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

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How do market makers chose the size that they quote?

A typical quote in the derivatives market may be 2.00 bid at 2.50 ask with a size of say 100x100. How do practitioners go about choosing the size of the market (how many contracts) to quote? It seems ...
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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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Calculate upper bound for put option prices?

I need to know historical option prices for backtesting. The problem is I don't have such historical data. Is there a way to calculate the upper bound for out of money (American) put option selling ...
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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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What is the difference between exercise and expiry date?

I know in American options you can exercise the options at any time before expiry date but in European options you can only exercise the options on expiry day. On National Stock Exchange of India the ...
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Cap price as bond options

I am currently struggling with model calibration of the Hull-White (or Vasicek) model to Caps and Floors. My main problem is that I am confused about the notation. In Brigo & Mercurio (2006, p. ...
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Derivatives - how to build the term structure of the cost of carry

1) By using the settlement prices, build the term structure of the cost of carry for the contract. Use the first two contracts to extract the implicit index that you will be using for all the ...
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partial derivatives of multivariable function

Looking to verify whether the following formulation is correct. Suppose we have the following function, relationships: $$y=f(x)$$ $$x=g(a,b)$$ $$y=f[g(a,b)]$$ Is the below correct (including ...
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i have an option derivative question

please show that the call and the put share the same vega, i.e., please prove the following equality. do we derive the call and put equations ?
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Estimating Market Price of Risk

I need help with estimating market price of risk. Assume money market account and two risky assets which exposed to same two sources of risks follow process: $dM(t)=rM(t)dt$ $dS_1(t)=S_1(t)(\mu_1dt+\...
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Call price in case of AOA

I have this exercice, and for the last question, i tried to say that with lower bound, $C > S_0 - Ke^{-rT}$ which is $-8$ something but it doesn't make sense so i don't know what to do. Could we ...
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Algorithmic trading strategies for financial derivatives

are there any strategies or considerations specifically designed for the algorithmic trading of financial derivatives, or textbooks that focus on this topic rather than underlying equities and ...
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Quantlib gives error message when Valution date is backdate

Valuation Date As Backdate(12 November 2019) On calcuating Vanilla Swap, Quantlib gives error message as below ...
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Quantlib: Getting error trying to price a Swap

I have bootstrapped my curve based on end-of-day data for 24th Nov, 2017 I am then using that to price a off-market swap as below: ...
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Is EONIA swap rate really credit risk free?

I have a question linked to the EURIBOR – EONIA spread (or OIS LIBOR spread). I understand that the EURIBOR - EONIA spread is a credit risk indicator of the interbank market. There is something I ...
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What happens to both sides of an inflation swap agreement if there is deflation?

If there is deflation does the Inflation receiver not only pay the fixed leg but also receives a reduced CPI? I.e. does he lose twice?
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Delta Hedging Example

I was reading Dynamic Hedging by N. Taleb and in the chapter dedicated to the delta, there is this example of a trader position in options (one-month European call, flat yield curve, forward is ...
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What model do market makers in equity derivatives commonly use to price, hedge, and fit the IV surface?

What is the industry standard/common model used by market makers in equity derivatives to trade across the IV surface?
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Relation between ATM, RR and BF

In FX derivative market, why does vol spread of ATM > RR > BF? ATM is the most liquid and intuitively it should have the lowest spread. Please help me in understanding the rational behind the above ...
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Pricing of future options

I have the following question on futures options: There is a Black’s model, which is a variant of the Black-Scholes formula that is used to price stock options. The Black’s model prices future ...
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Understanding the notion of future options

I am currently studying different types of option-related derivatives and I am quite confused about the notion of “futures options”. My textbook says that A futures option is the right, but not ...
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Option pricing: Relationship between Theta and early exercise

I am confused about the following: For a European put option, the parameter $\Theta$ is given by $$ \Theta= \frac{d V}{dt} = -\frac{SN'(d_1) \sigma}{2 \sqrt{T-t}} + rK e^{-r(T-t)}N(-d_2).$$ My ...
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What models are used for pricing cliquet options (esp. for Asian Equity underliers)? How good is Bergomi model?

What are the most common models, actually used by trading desks for Asian underliers, for pricing cliquet options? I would like to know both - (1) the production model used for daily P&L, and ...
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Compute the price of a derivative

Consider the payoff function \begin{align*} f(x)=\begin{cases} 3 & \text{if }x\leq 30, \\ 33-x & \text{if }30<x<35, \\ -2 & \text{if } x\geq35. \end{cases} \end{align*} How would I ...
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Finding todays price of a derivative

Today's market prices for European call options $c(T;K)$ and put options $p(T;K)$ with maturity T and any strike K. Let $B_t = e^{rt}$ be the price of the risk-free bond and St the price of the stock. ...
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What is the name of these digital basket options?

Consider a basket of correlated assets $(S_1(t),\ldots, S_N(t))$, as well as a vector of strike prices $(K_1,\ldots,K_N)$, and let's look at the following European payoff types: An option that pays 1€...
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When would open interest equal trading volume?

I know the difference between open interest and trading volume. Open interest is the number of contracts, long or short, outstanding. Trading volume is the number of contracts traded in a day. ...
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Why would a buyer buy a Warrant vs an Option, both having the same economics

Assume you have a Warrant and an Option both with the same economics i.e strike, expiry, type etc. Also assume that the Warrant has been issued by a high grade reputed issuer (i.e there is a almost a ...
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If short rates $r(t)$ do not determine the bond prices $P(t, T)$, then what is the basis for short rate models?

The question title says it all: We know that in general, specifying the short rate $r(t)$ does not specify the bond prices $P(t, T)$. So how can a model for short rates—for example the Vasicek model—...
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Valuation of Total return swaps (TRS)

I have seen a TRS being valued which has an index as underlying on the asset side. It also has a coupon rate associated with it. Asset leg is calculated by taking ...
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Difference between FRA and a zero coupon swap

Wanted to know the difference between an FRA and zero coupon swap with both legs having payment at maturity. If the zero coupon swap is forward starting, will it be equivalent to an FRA?
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Difference in utility of cap/floor and FRA

What is the difference in utility for cap/floor and FRA? To me their function looks very similar. Are they used for different objectives. One thing I know in difference is that the pay off for cap is ...
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Banks' use of written interest rate options

I study US commercial banks data. I look at the notional amounts of their different OTC interest rate derivatives for the recent years. When I look at non-dealer banks (i.e. end-users), I find that ...
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Black Sholes option pricing with all but Delta [closed]

I'm trying to setup a little option pricing model in excel. I have all the information for the inputs (interest rate, IVs for different deltas, time to expiry, strike price, underlying price) but what ...
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Bates Model Jump Percentage Parameters

I am trying to calculate the jump parameters for the Bates volatility jumps, specifically, the mean of the jump percentages, $\mu_j$. For the value of $J$, I am using jumps $|\frac{s_{i}-s_{i-1}}{s_{i-...
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Solutions for Paul Wilmott Derivatives Book

I am looking for solutions manual for Derivatives, "the theory and practice of financial engineering". I'm not sure if the manual is published ever but I couldn't get it. I would be more than happy ...
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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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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 determine expected returns of an options portfolio?

Lets say I have a delta neutral portfolio, iron condors on spy for example. I'm short a call credit spread and a put credit credit spread of equal widths. I would like to determine the expected ...
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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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Can someone explain to me the intuition behind the discount factor for this simple payoff? [closed]

Let's say you enter into a contract today in which in time t, you receive the difference between the underlying stock price and 100. Denote the stock price as S. Why is today's value of such a ...
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Calculate forward discount factors and forward reference rate when discount factors are known

I am trying to learn how to value interest rate swap through portfolio of FRA's(forward rate agreement).But I have got stuck in calculation of floating leg. Here is the scenario as given below for ...
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What is the best book to learn about local vs. stochastic volatility, modelling and pricing of Exotics?

I am starting to delve into the world of Exotics and I am trying to find a rigorous yet understandable book that covers both mathematically and qualitatively (especially mathematically) the following ...
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Where can I find the formulas to compute the Greeks for European Call and Put Options Assuming no annual dividend yield?

Every formula I come across involves a $q$ (the annual dividend yield). Where Can I find the formulas to compute the greeks assuming no dividends?
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Equivalence of formulas for pricing the Delta of a European Call Option?

I came across two formulas to compute the Delta of European Call Options. The First: $\frac{\partial C}{\partial S} = e^{(b - r)T} N(d_{1})$ The Second: $\frac{\partial C}{\partial S} = e^{-qr}N(d_{...
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Pricing with local volatility for derivatives beside options

Say I have calibrated an local volatility mode to market data on a forward on stock X. Say I want to price a derivative Y that is NOT a call/put option. What is the (or one of many) general strategy ...
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Swap Pricing - Using forward rates vs using par bond after first floating payment

There seems to be two different methods I have come across for valuing a Interest Rate Swap - specifically the floating leg. One method described by Hull: incorporates the cashflow from the first ...
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Any good book recommendations for learning The Greeks?

I am interested in getting a good "feel" or intuition for the BSM Greeks. Specifically, i'm looking for a book which is light on the math (but not too light) and easy to read and understand. I am also ...
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Why does it make sense to be long deep OTM calls on a stock if I expect the share price to jump in the near term?

This may be a simple question to all, however, it is puzzling me for the simple reason that deep OTM calls have very small deltas per the BSM. That is, even if the share price jumps (e.g. IBM moves ...
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Possible to have different collateral for each party?

Normally bilateral credit support annexes would have both parties post/receive the same collateral be it US treasuries or cash etc. Are there CSAs Where each party has a different set of eligible ...