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

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Arbitrage-free calculation of flat term structure out of normal term structure for e.g. pricing european options

since e.g. the Black-Scholes model requires a constant interest rate (flat term structure) but the real world often has normal term structure, I was wondering if it is mathematically correct to ...
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How to estimate real-world probabilities

In the world of finance, Risk-neutral pricing allow us to estimate the fair value of derivatives using the risk free rate as the expected return of the underlyings. However, the behavior of ...
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how to derive the cost of carry formula

Can anyone explain why the cost of carry formula looks like this: $$F_0 = S_0 \cdot e^{(c-y)T}$$ ,where $S_0$ equals the spot price when $T=0$, i.e. today. $c$ denotes the cost of carry and $y$ the ...
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How is volatility different from variance?

I always thought volatility was just variance ^ (1/2). Now I'm reading this book and it's saying that the two are different concepts. Excerpts include: Partly due to its use in Black-Scholes, ...
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Monte Carlo VAR with differente asset classes

I have found a very useful post regarding the use of Monte Carlo simulaton to obtain portfolio Value at risk, based on Cholesky decomposition, random variates, etc. This post I'm talking about is: Is ...
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Why can derivatives be viewed as a portfolio of the underlying and the riskless asset?

I am struggling with the statement: "Every derivative of the underlying can be viewed as a portfolio of the underlying asset and the riskless asset." Is this based on the put-call parity? Also I ...
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Discounted asset price is martingale in BS model

I want to verify that the discounted stock price process $\mathrm{e}^{-r(T-t)}V(S_t,t)$ is a martingale in the BS-model. Using Ito's formula and the BS-PDE I get that $$ \mathrm{d}\mathrm{e}^{-r(T-t)}...
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Market data for options

Looking for recommendations on places to get market data for options. I'm looking at NYSE and NASDAQ only. My current solution is my broker, Tradeking. I can request realtime data for 700 option ...
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Exercise Probabilities Vanilla Cap/Foor

When looking at the discounted pay-off formulas of a vanilla caplet and a vanilla floorlet $\frac{\Delta\tau}{1+r_k\Delta\tau}\max(r_k-r_{cap},0)$ $\frac{\Delta\tau}{1+r_k\Delta\tau}\max(r_{floor}-...
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Differences between Snowball, KIKO and TRF derivatives?

Can you explain what are some similarities and differences between snowball, KIKO (knock in knock out) and TRF (target redemption forward) derivatives?
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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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Cashless Exercise of Warrants

This is the formula for a Cashless Exercise of Warrants: X(A-B)/A = Y Where: Y = the number of shares received X = the number of shares purchasable A = price of the stock B = exercise price ...
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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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Are there software to compute Initial Margin and MVA and other xVAs?

I have been looking into Matlab, R, Python, but couldn't find any toolbox for computing IM, MVA, xVA for OTC derivatives... Could anybody please point me to some software which can compute these ...
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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): $$Caplet_1 = N\cdot DiscountFactor_{0,k}\cdot yrFrcn_{k,k+1}\cdot [F_{k,k+1}\cdot N(d_1) - R_k\cdot N(d_2)]$$ $$ ...