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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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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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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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Proxy for a trigonometric angle function [closed]

You can't calculate an actual/real angle with the sine function with discrete market data. I need a substitute value for inputs that require an angle value. If you're only calculating the angle ...
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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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Is linear programming important for quant?

I'm thinking about taking a course on Linear and Convex Programming, but I don't know how useful it is in the real world finance. Which areas in finance is mathematical programming used?
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Preparation for interview: influx of power of the moon

I am preparing myself for an interview for a quantitative analyst position and one of the sample questions asked in previous examinations was: "Suppose the moon were to disintegrate, and fall to ...
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How does one go from measure P to Q(risk-neutral) when modeling an asset paying dividends?

I am really having a terrible time applying Girsanov's theorem to go from the real-world measure $P$ to the risk-neutral measure $Q$. I want to determine the payoff of a derivative based an asset ...
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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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What are the options for a mathematician to break into QF without working for a fund? [closed]

I have a degree in mathematics, and I've worked as a statistician and done some programming work. I'm very strong in my math/stats/programming background and have browsed some QF books, and I'm very ...
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How to solve for K when setting the differential of a vega option with respect to K equal to 0?

The question is as follows: Let $v = S_0 \phi(d_1)\sqrt{T}$. Solve the following equation for $K$. $$ \frac{\partial v}{\partial K} = 0 $$ By finding $\frac{\partial v}{\partial d_1}$ and $\frac{\...
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How can I go about applying machine learning algorithms to stock markets?

I am not very sure, if this question fits in here. I have recently begun, reading and learning about machine learning. Can someone throw some light onto how to go about it or rather can anyone share ...
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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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Is there a formula for future value of a growing annuity with yearly payment growth and monthly payments?

My example is saving for college: assume a start of 0 balance deposits of 200 made monthly, every year they increase by (g) 2% to account for salary increases, first deposit made at the end of the ...
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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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Implications of the Riemann hypothesis in finance?

I was recently at a seminar by a top hedge fund manager at a top university for finance students, when one of the finance professors asked him what do you think are important areas of research for my ...
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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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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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Integration in the context of modelling with the Meixner Process

I failed to evaluate the integral of $\frac{e^{ax}}{x\sinh(bx)}$ with respect to $x$ from negative infinite to positive infinite. What techniques can I use to evaluate the integrals of such kind for ...
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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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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 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, 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, 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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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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Foward-start option pricing

Consider a probability filtred space $(\Omega, \mathcal F, \mathbb F, \mathbb P)$, where $\mathbb F = (\mathcal F_t)_{0\leq t\leq T}$ satisfing the habitual conditions and is generated by $1 d $- ...
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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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What is a martingale?

What is a martingale and how it compares with a random walk in the context of the Efficient Market Hypothesis?
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Optimal stop-loss reinsurance

What are some methods for optimizing stop-loss reinsurance? I've found an article on the minimization of the variance. I also know about the method of average-at-range. Can we apply a method for ...
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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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PDE pricing of barrier options in BS

Path-dependent options in BS framework is intuitive to price with monte-carlo under risk-neutral measure, however it appears that several kinds can be priced with PDEs. I understand how does the story ...
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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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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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Is a linear combination of GARCH processes also a GARCH process?

If two time series follow a GARCH process, and a third is a linear combination of them, is the third also GARCH process?
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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 (...