Questions tagged [derivatives]

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

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Variable Drift Ornstein–Uhlenbeck Process

The Ornstein–Uhlenbeck process is defined as the stochastic process that solves the following SDE: $dx_t = \theta (\mu-x_t)\,dt + \sigma\, dW_t$ where $\theta>0$, $\mu$ and $\sigma>0$ are ...
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When can a derivative be considered to be path dependant?

The typical example of path dependant derivatives are knock-ins and knock-outs. At the same time vanilla American options can also be considered to be highly path dependant. Does a more or less ...
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relationship between notional amounts of volatility swaps and variance swaps

Taking volatility swap payoff as $$( \sigma_F - \sigma_S ) * volatility~notional$$ and Taking variance swap payoff as $$( \sigma_F^2 - \sigma_S^2 ) * variance~notional$$ I am trying to understand ...
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Pricing under risk-neutral probabilities for weird derivatives?

I would really appreciate some help to value a weird derivative that I've found in an assignment: $$X=(S_{T_1}-k)^{+} = \max(S_{T_{1}}-k;0)$$ which expires at time $T_{2}$ and uses the price at ...
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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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Here is quanto adjustments in John Hull's book Options, Futures and Other Derivatives 9th ...
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Factors that make sell-side valuations of equity derivatives differ

If I ask a sell-side desk "A" for a "valuation" of a relatively simple OTC product (equity derivative, or 1st generation equity exotic), what are the reasons/main reason why a different sell-side desk ...
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How to understand the market price of risk

Consider the stochastic vol: $$dS = \mu Sdt + \sigma SdW_1$$ $$d\sigma = p(\sigma,S,t)dt + q(\sigma,S,t)dW_2$$ $$dW_1dW_2 = \rho dt$$ We want to obtain the price of option $V(\sigma,S,t),$ we use the ...
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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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Question in “Computational Methods in Finance” by Ali Hirsa - Chapter 2: Derivatives Pricing via Transform Techniques"

Reference: "Computational Methods in Finance" by Ali Hirsa - Chapter 2: Derivatives Pricing via Transform Techniques" - Page 37* Background: The author prices call option using the Fourier Transform. ...
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Option Pricing under Jump Diffusion Models

I was wondering what the overall approach/intuition behind how to price options under Jump Diffusion Models. My understanding is under Diffusion models such as Geometric Brownian Motion (Black Sholes),...
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at-the-money short term straddle and the implied vol

Here is a passage from "Advanced Equity Derivatives: Volatility and Correlation" by Sebastien Bossu, Wiley (2014). We see the prox $\beta_0,$ it seems to use the approximation that ...
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Pricing 0% interest rate Floor Black Model

I'm having some trouble pricing a 0% interest rate Floor following Black's formula. The term d1 contains the expresion Ln(Forward/Strike) if the strike is exactly 0 this expresion yields an ...
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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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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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One of the standard tenets of quantitative finance is that options should have an intrinsic value because optionality as such (in the sense of having more choices) should bring about value. This ...
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what is the actual point of vega on real option data

For a call option, we know that the vega is the derivative of the price wrt to the volatility. However the volatility, in that context, actually refers to the implied volatility of the specific call ...
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How do derivatives affect capital structures?

Yesterday, I was at a lecture where the speaker said that the impact of derivatives was often to make senior debt, in effect, subordinated debt (in terms of priority, recovery rates, etc.)? How do ...
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Basic question about Black Scholes derivation

In the derivation of the Black Scholes equation, the value of the portfolio at time $t$ is given by $$P_t = -D_t + \frac{{\partial D_t}}{{\partial S_t}}S_t$$ where $P_t$ is the value of the ...
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What exactly is the annualized forward premium?

A forward contract has a premium of $0$ because it is an obligation to buy or sell something in the future (hence there is more risk). Call and put options, on the other hand, have premiums of $C$ ...
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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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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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Why is option value different from discounted CF [closed]

as stated: why other assets' value can be determined by taking into consideration their expected cash flow (CF)? I read an argument which refers to arbitrage, but I wonder is there an additional ...
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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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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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Information on Weather Derivatives

I am looking for relevant information on the organization of the Weather Derivatives market. How is it organized? How information is shared? Where can we find historical database? I am aware of the ...
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remove seasonality in future contracts

very new to commodities. I have raw agriculture future data, and I need to remove the seasonality (de-seasonalize) from the data, what is the general approach ? Thanks for the help!
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How would you price this kind of derivative?

I am somewhat familiar with options but am wondering how to price calls/puts on this one: European exercise "Jumps" in underlying may occur Takes physical delivery upon exercise (is this even ...
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Question on OptionMetrics: “Strike Price times 1000” differs too much from Index price

I have a question regarding the strike price that is given on OptionMetrics. My goal is to primarily retrieve options prices of a specific maturity with strike prices that are 20% in-the-money, at-the-...
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How to automate the margin requirements for Eurex markets?

I'm looking at automating the calculation of margin requirements for a portfolio of Eurex markets. Eurex describe the margin calculations in this document. However, the only tool I can find is a ...
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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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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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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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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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decompose correlation swap pnl

For a Variance swap we can split the pnl into a realized part and a "forward going" part. To be more precise: Assume we enter the trade at t0, and the variance swap has tenor T and a strike $Kvar$. ...
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Weighted average implied optionlet/swaptions volatility

Let an implied volatility curve/surface is made up by optionlets or swaptions Black's implied volatility. If you wanted to price, say, a FRN with cap and/or floor, a CMS et cetera you would input the ...
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FRA-Strategy: Make 3-month and 1-year Excess returns comparable

I am trying to analyze an investment strategy that tries to exploit the empirical difference between forward interest rates and realized spot rates. I am using FRAs to capture the difference. I am ...
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What models for backing out Equity IVOL [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I calculate the implied volatility of an American option in a real-time production environment? I am starting a project and would be grateful for some practical ...