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Meta-Theorem Bjork, arbitrage and completeness

In Tomas Björk's Arbitrage Theory in Continuous Time I found this Meta-Theorem: What does it mean "meta-Theorem"? That it cannot be proved and that this is only such an indication as to ...
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Linear factor representation Pricing kernel APT

following Cochrane (2005) and other insights, we know that under Arbitrage Pricing Theory (Ross, 1976), if investors believe returns follow a linear multifactor structure of the form $x^i=r^f+\sum_{j=...
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(Self-study) Futures, bonds, and arbitrage

I'm currently self studying futures, so I'm sorry if this questions comes off a bit stupid. I'm currently reading a book by Walsh, J.B. Knowing the Odds: An Introduction to Probability. I quote this ...
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No unique no-arbitrage price when the stock price can remain unchanged

In a 1-period binomial model, with initial stock price 100, if the stock price is either 50,100, or 150 after 1 period then how can I show there is no longer a unique no-arbitrage price for a European ...
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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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Are there values of the strike price for which an American put and European put have the same no-arbitrage price?

Assuming the options do not pay dividends, is there a strike price that satisfies this?
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STIR topics: Implied FX-OIS Basis and FX Forward/Swap Pricing

if someone could provide some clarity on the below: What is meant by 'Implied FX-OIS Basis'? For example: "ON JPY trading at parity, 1W implied OIS basis moved 70BP" and "3M Implied OIS basis moved ...
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Some basics of option pricing

I am a mathematician trying to learn finance on my own. Try to avoid financial lingo in your answer when not necessary. So I am trying to understand (European) option pricing under the no free lunch ...
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Link between spot and forward rates in no-arbitrage world

With reference to the forward exchange rate definition, let be: $S$: the spot rate $F$: the forward rate $r_d$ and $r_f$: respectively the domestic and foreign interest rates $DF_d$ and $DF_f$: ...
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How to calculate the interest rate under no arbitrage condition

We have two forwards with the same IBM share as the underlying asset. 1) The delivery date is two months from now, the forward price is 1.1 2) The delivery date is seven months from now, the forward ...
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Vanilla Call Option Priced Using Jump Diffusion Model

I'm reading a book called Quant Job Interview Questions and Answers and came across the following question and its answer, but cannot make sense of it, so I really appreciate your advice: Question 2....
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Deriving CAPM from APT framework

I was wondering if it is possible to derive the CAPM from the APT? My argument is that CAPM basically just is a 1 factor model, where the APT has multiple factors. Can any of you guys help me?
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Nonlinear dependency between prices

Can you help me with pricing theory? There are three assets: $A$, $B$ and $C$ with prices $P_A$, $P_B$ and $P_C$ respectively. There are two processes (production, transportation, etc.) that ...
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How to Take Advantage of Arbitrage Opportunity of Two Options

I got the following interview question and corresponding solution, but I have a different understand that might be wrong, so I really appreciate your advice on it: A European put option on a non-...
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A financial market is complete if and only iff there exists a unique equivalent martingale measure

Do you have any intuition behind the following theorem : A financial market is complete if and only iff there exists a unique equivalent martingale measure. I understand the easier version of ...
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Why do we need the self-financing assumption in risk-neutral pricing?

A portfolio is self-financing if the purchase of a new asset must be financed by the sale of an old one. \begin{align*} x_t(1+R) + y_tS_t = x_{t+1} + y_{t+1}S_t \end{align*} This says that, at each ...
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some questions about pricing an asset or nothing put option with a strike price equal to St

I am working on a homework exercise where the aim is to price an asset or nothing put with K = St, offcourse the normal formula could be used St * N(-d1), but I was wondering if pricing the asset by ...
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Required adjustments for stressed yield curves

I was looking at Basel proposed interest rate shocks. Using the standard US Treasury Yield Curve for the period starting from September 2017 to August 2019, I was able to construct Steep and Flat ...
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Exercise on arbitrage-free process

Consider the following problem, from Bjork's Arbitrage Theory in Continuous Time: Consider the standard Black-Scholes model. Derive the arbitrage free price process for the $T$-claim $\mathcal{X}$ ...
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Binomial model in Björk's Arbitrage Theory in Continuous Time

I am having some trouble with variable $Z$ introduced in chapter $2$ in Björk's text. In the beginning, it is the random variable that attains $u$ resp. $d$ with probabilities $p_{1}$ and $p_{2}$, i.e....
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Arbitrage pricing models

I have been reading Wu's Interest rate modeling and in his chapter on the HJM model he says that With arbitrage pricing models, the prices of the basic instruments are treated as model inputs ...
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Risk-neutral pricing and statistical arbitrages

I'm studying the martingale approach to asset pricing. Dealing with the concept of risk-neutral probability, I came up with a question about the possibility of "arbitrages in expectation". I'll be ...
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Is the undiscounted value process of a Euro call option under Bachelier model a Martingale? [duplicate]

Assume that $c_t$ is the UNDISCOUNTED price process for a European call option in Bachelier model. In Bachelier model call option pricing formula the formulas is discussed. The undiscounted value ...
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Covered Interest Rate Parity with FX Spot-Adjustment

The Covered Interest Rate Parity for FX is often quoted simplistically as $$ X_T \quad=\quad X_S \cdot \frac{D^{base}_T}{D^{quote}_T} $$ where $X_t$ is the (projected) FX rate at time $t$ (denoted as $...
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Fair price of a coupon paying bond

Consider a coupon paying bond with a maturity of $3$ years, that pays coupon annually. Let $c$ be the coupon rate (percentage) and let $F$ be the face value. This means that the holder of the bond ...
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No-arbitrage and the sharpe ratio?

I'm reading a paper and it says that in a no-arbitrage market the sharpe ratio is the same for all bonds. I'm guessing that a difference in two bonds sharpe ratios would open the possibility of ...
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Infinite Binomial Pricing no arbitrage

How to price a contract that pays only 1 at the first stock price drop? The stock follows an infinite binomial with no arbitrage $d<R<u$ condition. So the probability of the price going down is ...
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Why does risk-neutral price processes do not, in general, compose all arbitrage-free price processes?

I was reading reviewing my mathematical finance notes and I came across a remark I cant understand fully Remark :Contrary to discrete time models, the risk-neutral price processes do not, in general, ...
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When does funding cost of a portfolio enter into the portfolio's present value?

This question comes from some confusion when reading Hull's book and from the general concept of no-arbitrage/self-financing portfolios in stochastic finance books. I am not fully seeing the ...
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How to derive no-arbitrage conditions w.r.t. the variance of a trinomial tree?

For a trinomial pricing tree, some notes say there are two no-arbitrage conditions: (1) $E[S(t_{i+1})|S(t_{i})]=e^{r{\Delta}t}S(t_{i})$ (2) $Var[S(t_{i+1})|S(t_{i})]=[S(t_{i})]^2\sigma^2\Delta{t}$ ...
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Butterfly Arbitrage condition

I hope anybody can help me. According to Gatheral and Jacquier (https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2033323) no Butterfly Arbitrage can be expressed like this: Define the function $\...
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arbitrage free volatility surface

Why is calendar spread arbitrage equivalent to $\partial_t \omega(k,t) \geq 0, \forall k \in \Bbb{R}$ where $\omega(k,t) = \sigma^2(k,t) t$ and $\sigma(k,t)$ represents the Black-Scholes implied ...
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Prove unique arbitrage-free price implies attainable

I just read a Corollary in a finance course note: Suppose the market is arbitrage free and $C$ is a contingent claim. Then $C$ is attainable if and only if it admits a unique arbitrage-free price. ...
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No-arbitrage in term-structure models

I am a bit confused about what the implication of "no-arbitrage" in popular term struchture models (such as affine term struchtre models or HJM models) are? Is it solely a restriction on the cross-...
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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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Is there an arbitrage strategy if short selling of a stock is allowed?

Consider a market with a risk-free asset such that $A(0) = 100, A(1) = 110, A(2) = 121$ dollars and a risky asset, the price of which can follow three possible scenarios Is there an arbitrage ...
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Linear interpolation of local vol no arbitrage

We already know the equivalence between local vol, implied vol and option price and there ...
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Prove that a market is arbitrage free

The question is based on a one period model. Let a market be arbitrage free, and then let a security $X$ be added to it. Denote $P(X)$ as the price of this security at $t=0$. The security has the ...
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Basic Replication of European Call Option

I am looking at the very basics of replicating an option with a portfolio of risky and risk free assets. As such we can define a portfolio of $x$ no. of shares, $y$ bonds & $z$ options at time $(T)...
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Forward spot calculation for a dividend paying no-short sell ETF

I am trying to fit an implied volatility curve for options on the SSE 50 etf that has no borrow (no short selling allowed) and pays a single annual dividend. I originally thought I could use the ...
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Detecting butterfly spread arbitrage for American options through European option prices

It's easy to demonstrate that if European option prices are concave with strike, then an arbitrage exists. For example, the risk-neutral probability density is the second derivative of European put ...
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Does numeraire have to be a tradable asset

I thought we create replicating portfolios using underlying and the numeraire i.e. the numeraire has to be a tradable asset (assuming simple binomial model). But I have seen some examples which ...
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American put option in binomial model - arbitrage opportunity?

I'm sorry this must be an elementary question. I spent a good deal of time searching through webs including this site for the problem but I got none. Here's the problem: Say we have a binomial tree ...
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How does a Delta Hedged portfolio yield the Risk-free?

Here I'm considering the simple case of a dealer writing call options on a stock and hedging the short position with a "textbook" Delta Hedge, i.e. goes long on $N_c \times Delta$ stocks (where $N_c$ ...
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How to Calculate the Value of a Growing Perpetuity Using a State Price Matrix?

Summary I wish to value perpetual cash flows through state contingent claims on real consumption, where the state of the economy is assumed to follow a finite markov chain (Similar to Banz and Miller ...
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At some intermediate time $t$, does money actually change hands in the trading of a futures contract?

Assuming that the asset underlying a futures contract pays no dividends or associated (storage, etc) costs, I have the following formula for the price $F_t$ of a futures contract at time $t$: $$ F_t = ...
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Besides arbitrage opportunities, are there other properties that real world markets cannot have

The article "What is ... a Free Lunch?" nicely explains why market models with arbitrage opportunity are unlikely to describe financial markets of the real world. Are there other properties of ...
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No arbitrage conditions for normal implied volatility

usually the term implied volatility refers to Black-Scholes implied volatility (also Log-Normal volatility): it is defined as a quantity which when plugged in the Black-Scholes formula returns the ...
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Replicating portfolio for claim on stock with discrete dividend

This is a practice question for an exam: Consider a market consisting of a bank account with a constant interest rate $r$ and a stock $S$. The stock pays a proportional dividend of size $\...
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Pricing weighted/average stock price claim

In a market consisting of a bank account with a constant interest rate r and a non-dividend paying stock S, consider a T-claim that pays $X = S(T)/S(T_0)$ at time T, where $T_0 < T$. a) ...