Questions tagged [greeks]

Greeks are named quantities representing sensitivity of option price to change in underlying parameters. Use of [greeks] tag should relate to one more named quantities, such as delta or gamma.

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Implied volatility and greeks of options

When we are calculating deltas or vegas for different strikes should we use the underlying asset's volatility or should we use the implied volatility for the specific strikes at a fixed maturity? ...
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What is the delta of an at-the-money European call option with respect to volatility?

Question: What is the delta of an at-the-money European call option with respect to volatility? Note that $$\frac{\partial\Delta}{\partial\sigma} = N'(d_1) \frac{\partial d_1}{\partial\sigma} = N'(...
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Understanding Options strategies pros and cons

I have been trying to understand options and how to choose Strike prices and Expiration dates as well as the greeks, but I'm not sure I get it. I've ignored volatility or vega for now. From what I've ...
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Is gamma always positive for American call/put options under Black-Scholes framework?

Most reference I could find only consider European options, but I would like to know whether this also holds for American options in general (with continuous dividend yield and/or discrete dividends)?
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VIX OTM put options decrease value after sharp decrease of underlying

I was wondering about disentangling an effect I saw on the market yesterday. I saw nearly all OTM VIX put options with maturity date 15/04/2020 decrease in value while at the same time the VIX took a ...
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Monte carlo delta calculation for Worst/Best Of Option

I try to calculate the Delta for WO by finite difference. For example, $K = 1.$ $$ S_t = S_0 e^{(r - d_1 - \frac{\sigma_1^2}{2})t + \sigma_1 W_t^1} $$ $$ F_t = F_0 e^{(r - d_2 - \frac{\sigma_2^2}{...
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Greeks, European puts

I'm trying to solve this question but i have a lot of problems with it. European puts with maturity 6 months are written on an asset with current price $S_0=150.$ The annual interest rate is $r=16\%$ ...
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Proof that adding some quantity of stocks in a portfolio of option does not change the portfolio Gamma

I would like to proof mathematically and intuitively that adding some quantity of underlying to a portfolio of option does not change the overall gamma. Can you help me?
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Option PnL Attribution

I am trying to compute the pnl of an option where for the both days option greeks delta, gamma, vega, theta and stock price and IV is given. I know the option pnl will be the sum of delta pnl+ gamma ...
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Delta of an option which is approaching expiration when stock price decreases

The following is an interview question. It is 10 months since you sold a one-year European call option to a customer. You have been delta-hedging your exposure to the written call since it was sold....
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Black Scholes theta as function of time to maturity

I would like to understand why the Black and Scholes greek letter theta for european call option behave in the following way: as time to maturity is far away (right part of the x-axis in the the ...
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0 Delta on Forward starting Equity basket option

I wanted to confirm the inherent reasoning behind 0 delta on a weighted equity basket option. For instance, if we have a basket option with a forward starting initial fixing date, we can expect the ...
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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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theta for SPX options vs. E-mini future options

Interactive Brokers currently shows the following data for SPX options at strike 3000 and expiry 2020-09-17: calls: bid/ask 234.10/236.30, theta -0.362 puts: bid/ask 146.70/148.40, theta -0.225 Then ...
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computing theta of black normal model?

I've been trying to create a black normal model and have used http://janroman.dhis.org/finance/Swaptions/normal%20swaptions.pdf as a guide. I am trying to validate the theta formula in this paper - ...
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Why do options market makers make their spread as wide as the corresponding vega?

I've heard that option market makers make their bid ask spread as wide as the vega of the contract they are quoting. If the quoted spread is narrower than the vega of the option it is said that the ...
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Volatility spread of Strangle

It's written in a book by Giles Hewitt : " The bid-offer spread quoted on a Strangle in volatility terms will usually be wider than the ATM spread to the same maturity because strikes away from the ...
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Delta Hedging Example

I was reading Dynamic Hedging by N. Taleb and in the chapter dedicated to the delta, there is this example of a trader position in options (one-month European call, flat yield curve, forward is ...
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some questions about pricing an asset or nothing put option with a strike price equal to St

I am working on a homework exercise where the aim is to price an asset or nothing put with K = St, offcourse the normal formula could be used St * N(-d1), but I was wondering if pricing the asset by ...
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Smile Strangle and Market Strangle

What is the difference between Smile Strangle margin and Market Strangle Margin in fx derivative market? Is it just variation in convention or is there any mathematical relationship between the two?
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Option pricing: Relationship between Theta and early exercise

I am confused about the following: For a European put option, the parameter $\Theta$ is given by $$ \Theta= \frac{d V}{dt} = -\frac{SN'(d_1) \sigma}{2 \sqrt{T-t}} + rK e^{-r(T-t)}N(-d_2).$$ My ...
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What is the name (Greek) for sensitivity of an option's Theta to the Time to maturity?

All other second order sensitivities of option prices to underlying price, volatility and time, seem to have a commonly accepted names: Gamma, Vanna, Charm, Vomma/Volga, Veta as documented here (...
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How to shock the IV surface w.r.t VIX and keep AOA

I have to compute the sensitivity of a set of option prices on a single sotck (range of tenor is over the whole surface) to an increase of 100% in the VIX.. and I am trying to get to the most ...
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How to adjust delta hedging if stock price decreases?

Question: You are long a call option no MITCO stock. You have delta hedged your position. You hear on the radio that the CEO of MITCO has just been arrested for running a massive Ponzi scheme. The ...
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Compute Vega and Delta in R

I am trying to compute greeks for a large sample of CEO compensation contracts in R. However, my vega computations all result in a value of zero. In doing so, I follow Core and Guay [2002]: Here is ...
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Explain that gamma is positive for standard call and put options without using heavy mathematics

Gamma is positive for any standard put and call options seems like a standard fact. A proof can be found in this post. However, the answer provided in that post involves heavy mathematics. Is ...
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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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Classic dynamic delta-gamma hedging in Python

I am trying to run a delta-gamma hedge for a Black-Scholes model in Python.The Euler disceretizatioin of the paths is the simplest possible. I wrote the code below but the PnL looks undesirable and ...
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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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Cega - Correlation Delta from multi-asset derivative

I want to calculate the Cega, i.e. correlation delta, for a multi-asset derivative numerically (the difference of the price from a tiny move in correlation). However, I found it is difficult to follow ...
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evaluation of option pricing models based on Greeks empirical hedging effectiveness

I’ve studied many different pricing models (B&S, Vasicek, CIR, Merton jump, Heston, ecc), each of them gives as output a different price and different values for the Greeks. So, for example, if ...
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Can someone provide a good definitive explanation for rho in relation to option risks?

I have a pretty good understanding of option risks except for one thing, rho. Unfortunately, interest rates tend to have a small effect on option prices, and thus most literature tend to just gloss ...
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Do Perpetual American Options have closed form functions to compute the Greeks?

I was wondering if there were analytical formulas to compute delta or gamma for perpetual American options?
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What's the formula to compute the divided difference approximation for the third order greeks?

I can't seem to find the quotient required to approximate the third order greeks Speed, Zomma, Color and Ultima
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FX Options Greeks: Is there a meaning in converting the sensitivities values in different currencies?

Suppose you have a Call on JPY, domestic currency is USD The price will be in USD Let's say delta = 0.93 Does it make sense for any reporting reasons to convert this value into JPY ? What is even the ...
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Where can I find the formulas to compute the Greeks for European Call and Put Options Assuming no annual dividend yield?

Every formula I come across involves a $q$ (the annual dividend yield). Where Can I find the formulas to compute the greeks assuming no dividends?
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Equivalence of formulas for pricing the Delta of a European Call Option?

I came across two formulas to compute the Delta of European Call Options. The First: $\frac{\partial C}{\partial S} = e^{(b - r)T} N(d_{1})$ The Second: $\frac{\partial C}{\partial S} = e^{-qr}N(d_{...
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Any good book recommendations for learning The Greeks?

I am interested in getting a good "feel" or intuition for the BSM Greeks. Specifically, i'm looking for a book which is light on the math (but not too light) and easy to read and understand. I am also ...
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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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What is the shape of the delta graph of the binary option?

I was wondering what the shape of the graph of the delta or the binary option would be.
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Kirk Spread Approximation, Greeks by Finite Difference

I am using finite difference on Kirk's Approximation for Spread Options to estimate greeks of the Spread Option. Now this is creating an problem in the estimation of gamma. For at the money options (...
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Looking for a Book

I hope everyone is well. While I was looking for derivations of Greeks I came across part of a book. Could you help me to find its name please ? Here is the link: http://centerforpbbefr.rutgers.edu/...
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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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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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why gamma decreases when option is deep in the money? [closed]

Gamma decreases when a call option goes either deeper in, or deeper out of the money. That is due the demand for the call option. I can imagine the demand for the option would decrease as it goes ...
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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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For equity options, does the implied vol change if the price of the underlying does?

For example, consider S&P options. My reasoning is rooted in the fact that VIX returns and S&P returns have a negative relationship, since VIX is a measure of S&P options' implied vol. ...
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How is the performance measure computed here?

The image is from John C Hull Textbook titled Options, Futures and Other Derivatives ( page 407 - Ninth Edition). The table above was obtained after computing the delta of stock price, shares ...
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Proof Black Scholes Theta

I saw the following proof of theta in a paper I read, and I thought it looked pretty neat. Unfortunately I don't understand the step that they do. This is what they do: Now, I don't get how they go ...
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How accurate are Black-Scholes estimates of Vega, Volga, Vanna

Wikipedia provides analytical formulas for calculating Greeks. I can get Delta, Gamma, Theta all from Bloomberg. I need Vega, Volga, Vanna for my research. Should I use these analytical formulas for ...