 1M and 3M LIBOR forward curves to be consistent ...
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OTC derivatives trade life cycle

Can someone please walk through a typical OTC derivative trade life cycle? Or could you please provide a good source on that topic? ( I mean things like negotiation - trade execution - trade capture, ...
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Martingale approach - Option pricing with Radom-Nikodym

I would like to get the price of an option which pays at time T the minimum between the logarithm of (S(1,T) / S(1,0)) and the logarithm of (S(2,T) / S(2,0), with the following processes: (The two ...
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Why does the price of a derivative not depend on the derivative with which you hedge volatility risk?

I'm trying to derive the valuation equation under a general stochastic volatility model. What one can read in the literature is the following reasoning: One considers a replicating self-financing ...
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Local Volatility implementation

The Dupire equation is well-known and mentioned in thousands of articles. Although I could not find a lot of documentation about a consistent and proper way of implementing the formula (The difficulty ...
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Structured Energy Option Pricing

Let's say I have an option with the following terms. This is for an energy product (ie natural gas) The contract will last for 6 months The payoff is the difference between the first of month index ...
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Contingent claim and Derivative

What's the difference between a derivative and a contingent claim? What is an example of a derivative which isn't a contingent claim? Since options or swaps are examples of derivatives that are ...
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Cash-settled swaptions

I was wondering, what is the motivation behind the payoff of the cash swaptions being multiplied by the swap annuity? $$c(S_{\theta, T})=\sum_{i=\theta+1}^{T}\tau_i\frac{1}{{(1+S_{\theta,T}(\theta))}^...
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Multi-currency CSA discounting curve construction

I have a number of eur/usd and gbp/usd MtM Basis swaps that are collaterized in USD. For the non-usd legs I'm constructing the muti-ccy csa discounting curve. Im using forwards for the short end of ...
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Rebasing of Cap Volatilities

I recently found this article where towards the end the author describes a method to rebase cap volatilities. Their method works like this: for a fixed strike assume that you are given the implied ...
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What would be the issue price of the following contract?

Stock currently A has a price equal to 100. Stock B also currently has a price of 100. The contract has a maturity $\mu$ of one year. At maturity the payout is the max price of either A or B. What is ...
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Innovative ways of visualizing financial data

Finance is drowning in a deluge of data. Humans are not very good at comprehending large amounts of data. One way out may be visualization. Traditional ways of visualizing patterns, complexities and ...
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Black 1976 caplet value

I've seen from two sources different formulas for the caplet value (Black 1976): $$Caplet_1 = N\cdot DiscountFactor_{0,k}\cdot yrFrcn_{k,k+1}\cdot [F_{k,k+1}\cdot N(d_1) - R_k\cdot N(d_2)]$$ $$ ...
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Use of cap volatilities

I have a cap volatility surface for the 6 months Libor. Can I use the same cap volatility for every cap's caplet to valuate the full cap? Example: Valuate a 18M cap (Libor 6M) by valuating 3 6M ...
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To what degree does computational complexity affect the pricing of options?

I have been tasked with writing a 25 page paper on computational complexity. The first 10 pages of this should be background an introduction to the field (which I have largely done already) and the ...
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Stochastic modelling of derivatives on dividends

I consider pricing and risk analysis of derivatives on dividends of the members of equity indices (such as Dow Jones EuroStoxx). There are options but I focus on futures. What are common stochastic ...
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Theoretical limits for contango and backwardation

What do you think would be the theoretical limit for contango? What about backwardation? This was asked in an interview. I am still not so sure about the answer.
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How do I value uncollaterised swaps?

Do I need to discount using the OIS curve? Then add some sort of FVA adjustment over and above the CVA/DVA? How do I work out a banks cost of funding? Any help would be greatly appreciated. ...
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Books about Monte Carlo Simulation on derivatives with Python

I am looking for a good reference for Monte Carlo simulation applied to derivatives with Python. Most books I found until now deal with C++... I have found "Derivatives Analytics with Python" by Yves ...
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Fixing date, start date, end date in interest rate derivative valuation?

I was reading a technical report by Hagan, which can be downloaded here on the valuation of accrual swaps and range notes. It caught my attention that in the valuation he comments this: Consider ...
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Books/papers on Insurance Derivatives?

I am looking to learn more about insurance-linked securities. I work for an insurance company and am interested in catastrophe risks and cat bonds. I have a good statistical background and master-...
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Pricing of a derivative using Risk Neutral Valuation.

I am new to option pricing and following problem came up that I don't understand how to handle. A derivative will pay out dollar amount equal to $$\frac1T\ln \frac{S_T}{S_0}$$ at maturity, where $...
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What is the difference between funded and unfunded derivative?

What is the difference between funded and unfunded derivative? Can anyone explain the difference between these two?
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Build a Synthetic Loan for Personal Finance

Suppose I am short of cash and want a loan for some mundane objective like travelling or buying a car. The interest rate for personal loan with my bank is too high. Is there any way in finance that ...
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Calculating expected loss using actual probabilities

I'm calculating expected loss on fixed-income using actual default probabilities and risk-free rate as the discount factor. I understand this is not theoretically correct. In absence of risk-neutral ...