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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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reference for portfolio / margin calculations in backtesting tool

I have been tasked with writing a backtesting tool from scratch. I understand a lot of trading operations, but I am primarily a researcher. I need to support futures and equities trading. I need to ...
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How to consider open interest & volume change in option pricing?

Is there publically available option pricing model or theory that considers open interest/volume % change? I believe that laws of supply and demand effect options like any tradable good. However, I ...
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CAPM Calculations

Im trying to calculate Alpha using CAPM & I have data on everything necessary. $$R_t-R_f={\alpha}+{\beta}\times(R_m-R_f)$$ i.e. $${\alpha}=R_t-R_t-{\beta}\times(R_m-R_f)$$ In more detail, I ...
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Likelihood Ratio Method - Delta

I was checking Glasserman(2004) - Monte Carlo for Financial Engineering and got to the likelihood ratio method. I am also looking in my textbook (M. Cerrato: The Mathematics of derivatives securities ...
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Shall I use the Longstaff and Schwartz method or the forward Monte Carlo method to price an American call?

I am comparing two methods: Least squares by Longstaff and Schwartz and A Forward Monte Carlo method. I am not sure what price I should consider as the "true value" to compare these two approaches. ...
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Swap contract comparative advantage

Corporation $A$ has an excellent credit rating and can borrow at a fixed rate of $5\%$ or a floating rate of LIBOR + $1\%$. Corporation $B$ has a somewhat less excellent credit rating and can borrow ...
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Pathwise Derivative To Estimate Delta

I am trying to estimate delta using the pathwise derivative method (Broadie and Glasserman (1996)) and I stuck on this part: Here is the other notation defined: Here is my C++ code I have written so ...
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European call delta derivation

Let's write $S(T) = S_T$ and $S(0) = S_0$. We want to compute $\frac{d}{dS_0}\mathbb{E}[f(S_T)]$. From a previous discussion this is equal to $$\mathbb{E}_{S_0}\left[f(S_T)\frac{g'_{S_0}(S_T)}{g_{S_0}(...
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Extending risk neutral measure to insurance/mortality filtration

In insurance mathematics, one often models the underlying of an insurance policy with a Black Scholes model on a filtered probability space $(\Omega,\mathbb{Q},\mathcal{F},\mathbb{F}=(\mathcal{F}_{t}))...
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Portfolio with several risky assets and one risk-free

Suppose we have $N$ risky assets $r_1$, $r_2$, ... , $r_N$ with a covariance matrix C. If we want to build a portfolio $\omega = (\omega_1, \ldots, \omega_N)^t$ (I loosely denote the portfolio with ...
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Force of interest third degree polynomial

Just struggling with a question here, any help would be appreciated. For its deposits, a bank offers a force of interest per annum over a given year, which equals 4.99% at the beginning of the year, ...
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Using crude Monte Carlo

Background Information: The crude Monte Carlo algorithm for the arithmetic Asian call option is $$Y = e^{-rT}(\overline{S}_A - K)^{+}$$ and the control is $$C e^{-rT}(\overline{S}_G - K)^{+}$$ The ...
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Dividend yield under Black 1976 formula for futures options?

I have a question regarding the BS 1976 formula for futures options. https://www.glynholton.com/notes/black_1976/ How do I deal with dividends under this model, assuming that the dividend yield is ...
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Valuation functional

Consider an economy with $J = 2$ assets and $S = 3$ states. The $J\times S$ payoff matrix for the two assets is $$X = \begin{pmatrix} 0 & 3 & 3\\ 1 & 1 & 0\\ \end{pmatrix}$$ and the ...
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A forward Monte Carlo method for American Options Pricing

I am trying to implement the forward Monte Carlo algorithm from the paper "A Forward Monte Carlo Method for American Options Pricing" by Daniel Wei-Chung Miao and Yung-Hsin Lee. I am a little bit ...
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What jobs in Finance are most math intensive? [closed]

I'm a math major and I've always been really interested in Finance; however, I'm starting to enjoy math more and more and would like to know which jobs in Finance use the most/more advanced math. Also,...
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Which book would you recommend for beginners in Quantitative Finance? [closed]

I have a normal high school level of mathematics including some statistics and find the world of Quantitative Finance both alien and invigorating at the same time so, would like to learn more. What ...
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Monthly returns annualized vs annual returns [closed]

Lets say that I have a stock with annual returns, $a_i $ for year $i\in \left\{1,...n\right\}$ and monthly returns $m_{i,j}$ for month $j\in \left\{1,...12\right\}$. Lets define monthly returns to be ...
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Why are some utility functions widely used?

There are some von-Neumann utility functions that I come across quite often in different articles / books like: $ U(x)=\ln(x)$, $U(x)= \frac {1}{\gamma}x^\gamma$ with $\gamma <1$ and $U(x)=\frac {1-...
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Is there a quick way to see why this claim $C(S, t)$ on $S$ does not satisfy the Black-Scholes PDE?

I'm self-studying for an actuarial exam on financial economics and encountered the below practice exam problem. An exam problem should typically take 5-6 minutes to complete, so I'm wondering if ...
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Transform raw forecasts into orthogonal forecasts

I am trying to combine multiple forecasts on each of N assets in line with Grinold and Kahn's methodology, taken from Active Portfolio Management, 2nd ed. On p.311, they suggest transforming the raw ...
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Given two risky stocks calculate the rate of return, standard deviation, beta, and risk-free rate

Consider a world where there are only two risky stocks, $A$ and $B$, whose details are listed in the table below: Furthermore, the correlation between the returns of stocks $A$ and $B$ is $\rho_{A ...
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Using CAPM to derive the following

Background Information: Say there are $s = 1,\ldots,S$ possible future outcomes (states) with known probabilities $\pi_s > 0$, $\sum_{s=1}^{S}\pi_s = 1$. Define the expected payoff as $\mathbb{E}_\...
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Payoff of European Call Option with Transactioncosts

I was wondering about the following scenario: assume that you have a underlying which trades under a positive bid-ask spread $S^B \leq S^A$ and that there is also a European Call-Option on this ...
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Can someone suggest some good reads on OAS and Spread Duration?

I have been through the CITI Yield book paper and the OAS by Barclays. Is there is anything else that tackles this topic? Any help would be much appreciated. Cheers!
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What is the difference between pull to par and roll down in both mathematics and conceptual?

I don't really understand the difference. Shouldn't roll down and pull to par be the same technically? If a bond is trading as a discount it "increases" in value because everyday gets closer to par, ...
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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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Different definitions of arbitrage

Consider the following setup: Let $S=\left(S_1,\ldots,S_n\right)$ be a $n$-dimensional price process and denote by $V$ its value process defined by $V_t=\phi_t\dot\ S_t$ for $t=0,\ldots,T$. In "...
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How to price 0 floors in csa agreements for negative ois rates?

A CSA (Credit Support Annex) agreement specifies the interest rate to be earned on the collateral provided to back a derivatives transaction. For cash collateral this rate is generally the OIS (...
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How to understand the integral in the Girsanov theorem?

Let $W^P$ be a $d$-dimesional $P$-wiener procss. Define $L_t = > e^{\int_0^t \phi_s^T dW_s^P - \frac{1}{2} \int_0^t \| \phi_s\|^2 > ds}$.Assuming $E^PL_T = 1$, then the measure given by $dQ = ...
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Concatenation property of a set of semimartingales

Consider as in (1, Definition 2.1) a convex subset $\mathcal{X}_1$ of the set of semimartingales $\mathbb{S}$ satisfying the following properties: $X_0=0$ $X_t\geq -1$ for all $t\geq 0$ for all ...
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How to price a quanto basket option?

EDIT: Maybe there is no way to get explicit solutions for basket options (maybe the Black-Scholes differential equation can't be solved directly ??). Q3: How do you price and hedge ( S1(T) + S2(T) - ...
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Step by Step Guide to Learn Quantitative Finance [closed]

Can some one help in creating step by step guide to learn Quantitative Finance? The suggestions should be in the lines of 1- Which Maths topics needs to be learn 1st 2- Which Maths Books or ...
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Is Black-Scholes complete?

If we have a Black-Scholes model $B_t = \exp{(rt)}$ and $S_t = S_0\exp{(\sigma W_t + \mu t)}$ then is it complete? What if $W_1$ and $W_2$ are independent Brownian motions. Then the two-stage Black-...
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Black-Scholes evaluating the squared of the stock price

Consider a Black-Scholes model $S_t = 5\exp{(\sigma W_t + \mu t)}$, $B_t = \exp{(rt)}$, where $W_t$ is Brownian motion with respect to a given measure $\mathbb{P}$. Suppose you hold a forward contract ...
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For discrete models, the existence of strong arbitrage is equivalent to a particular self-financing strategy

Background Information: This question is from Lectures on Financial Mathematics: Discrete Asset Pricing. Question: Prove that for discrete models, the existence of a strong arbitrage is also ...
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All martingale measures price the attainable claim equally

Background Information: This question is from Lectures on Financial Mathematics: Discrete Asset Pricing. Theorem 3.2 First Fundamental Theorem of Asset Pricing - Suppose $\nu$ is any measure such that ...
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Where can I find ideas for strategies? [closed]

Every book I read refers me to many other books, there is practically no way I can read all this text in my life time. Once and for all, where is the best place to fish for ideas?
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Show that there exists a fully invested portfolio such that the covariance between their returns is zero

Background Information: I came across this question in chapter 2 of Active portfolio Management by Grinold and Kahn. It pertains to the efficient frontier which is displayed below: Question: If $...
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What is the difference between state prices and stochastic discount factor?

I was reading a paper on arbitrage and it was mentioned that a positive SDF implies no arbitrage and later on it said that positive state prices imply no arbitrage. I am new to this topic and i am ...
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What is the value this “special” forward contract at maturity?

Background Information: I am not sure this is relevant: Terminal value pricing: If the derivative $X$ equals $f(S_T)$, for some $f$ then in the value of the derivative at time $t$ is equal to $V_t(S_t,...
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Calculation of Weighted Interest Rate based on Outstanding Debt

I would like to know what's the way on how to calculate the weighted average interest rate for a loan portfolio properly, especially when looking at periods shorter than a year. The basic definition ...
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If there is an inconsistent pricing strategy then by defintion we have strong arbitrage

Background Information: An Inconsistent pricing strategy is a self financing strategy $\phi$ with $V_T(\phi)= 0$ and $V_0(\phi) \neq 0$ A strong arbitrage is a self-financing strategy $\phi$ with $...
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How to prove we have a $\mathbb{Q}$-Brownian motion?

Background Information: This question comes from the book Financial Calculus by Baxter and Rennie. WE start with looking at the marginal of $W_T$ under $\mathbb{Q}$. We need to find the likelihood ...
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How to solve $dX_t = X_t(\sigma_t dW_t + \mu_t dt)$?

Solve the SDE $$dX_t = X_t(\sigma_t dW_t + \mu_t dt)$$ where $\sigma_t$,$\mu_t$ are deterministic. Attempted solution We have $$dX_t = X_t(\sigma_t dW_t + \mu_t dt)$$ Let $f(x) = \log X$, applying ...
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Do we have a Brownian motion

Background Information: The process $W = (W_t:t\geq 0)$ is a $\mathbb{P}$-Brownian motion if and only if i) $W_t$ is continuous, and $W_0 = 0$ ii) the value of $W_t$ is distributed, under $\mathbb{...
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Problem on Characteristic function in Heston model

I know the Heston model .In this model, we have $$f(\Phi,x_t,v_t)=\exp(C_j(\tau,\Phi)+D_j(\tau,\Phi)+i * \Phi * x_t)$$ How can we extract the Characteristic function as follows $$f(\Phi_1,\Phi_2,...
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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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Showing the discounted stock is a martingale

Background Information: This question follows from here It is tempting to write $$V_0(X) = \beta\left[\left(\frac{\beta^{-1}S_0 - S_1(d)}{S_1(u) - S_1(d)}\right)X(u) + \left(\frac{S_1(u) - \beta^{-1}...

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