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### What mathematical theory is required for high frequency trading?

I am an applied math postdoc and I have been presented with the option of leaving academia to work in high frequency trading. I wanted to get a feel for the field and the theory underlying it so I ...
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### Market Making Strategies Found by Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman Equation

Im working my way through the book "Algorithmic and High-Frequency Trading" (AHFT) by Cartea, Jaimungal and Penalva and i'm curious to see how the market making model with an exponential utility ...
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### Why is it useless to model stochastic volatility when pricing Vanilla style derivatives?

With respect to the answer by user AFK in Ideas about Stochastic volatility models. I am specifically interested in interest rate options (IR Caps/Floors and Swaptions).
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### Long Gamma vs Vega

What is the difference between being long gamma and being long Vega? I understand that gamma is the vol of delta and that vega is the vol of the underlying. However, I have also found that being long ...
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The Stop-Loss Start-Gain Paradox and Option Valuation: A New Decomposition into Intrinsic and Time Value, by Peter P. Carr and Robert A. Jarrow, in The Review of Financial Studies, Volume 3, Issue 3, ...
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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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### What's the intuition behind the transformation of Black-Scholes into Heat equation?

A sequence of transformations can be used to turn the Black-Scholes PDE into the heat equation. Let $C(S, t)$ be the price of a vanilla European option at time $t$, maturing at time $T$, where the ...
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### Does financial math benefit society?

This is an open ended question but just want to hear some of everyone's thoughts on this. How does financial mathematics benefit the economy, the stock market, and the individual investor? I know ...
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### Machine learning techniques for quantitative finance?

I am a mathematician who wants to learn about quantitative finance, in particular how machine learning can be applied to it. I assume some machine learning techniques are more applicable than others ...
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### How to prove that the expected squared error associated with the optimal combination weight is smaller than the minimum of 2 forecast variances?

I am looking at linear combination of two forecasts (Bates and Granger, 1969). I would like to understand how to prove that the expected squared error associated with the optimal combination weight is ...
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### Modeling regulations of middlemen

I am searching for some paper that models the regulations of market makers in stock or OTC markets. Is there anybody who have seen some marekt microstructure paper for modeling regulations and what ...
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### Why does risk-neutral price processes do not, in general, compose all arbitrage-free price processes?

I was reading reviewing my mathematical finance notes and I came across a remark I cant understand fully Remark :Contrary to discrete time models, the risk-neutral price processes do not, in general, ...
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### How to find a probability of VIX moving from one price to another

I asked a similar question on here with a bounty. I decided to modify the question to simplify what I am trying to do. Is there a package on MATLAB or some other tool where I can find the probability ...
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### How do I calculate the present value of a credit default swap?

I am paid 20 million every time a bond drops to a new low over a 120 month period. I need to know how to find the present value of such an arrangement if there is a continuously compound interest of 5 ...
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### Mark Joshi Quantitative finance numerical techiniques, writting an algorithm that produces a random variable

Background: I am preparing for interviews and I was told to try and answer as many problems in the Mark Joshi book as possible. Question: Suppose an asset takes values from a discrete set $v_j$ ...
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### Forward skew generated by Local Vol model

I'm digging into the properties of the Local Vol model and I become confused with statements made by authors in papers/textbooks (without explanations) like, "The forward skew in local vol model ...
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### Is mathematical finance relevant in asset managament?

I was hoping to consult on the relevance on the relevance of mathematical finance in the asset management business. Traditionally, mathematical finance focuses more on topics related to stochastic ...
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### How to comprehend this notation?

I learned mathematical finance from Bjork's Arbitrage Theory in Continous Time, and never once did I encounter the "quadratic variation"-thingy with the angle brackets. So now that I am reading ...