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### Transforming non-normally distributed interest rates for OLS regression

I am studying the effects of short- and long-term interest rates on bank risk-taking in the Euro zone countries. To analyse the effects, I will use, amongst other, an OLS regression. However I have ...
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### Annualzing the log of daily returns riddle

Two popular ways to measure returns are Arithmetic returns and Log returns. Let's define arithmetic (simple period) returns as: P(t) - P(t-1) / P(t-1). Let's define log return as Ln( P(t)/P(t-1) ) or ...
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### Why does MACD not use log normalization

Today I wondered why the MACD oscillator uses the differences of two averages instead of the log of their quotient just like it's done for volatility estimation. With this kind of log normalization ...
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### Log normal price simulation

I'm trying to figure out a spreadsheet I have which simulates 50000 returns in excel using the following function: LOGNORM.INV(RAND(),0,0.35)-1 Question: How ...
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### Quantile with periodic investing

Short Version Can I get a quantile of such an expression? $$\sum_{k=1}^{n} A_k\exp(\mathcal{N}(t_k\mu-\sigma\sqrt{t_k}/2,\sigma)))$$ I know I can do it for one part of ...
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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: \Phi_X ^{-1}(p)=\mu +\sigma {\sqrt {...
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### Process for a portfolio of stocks where each share follows a log-normal process

Given a portfolio of shares $I = \sum{w_iS_i}$ for some fixed weights $w_i$ where each stok $S_i$ has a log-normal distribution, what is the process / distribution followed by the portfolio? That is, ...
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### Why implicit volatility has the shape of a “smile”? [duplicate]

Two of the conditions for an asset price to have a lognormal distribution are: The volatility of the asset is constant. The price of the asset changes smoothly with no jumps. In practice, neither of ...
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### Perform scipy Kolmogorov-Smirnov Test for lognormal distribution in GBM

I am simulating asset prices for n days using GMB with Euler scheme, calculate returns and then perform Kolmogorov-Smirnov test on simulated returns. Code for simulating GBM : ...
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### Demonstration of Ito's correction term/lemma in binomial tree

I am preparing an undergraduate QuantFinance lecture. I want to demonstrate the ideas of Ito's correction term and Ito's lemma in the most accessible manner. My idea is to take the "working horse" of ...
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### How can I prove that the sum of two log-normal variable is not log-normal?

I am looking for an analytical proof, that the sum of two log normal random variables is not log-normal. Couldn't find it anywhere, does somebody know where to find it or know how to do it?
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### Normal Black-Scholes model for swaptions isn't working properly

I just wrote two functions in Matlab which calculates the swaption prices based on the Lognormal model and on the Normal model, although I have the idea that the Normal model is wrong because the ...
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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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### Downward sloping smile in normal model

We consider an stock price $S$ following a normal model: $dS_t = \sigma dW_t$ We can write this as $\frac{dS_t}{S_t}=\frac{\sigma}{S_t}dW_t$ Hence we can see that $S$ follows a "log-normal" ...
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### What is the distribution of percentage return in general?

In finance, we often assume that the log-returns $\ln(1+R(t))$ follow a normal distribution. Since $\ln(1+R(t)) \approx R(t)$ when $R(t)$ is small, \begin{equation*} dS/S \sim \text{Normal}. \end{...
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### $\mathbb{P}$ and $\mathbb{Q}$ probability measure/distribution interpretations

I'm trying to understand probability distributions implied from market prices and was reading through this reference explaining the interpretation of $N(d_1)$ and $N(d_2)$ in the log-normal vol Black-...
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### Maximum likelihood for lognormal mixture

I have a collection of historical data that I want to fit to the following model $$y_{t+1} - y_t = \alpha + (\rho + \sigma_2 Z_{t+1} )y_t + \sigma_1 Z_{t+1}$$ where everything except the y's are ...
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### How to compute the variance of this stochastic integral?

I'm new to stochastic calculus and I did an exercise but I don't know if it is correct, so I need somebody with more experience to check if it is true. I am trying to compute the variance of the ...
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### Clarification on this author's solution for this problem on lognormal stock distribution

I am self-studying from a manual on financial economics, and I am trying to completely wrap my head around this solution: I'm trying to fill in the in-between steps of this solution based on first ...
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### Probability that return exceeds a certain level before a certain time (Black-Scholes)

I am self studying for an actuarial exam on financial economics. I encountered the following problem and solution. It seems to me that the author intended to mean what is the probability that the ...
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### Polynomial interpolation of corrected lognormal distribution

Can anyone provide a formula for a polynomial interpolation of the corrected lognormal distribution used to model returns traditionally resulting from the wrong Brownian motion generated model? ...
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### Interest rates - Swaptions implied volatility - Volatility anchoring with Black and with normal volatilities

In a LMM+ with displacement factor a volatility anchoring technique is used, i.e. a long term volatility assumptions is applied, derived from historic time series. Should I adjust this historic ...
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### SKEW Index as parameter in lognormal distribution

The CBOE publishes a SKEW index, which is SKEW = 100 - 10*S, so from the index itself we can get S = (SKEW - 100)/10. I just ...
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### Covariance of Log-Normal Variables

In Obstfeld and Rogoff (2000), formula (12) states the following: $$W = (\frac{\phi}{\phi-1}) \frac{E\{K(L^\nu)\}}{E\{\frac{L}{P}C^{-\rho}\}}$$ where $\phi$, $\rho$ and $\nu$ are parameters, $E$ ...
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### Which value to use as shape parameter for Black-Scholes lognormal distribution?

When working with Scipy, lognomal distribution is defined by 3 parameters: the median (loc), the scale (standard deviation or, in our case, the implied volatility) and the shape parameter. But, which ...
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### Calculating probability of options with normal/lognormal distribution: does time make a difference?

I'm trying to calculate the probability of a calendar spread resulting in a profit at expiration, when estimating it is modeled as a lognormal distribution, by getting: ...
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### Creating the histogram for the distribution of the portfolio returns

Given log returns for some stocks $A$ and $B$, which are the constituents of our hypothetical portfolio in equal weights, how does one actually come up with a distribution of the log returns of the ...
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### How to compute the stochastic integral of log-normal process?

How do you compute the following integral: $$\int_0^t e^{\mu s + \sigma W_s} ds$$ or $$\int_0^t e^{\mu s + \sigma W_s} dW_s$$ ? Are those integrals stochastic processes of some well-know type (...
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### Bloomberg implied volatility smile for equities

I was wondering if someone knows how Bloomberg does their computations for the implied volatility smile for equities. As far as I understand, they use a lognormal mixture to model the stock prices. ...
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### Expected value of bivariate lognormal spread

I don´t know how to derivate the Expected Value for the following problem: Suppose that the random vector (S_1, S_2) has a bivariate lognormal distribution with ...
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### Should earnings be modelled normally or lognormally?

I am having difficulty deciding whether a company's earnings should be modelled normally or lognormally. If we consider two arguments: (i) The earnings of a company are the returns on the assets of ...
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### Test Log-Normality for LIBOR forward rates under the Libor Market Model

As far as I understand, under the Libor Market Model the forward rates are assumed to have a log-normal distribution. Given that I have constructed my LMM model and now have a matrix of: k different ...
In Hull, we are presented that $$\frac{\Delta S}{S_{0}}=\mu \Delta t+\sigma\sqrt{\Delta t}\cdot \varepsilon.$$ Following some algebra,  \begin{align*} \frac{\Delta S}{S_{0}} &=\mu \Delta t+\...