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Learning short-rate dynamics and how it affects optimal portfolio strategy

I'm looking for some advise. Here is the problem: For absolute simplicity, assume that we have one risky asset with price process \begin{align} dS_{t} = \mu S_{t}dt + \sigma S_{t}dW_{t}, \end{align} ...
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What is the true “value” process of American derivatives?

Consider a continuous-time market where LOOP (law of one price) holds. The first fundamental theorem of asset pricing states explicitly that in the absence of arbitrage, the risk-neutral measure ...
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Risk neutral modelling of a stock

Suppose a stock $S$ follows $$dS(t) = \alpha(t)S(t)dt + \sigma(t)S(t)dW(t),$$ where $W(t)$ is a Brownian motion under $P$. Also suppose there is a short rate process $r(t)$. My question would be is ...
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Finding the limit $\lim_{n \to \infty} P_0^n$ for a European Cash-or-Nothing put option with $P=K^2\cdot \mathbf{1}_{\{S_T < K\}}$

Exercise : Let $K>0$. A European Cash-or-Nothing put option $P$ has the following pay-out profile : $$P=K^2\cdot \mathbf{1}_{\{S_T < K\}}$$ Let $P_0^n$ be the no-arbitrage value at time $...
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Random variable minus Integral of Ito Generator is a Martingale under what conditions?

I am reading about american option pricing and the variational inequality, and the book I am reading states, in the derivation of the variational inequality, the following is a martingale: $$M_s = U(s,...
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Martingale positive price process

I hope you can help me with this problem. In my lecture notes, my professor stated that for a state price deflator $\phi\in L_{n+1}^2(P, F)$ (F being a filtration) and a strictly positive price ...
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Discounted asset price is martingale in BS model

I want to verify that the discounted stock price process $\mathrm{e}^{-r(T-t)}V(S_t,t)$ is a martingale in the BS-model. Using Ito's formula and the BS-PDE I get that $$ \mathrm{d}\mathrm{e}^{-r(T-t)}...
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Risk neutrality coherence with risk aversion

I haven't been able to find an understandable explanation why the risk neutrality is coherent with the risk aversion implication of the expected utility hypothesis. I can see that when using the risk ...
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How to justify the martingale condition

By Radon-Nikodym theorem, the conditional expectation of $X$ with respect to a $\sigma$-algebra $\mathscr F$ is a nonnegative random variable denoted by $\def\E{\mathbf E}\E(X\mid \mathscr F)$, such ...
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Hedging Value-Financial Mathematics

EXERCISE We consider a free from arbitrage financial market $(Ω,F,P,S_0,S_1)$ with $α<S_0^{1}\cdot(1+r)<β$,where $$0<α:=min_{ω \in Ω} S_1^{1}(ω), β:=max_{ω \in Ω}S_1^{1}, α<β$$ Let ...
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Equivalent martingale measure exists if and only if $a < S_0^1(1+r)< b$

Exercise : We consider a market of one period $(\Omega, \mathcal{F}, \mathbb P, S^0, S^1)$, where the sample space $\Omega$ has a finite number of elements and the $\sigma-$algebra $\mathcal{F} = 2^...
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Showing that a market model has arbitrage and describing martingales

This is an exercise which I came upon while studying an introduction to financial mathematics. Exercise : Consider the finite sample space $\Omega = \{\omega_1,\omega_2,\omega_3\}$ and let $\...
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Change of numeraire between T-forward and Bank Account

I follow a course, and get to the point that one bond price discounted by another one is a martingale: $$ \frac{P(t,T_0)}{P(t,T_1)} - \text{ is a } \mathbb{Q}^{T_1} \text{ martingale } $$ I can not ...
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Libor Market Model (LMM) under risk neutral measure

I would like to establish the equations of forward libors under risk neutral measure. Here is how I do it, and what I get : Under the $P_{T_j} $ measure, forward Libor $L_j$ is martingale. Thus: $$ ...
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Equivalent martingale measure in time changed Levy models

I am investigating time changed Levy models. As far as I have seen, these models are usually directly described under the risk neutral measure $\mathbb{Q}$. However, I'm interested in first modelling ...
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Utility Maximization on a finite Probability Space. Possible mistakes in a paper?

I am currently reading this paper on utility maximization in a financial market model. On page 5 the author starts with the case of a finite probability space and on page 19 he considers the ...
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Measure theory in quantitative finance

When I read up on stochastic modeling, the use of "measure" comes up a lot. So far I just read the word "measure" as "probabilities" or "distribution" and was able to get away with it when trying to ...
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Martingale property of inhomogenous poisson process

I have found this martingale property for an inhomogenous poisson process with intensity $\lambda(s)$ which I don't know how to prove. The text itself advises: "proceed using Monotone class theorem". ...
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Calculating the stochastic integral of $\exp(-rt)S_t$

I am currently reading lecture notes which aim to show that if $$ S_t = S_0 \exp (\mu t + \sigma W_t) $$ then, under the probability measure $\tilde{\mathbb{P}}$ with density $$ \gamma_T = \exp (c W_T ...
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Changing to martingale probability world

This question is really getting me annoyed and I'm struggling to do the final proof, I have no problem obtaining the adjustment to the drift rate necessary to collapse the drift term to make it a ...
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Martingale approach - Option pricing with Radom-Nikodym

I would like to get the price of an option which pays at time T the minimum between the logarithm of (S(1,T) / S(1,0)) and the logarithm of (S(2,T) / S(2,0), with the following processes: (The two ...
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Hull Martingales and measures problem 27.16 7e?

Here's a question from Hull's Options Futures and Other derivatives which I'd appreciate if someone helped me to clarify. The question is from the chapter "Martingales and Measures" Suppose that the ...
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Does pricing contingent claims under the EMM require us to define the distribution?

I am familiar with martingale pricing as primarily a notational abstraction which allows us to price contingent claims on $X_\tau$ by its conditional expectation. Usually, we interpret this to mean ...
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Equivalent Martingale Measure result Hull?

I've been reading Hull's chapter about Martingales and measures where he states that if you have the dynamics of two securities as follows: \begin{align} \frac{df}{f} = (r + \lambda \sigma_f) dt + \...
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Intuitive Explanation for Shannon's Demon?

I am reading Fortune's Formula by William Poundstone, and I am puzzled by a phenomenon called "Shannon's Demon", which Claude Shannon allegedly proposed in a series of lectures, and preserved only by ...
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Is the VIX a Martingale?

Say the S&P500 follows a Gaussian diffusion process, so that: $$ VIX^2_{T,t}=\frac{1}{T}\mathrm{E}_t^\mathbb{Q}\left[\int_t^{t+T}\sigma_s^2ds\right] $$ where $T$ is the tenor (assume fixed), $t$ ...
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Test if a process (with no drift) is a martingale

Consider the process $$Z(t)=\int_{0}^{t} \frac{u^a}{t^a}dW_u$$ for some real constant $a$ and $W_t$ is a wiener process. I want to check whether this process is a $F_t^W$-martingale. I noticed Lemma 4....
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Constant volatility and risk-free rate assumptions of Black Scholes

I'm studying the risk-neutral derivation of Black-Scholes formula and feel confused about the requirement for the volatility of the underlying asset and the risk-free rate to be constant. It seems ...
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The two fundamental theorems of Finance, as they relate to the martingale measure

I RECENTLY read this in an article by Battig and Jarrow, "the first fundamental theorem relates the notion of no arbitrage to the existence of an equivalent martingale measure, while the second ...
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Martingales with power-law tails and CLT

I'm writing a course paper on stable distributions and I couldn't find any source discussing limits of Martingales with power-law tails. Suppose we have a Martingale that produces IID observations at ...
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Equality under T-forward measure for convexity adjustment

I've been working with the convexity adjustment for interest rates that arises when changing from one measure $Q_{T_p}$ with a numéraire $N_p=P(t,T_p)$ to a measure $Q_{T_e}$ with a numéraire $N_e=P(t,...
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Martingale measure result application for interest rates under T-forward measure?

I've got a question about the way the equivalent martingale measure result is used for pricing derivatives. Hull states the result as the next equality: \begin{align*} f_o = g_0 E^{g}\big(\frac{f_T}{...
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Change of measure between T-forward and T*-forward contract?

I am trying to prove the need of a convexity adjustment to a forward rate by calculating the next expectation: \begin{align*} P(t_0, T_s)E^{T_s}\big(L(T_s, T_s, T_e) \mid \mathcal{F}_{t_0}\big). \end{...
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Write expectation of brownian motion conditional on filtration as an integral?

Let $W_t$ be a Brownian motion, so $W_t=z_t \sqrt{t}$ where $z_t \in N(0,1)$ and the pdf of $z$ is $f(z)=\frac{e^{-\frac{z^2}{2}}}{\sqrt{2\pi}}$. So $$E(W_t)=\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} W_t f(z) dz =\...
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Proof that integral of Brownian motion wrt time is not a martingale

Let $X_t=\int_0^t W_s ds$ where $W_s$ is Brownian motion, so $E[W_s]=0$. Then $E[X_t]=\int_0^t E[W_s] ds=\int_0^t 0 ds=0$. So $E[X_t|{\cal F}_s]=0\neq X_s$, almost everywhere. So by previous ...
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Ito representation unique up to indistinguishability? Proof?

Given an Ito-process $X(t)$, $t\in[0,T]$ $$X(t)=X_{0}+\int_{0}^{t}F(s)ds + \int_{0}^{t}G(s)dW(s)$$ with $F\in \mathbb{L}^{1}(0,T)$ and $G\in\mathbb{L}^{2}(0,T)$. It is now often claimed that this ...
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Infinite Horizon Barrier Option Paradoxe [duplicate]

I've came across this question which is puzzling me. Imagine that interest rates are zero and that you observe a stock $S_t$ whose value today $S_0$ is equal to 1\$. We consider the derivative that ...
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Why calibration in $Q$ against option prices without showing that $Q$ is equivalent to $P$?

In practice, I have seen articles and financial textbooks on calibration of processes directly under the risk neutral world without showing that the measure is equivalent to a physical measure $P$. ...
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Pricing Equation for Best of Options

I am trying to derive a martingale pricing equation (closed form solution) for a best-of option. But I am getting stuck at a point. There are 2 stocks $U(t)$ and $V(t)$ they both follow GBM with a ...
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Calculate $E^{\mathbb{Q}}\left[e^{-\int_{0}^{T_2}r_t\,dt} \frac{S\left(T_2\right)}{S\left(T_1\right)}\right]$

Let $S\left(t\right)$ be a tradable financial security that doesn't generate cash flow (eg no dividend). $S\left(t\right)$ follows an unknown stochastic process. We now have a financial derivative ...
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Equivalent martingale measure price dynamics

Assume $S_0(t)=\exp(\int_0^t r(s) ds)$. Then $\mathbb{Q}\sim \mathbb P$ is a martingale measure $\iff$ every asset price process $S_i$ has price dynamics under $\mathbb Q$ of the form $dS_i(t)...
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Why discounted derivative price is a martingale?

Usually after showing that discounted stock price process is martingale under the risk-neutral measure, most authors say that this implies that the discounted derivative price process is a martingale ...
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An arbitrage strategy involving forward contracts to show that LIBOR rates are martingales

I note $L_{t}^{[T_s, T_e]}$ the forward rate at time $t$ for the period $[T_s, T_e]$. Recall it is the strike making equal to $0$ the value at time $t$ of a forward contract for the period $[T_s, T_e]$...
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Girsanov Theorem application to Geometric Brownian Motion

I recently read this from a book on mathematical finance The important example for finance the (unique) EMM for the geometric Brownian. Let $S_{t}$ be the price of an asset, $${{d{S_t}} \over {{...
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Martingale method for utility maximization - is the optimal strategy also a martingale?

The Martingale Method for utility maximization (seen in e.g. Björk's book) is based on separating the optimization problem $E^\mathbb{P}[U(X_T)]$ over a class of admissible strategies into the static ...
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Convexity Adjustment for Futures

Let $B_t$ be the cash account numeraire. The future and forward prices at time t are expressed as: $$ Fut = E_t^Q\left[S_T\right],$$ $$ Fwd = \frac{E_t^Q[S_T/B_T]}{E_t^Q[1/B_T]}.$$ Where $$ \frac{...
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What is the martingale measure requirement when $\mu(t,S(t)) = \mu(t)$?

It is known that if the numeraire is the bank account, then the martingale measure is determined by the fact that every asset has $r$ as its local rate of return. However, the local rate of return is ...
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Forward price - T-forward martingale

I have a problem figuring out some of the calculations in the book: Fixed Income modelling In the chapter on forwards the author makes an argument that the forward is a martingale under the T-forward ...
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Expected value of a wiener process on an infinite time horizon with a barrier

Say I have a wiener process with $X(0) = X_0>0$ and the dynamics \begin{equation} dX(t) = \begin{cases} -\mu dt + \sigma X(t) dW(t)^{\mathbb{Q}} & \mathrm{for\ } X(t)>0\\ 0 & \mathrm{...
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Why is a martingale a risk-neutral measure

We have the risk-free valuation formula $$ \pi^X_i = B_T^{-1}B_iE_{P^*}[X|F_i]$$ Where $P^*$ is an equivalent martingale measure. Why is this martingale measure considered risk-neutral? All I know is ...