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Gamma vs. Volatility Risk

Original Question: What is the link between Gamma and the Volatility Risk? It leads me to ask: - What is the Volatility Risk definition and what are the good practices to measure it? Thinking about ...
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Expectation of Gamma times S$^2$ in Black-Scholes model

Can somebody prove that: $$E[S_t^2 \times \Gamma(t,S_t)] = S_0^2 \times \Gamma(0,S_0)$$ where $S_t$ follows a lognormal process as in the Black-Scholes model, and Gamma is the second derivative $\...
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What really is Gamma scalping?

How does Gamma scalping really work? It seems there is no true profit scalped. If we look at the simplest scenario, Black-Scholes option price $V(t,S)$ at time $t$ and the underlying stock price at $S$...
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How do we know if the volatility which is quoted in market is Normal (Bachelier model) or log normal (Black 76)?

In markets, many instruments are quoted in volatility, but how we can tell what kind of volatility is this? Is it normal volatility, or lognormal volatility. because it affect our hedging positions. ...
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Swaptions Gamma Interview Questions

A while ago, I interviewed for a trader role and was given the below assignment (I didn't get the job). I wanted to revisit the questions to learn from my mistakes and be better prepared next time. ...
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What does it mean to be long gamma?

When you are "long gamma", your position will become "longer" as the price of the underlying asset increases and "shorter" as the underlying price decreases. source: http://www....
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Is short-gamma inherently a losing strategy?

With regards to a recent blowup of optionsellers.com - several analysts (specially on Quora) are blaming it on their strategy of being short gamma i.e. selling options. Is it correct to call short-...
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What is the intuitive reason why the Gamma and the Theta tend to have the opposite sign?

Quoting Hull's book: When gamma is positive, theta tends to be negative. The portfolio declines in value if there is no change in S, but increases in value if there is a large positive or ...
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Gamma Pnl vs Vega Pnl

Why does Gamma Pnl have exposure to realised volatility, but Vega Pnl only has exposure to implied volatility? I am confused as to why gamma pnl is affected (more) by IV and why vega pnl isnt affected ...
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Greeks: Why does my Monte Carlo give correct delta but incorrect gamma?

For a vanilla European call, my Monte Carlo method gives the right option price and delta but the wrong gamma. In particular, the value of gamma varies wildly each time I run the method. I estimate ...
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Link between Vega and Gamma

"The vega is the integral of the gamma profits ( ie expected gamma rebalancing P/L) over the duration of the option at one volatility minus the same integral at a different volatility...Mathematically,...
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Gamma Imbalance / Exposure

I am currently writing my thesis about the lack of volatility / changing market structure we see nowadays on the financial market. I believe an important factor in this development is the delta-...
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Numeric example to understand the effect of option gamma

Gamma of an option is the second partial derivative of the theoretical value of an option wrt the underlying. It should be the rate of change of Delta wrt to a small change on the underlying. However ...
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Proof of gamma profit formula

http://www.volcube.com/resources/options-articles/gamma-hedging-trading-strategies-part-i/ I would like to have proven to me the above formula, mostly because I don't quite understand it. The formula ...
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is there an analytical proof that vega-neutral also provides (gamma & theta) neutral?

I've read an answer here that say if your security has vega, then it has gamma and theta. is there an analytical proof that vega-neutral also provides (gamma & theta) neutral?
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Is there any gamma in basis (i.e., floating for floating) interest rates swaps?

It is well known that vanilla fixed for floating swaps usually have a bit of gamma, but does a floating for floating (basis) swap have any? For the sake of simplicity, let's assume that both legs of ...
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American Options relation between greeks

Considering an American option in a Black-Scholes model, is there a relation between Vega and Gamma as it holds in the European case? I am aware an exact relation would be difficult to find. But in ...
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Standard Deviations out the money where options will respond to underlying asset price changes

Is there an understood way of determining how far out the money an option can be, before it starts/stops responding to the underlying asset price changes? I usually look at the greeks, gamma, delta, ...
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Gamma Imbalance Explanation

Can someone please give me an explanation as to what put-call gamma imbalance specifically refers to (imbalance of what?), and why they may exacerbate volatility from a market perspective, and why the ...
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Gamma/delta dynamics in the Black Scholes model and it's relation to PnL (Basic of option theory)

If we are in a Black Scholes setup and a I have a Call option and hedged it by shorting delta amount of its underlying. What does the second derivative of the call with respect to Price of the ...
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Vega and Gamma signs

Do vega and gamma always have the same sign (ie both positive or both negative)? Under what circumstances can they have opposite signs?
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Greeks and options hedging

Why is it that theta is sometimes taken as the proxy for gamma of the underlying asset in options hedging?
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Conceptual explanation of the relationship between gamma and vega plotted against delta for a European call option

I recently plotted Gamma and Vega against Delta for a European call option and found that the graphs look very similar. This makes sense to me mathematically since the two formulas are pretty much the ...
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How frequently do traders rebalance their gamma hedges?

Say, for instance, that you've set up a delta-neutral straddle (i.e. you are long volatility, short time decay) and want to dynamically hedge your gamma in order to offset losses due to theta. Is ...
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Intraday Value at Risk approximations

We use full valuation of derivatives portfolios using scenarios from historical data. For simple contracts, this is relatively fast. For contracts requiring monte carlo simulation, this becomes ...
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How to prove Gamma is the same for a European call and European put with the same inputs?

I saw from a text "From put-call parity, call and put with the same inputs have the same gamma", but I don't see how put-call parity is related to Gamma. Can someone explain? Thanks!
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Gamma portfolio trading

It is being said that in a long-gamma portfolio, you follow a buy-low sell-high strategy for the underlying stock, which causes you to make profit. The Theta for this portfolio is negative. But it is ...
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Approximation of an option price

The value of an option in the money is 11.50 Euros. The parameters of the market are: -The price of the underlying stock: 81.4 Euros. -The volatility ofthe underlying is : 34.65 % The ...
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Variance of cash gamma (or dollar gamma)

Let us assume we are in the Black-Scholes model. Is there a closed formula for the variance of the cash-gamma? I define cash gamma as $CG = S_t^2 * \Gamma(t,S_t)$, assuming interest rates are 0 to ...
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construct an option portfolio on a single asset that is both Long Gamma and short vega

everyone, I have come across this question. How can we construct a portfolio that is both Long Gamma and short Vega and how do we actually hedge long Gamma/short vega position?
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How does gamma trading depend on $K$?

If we think realized vol > implied vol, then we might go ahead and delta hedge a call, hoping that profits from gamma outweigh the decay. Question: What should $K$ be on the call? ATM? If so, why? ...
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Using limit orders or stop orders and gamma

From Dynamic Hedging by Taleb: Risk Management Rule: Option trader lore states that when long gamma, use limit orders. When short gamma, use stop orders. I cannot understand why this is and the ...
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Estimating profit/loss of a Gold Futures option using Theta and Gamma

HELP! I am trying to find how much the underlying price of a gold futures option must move in order to breakeven on owning an option for a day. I was hoping someone versed in pricing options could ...
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Gamma and delta P&L example question

I'm trying to get a basic understanding of this example delta ladder ...
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Gamma of a Lookback Option

From this book, http://docs.finance.free.fr/Options/Exotic_Options_Trading.pdf, it states that The gamma profile of a Max lookback option becomes intuitive when viewing it as a ladder option. ...
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VaR calculation methods of options

I am a little bit confused about VaR in Options and I need a clarification for. I collected the following formulas, can you suggest what is the best formula and explain me why, please?
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Portfolio Greek Exposure Equations

What are the calculations for calculating greek exposures in a portfolio of equities and equity options? I think I have them but I want to be sure. Are these correct (for vanilla options)? ...
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Beginner question on Black Scholes

Would you please confirm whether my understanding is correct please? (Sorry a lot of questions...) 1) BS is derived based on the assumption that during an infinitesimal time, we can replicate the ...
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Calculate latest underlying price (or option), given new option (or underlying) market price?

Given a reference underlying price, reference option price, delta and gamma, if I receive a new underlying/option price what equation should I use to calculate the respective option/underlying price (...
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What should $T$ be when gamma trading?

I am studying some gamma trading, and there's one thing I don't understand. On the option we are hedging, what should its expiry $T$ be, and for how long should we do the trade? What I mean is, is it ...
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Testing for the presence of a positive or negative gamma effect

I am currently analyzing a statistic that I believe will have the effect of hedgers having a positive or negative gamma position in certain stocks. In the case where I believe hedgers have positive ...
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What does “Gamma profit/loss” mean?

I understand the Greeks as derivatives, but I'm very confused with terms like "Gamma profit/loss""Theta profit/loss". What do these terminologies mean? I've searched online but can't find a proper ...
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How to compute gamma for at-the-money regular calls and puts when they approach expiration to avoid explosion of portfolio's gamma?

When and at-the-money regular call or put approaches expiration, gamma tends to infinity. However, for practical purposes, there is only a finite change in delta. The problem is that if any of the ...
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What is the formula for beta weighted delta and gamma?

I am trying to calculate the beta weighted delta and gamma for a portfolio of options of different underlying stocks, but I can't seem to find the correct formula. Can someone point me to it or a ...
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calculate gamma value using finite difference method

I try to use the finite difference method to get the approximately gamma value, but there is an issue I can't solve. First, I set $h$ to 1 basis point of underlying asset value, but the result is not ...
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Delta and gamma neutral

A financial institution currently has a portfolio with delta of 450 and gamma of 6,000. A traded option is available with a delta of 0.6 and a gamma of 1.5. How could the portfolio be made both delta ...
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European vanilla call/put option, when volatility increases, how will gamma changes?

according to the BS formula, $\gamma = \frac{N'(d_1)}{S_0\sigma\sqrt{T}}$, gamma will decrease when volatility increase. How does it intuitively make sense? rather than from the formula.
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Delta hedging/Gamma PnL

Suppose I am long USDIDR straddle with my start of the day delta being USD10m long IDR and USDIDR gamma being $5m. There is a 1% intra-day IDR strengthening, so my delta becomes roughly long IDR 15m....
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Delta-Gamma Neutral portfolio, derivation issue

Let $C$ be an option on an underlying $S$. I want to construct a portfolio $V$ using another asset $C_0$ such that the delta and the gamma of $V$ is the same as the delta/gamma of $C$, in order to ...
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Gamma PnL Formula and Break-Even volatility

When we derive the P&L of a delta hedged option we obtain: $$ \text{P&L}=\dfrac{1}{2}\Gamma(\delta S)^{2}-\theta\delta t $$ and setting equal to zero and rearranging we obtain: $$ \dfrac{1}{...