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How does currency valuation depend on the cash reserve ratio for a country?

Currency valuation (with respect to other currencies) is an important parameter in finance, but how is it related to the cash reserve ratio?
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Wealth Management Vs Asset Management [closed]

What is the difference between the two? Today in the FT I see that UBS is the second biggest 'wealth manager' after BOA whilst I was always under the impression that Blackrock was the largest asset ...
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How to conduct an event-study for a single index (i.e the DJIA) with multiple events

I am a postgraduate student writing my thesis. I am somewhat a novice in the field I have chosen to study, however this has undoubtedly broadened my horizons. I am attempting to evaluate the impact of ...
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Why can the t-bill rate forecast stock returns?

The tbill rate is used as a predictor of the equity premium in a number of papers. Whilst there is not a general consensus about whether it is a significant predictor, it is still widely used. I ...
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Do you have any examples of 2 assets that are non linearly correlated? And any models that calculate portfolio risk based on non-linear correlation?

Do you have any examples of 2 assets that are non linearly correlated? And any models that calculate portfolio risk based on non-linear correlation?
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Why is there inconsistency in WACC vs unlevered return?

To evaluate an enterprise we can discount free cash flow by either the unlevered required rate of return or the WACC. With Tax we have: $WACC=R_e \frac{E}{E+D}+R_f\frac{D}{E+D}(1-t)$ where $R_e$ is ...
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Does Academic Research Destroy Stock Return Predictability?

McLean/Pontiff (2016) give evidence that portfolio returns are 26% lower out-of-sample and 58% lower after publishing an academic paper on variables, which are likely to predict cross-sectional ...
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Long term equity repo

Let's assume I have various European stocks and would like to somehow estimate their long-term (5y+) forward prices. As for repo rate for each individual stock, is it reasonable to assume that its ...
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Feynman Kac Terminal value problem two variables

So, I need some help to move forward with this problem. $$ \begin{cases} \frac{\partial F(t,x,y)}{\partial t}+\frac{1}{2}\frac{\partial^2 F(t,x,y)}{\partial x^2}+\frac{9}{2}\frac{\partial^2 F(t,x,y)}...
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Will I have time to continue reading some papers in physics after joining hedge funds? [closed]

I'm a phd student in physics, and trying to find a job in hedge funds (which better value and respect scientific logic and methods very much, rather than focus on the social network. Although I'm good ...
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CFA (Level 1) schedule after school and working a 9-5 job [closed]

I am graduating with a BS in math and obviously love math but everything changed when a buddy of mine invited me to an investment society in our school and I love every single experience. The part I ...
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portfolio optimization with a loop

I am attempting to minimize the variance of a 3 stock portfolio using optimization within a loop. What I have done is calculated the stock returns and cov matrix from dates 1980-01-01 to 1989-12-31 ...
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Keynesian Multiplier [closed]

I am taking a degree in macro economics, and am at a juncture where knowledge about the Keynesian Multiplier is imperative. Though I've been at the lectures, read the literature and scoured the web, I ...
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Projecting a Thiele differential equation with Black Scholes returns

I am trying to solve the equation $\frac{d}{dt}V(t)=r(t)V(t)+\pi-\mu(x+t)(b_d-V(t))$ numerically using the R function 'ode'. This is a Thiele differential equation for a life insurance reserve with ...
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Interesting Undergrad Thesis [closed]

I'm searching for an undergrad thesis in finance. I already have some ideas, but still wanted to ask: Is there a an interesting topic that jumps to your mind, when you think about implied volatility (...
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List of ISIN for Options, Swaps, Derivatives?

In pages like isin.org or openfigi you can search by an ISIN and you will get information about the share, bond, fund... However, for options , derivatives the search returns 0 results. Is there a ...
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A libor curve VS A 3-month or 6-month libor curve

I'm very confused about the terms regarding libor curves in general. When people talk about libor curve, I picture it as a curve with different libor maturities (i.e. 1 week, 1 month, 3-month and 6-...
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How to calculate standard deviation of continuously compounded four-year stock returns?

Currently I am preparing for quant interview and I encounter the following question in Heard on the street. Question: If the standard deviation of continuously compounded annual stock returns is $...
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Question on earning per share

For 2009, Flamingo Products had net income \$ 1,000,000. At 1 January 2009 there were 1,000,000 outstanding. On 1 July 2009,the company issued 100,000 new shares for \$ 20 per share. The company paid \...
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What does Volatility Smile tell? [closed]

Could you please share your opinions about Volatility Smile? What does it tell us when it gets more convex or when its level changes over time or any other change on it. Any paper/work/blog ...
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QQQ fillings history

I'm trying to find Invesco QQQ Trust fillings for 2001-2018 time period, at least top 10 by year, do you know where I should search?
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Test statistical significance of a trading strategy

I have created a trading strategy which operate every single day on the DAX 30, for the last 1700 trading sessions (some years). I have the daily returns of my strategy and also the daily returns of ...
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Question about the stochastic differential equation in the Merton model

in the following stochastic differential equation merton model we have $$\frac{ds}{s}=(\alpha-\lambda k)dt+\sigma dW+dq$$ where $\alpha$ is the instantaneous expected return on the stock; $\sigma^2$...
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Get discount factors with limited knowledge?

I am facing the problem of just having this information: 6% coupon bond with 2.5 years to maturity, traded at a 100% clean price 4% coupon bond with 1.5 years to maturity, traded at a 98% clean price ...
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Why is delta-hedging of ATM options near expiry difficult to do? [closed]

Can someone explain to me why the delta-hedging of ATM options near expiry is difficult?
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Brownian Motions theorems

I know that if $W$ and $W′$ are two independent brownian motions, then $dWt \ dWt′$ = 0. How can I prove/demonstrate this theorem? Additionaly, how can we prove that if $W$ and $W′$ are dependent, ...
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How to calculate one-year forward one-year rate? [closed]

I'm just a little lost on how to calculate forward rates. I know this is an easy question, but, if we are given a one-year and two-year zero rate (let's say, for the sake of the argument, 2% and 3% ...
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Getting a list of all trading days?

I have a large dataset (taken from Kaggle: https://www.kaggle.com/borismarjanovic/price-volume-data-for-all-us-stocks-etfs/), and I would like to fill in the missing data. To do that I can (1) ...
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Towards a standard day count convention in Finance, what the standard should be?

I recently found out about the multitude of day count conventions in Finance (e.g.wikipedia and stackexchange). As far as I understand the reason for this variety is a long history of diverse usage. ...
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Pricing log-contract with Black-Scholes PDE

I was wondering if someone could help me with a problem, regarding the Merton Black Scholes PDE. I have an exam soon and this question on an old exam has been bothering me and a friend for quite a ...
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Suppose i want to track S&P500 index using 15 stocks, how do i adjust their weights?

I am given 15 stocks (which is listed in NYSE), and want to track/replicate the S&P500 index. So i am currently have the information about the stock price, and given some capital to invest in (all ...
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How does buying back stock affect a company's credit spread?

How does buying back stock affect a company's credit spread? Would it cause it to get smaller? Any clarification would be appreciated.
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What are DGTW adjusted returns?

Many papers, e.g. in The Journal of Finance, discuss DGTW adjusted returns (or DGTW abnormal returns) instead of just returns. What are these and how does one compute them?
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Given monthly returns of 10-Year Govt Bond, how to get monthly risk free rate of return

I have a list of monthly returns of a 10 year Govt Bond. I am not sure if this is a good proxy for the monthly risk free rate of return. Can somebody suggest how I can derive the monthly risk free ...
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Calculate the price at time t=0

Assume the risk-free bond Bt and the stock St follow the dynamics of the Black & Scholes model (with interest rate r, stock drift $\mu$ and volatility $\sigma$). Calculate the price at time $t = ...
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Do not understand 'The gain (loss) on the stock position would then tend to offset the loss (gain) on the option position' [closed]

Currently, I am reading John Hull's Options, Futures and Other Derivatives. On page 401, the author mentions the following: Suppose that the delta of a call option on a stock is $0.6$, stock price ...
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If the volatility is zero (i.e. σ=0), what is the call worth? After valuing the call, how to hedge the call (assuming you sold it)

Question: All Black-Scholes assumptions hold. Assume no dividends. The stock price is $100. The riskless interest rate is 5% per annum. Consider a one-year European call option struck at-the-money (i....
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Modeling mortgage loan defaults

I have a machine learning model trained with a list of mortgage features that include macro variables where the field to predict (the label) is "Mortgage Defaulted" = 1 or 0 (Yes or No). Now, I need ...
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Financial Statement Analysis [closed]

So i have just completed a beginners course on understanding financial statements. As part of the final assignment, we are supposed to pick a real company, study its financial statements and conclude ...
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Portfolio Variance - Explanation for equation : Investments by Zvi Bodie

Source: Investments 10th Edition by Bodie, Zvi. Page 227 Chapter 7 In Equation 7.17, the book breaks the variance into two parts. I can't seem to understand why the 1/n is represented outside the ...
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Fama MacBeth cross-sectional Regression

I am deeply confused right now and hope someone can help me out a bit. I want to replicate part of a paper from Fama/French (2008), Dissecting anomalies, specifically, Table IV "Average Slopes and t-...
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CCAR Shocks Scenario

I was going through CCAR-2018-severely adverse market shocks file and under the tab: Equity by Geography, I found these shocks. I have two questions: 1) Whether the shocks to Vol points are in % ...
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A definition of quantitative finance [closed]

I would ask a sort of "philosophical" question. Is there any author who gave a scientific definition of this subject? Is it considered a branch of mathematics or does it primarily concern economics? ...
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Ledoit-Wolf Shrinkage estimator not giving positive definite covariance matrix

I used ten year daily data for 407 stocks and computed the daily and monthly covariance matrices. Since I have more variables than observations for the monthly matrix, I wasn't surprised to find the ...
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What are the properties of Max and Min functions?

I am having trouble understanding the transition from the third line to the fourth line. I see how it works through cases, but is there a general property that allows this?
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Why is the discount function non increasing if pure cash holdings are feasible?

I am struggeling with the question, for example lets take a swap with rate of 3.2 for one year and 3.6 for 2 years and Discount Factor 0.96899 for the first year and 0.93158 for the second year. ...
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How to apply Ljung Box Test?

I am checking the closing prices(about 9000+ prices) of the stocks data to test for randomness. The test I am using is Ljung Box test, in MFE toolbox for MATLAB, I used 300 data of closing prices, ...
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Instantaneous change in value of portfolio

I am trying to figure out an intuitive explanation for the instantaneous change for the value of a portfolio (essentially I'm creating a self-financing portfolio to replicate a derivative payoff). ...
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0.0006 r-squared after trying to test whether the intercepts differ significantly. Did I do it wrong?

I am trying to test if the intercepts of two linear regression (CAPM) differ significantly or not. I have 2 fund's monthly return in the same period and regress them on the same market variable (MKT = ...
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How does buying a CDX and then taking a short CDS position generates alpha? [closed]

Can someone please explain to me how buying a CDX and then taking a short CDS position generates alpha? I am so confused.