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Why non-stationary data cannot be analyzed?

Searching online, i found out that non-stationary cannot be analyzed with traditional econometric techniques as in case of non-stationarity some basic model assupmtions are not met and correct ...
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Breaking Transactions Down into Derivatives

We were talking about merger arb in a class I had last night, and when we got do deal construction it was mentioned that the different ways can be viewed as different options. For instance a fixed ...
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Fixed income modeling

I am currently working on my research paper and trying to explain a two-dimensional variable: volume and instrument of corporate debt financing. Independent variables that I believe must be included ...
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penalizing negative skewness by linking $U(\mu)$ and $U(\Sigma)$

Consider $U_1(\mu,\Sigma)$ and $U_2(\mu,\Sigma)$, where $U_1(\mu, \cdot) = U_2(\mu, \cdot)$, $U_1(\cdot, \Sigma) = U_2(\cdot, \Sigma)$ such that \begin{equation*} arg\inf\limits_{\mu \in U_1(\mu, \...
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Quantitative before/after or financial engineering studies of a bid or ask tax?

Has anyone in the quantitative finance or financial engineering community studied the effects of a bid or ask tax with actual or simulated data? If so, what were the quantitative results or ...
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Use of Girsanov's theorem in bond pricing

Assume that we want to calculate the time $t=0$ price of a bond: $B(0,T) = E_P[\exp(-\int_0^T r_s ds)]$, where $r$ is the interest rate following the SDE $dr_t=k(\theta-r_t)dt+\sigma dB_t=b(r_t)dt+\...
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Itô diffusion processes in finance with unknown distribution at a terminal value

In several papers it is argued that for many Itô diffusion processes, $$dX_t = a(t,X_t)dt+b(t,X_t)dB_t,$$ in mathematical finance the distribution of $X_T$ for fixed $T>0$ is unknown, which makes ...
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Better understanding of the Datar Mathews Method - Real Option Pricing

in their paper "European Real Options: An intuitive algorithm for the Black and Scholes Formula" Datar and Mathews provide a proof in the appendix on page 50, which is not really clear to me. It's ...
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Rate Distortion Minimization in a Python Clustering Algorithm

I'm attempting to solve for $\hat{k}$ clusters, such that the rate distortion is minimized, as described here, however, the answers that I am getting from my algorithm are not following the "Jump" ...
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Determine the right order size with market making strategy

In a market market strategy https://web.stanford.edu/class/msande448/2017/Final/Reports/gr4.pdf, how can we determine the right order size? Assuming I use a market making strategy and on a specific ...
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Where can I find exercises on building a project finance spreadsheet?

I'm looking for a set of exercises that teach how to build a project finance spreadsheet. I accept there may be no typical project finance, but there are a lot of principles are shared in common ...
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Can an individual hedge inflation that exceeds CPI-U?

Is there a way for an individual (i.e., excluding institutional tools and using only consumer products) in the U.S. to hedge inflation over the long term greater than that measured by CPI-U? ...
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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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condition of risk neutral pricing

The theorem says if $U$ is a numeraire and let $\mathbb{Q}^U$ be the corresponding measure. Then for every tradable asset $S$, the relative price $S_t/U_t$ is a martingale under $\mathbb{Q}^U$. But I ...
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How to understand nonrandom/random process in Shreve book? [closed]

I have been reading Chapter 4 of Shreve's Stochastic Calculus for Finance II. It is easy to understand the simple process, $\Delta(t)$, defined on Page 126, which is just a constant inside a given ...
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To what extent are Lévy processes used in financial engineering?

I know that (time changed) Lévy processes are actively researched in the academic world, including tools such as minimal entropy martingale pricing measures and fast Fourier transforms. To what extent ...
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Test for stationarity and make use of non-stationary points in financial market?

I have two questions to ask: What are the best methods to determine stationarity in a financial market (such as stocks) using MATLAB? What methods would you recommend to use in order to change from ...
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CAPM and factor modeling: Machine learning

Excuse my ignorance with this I am still trying to wrap my head around the interpretation of the Fama French 1992 factor paper. I come from a computer science background but I am interested in ...
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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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Utility functions, are they used in the real world by hedge funds, banks, etc?

I am starting to study mathematical finance. When I studied microeconomics and macroeconomics I studied utility functions, but I never saw how they are in the real world. I do not see how they can be ...
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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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Books on financial instruments?

Can you please tell me some good books to learn in detail about all financial instruments available in the market today ?
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Funded equity collars and margin loans

There is an article in the Financial Times today concerning equity funded collars [1]. The equity collar structure is used by a counterparty $A$ which wants to build up a position in a stock $S_t$. ...
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Law of One price and the Inconcistent pricing strategy

Background Information: A market satisfies the Law of One Price if every two self-financing strategies that replicate the same claim have the same initial value. An inconsistent pricing strategy is ...
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Compute the risk measured by the standard deviations $\sigma K_1, \sigma K_2, \sigma K_3$, does this have to do with weights?

Compute the risk measured by the standard deviations $\sigma K_1, \sigma K_2, \sigma K_3$ for each of the investment projects, where the returns $K_1, K_2$, and $K_3$ depend on the market scenario: $$...
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Why there are almost no book for revenue analytic?

Why there are almost no book for revenue analytic? By revenue analytic, it is meant to be predicting the revenue of a firm in the future
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Pre-requisites for Finance Mathematics

I would like to pursue research in the areas of Financial Mathematics. Hoping to look into Operations Research, Risk Management and Stochastic Modeling. Anyone got some suggestions on useful resources ...
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stochastic modeling and machine learning [closed]

For a little bit of background, I've been studying stochastic calc and a few of it's applications (currently I'm still at the early stages of learning applications) and have been curious as to whether ...
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Formula for conditional expectation. Related to the Fundamental Theorems of Asset Pricing

Let $\lambda$ be a probability measure on $\Omega$ (finite), with filtration $\{\mathcal{F}_t\}$. Define $\nu(X) = \lambda\left(X\frac{d\nu}{d\lambda}\right)$, where $\frac{d\nu}{d\lambda}$ is a ...
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continuously compound forward rate formula

I want to derive the continuously compound forward rate formula according to FRA. fixed rate is $K$ and notional is $N$, $\delta=T_1-T_0$. $t<T_0<T_1$, the FRA holder at time $T_1$ need to pay ...
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Paper recommendation with examples

Could you please advise me some papers/working documents with applications mainly focused on Fixed Income/Financial Engineering (Numerical Methods) as the one in the link below? Preferably on Matlab, ...
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eurodollar future

I just found out about eurdollar futures and I am confused. A eurodollar future contract is defined as a cash settled future based on a Eurodollar Time Deposit having a principal value of USD $1,000,...
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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 ...
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Negative VaR equivalent Volatility (VEV) and its meaning?

Can a VaR equivalent Volatility (VEV) as defined by KID/PRIIPS law be negative and what does it mean if it has a negative value?
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Modelling interest rate

Hi I want to model two stochastic integrals in Matlab, which is given by $ x(t) = x(s) e^{-a(t-s)} + \sigma \int_s^t e^{-a(t-u)} dW_1(u)$ $y(t) = y(s) e^{-b(t-s)} + \eta \int_s^t e^{-b(t-u)} dW_2(...
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Simple simulation model of bond plus cash returns

Is there a robust way to model 'bond plus cash' simulated returns, say in Excel, for an asset allocation problem between stocks vs bond plus cash? For equity, ...
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Financial Mathematics essay topic

I have a mathematics background and I am currently doing a Masters in Financial Mathematics. I am required to write an essay in a financial mathematics area but I have little knowledge about it since ...
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Feature Selection Effect on Deep Multi-Layer-Perceptron for Financial Applications

I am trying to build a machine learning system for financial price prediction. I am using a 3 layer MLP (a deep network) with 3 outputs (buy,hold,sell). I am using different features such as price ...
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Credit default swap replication by corporative bonds

I want to get literature or information related with the topic of CDS replication for those counterparties that do not hold. But that have traded bonds (with different degree of liquidity). What could ...
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Pricing methods in the real world when there is more than one free arbitrage price

Perhaps this question sounds trivial and obvious, but I am starting to study this new field. When we are in a complete market without arbitrage opportunities there is only one risk-neutral martingale ...
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European Call Option Modelling under 2 factor Hull White interest rates

I have modelled the yield curve through the two factor Hull White Model. Now I want to implement in Matlab the price development of a ATM-Call-Option (European). Has someone an idea how to combine ...
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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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Why is shorting (oil) futures a bit of a negative gamma trade?

From this article, http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-22/oil-speculators-have-never-been-long, "I get what you're saying about the price risk which is always the danger of shorting crude oil it's ...
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Need help understanding basics of cash flow engineering

I'm studying Financial Engineering, a subject I'm completely new to. I'm using Principles of Financial Engineering 3rd Edition and trying to solve the exercises ...
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Annuities problem

First problem is like this: loan amount: 20,000,000.00 First six months: There is no payment but there are interest (grace period) Next six months: payment of 600,000.00 Since 13 month: payment of ...
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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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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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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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What is some book that is complete and easy but hard enough to serve as prerequisite for asset pricing and portfolio choice theory?

What is some book that is complete and easy but hard enough to serve as prerequisite for asset pricing and portfolio choice theory by kerry back? I wonder how come a beginning graduate textbook is so ...
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How to Calculate Stock Return with Stock Bonuses and Rights?

I would appreciate if you could let me know how to calculate stock return for a given company when the company issued bonus shares and rights. If company just paid dividends, stock return would be: ...