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Questions tagged [derivatives]

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

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When a particular bond is delivered, why there is the need to define a conversion factor? What is its utility?

Where, the conversion factor for a bond (by John C. Hull) is set equal to the quoted price the bond would have per dollar of principal on the first day of the delivery month on the assumption that the ...
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What are the books in which to study the basics of the derivative financial instruments?

Books similar to Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives by John C. Hull. I need another academic book that explains the basics of quantitative finance derivatives (forward, futures, options)
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Pricing an “equity protection” derivative: a practical example

This is the derivative security (its underlying index is the S&P 500): time to expiry $=4.8$Y; payoff calculation (0): on the expiry date, give a look at S&P 500 and let its price to be $S_{T}...
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The PDE of caplet and floors

I know following PDE is the continuous payment case, but a caplet pays as rate: $\max(r - r^*,0),$ use the hedge portfolio $\Pi = V- \Delta Z$ $$d\Pi = dV- \...
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why futures contract has no value

Can any one tell me, why futures contract has no value? We know that the value of future(Maybe I confuse the concept of ...
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How to make the arbitrage if intrinsic value is greater than European call value

It always says if the intrinsic value is greater than European call value, there will be a arbitrage opportunity,but how to construct the portfolio $(S_t - K)^+$ or how to make this arbitrage. By the ...
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Is it possible to approach finding the risk premium of this derivative using Ito's Lemma?

I understand the author's intended solution to the below problem, but I thought I would see if I could solve this using first principles and Ito's Lemma instead for practice. Let $V(S(t), t) = e^{rt}\...
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Valuing cleared cancellable swap

I have a cancellable swap to value, with the float leg payer being a clearing house. The cancellable term sheet states the interest rate swap has a Bermudan style optionality for early termination ...
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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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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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Prove that the vertical spread condition is bounded

I need to prove that vertical spread is bounded, by using no arbitrage condition. 0 > (C(T,K1 )- C(T,K2))/(K1- K2 ) >-e^(-r*T ) I have documented my ...
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Arbitrage problem [closed]

Question A share of non-dividend paying stock is trading at USD 30. The maturity of both options is 1 year from now. A put with a strike of USD 28 is trading at USD 1 and call with a strike of USD 29 ...
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Physical Measure in Weather Derivatives — Hull

In Hull's 8ed., he states in Chapter 33, Energy and Commodity Derivatives, The second part of the chapter considers weather and insurance derivatives. A distinctive feature of these derivatives ...
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Funding Valuation Adjustment (FVA) - understanding issues

Having trouble with understanding the logic of FVA. Let's assume that as a trader I trade with a client an uncollateralised fx forward. Then, I hedge my position with "risk-free" bank with which I ...
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Derivative and Credit Risk Modelling

I am looking at acquiring a system to help with multi-instrument modelling. Across the spectrum Equity/FI/Swap/Repo/CDS/FxSwap/Forward/Future/etc for vanilla and more complex derivatives. The modeling ...
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How to synthesize this derivative security using plain vanilla call options?

A derivative security pays a cash amount c if the spot price of the underlying asset at maturity is between K1 and K2, where 0< K1 < K2 and expires worthless otherwise. Q: how to construct ...
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Black Scholes biases

I have been doing some research regarding options pricing (particularly using B.S) and have come across two research papers which discuss how the Black Scholes model has a tendency to overprice and ...
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References on Pricing commodity forwards

Any good reference on pricing simple forward contracts with source code? Thanks
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Which models do Bloomberg/Reuters use to derive implied volatility for interest rate derivatives with negative forward rates?

can anybody tell me which models Bloomberg and Reuters ares using to derive implied volatility for interest derivatives with negative forward rates? I know that Black-76 is the standard model, and ...
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Beginner question about basis risk

new to the area, and had a question about basis risk. If I entered into a receive fixed pay 1mo Libor swap, why is it good for me if the 1x3 month Libor widens and bad for me when it tightens. Also ...
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Why is the implied volatility on Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ trending so high?

For the last few weeks, the 12-month ATM call implied volatility of MUFG (TSE 8306) has been trending around 30-35% (according to Bloomberg). This is by far the highest of the major Japanese banks by ...
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What is the intuition behind the equivalent martingale measure result?

"Suppose that f and g are the prices of traded securities dependent on a single source of uncertainty and define phi = f/g. The equivalent martingale measure shows that, when there are no arbitrage ...
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Interpretation of Open Interest for Options

Please define Option Open Interest, its interpretation, and why it matters? From my understanding, option open interest describes the net of long-short outstanding call or put options. But I do not ...
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Long/Short Vega and Option Positions

Why do you get long vega when you buy an option and short vega when you sell an option? I would have thought that for both buying and selling options the vega would change according to whether the ...
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How do option traders choose the strikes and maturities?

How do option traders choose their strikes and maturities ? Like why would one roll XX% puts in their protection leg instead of YY% puts, or why choose specifically XX%/YY% as the strikes in a ...
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Scaling Stock Price and Strike etc. by a Constant

Please provide steps to justify the below. 1) If the stock prices, strike and other price related parameters are scaled by the same constant, will the derivative price scale accordingly? I would ...
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How to produce historical prices of an option?

Let's say we have an option with underlying stock X and 2 years until maturity. We work out its volatility from X's historical prices across 3 trading years (756 days). To price the option, I can use ...
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Using a Constant as a Numeraire

Please provide steps to justify the below. 1) Can we use a constant as a numeraire? Related Question: Scaling Stock Price and Strike etc. by a Constant The rest of standard Geometric Brownian ...
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Measuring Medium-term Inflation expectations and real interest rate from OIS and Inflation Swaps

In this speech by Mario Draghi, in section '2:Responding to high unemployment', and subsection 'Boosting aggregate demand', Mario states «Over the month of August financial markets have indicated that ...
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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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Is a linear hedge sufficient for most purposes?

I was in a lecture of Bruno Dupire's when he said something along the lines of a linear hedge being sufficient for most purposes. He gave a counter example as well: a corporation producing something ...
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Heston Model Integration Oscillations

Is there a way to reduce oscillations for the numerical integration when evaluating the Heston model. I am pricing a series of 5000 options scattered over the Heston model parameter space and I find ...
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European vs American derivative securities, interesting question

Let us denote by $c^A(t, S(t))$ the price, at time $t$ of a certain American-style derivative security, whose instrinsic value, at time $t$ is denoted by $V(t)$.From the no-arbitrage principle, we ...
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Why buy/sell a forward starting option?

More precisely, in equity markets, why would one prefer to buy a forward starting option over a vanilla option ? What about the selling side ?
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How can I improve the pricing simulation of basket option?

I valuated the price of below basket option Underlying assets are three global stock index : Eurostoxx 50, S&P500, KOSPI 200 Maturity: 36 months with advanced redemption date in every 6 months ...
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What is the “inflation delta” of an option?

I'm preparing a report on the different Greeks used in risk measurement, and my boss mentioned the inflation delta within the first-order Greeks (and the Inflation Vega, but I guess that if I figure ...
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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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Pricing Cancelable swap

Consider a first hypothetical, a swap. Party 1 is paying 6 month Libor, semi-annually. Party 2. pays $1+3*(\frac{Index_\color{red}{T}}{Index_0}-1) $ only at maturity. Say the notional is 1. $Index_t$ ...
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Fees on derivatives

Since it's obviously not at their fair value that derivatives are priced, how do investment banks compute the fees that they add on top of the risk neutral price ?
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Derivative: Delta of a Down and Out Call Option with Barrier=Debt(K)

I am trying to compute the derivative of this function with respect to V0: This is the price of a down and out call option, assuming the barrier equal to the level of debt K. In other terms, I need ...
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Relations between Call and Put

I am trying to solve a question in finance but I am pretty much stuck and would need your help :) Suppose you know the following information about a market: Future is at 66 70 strike straddle is ...
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What is the Difference Between a Credit Default Swap and a Bet

Reading the wikipedia page for derivatives on 00:02 E.S.T March 21 2016, a credit default swap (CDS) is summarized as being "A credit default swap (CDS) is a financial swap agreement that the seller ...
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What is a Constant Maturity Swap (CMS) rate?

I have been searching in books and on the internet for a basic definition and explanation of CMS rates, but I cannot find anything clear and simple. Can you explain (maybe with an example) what a CMS ...
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Using Market Gamma to Predict FX Trading Environments

I want to test a hypothesis about using gamma to predict FX movements. Suppose that market makers will seek to be delta neutral given their portfolio of FX options. At any given time, market makers ...
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Literature to Learn about Different Instruments

What is a good source of literature to learn about the specifics of various instruments that are traded? For example, suppose I wanted to know more about MBS's, i.e. how exactly they are securitized, ...
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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 to price jumps in payoffs

I specifically want to know how to model a jump condition while valuing a derivative.Example :- the jumps which are observed in digital product payoffs, or barriers and knockouts. Although a ...
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How is this financial product called?

I have only basic limited knowledge about financial derivatives and I did not find exactly what I was searching for. I found open end turbo call, knock outs, but I am searching for this: Underlying ...
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Equivalency of FX forwards and FX fixed for fixed swaps? Are they still the same under multiple curves environment?

I am encountering two approaches for valuation of FX swaps (fixed for fixed, e.g. fixed USD payments for fixed EUR payments) which seem to result into different values although in theory they should ...
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Is an FX forward with delayed settlement still a derivative?

As an example: Trade date: 1/1/16 Maturity date: 2/29/16 Settlement (exchange of currencies) 3/31/16 Is the instrument between 2/29 and 3/31 still deemed a forward? The forward rate is determined so ...