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

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Greeks and Option Premium

If a linear sum of options is constructed such that the premium payout is zero, then does it mean that resultant greeks of the cumulated options positions will be nearly zero. For simplicity, lets ...
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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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How did bans on short-selling affect the derivatives markets?

Due to the ongoing turmoil in the financial markets a short-selling ban is being considered (again, one has to say, but this time in Europe): http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/12/business/global/europe-...
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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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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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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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Calculating portfolio weights of derivatives

A rather simple question. You have a portfolio of USD100 in cash. You now take USD10 and buy a derivative that gives you exposure of USD200 to something. What is the weighting of cash in the ...
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Obtaining logical lists of Bloomberg security codes in Excel

I am using Bloomberg's BDP and BDH functions in excel to retrieve data for a set of options. The problem is that (as underlying prices move and expiration dates come and go) option strikes are ...
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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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Risk factors for 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 the main risk ...
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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 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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Delta Hedging with fixed Implied Volatility to get rid of vega?

I'm wondering if i should use a floating IV or a fixed IV to delta hedge my options every day. I've read this post but would like different information : Delta Hedging with fixed Implied Volatility ...
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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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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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Replicating a square derivative with calls and puts

I have a derivative that pays off $S_T^2$ at time $T > 0$ with $S_T$ denoting the price of a non dividend-paying stock at $T$. I came across a question about how one can statically replicate this ...
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Pricing the Passport option

Suppose underlying asset $S$ $$dS = \mu Sdt + \sigma Sd W$$ our portfolio $\pi$ consist with $q(t)$ stock $S$ and cash $\pi - qS$...
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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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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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Pricing forward contract on a stock

Please tell me where I've gone wrong (if I did in fact make a mistake). I'm pricing a long forward on a stock. The usual setup applies: This has payoff $S(T) - K$ at time $T$. We are at $t$ now. $S(...
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What exactly is a deposit futures contract?

I have been working with Deposit Futures and the Brazilian One-Day Interbank Deposit Future but I can't get my head around them. What exactly is delivered and when? What is the contract a right to?
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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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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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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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Cash vs Deposit Rates

When constructing a yield curve for derivatives purposes, what is the difference between cash and deposits rates?
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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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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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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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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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Risk-neutral models for rights issues

A rights issue is the granting by a corporation to its shareholders of a right to purchase $N$ new shares for each $M$ shares they already hold at a (often discounted) price $K$. Thus, it ...
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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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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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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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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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Bloomberg scripting language (BLAN)

Did anyone work with Bloomberg scripting language (BLAN is the name I guess). If so is it really flexible and is it competitive with other valuation services (say Super Derivatives). Does it enable ...
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How does the CME set margin requirements on commodity Futures

I am trying to model margin requirements on various commodity futures, however it doesn't seem that the CME has released the formula they use to set these performance bonds. I am sure that they use ...
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Two barrier options puzzle

I come across an interesting question about barrier option as shown below. Two barrier options are given with the same parameters including the barrier level. The first one is knocked out when it ...
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How to Compute the payoff of Var Swaps, which I have replicated

I used Derman(1999) method, to calculate the fixed Kvar for Variance Swaps using actual option price data. The first Pic Shows the outcome. (ignore the 0s). Now the profit and loss of short var swaps ...
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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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What is the Benefit of holding a short option?

i am new to corporate finance and ask myself why a investor is interested in being short on a Option? The only he can win is a premium but he can loose much more. I understand with being a short I can ...
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The dice game and derivatives trading

I happened to a interview question: Give a equal dice, you will gain the money which is the number you roll, then how much will you pay for the game. Naturely, the answer is 3.5. But the interview ...
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Curve Euribor - Euribor 3M

I'm setting up some Euribor 6M and Euribor 3M curves. So far i have all the data and quotes i need, but i'm having trouble defining the firsts points of the curve. I'm currently using 6M Euribor and ...
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Are there any derivatives which pay amount $a(p-b)^{2}-c$ where $p$ is the price of underling asset?

Are there any derivatives which pay amount $a(p-b)^{2}-c$ where $p$ is the price of underling asset ? (or in the case of options $max(0,a(p-b)^{2}-c)$) I'm not very strict here but I only want to know ...
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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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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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How to understand closing position of futures

When we want to close out the position of futures prior to the delivery period, you will entering into the opposite trade to the original one. Equivalently, except ...
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Why don't we take the differential to the Delta in the Delta hedge-portfolio

For option $V(S,t)$ with underlying asset $S$, we have a hedge portfolio $$\Pi = V(S,t) - \Delta(S,t)S$$ I always confuse here, when we take the differential of $\Pi$ $$d\Pi = dV -\Delta dS$$ why ...
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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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How are referenced asset gains routed in a credit derivative?

Lets assume for the sake of the example that we are talking about a Total Return Swap. The flow diagram is something like this. Lets assume the Payer in this instance is a Hedge Fund, and the ...
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the cash flows behind closing out futures positions

I always get confused about the cashflows occurring when a futures position is closed out. For example, say it is January and I enter into a long December Futures position with a futures price F(jan). ...