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Monte Carlo simulation methods are a broad class of computational algorithms that rely on repeated random sampling to obtain numerical results.

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Reliable random number generation for Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo methods typically require us to construct very large vectors of numbers. In doing so it is often of great importance that the generated random numbers are independent. My question here, as ...
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Hull-White Monte Carlo simulation - mean reversion function

Quite new to implementing Hull white model in Monte Carlo simulation, hope to get help for 1. how to get the function $\theta$ in the following formula (the function used to match initial term ...
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Vasicek Short rate simulation - analytical formula vs discretization

I've been using two approaches to simulate Vasicek short rate paths and I'm wondering if one of them is more correct than the other. The first approach is based on the analytical formula (see code ...
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R2 and index returns

The sp500, normally, is close to its moving average. Deviations from this avergae by two standard deviations or more occur only 5% of the time by definition. There is also a tendency, when prices are ...
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Monte Carlo price of European option on ZCB under Vasicek short rate

I'm trying to replicate the analytical result from the closed form Vasicek formula for European options on zero-coupon bonds using Monte-Carlo simulation. The interest rate paths I've simulated seem ...
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Can the Heston model be used to price ANY option?

I've been reading through Heston's work and different Monte Carlo extensions of it and it seems very interestingly flexible. I've mainly used an application of it for pricing Memory Autocalls. Am I ...
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Simulation of Heston model, best reference?

I am currently experimenting with various implementations for simulating the standard Heston model. \begin{eqnarray*} dS_t &=& \mu S_t \, dt + \sqrt{v_t} \cdot S_t \, dW_t^S \\ dv_t &=&...
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Autocall pricing: what does “Lipschitz continuous parameterization” mean?

I've been reading through this research paper (A Monte Carlo Pricing Algorithm For Autocallables That Allows for Stable Differentiation by T. Alm, B. Harrach, D. Harrach, M. Keller) about a method for ...
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How to reduce variance in Monte Carlo using Control Variates when spot prices are decreasing?

I'm trying to use the Control Variates technique to reduce the variance of the estimate obtained from a Monte Carlo simulation for option pricing. As suggested in the book by Glasserman I'm using this ...
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When pricing with Monte Carlo using market prices, should we use only the first price or all the prices to create the paths?

I have a vector $S=(S_0,S_1,...)$ of monthly oil spot prices and for each of them I have to compute, using Monte Carlo, the price of the forward contract having it as underlying asset. The equation ...
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How to perform Monte Carlo simulations to price a Forward contract under the Schwartz mean reverting model?

Objective: (1) Implement the Euler Explicit Method for solving the PDE for option prices under the Schwartz mean reverting model. (2) Compare with a Monte Carlo simulation. I'm stuck with point 1 (...
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Heston Discretization dt

I’m trying to figure out the discretization of the Heston model. In the choice of dt, I have seen several ways that people specify this number. Would it not just be ...
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Simulation of price ratios

How to go about simulations of variables like price-to-book or dividend yield? Basically I would like to do a simulation based testing of an investing strategy (other than historical simulation). It’s ...
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Cox-Ingersoll-Ross: Monte Carlo Simulation

I am trying to build a Monte Carlo simulation in Excel (yes, far from optimal) for valuation of a callable bond. I have some experience with MC simulation on path dependent derivatives with stocks as ...
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Issue in Pricing Binary Options using Heaviside Function and QuantLib Python

I am trying to price binary option using MC Simulation and Python QuantLib Library. The price of the option matches with the Analytical Engine. However, I am not sure how to incorporate the Heaviside ...
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Issue in Pricing Barrier Options using MCBarrierEngine in QuantLib Python

Extremely sorry for bugging the community again, but I am struggling with finding proper documentation of QuantLib Python. I am trying to price Barrier Option using MC Simulation. Here is the code: <...
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Which infinite activity Levy process is the most popular for option pricing

Hey I heard about different Levy processes with infinite activity like VG, NIG, Meixner or CGMY process, but which proccesses are the most popular? And which processes can be simulated (as simple as ...
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Greeks: Estimate gamma by Monte Carlo finite difference

When I was using Monte Carlo to calculate the gamma of a vanilla call option by finite difference method, I stuck in this weird situation as below. Consider this, $$ Gamma = \frac{CallPrice(S^{up}_{T})...
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Monte Carlo approach and methods for generating random returns

Recently I found myself reading more about Monte Carlo approach in m.v. portfolio optimization framework. I already discuss the topic on this forum (if interested please consider the following links - ...
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Does anyone have any suggestions on using Monte Carlo simulations to calculate Greeks of basket option?

I'd ideally like to use algorithmic differentiation or finite difference methods to approximate the Greeks of a basket option. It would be a European style basket on $N$ stocks with the payoff being $\...
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Pricing deep OTM and short expiry options with Monte Carlo methods

Is there any good variance reduction technique to price with MC deep OTM and short tenor options under Local Volatility? Can importance sampling be used? I couldn’t find any reference which does not ...
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MonteCarlo Value at Risk for a bonds portfolio

As mentioned in the title, I am trying to calculate MC VaR for a portfolio consisting entirely of bonds. I already modeled the zero curve using Vasicek and Cox,Ingersoll & Ross models. Next steps ...
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Simulating correlated stock paths to calculate VaR

So I wanted to generate a Monte Carlo simulation for two correlated assets to derive then the VaR as a quantile of the generated distributions. My code is the following, where the input parameters are ...
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Implementation of Stratified Sampling in Monte Carlo

Background I am trying to implement Monte Carlo Simulation with Stratified Sampling for barrier option under Black Scholes Model. I understand there is an analytic formula for this instrument and we ...
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simulate volatility surface

Assuming I have a stochastic volatility model for an asset, if I wanted to use it for pricing I would proceed in the following way: Use Euler discretization to simulate a sample path of the price and ...
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Euler Discretization to use with Monte Carlo simulation and Local Volatility Model

Like in the title, I am working on running Monte Carlo simulations to price options with the Local Volatility model as a project. I just want to make sure that I am understanding the process, ...
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Multivariate MC: what am I doing wrong?

I am trying to generate multivariate MC results presented in this paper A Simple Generalisation of Kirk’s Approximation for Multi-Asset Spread Options by the Lie-Trotter Operator Splitting Method, by ...
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What options are typically priced in practice by Monte-Carlo simulation?

More or less as the title states, for which options is the industry standard to price using Monte-Carlo simulation of the underlying, and for which of those options is this the only alternative? I ...
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Correct way to calculate interest rate volatility for risk calculations

I'm trying to include interest rate derivatives in some Value at Risk calculations and am having trouble getting trustworthy values. My current approach is to look at the appropriate risk factor for ...
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Effect of correlation on a best-of rainbow option

EDIT 2: I found the problem(s) and the prices seem to behave as expected now. For anyone interested there was a bug when normalizing the dependant ranom normal variates used in the simulation, so ...
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How to best predict option prices using Brownian motion and compare it to the Black and Scholes model?

I am trying to use Brownian motion to predict option prices and compare the outcomes to Black and Scholes. For this purpose, I would like to calculate the average returns (mu) and volatility (sigma) ...
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What are the most difficult/computationally expensive/infeasible derivatives to price?

I'm not sure if this question has a concrete answer or if it's more of a fun game, but I suppose the question that does have a concrete answer is what's the most difficult instrument to value that has ...
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Simulated VaR with differently distributed processes

I am attempting to calculate the one-month 95th and 99th percentile profits for a two-year portfolio of energy-generating assets over the next three months. This means that the calculation has two ...
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What does it mean to change the initial average value to asset an asian-american option?

I am currently trying to replicate the Longstaff (2001) paper where he explained the least-squared approach to value American options. In section 4, he explained how to apply this method to asset a ...
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Is the differential between risk free rates the drift of an exchange rate only in the risk neutral world?

Take for example this passage from "Monte Carlo Methods in Financial Engineering". Is this a result of the risk neutral world or is this the real world drift as well? I've never seen the explicit ...
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Calibrating Short-Rate Models to Eurodollar Futures Prices via Monte Carlo

I have a short rate model specified in the risk-neutral measure $Q$ defined by the continuously compounded money market $\beta(t)=e^{\int_0^tr(u)du}$. I'd like to calibrate this model to a set of ...
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Minimum variance hedge ratio price difference vs. log-returns

So from my understanding Hull (2012) f.e. shows that the optimal hedge ratio minimizes the variance of the returns. But what happens to the variance of the prices? Is the Minimum variance hedge ...
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Lognormal correlation bounds for Monte Carlo

As the lognormal distribution imposes bounds of attainable correlations as discussed in https://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/41734/attainable-correlations-for-lognormal-random-variables my ...
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Risk-Neutral covariance matrix of arbitrage-free Nelson Siegel

For my thesis on a Bayesian sampling routine for a modification on arbitrage-free Nelson-Siegel I came across an equation that involves a matrix exponential within an integral, i.e. $\int_{0}^{\Delta ...
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Monte carlo error and minimum variance hedge ratio

So I was running a monte carlo simulation for two assets and a portfolio consisting of 1 quantity of the first asset and short a fraction x of the second asset to hedge, where the fraction is ...
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How do you calculate value at risk on a portfolio of fixed income instruments

I'm curious about this question both for a parametric "Delta" style approach and a Monte Carlo full revaluation approach and I will lead one question into the next. Taking the "Delta" approach first. ...
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Current discount rate of Hull White One-Factor Monte Carlo Simulation

I have a question about the Hull-White One-Factor Monte Carlo Simulation. As we know under the Hull-White One-Factor Model, the short rate follows a random process. So basically, every simulation path ...
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Sample path simulation using two random variables

I was wondering if there is a way of generating a sample path of a Geometric Brownian Motion using two independent standard normal random variables instead of just one. The exact scheme that uses ...
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Heston Monte Carlo or FFT Pricing

I am trying to better understand the Heston model and its implementation. It seems like a lot of people use the FFT method for calculating the call prices during the Heston calibration, but the Monte ...
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Degree of freedom input for Monte Carlo simulation of asset returns with multivariate t distribution

How do I calculate or estimate the degrees of freedom in order to perform a Monte Carlo simulation of asset returns with multivariate t distribution using R functions? I am able to calculate the mean ...
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How are non-equity derivatives handled in monte carlo Value at Risk simulations

If you have a portfolio of stocks and options it's straight forward enough to generate correlated stock paths and evaluate the positions at the end of the time horizon, but what do you do if your ...
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Advantage of copula over estimation based on historical data

It seems to me hard to intuitively understand the concept of copulas and their advantages. For example, why would it be better to estimate value at risk of portfolio by modelling its asset returns ...
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Beta estimates of Regressions on AR(1) Process

I am currently working through the paper The Myth of Long-Horizon Predictability [1] and I got stuck in reproducing the empirical results in Section 1.4. It is my understanding that time series of ...
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Python Monte-Carlo Convergence

Edited to include VBA code for comparison Also, we know the analytical value of the simple Call option, which is 8.021, towards which the Monte-Carlo should converge, which makes the comparison easier....
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Exact solution stock price with Vasicek interest rate model

Define two correlated stock price- and interest rate (Vasicek) processes, governed by the Wiener processes $W^{S}(t)$ and $W^{r}(t)$ $$dS(t)=r(t)S(t)dt+\sigma S(t)dW^{S}(t)$$ $$dr(t)=\kappa(\theta-r(...

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