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

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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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Estimate market price of risk $\lambda_t$

The pricing of derivatives in a risk-neutral framework often requires the input of an unobservable market price of risk. Let us assume that we observe two macroeconomic factors in the state vector $...
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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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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 options....
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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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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 I ask myself why an investor is interested in being short an option? He can only can win a premium but he can lose much more. I understand with being a short, I cap ...
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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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How to make the arbitrage if intrinsic value is greater than European call value

It always says if the intrinsic value is greater than European call value, there will be a arbitrage opportunity,but how to construct the portfolio $(S_t - K)^+$ or how to make this arbitrage. By the ...
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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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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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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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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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Do different prices under different models admit arbitrage?

There are many models for interest rate. If two people use two different models to price the same interest rate derivative, and come to two different prices, doesn't that admit an arbitrage? How ...
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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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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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Derivatives Trading Jargon

Could you please help to understand trading jargon in this tweet. Thanks in advance. For non twitter users: Bookie pushing 5-delta (strike of 8) 2 month TRY puts. 0.6%
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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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Different ways to express a 2s10s steepener?

Some off the top of my head 2s10s cash steepener, however this ages into a 1s9s over time 2s10s swap steepener, better/cleaner way? Are there other ways to express this curve strategy? Would you do ...
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quanto adjustments

Here is quanto adjustments in John Hull's book Options, Futures and Other Derivatives 9th ...
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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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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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What are the differences between CFD and SSF?

What are the intricate differences between SSF and CFD? The similarities are that both take into account interest and settled daily thus looks more or less the same pima facie.
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What kind of entities use exotic derivatives, and do they serve any purpose other than hedging risk?

I work in a sell-side bank in derivatives modeling. My work involves modeling and pricing of exotic derivatives and I often wonder who are the buyers of these products. From my research, I found that ...
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what are the underlying transactions for SOFR?

Recently I am reading about SOFR (Secured Overnight Financing Rate), which is projected to replace LIBOR to be the reference for risk-free rate in the market. But I still don't understand or imagine ...
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Which of the following derivatives are protected from arbitrary corporate action?

Practically speaking, are individual stock futures/options and Index futures/ (options on futures) protected from arbitrary company action? Say, in the extreme, all companies suddenly pays huge ...
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Optimal number of nodes for binomial lattice?

Let's suppose one is valuing a Euro call on a ZCB in a Black-Derman-Toy lattice. How many nodes/levels of discretization are optimal? Obviously too many creates computational issues and too few ...
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Collateralized / uncollateralized swap

Is a fully collateralized interest rate swap considered free of counterparty credit risk? Or close to risk free? Therefore discounted by the rate that best proxies the risk-free rate (which is the OIS-...
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Binary option analytical formula

Given $r=0$, $\sigma(K)=\text{const}$ and: $$ \text{Binary} = \lim_{ε → 0} \frac{(C(K,\sigma (K))-C(K+ε,\sigma(K+ε)))}{ε} $$ I have to find the analytical expression for the above. Since $σ(K)=\...
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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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What are good risk management books or docs? [duplicate]

I have an unusual request/question. I was wondering if anyone here could recommend me some books about risk management and equity derivatives. I am about to do an internship as a risk analyst on 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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Braess's paradox in quantitative finance: When optionality leads to lower value…?

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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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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Bermudan option exercise probability when rates rise

I am looking for an explanation of what happens to the Bermudan exercise probability (i.e. does probability of early exercise go higher if rates rise or lower) w.r.t rates. This is of course with ...

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