# Questions tagged [derivatives]

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

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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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### 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 measure contango?

Is there any unit of measure for the magnitude of the contango (or backwardation) for futures, so you can compare the contango of many symbols.
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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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### 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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### 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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### bank issuing structured products

"The investment banks supplying structured products were effectively buying options from investors" How to understand this quote from this source? I would think the investors are usually had (long) ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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). ...
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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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### 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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### 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 ...