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The distribution of mean reversion time from the OU process

I was reading the paper Statistical Arbitrage in the US Equity Market and I couldn't understand the figure that plots the histogram of the empirical distribution of characteristic time to mean ...
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Is there a way to formulate a Martingale series that will never explode?

Martingale's betting method can be seen here:https://www.investopedia.com/articles/forex/06/martingale.asp My question is if there is a way to put a non-exploding martingale, [There is one attempt to ...
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What is the differential Value-at-Risk?

I am currently working on a Machine Learning Project, implementing portfolio optimization algorithms according to different risk measures. I have found sufficient information on Sharpe Ratio ...
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Dynamic programming and Bellman equation to obtain the maximum

This is the problem of Marhsall (1992) "Inflation and Asset Returns in a Monetary Economy" and Balvers and Huang (2009) "Money and the C-CAPM" Suppose an endowment economy where the representative ...
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Is the variance calculation correct in the book?

I'm reading the book "Financial Markets Under the Microscope" for my market microstructure studies. In the book, the variance of the market maker's gain is calculated as follows: Assume that with ...
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Stock returns: Exponential time decay

I am replicating some research that uses two years of single stock returns (i.e. N= 250*2= 500) and then applies an exponential decay with a half-life of one year to these returns. Does this mean ...
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Contingent Claim Bounds

In my course on discrete-time finance we derived the following equality for a lower bound for the value of a not necessarily replicable contingent claim $D$. Here we are looking at a single period ...
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How to find the derivative for a multi-factor geometric brownian motion model

Does anyone know how to find the derivative for a multi-factor geometric brownian motion model $ \frac { dS_{i}}{S_{i}} $. I have seen solutions for the standard GBM model however I suspect that the ...
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How can I convert rolling annual returns back to quarterly returns?

I have a series of rolling annual returns and would like to convert these back to quarterly returns, which have not been provided. Is this possible formulaically, or is something like Excel's solver ...
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Abstract algebra in economics and finance

Are there any applications of abstract algebra (group theory, rings, fields etc.) in any branch of either economics or finance?
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Linear programming and minimum cost network flows vs nonlinear and discrete optimization

At my college I have an option: To take either of these two classes. My intended career pathway is into quantitative finance and I wanted to know which one would have more use as a quant. Here is the ...
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What is the formula to calculate Implied Volatility Percentile [closed]

I googled and I am unable to find any formular . Can some one give me the formula to calculate IVP , based on sets of IV's given. Thanks.
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Classical Ruin Theory - Lundberg Model

In classical risk/ ruin theory, I see this formula crop up in my notes but my lecturer didn't explain to me why/ when it's employed: $M_X(r) = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} e^{rx} f(x) dx$ I understand ...
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How can I express this sum in a easier way?

For instance, I know that the sum of the first $101$ natural numbers can be expressed in the following easy computation: $\sum_{i=1}^{101}i = \frac{101*102}{2}$ One of the questions is: and what ...
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Classical Cramer Lundberg model - Ruin Theory Simple Question

I am trying to solve the following problem: 'An insurance company has an initial surplus of 150 and premium loading factor of 15%. Assume that claims arrive according to a compound Poisson process $(...
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What the expectation of S^2 is from GBM? [closed]

I was at an interview and was asked to write down the SDE for GBM. $$ dS = S\mu dt + S\sigma dX $$ Then I was asked how I would compute the expectation of S^2. I didn't know where to start. Any ...
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How to calculate standard deviation of continuously compounded four-year stock returns?

Currently I am preparing for quant interview and I encounter the following question in Heard on the street. Question: If the standard deviation of continuously compounded annual stock returns is $...
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How to derive Black-Scholes equation with dividend?

Question: The Black-Scholes equation without dividend is given by $$\frac{\partial V}{\partial t} + \frac{1}{2}\sigma^2S^2\frac{\partial^2 V}{\partial S^2} + rS \frac{\partial V}{\partial S} -rV = ...
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Estimator for Conditional value at risk (average value at risk)

I am following a book: Advanced Stochastic Models, Risk Assessment, and Portfolio Optimization by Svetlozar T. Rachev, Stoyan V. Stoyanov, Frank J. Fabozzi I'm learning about average value at risk. ...
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Do quants need to know bloomberg terminal and VBA? [closed]

I am a Pure Maths PhD student who will graduate in 2 years time. My aim is to land a quant job after gradauation. When collecting more information so that I can have some edges over others, I heard ...
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How is hypothesis testing work in population sampiling? [closed]

I am learning the basics of quant trading from quantconnect's tutorial Confidence Interval and Hypothesis Testing. I understood the first part of the article but I dont understand "Hypothesis Testing"...
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Forward Start Spread Options

Question: We have a spread option with payoff: $\max (P_{T} - HR\times G_T, 0)$, where $P$, $G$ are underlying prices and $HR$ is a constant. At time zero only contract $G$ is available for ...
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Examples of discrete math within quantitative finance

The Wikipedia article on quants mentions discrete mathematics as a possible piece of their mathematical background. Are there good examples of problems within quantitative finance that are heavily ...
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Stochastic integral representation of $F(T-s,X_s)$-type equations

For $T\in R$ given and fixed consider: $$ {\rm d}F(T-t,X_t)=g(T-t,X_t)\,{\rm d}W_t. $$ where $g(t,x)$ is a given functions and $X_t$ is a given process driven by a brownian motion ($dX_t=(...)dt+(...)...
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Transformation of random variables and second-order stochastic dominance

Suppose $X$ and $Y$ are two random variables where $X$ SOSD* $Y$. Let $g(\bullet)$ be a monotonic function and $X'=g(X)$ and $Y'=g(Y)$. Under what conditions of $g$ is $X'$ SOSD $Y'$? I know if $g$ ...
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Why do most interest rate formulas, and indeed finance in general, add 1 to a rate and then subtract afterwards? [closed]

For example, in the formula that shows the relationship between the nominal and effective interest rate shown below, 1 is first added to in/m and then 1 is subtracted from the result. What is the ...
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Approximation of Forward Rates in discrete time

The forward rate from time $t$ to $T$ ($f_{t,T}$) can be approximated by: $$ f_{t,T}= \left[ \frac{(1+r_T)^T}{(1+r_t)^t} \right]^{\frac{1}{{T-t}}}-1 \sim \frac{(1+r_T)^T-(1+r_t)^t}{T-t} $$ Why is ...
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standard brownian vs brownian motion

We say Xt with paramters (µ,σ) is brownian process if (Xt-s - X t) ~N (µs,σ2 s) AMONG other conditons . Here we don't speak about any particular distribution for X t. We only say it is a brownian ...
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Finding the process of $X/Y$

This comes from Mark Joshi's concepts of mathematical finance exercise 4 chapter 11. If $$dX_t = \alpha X_t dt + \beta X_t dW_t$$ $$dY_t = \alpha Y_t dt + \gamma Y_t d\tilde{W}_t$$ with $W$ ...
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Is there an intuitive explanation for why Kelly gambling ignores odds?

I have just learned about Kelly gambling from Chapter 6 of Cover & Thomas' Introduction to Information Theory. The mathematical setup is that we have a horse race, with horse $i$ winning with ...
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4-point Trapezium rule for numerical integration

Background: This is in reference to Mark Joshi's concepts of mathematical finance ch.7 problem 11. Question: We have in the Black-Scholes model: $S_0 = 1, T = 1, \sigma = 0.1, r = 0$. A ...
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Anti-thetic sampling and second moment matching

Background: This is in reference to ch 7 problem 10 of Mark Joshi's concepts of mathematical finance. Question: A normal random generator produces the following draws: $$0.68, -0.31, -0.49, -0....
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Mark Joshi, The concepts and practice of mathematical finance chapter 6 exercise 6 [duplicate]

Suppose a stock allows a geometric Brownian motion in a Black-Scholes world. Develop an expression for the price of an option that pays $S^2 - K$ if $S^2 > K$ and zero otherwise. What PDE will this ...
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Mark Joshi, The concepts and practice of mathematical finance chapter 6 exercise 4

Let an asset follow a Brownian motion $$dS = \mu dt + \sigma dW$$ with $\mu$ and $\sigma$ constant. The constant interest rate is $r$. What process does $S$ follow in the risk-neutral measure? ...
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Mark Joshi, Chapter 5 Problem 2 of The concepts and practice of mathematical finance

If $$dX_t = \mu(t,X_t)dt + \sigma(X_t)dW_t$$ with $\sigma$ positive, show there exists a function $f$ such that $$d\left(f(X_t)\right) = v(t,X_t)dt + V dW_t$$ where $V$ is constant. How unique is $f$...
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Can someone please verify or disprove this Sharpe Ratio math logic for me

I want to start by stating a problem that I wanted to figure out initially so that this all ties in somehow. I initially wanted to figure out if individual securities in an efficient portfolio all ...
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I need liquidity metrics of a portfolio (2-5 bonds) that takes into consideration difference in size of bonds and maturity profile

Context: I have bond A from say Apple, Apple also issued different types of bonds , namely B , C, D, E bonds. Bonds A B C D E are all same, except, they were issued at different times, have ...
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Mark Joshi, Quant Interview Question problem 2.34; replicating a digital option on a 4-step symmetric binomial tree

Question: Team $A$ and team $B$, in a series of $7$ games, whoever wins $4$ games first wins. You want to bet $100$ that your team wins the series, in which case you receive $200$, or $0$ if they ...
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Why do we have to use discretization methods for SDE?

I haven't found the answer for the question above in google. Why can't we just discretize the equation instead of using methods like euler or milstein for the discretization.
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How to run optimization to achieve an equal active weight portfolio?

I am trying to build an equal active weight portfolio, while minimizing the total risk. However, my constraint of equal active weight always leads to 0 active weight for everything. I know 0 active ...
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CDS protection/contingent leg pricing, taking expectation of interest and hazard rates

The Pricing and Risk Management of Credit Default Swaps, with a Focus on the ISDA Model Screenshot: Pricing protection leg of a CDS, by OpenGamma In the screenshot above, I am having trouble ...
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Calculating the ideal initial capital value to optimize a growth model

I'm trying to work out a method for finding the initial capital value that allows someone to run out of money at the exact time they reach mortality. Currently, I'm graphing the annual total capital ...
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The Heston Solution For European Option - Jim Gatheral

I have this equation (Eq. (2.4) "The Volatility Surface - A Practitioner's Guide" by Jim Gatheral (Ed. 2006)): $$-\frac{\partial C(v, x, \tau)}{\partial \tau}+\frac{1}{2}v \frac{\partial^2 C(v,x,\tau)}...
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Likelihood Ratio Method - Delta

I was checking Glasserman(2004) - Monte Carlo for Financial Engineering and got to the likelihood ratio method. I am also looking in my textbook (M. Cerrato: The Mathematics of derivatives securities ...
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Intuition behind log return of portfolio = weighted sum of log returns

Suppose we have $n$ assets, each of which has weight $w_i$ in the portfolio. The log return of asset $i$ is denoted by $r_i$. What's the intuition why this holds approximately: $$ ln \left( \sum_i ...
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Swap contract comparative advantage

Corporation $A$ has an excellent credit rating and can borrow at a fixed rate of $5\%$ or a floating rate of LIBOR + $1\%$. Corporation $B$ has a somewhat less excellent credit rating and can borrow ...
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Pathwise Derivative To Estimate Delta

I am trying to estimate delta using the pathwise derivative method (Broadie and Glasserman (1996)) and I stuck on this part: Here is the other notation defined: Here is my C++ code I have written so ...
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European call delta derivation

Let's write $S(T) = S_T$ and $S(0) = S_0$. We want to compute $\frac{d}{dS_0}\mathbb{E}[f(S_T)]$. From a previous discussion this is equal to $$\mathbb{E}_{S_0}\left[f(S_T)\frac{g'_{S_0}(S_T)}{g_{S_0}(...
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Using crude Monte Carlo

Background Information: The crude Monte Carlo algorithm for the arithmetic Asian call option is $$Y = e^{-rT}(\overline{S}_A - K)^{+}$$ and the control is $$C e^{-rT}(\overline{S}_G - K)^{+}$$ The ...
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Deriving Cox, Ingersoll and Ross expression for the relationship between forwards and futures, how do they conclude a specific step?

I'm trying to derive a specific relationship about the relationship between forwards and futures from "The relationship between forward and futures prices", written 1981 by Cox, Ingersoll and Ross (...