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

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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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Why discounted derivative price is a martingale?

Usually after showing that discounted stock price process is martingale under the risk-neutral measure, most authors say that this implies that the discounted derivative price process is a martingale ...
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How to use the stock as a numeraire to price a derivative with payoff of the form $(S_T f(S_T))^+$?

I have $\frac{dS_t}{S_t} = rdt + \sigma dW_t$ as usual under the money-market numéraire and I need to price options with payoffs $$(S_T f(S_T))^+$$ How do I express the stock dynamics using 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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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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Why is the SABR volatility model not good at pricing a constant maturity swap (CMS)?

I have heard that the SABR volatility model was not good at pricing a constant maturity swap (CMS). How is that?
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Why a self-financing replicating portfolio should always exist?

According to my understanding the derivation of the Black-Scholes PDE is based on the assumption that the price of the option should change in time in such a way that it should be possible to ...
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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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Replicating a portfolio with a certain payoff function

Assume there are two stocks $S_1$ with price $p_1(t)$ and $S_2$ with price $p_2(t)$ where $t$ indicates time. Assume, there is a hypothetical derivative $D$, which is such that, price of $D$ at a time ...
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How to hedge a derivative that pays the reciprocal of the stock price?

1) Suppose S is the stock price, how to hedge a derivative that pays $1/S_t$ at time $t$? 2) Suppose there will be a dividend of amount $d$ between $t$ and $T$, how to hedge a derivative that pays $...
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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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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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Derivation of VIX Formula

I've read a lot of derivations about VIX formula. I can say it is -adjusted- fair strike of variance swap. But I can't see how it goes from variance swap rate to VIX formula. In particular I can't see ...
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Why does increased stock borrow costs decrease a stock's forward price?

The author in this article -- http://streetwiseprofessor.com/?p=7294 -- states that an increase in stock borrowing costs decreases a stock's forward price: In the absence of manipulation, the ...
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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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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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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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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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Cap option on Libor

We denote discount factor $D(t),$ zero coupon bond $B(t,T),$ $E_t[X] = E[X|\mathcal{F}(t)]$ and $T$-forward measure $E_t^{T}[\ ]....
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What is the filtration described?

What is the filtration $(\mathfrak{F}_t)$ encircled below? Is it $(\mathfrak{F}_t) = (\sigma(W_t)) = (\sigma(\tilde{W_t})), t \in [0,T]$? Or is it $(\mathfrak{F}_t) = (\sigma(\hat{W_t})), t \in [0,T]...
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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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Reference for why a derivative is a derivative and not say an insurance contract

I recently spoke to an options trader that tried to demonstrate option pricing by considering a random walk of balls dropping down a lattice so the underlying stochastic process is a simple random ...
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Calculating arbitrage- S&P 500 stocks vs S&P 500 Index future?

How exactly would I go about investigating whether the S&P 500 stocks were currently over-valued compared with the price of the S&P 500 Index futures contract? Is it just a case of taking each ...