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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Relative Value Trading of American Style Options on Futures, Calcuating hedging ratios?

I am interested in Relative Value Trading of American style options on futures and have not found a whole lot of literature on it. The best resource I have discovered so far is a few pages in Colin ...
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What is the relationship between Time-To-Expiry and Delta?

Is there any regular relationship between Delta and the Time-To-Expiry of an option? I have observed that options that expiry sooner are more sensitive to underlying movements (with equal strikes). ...
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formula for physical DV01 of interest rate swap

Most answers to the question "what is the dv01 of an interest rate swap" are along the lines of: "compute the difference between the price of the swap and its price using a curve perturbed by 1 basis ...
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Proving that the $\Delta$ of a call on a futures contract under the B-S model is $N(d_1)$

The author of my textbook says that the $\Delta$ of a call on a futures contract is $N(d_1)$ and not $e^{-rT}N(d_1)$. I wasn't convinced, so I tried to prove this. Let $F = F_{0, T}(S) = S_0e^{(r - \...
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Why is the Vega positive?

We know that in the Black-Scholes model, the Vega of a European call option is always positive. This can be proved easily, so my question is not really about the result per se. My problem is that I ...
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Hedging and measuring repo rate risk

How is repo rate risk hedged? And is repo rate dv01 the usual greek for this? i am talking about repo risk in a derivative on a bond
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I have an interview for an assistant trader, need your help with some questions

Hello all hope you're doing fine! Would you please help me answering these questions? 1) We're short a call option and we delta hedge. We know that there will be a move in the underlying asset ...
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Mathematical underpinnings of the square root of time rule

Often when I am reading about options pricing (and/or options greeks) the square root of time continually comes up. What the mathematical justification for why this keeps on turning up?
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Long/Short Vega and Option Positions

Why do you get long vega when you buy an option and short vega when you sell an option? I would have thought that for both buying and selling options the vega would change according to whether the ...
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How much can be said about the Greeks without picking a model?

Let $C(S, K, \sigma, r, T)$ be the price of a call option. How much can be said about the Greeks without picking a model? Or at least without full Black-Scholes? Below, I write down everything I know ...
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in long term options on equities, what is the greek used for security lending rate, and what formula do you use?

in long term options on equities, what is the greek used for for security lending rate, and what formula do you use? would it often move contrary to moves in risk free (ois) and so in practice is it ...
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Calculating Greeks for basket option

I am stuck with obtaining nice relative error of my analytical derivative of a function. I am comparing values of my function at points $x$ and $x+ \delta$ and the difference does not coincide with ...
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SVI model and Greeks calculation

The option pricing model I am referring to is this one: Arbitrage-free SVI volatility surfaces I calibrated that model by using a set of European options, now I have a set of 5 parameters per ...
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why Delta increases as interest rate increases

I just would like to know why $\Delta$ increases as $r$ increases. I would like an intuitive answer, without model (I can compute my greeks myself). Thanks
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The Greeks of a stochastic volatility model: what's the purpose?

let's take delta; What can the delta of a Heston model be used for? I know it can used for hedging strategies, but can we say something about the market and the model by looking at the delta. Can we ...
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Calculation of option Greek (sensitiviety) theta via finite difference

I am able to get good approximations for delta, gamma, and rho via finite difference method, but not theta. I believe my issue is the value of h. Theta is basically the difference between the price ...
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Why are the greeks for the underlying stock 0 with the exception of delta?

In my textbook that I am self-studying from it is given that (assuming the Black-Scholes framework): $\Delta_{stock} = \partial S / \partial S = 1$ All other Greeks for the underlying stock = 0 I ...
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How do I calculate the probability of a short option position expiring worthless?

I want to be able to determine the probability of a short option position (call or put) expiring worthless. Don't know where to start but I see probabilities derived from the greeks on some web sites?...
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What is the “inflation delta” of an option?

I'm preparing a report on the different Greeks used in risk measurement, and my boss mentioned the inflation delta within the first-order Greeks (and the Inflation Vega, but I guess that if I figure ...
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derive vega for black schole call from this formula?

Is it possible to get the right formula for vega of a call option under the black scholes model from this formula? $$\frac{\partial{C}}{\partial{\sigma}}=\frac{S_0}{\sqrt{2\pi}}{e^\frac{-d_+^2}{2}}(\...
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why Implied Vol (VIX) increase with decrease in Stock Price or vice versa?

why Implied Vol (VIX) increase with decrease in Stock Price or vice versa? whereas Vega is positively related with change in option price to change in stock price.
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Accurately calculating Greeks for options near expiration

I understand that when a vanilla European option is near expiry, the Theta calculated from BS formula is very inaccurate and almost meaningless for practical use. However, I'm not sure if other ...
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Greeks across different underlying

To monitor risk of a client portfolio, does it make sense to accumulate Greeks across different underlying? If yes, how can Greeks be normalized across different underlying?
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How do different models impact option Greeks?

If I trade an option using delta, vega, Prob OTM, etc. these are derived from a model. How do leading models impact valuations in terms of the Greeks? I suppose to form a baseline it would have to be ...
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Why not delta of Call option is stochastic or random variable?

Delta of an option is defined as ratio of change in price of call option to change in price of underlying securities. If, $c_t$ is call option price at time $t$ and $S_t$ is the price of underlying ...
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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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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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Interest Rate Risk - The Greeks

IR Delta and Gamma. Can someone please explain if my understanding is accurate as relates to a 2yr interest rate swap? You are considered to be long Delta in an interest rate swap if you are ...
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Greeks of a Basket Option

I want to estimate delta, vega and gamma for a basket option. This option is a European Call option. The underlying is $S=\omega_1 S_1 +\omega_2 S_2$ Where: $S1$ = stock price of asset 1 $S2$ = ...
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Extracting IB market data: bid and ask for greeks and IV

I wrote a piece of code to get option chains with volatility and greeks from IB market data. After testing yesteday, it seems to work, but I am surprised of seeing bid and ask for impliedVolatility ...
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Delta of an option in two cases

Let C be the prime of a call in fi=unction of the price in term F, Strike K, volatilité $\sigma$ and maturity t: $C(F,K,\sigma,t,r) $ We assume that we know $\delta$ $\delta=\frac{\partial}{\...
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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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Vega in a “constant volatility” Black-Scholes world?

A little confused, I consulted the Wilmott forums for guidance on how I can interpret vega/vomma. Another user's post reminded me that the Black-Scholes model assumes that the underlying has constant ...
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Ideas for speeding up greek calculations

My current calculations using the vollib library averages 0.5 seconds. Is there any way to get it faster? Any tips/best practice notes will be helpful. This is for a scripting language such as python....
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Which volatility to use?

For calculating the greeks http://www.vollib.org/html/apidoc/vollib.black.greeks.html Should I use historical volatility or implied volatility?
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Intuitively speaking, why do at the money options have no volga/convexity?

I was wondering if someone could give me an intuitive explanation as to why the vega of at the money options doesn't increase with volatility. I've seen some mathematical explanations showing the ...
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Under what circumstances Veta is positive?

In general, as the option moves towards expiry, its vega is decreasing. Are there circumstances where the veta, i.e. the sensitivity of vega with respect to time, is positive, that is when vega is ...
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How does Algorithmic Differentiation work and where can it be applied?

The title says it all, but let me expand on it. Algorithmic differentiation seems to be a method that allows a program / compiler to determine what the derivative is of a function. I imagine it's a ...
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Option greeks vs Position greeks

I know that when it comes to delta, you would calculate your position delta (of a stock position) as follows: option delta * position size * 100 For example if I ...
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What should be the sign of greek letter $\rho$?

I'm reading the book Risk Management and Shareholders Value in Banking by Resti & Sironi. I quote a paragraph from the book (Chapter 5, appendix): The derivative of an option’s value with ...
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Is it possible to detect a belief that a security will peak and then decline by analyzing American options pricing?

Please forgive me if this is a dumb question. I know only the basics of options and their valuation, and this is a question I've wondered for some time without being able to find a satisfactory answer ...
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Can I get Black-Scholes option price from greeks?

I am unpleased with current Interactive Brokers risk graph for option strategies, so I'm planning on writing an application myself to plot it. My initial idea is to get the option greek values from ...
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Why is Vega meaningful only for options which have single-signed gammas

I have been reading Wilmott Frequently Asked Question book and this was mentioned that Vega is not useful when measuring risk for options that have gammas changing signs such as Digital option or ...
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Computation of option vega under CEV

It is easy to define the option vega $\nu=\frac{\partial C}{\partial \sigma}$ under Black Scholes model since volatility is a single quantity. However, under CEV or local volaility model, it is ...
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Trying to understand the sign of Theta

I guess this a pretty easy question to answer, but I'm not able to get the intuition despite reading the concept a couple of times. So, the Greek Theta is almost always negative, except for when an ...
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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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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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How to interpret this CDS spread sensitivity pattern?

From page 27, Table 6: Why are sensitivities of CDS slightly negative before the maturity of the CDS? I do not get the intuition: if I am long a 5-year CDS, the spreads <5y increase, and the 5y ...
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Interpretation of vega out of BS formula

I am comparing Monte Carlo estimates of VaR (using importance sampling) under both the normal and student distributions. I am also considering risk factors other than log-prices; in particular, ...
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In this scenario could gamma be higher for OTM options?

Let's say there is a $1 stock, with say 1 day to expiration. The 1.5 strike call, is probably a 0 delta at this point; however, a 1 point increase would mean the stock would be at trading at 2 dollars;...