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What is Ito's lemma used for in quantitative finance?

Further to my question asked here: prior post and which left some points unanswered, I have reformulated the question as follows: What is Ito's lemma used for in quantitative finance? and when is it ...
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The most general conditions under which Ito lemma holds

Prompted by a question that came up in the comments here, namely why we can apply the Ito lemma to a function of the form $f(x)=(x-K)^{+}$, I would be interested in knowing what are the least ...
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Solution of Merton's Jump-Diffusion SDE

In many textbooks and also in the original Merton's paper the solution of the SDE $$ dS_t = S_t\,\mu\,dt+S_t\,\sigma\,dW_t+S_{t^-}\,d\left(\sum_{j=1}^{N_t}V_j-1\right) $$ is written as $$ S_t = ...
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Worked examples of applying Ito's lemma

In most textbooks Ito's lemma is derived (on different levels of technicality depending on the intended audience) and then only the classic examples of Geometric Brownian motion and the Black-Scholes ...
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Monte carlo methods for vanilla european options and Ito's lemma.

I understand that by applying Ito's lemma to the following SDE $$dX=\mu\,X\,dt+\sigma\,X\,dW$$ one obtains a solution to the above SDE which is as follows: $${X}\left( t\right) =\mathrm{X}\left( 0\...
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Variance of a time integral with respect to a Brownian Motion function

Let process $$I_t = \int_0^t f(s) W_s \,\mathrm d s $$ where $W_s$ is standard Brownian motion. My question are the following: We know that $\mathbb{E} (I_{t})=0$ for all $t$ and $f$ a integrable ...
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Partial derivative of an integral

Suppose I have a model for the short rate $r$ as ($W(t)$ is standard Brownian motion) $r(t) = c+ \int_0^t \sigma (s) ^2 (t-s) ds+ \int_0^t \sigma (s) dW(s)$ I then want to find the dynamics of $r$, ...
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Derivation of Ito's Lemma

My question is rather intuitive than formal and circles around the derivation of Ito's Lemma. I have seen in a variety of textbooks that by applying Ito's Lemma, one can derive the exact solution of a ...
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Ito's Lemma - Integrand depends on upper limit of integration

A problem I came across while practicing using Ito's Lemma had a process with an integral whose integrand depends on the upper limit of integration (the goal is to find $dZ_{t}$): $Z_{t}=\int_{0}^{t}...
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How to express the volatility of two correlated Ito processes $Wt_1, Wt_2$ expressed in terms of $W_t$?

Having two correlated Ito processes ($W_t^1$ and $W_t^2$ are correlated Brownian motions with correlation $\rho$) $dX_{t} =\mu_{1} dt + \sigma_1 dWt_1 $ $dY_{t} = \mu_{2} dt + \sigma_2 dWt_2 $ ...
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Intuition behind Ln transformation of stock price when applying Ito lemma [closed]

I am able to replicate steps and arrive to the option price using Black Scholes framework. Here however I am more interested to understand, at least intuitively, why the ln transformation of price ...
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Quantile normal and lognormal

Let's assume we have a normal distribution $X\sim \mathcal{N}(\mu,\sigma^2)$. In a normal distribution the quantile can be calculated as follows: \begin{equation} \Phi_X ^{-1}(p)=\mu +\sigma {\sqrt {...
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Stochastic Leibniz rule

We have the following single-factor HJM model $$d_tf(t,T)=\sigma(t,T)dW_t+\alpha(t,T)dt$$ $$f(t,T)=f(0,T)+\int_0^t\sigma(s,T)dW_s+\int_0^t\alpha(s,T)ds$$ The discounted T bond is then \begin{align} Z(...
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Multivariate Ito problem $M_t=\frac{X_t}{Y_t}$

I am analyzing a problem given in the lecture slides published here (Slide 7-8 Example of Multivariate Ito’s Lemma). Can anybody explain how the $M_t$ was calculated out of the Ito formula. I ...
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Is there a better, more rigorous explanation for why this partial derivative is 0 using Ito's Lemma?

I encountered the following slide in a lecture on Ito's Lemma. The lecturer explained that $$\frac{\partial V}{\partial t} = 0$$ because the first two derivatives on the slide already took into ...
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Self-Financing Portfolio

Why when we are using self-financing portfolios to replicate some external payoff we do not consider the quadratic variation of the portfolio weights? Say, in Black-Scholes world, when we are using $...
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Baxter & Rennie HJM: differentiating Ito integral

From Baxter and Rennie, page 138: $$f(t,T)=\sigma W_t+f(0,T)+\int_0^t\alpha(s,T)ds$$ $$Z_t=\exp-\bigg(\sigma(T-t)W_t+\sigma\int_0^tW_sds+\int_0^Tf(0,u)du+\int_0^t\int_s^T\alpha(s,u)ds\bigg)$$ $$dZ_t=...
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Expected payoff at future time

Let $a$, $b$, $c$, and $e$ be constants, $W_1$ and $W_2$ be Brownian motions with correlation $\rho$, and $f(t)$ and $g(t)$ be deterministic functions of time. Let $X$ satisfy $$d(X(t))=(aX(t)+ef(t)g(...
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Application of Ito's lemma

Let $X_t$ be some stochastic process driven by wiener process ($W_t)$ so it can be expressed as: $$dX_t=(...)dt+(...)dW_t$$ Let $f(t,x)$ be some $C^2$ function. Define the process $Z_s=f(t-s,X_s)$ ...
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Random Walk with normal increments and n time periods why is the increment $\sqrt{(t/n)}$?

Question is basically in the title. I have found several sources stating that $R_i = \sqrt{\frac{t}{n}}$, but I couldn't find the intuition behind taking the square root. And it seems to be crucial ...
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How to get Geometric Brownian Motion's closed-form solution in Black-Scholes model?

The Black Scholes model assumes the following dynamics for the underlying, well known as the Geometric Brownian Motion: $$dS_t=S_t(\mu dt+\sigma dW_t)$$ Then the solution is given: $$S_t=S_0\,e^{\...
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Given $S$ is a Geometric Brownian Motion, how to show that $S^n$ is also a Geometric Brownian Motion?

Suppose that a stock price $S$ follows Geometric Brownian Motion with expected return $\mu$ and volatility $\sigma:$ $$dS = \mu S dt +\sigma S dz$$ How to find out the process followed by variable $...