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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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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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Delta Hedging with fixed Implied Volatility to get rid of vega?

I'm wondering if i should use a floating IV or a fixed IV to delta hedge my options every day. I've read this post but would like different information : Delta Hedging with fixed Implied Volatility ...
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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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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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Floating Strike Lookback Delta Risk

I'm running through some delta hedging simulations of floating strike lookback call options (that is, I'm short the options) during a volatile (downside) period for the underlying and some very odd ...
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Simulation of the Vega in Heston model (for Asian Option)

I'm new here and I hope you guys can help me. I want to calculate/simulate the Vega for my Asian option in the Heston model. The only source I found is the paper of Broadie/Kaya (2004) but they just ...
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If an option went down in value, how much is due to theta decay and how much due to fall in IV

Let us say that there was a stock trading at 100 and the 105 call was trading at 3 $. with 1 month to go Now stock went up to 104 after 15 days, and the call dropped to 2.80 $, to the call buyer's ...
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Is there any evidence that an option delta approximates ITM expiry probability?

Several sources (online and offline) that discuss the delta of a listed vanilla option, state that its delta is a (guesstimate?) of the probability of said option expiring ITM (in the BSM framework). ...
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Why is the dividend risk of an option equal to its delta?

In this document, https://www.eurexgroup.com/blob/2435406/f1b0086a8c6d05954c58a8dc24308c81/data/20160304_Colin-Bennent-Trading-Volatility-.pdf, it states that "This is because the dividend risk of ...
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Pre-trade evaluation and risk assessment of option trading strategies (in market practice)

When a trader gets conclusion of the volatility is being underestimated (via volatility cone or some other technology), actually there are multiple ways for his trading. (Let's assume the underlying ...
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How to validate option greeks/implied volatility data calculated in-house using Black model on a mass scale in an automated fashion?

I have created a platform that computes implied volatility, option theo prices and greeks using Black 1976 model. I use this platform to calculate above mentioned numbers for a variety of options ...
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Delta on Bond Future Options

When talking about Options on Bond Future on CME (American options), we have 2 definitions of Delta and Gamma. One is 'Price Delta/Gamma' and one is 'Interest Rate Delta/Gamma'. My understanding is ...
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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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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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Derivation of the Pnl of a Delta Hedged Straddle and Risk Reversal

In the link below, in the text it states the following equations: Delta-hedged straddle P&L = Volatility Risk-premium ×| Straddle Vega | and Delta-hedged risk-reversal P&L: ...
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Greeks for a portfolio? PnL for gamma trading

I am a little bit confusded with respect to the PnL of a delta-neutral portfolio. We have $$d\Pi = \Theta dt + \frac{1}{2} \Gamma \Delta S^2$$ So, if our portfolio consists of 1 call options, and ...
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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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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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Why do we need to calibrate vega?

I was going through some paid video on options. The tutor in the video asked the following question: Person $A$ has the following portfolio at the start of April Portfolio of options with vega $20,...
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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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Attempt of an analytical proof that a call price decreases as its strike increases

I'm stuck trying to analytically prove that a partial derivative of a specific, lower defined function $C$ is negative. The context of this problem is actually a Black-Scholes market situation, where ...
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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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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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Anybody knows the answer to this exercise found in PWIQF?

I got this question from the last exercise of chapter 2 from "paul wilmott introduces quantitative finance" book. Appreciate your help.
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What are the formulas to compute the greeks of a gap option?

I'm having a problem to calculate the gap option greeks since there are 2 different exercise prices K1 and K2. Do you know the answer or where can I read about these particular greeks?
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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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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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Value at Risk from Delta of a single asset portfolio

I am trying to figure out the following, for me unfamiliar type of question: Given is a single asset portfolio: the Delta of the portfolio is 15, the value of the asset is 10 and the daily volatility ...
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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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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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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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Option Greeks' Formulas for Black & Scholes vs Black 76

I know Black76 uses forward prices instead of spot and that D1 calculation doesn't use the interest rate. Are there any other differences between the two? I'm calculating: theoretical value, delta, ...
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A more mathematically rigorous explanation for why in the B-S model, the expected return on a call goes down as the stock price goes up

A problem asks whether the following statement is true assuming the Black-Scholes Framework: The expected return on a call option goes up as the stock price goes up. The solution is: The statement ...
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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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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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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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Asymptotic behavior of theta of vanilla call option

It is well known that the theta of call option is always negative. Also, the theta of (at the money call option) goes to infinity as the time approaches to the maturity. On the other hands, (ITM and ...
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what is the actual point of vega on real option data

For a call option, we know that the vega is the derivative of the price wrt to the volatility. However the volatility, in that context, actually refers to the implied volatility of the specific call ...
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Aprox intraday implied volatility using intraday option prices and EOD greeks

I have two options datasets: EOD IV and Greeks Tick option and underlying prices I'm looking to calculate IV for each tick. Is there a way to approximate the ticks' IV using last EOD Greeks and IV?
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Greeks of Basket

I am considering a product composed of 10 underlying assets. The maturity is 5 year. Each year if the performance of the equi-weighted portfolio reach a barrier, it pays a coupon. My question concern ...
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How to calculate implied volatility and greeks in Bull Put Spread option strategy?

Ok, obviously I am buying lower strike put and selling higher strike put. What is the recommended volatility and greeks to consider in my trade? Volatility: Average volatility between both legs? ...
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How to calculate Vomma of Black Scholes model

This source (PDF) gives the closed-form for vomma (or volga, i.e. the second derivative of price w.r.t. volatility) of the Black Scholes option pricing model as: $$S_{0}e^{-qT}\sqrt{T}\frac{1}{\sqrt{...
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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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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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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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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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The implied volatility surface and the option Greeks - to what extent is the information contained in their daily movements the same?

What is the link between option Greeks (i.e. vega, delta, gamma, theta) and implied volatility surface (IVS) movements? Could you say that their 'information content' is the same. i.e. that out of ...
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Delta of a standardized at-the-money 30-day put option

The plot below depicts the delta of a standardized at-the-money 30-day put option on the S&P500 tracker SPY over a 14-year period. This is data from OptionMetrics and standardized prices are ...
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Greeks of self-financing portfolio

I would like to learn more about the Greeks of portfolios of options: In textbooks and websites, I commonly encounter the unqualified claim that "The Greek measure of a portfolio is the sum of the ...
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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)? ...