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Questions tagged [option-pricing]

Questions about models for the valuation of option contracts.

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Which stock tick has its geometric asian call?

Many finance books introduce the pricing on geometric asian call/put options underlying black-scholes model, since its price has its explicit formula. I am not sure, if geometric asian option is ...
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What are the underlying events that the random variables map to the real line in the derivation of the Black-Scholes PDE?

When we first try and set up a model for the evolution of S, the value of the underlying stock, I have seen in a lot of textbooks that they model the evolution by the formula $$\frac{dS_t}{S_t}=\mu dt+...
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Difference between volatility measures of a basket of assets

I am trying to understand intuitively the difference between two different measures of realized variance of a basket of assets. The first measure I am aware of is when you take the realized variance ...
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why gamma decreases when option is deep in the money?

Gamma decreases when a call option goes either deeper in, or deeper out of the money. That is due the demand for the call option. I can imagine the demand for the option would decrease as it goes ...
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Uniqueness of Risk-neutral measure: Probabilistic view

Suppose we are working on the Black and Scholes Framework. There are only two assets, the risk-less bank account and a stock. The discounted process is a GBM under the physical measure with drift term ...
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Merton's Jump diffusion model: Specify poisson rate

Currently applying the Merton's jump diffusion to test how Option price change as parameters change. However, I am struggling to specify the poisson rate $\lambda$. We know that: $P(\text{There is a ...
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How to check if arbitrage is possibile in a recombining Binomial tree

Consider the recombining Binomial tree below; knowing that: $S_0 = 100$ is the cost of an asset at $t=0$ (now), $∆t$ is the distance between two time points, e.g. $∆t = 0.5 =$ six months, $...
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Data request: Option prices for a liquid index/stock

Currently doing a course project on option pricing as a part of my undergraduate studies. However I cannot find a free dataset $D=[d_1,d_2,...,d_N]$, which would represent a time-serie of daily option ...
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About buying and selling a cumulative parisian options

I ask my question here because I want to know more about the cumulative Parisian options introduced by M. Chesney, Mr. Jeanblanc-Picué and Mr. Yor in 1997, then developed by Hugonnier in 1999 and F. ...
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Valuing stock employee compensation securities

This may be a simple question but I wonder if Im oversimplifying it. I'm trying to decide how to value different Stock Employee compensations and in particular a Stock Appreciation Rights (SAR) Reward....
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How to price equity options using a Black76 implied volatility surface?

I would like to calculate the fair value of american and european options on various equities and indices using QuantLib C++. Since I do have discrete dividends available for most underlyings, I use <...
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Interpretation of Market Price of Volatility Risk

In option pricing with market model equipped with stochastic volatility, there are numerous times mentioning "market price of volatility risk" without even define or give any explanation regarding the ...
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What is the use of undiscounted Futures/Option Prices

Reading the great book of Gatheral on Vol Surfaces (link) I can't help but notice that throughout he uses undiscounted option prices (though he obviously never assumed rates to be zero). See e.g. ...
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Heston model computations

In the Heston model the dynamics of a single-asset $S$ are given by: $dS_t = rS_tdt+S_t \sqrt{V_t}dW^S$ where $W^s$ is a brownian-motion $W^S$ and the square root variance process $V$ is given by ...
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Asian basket option variance reduction control variates monte carlo

I have priced an Asian put option with three underlying correlated stocks. Now I want to try to reduce the variance using control variates. I have found great ideas when there is one underlying (thus ...
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How does LR binomial Tree Model handle input values which would cause NA result?

I am using C++ to implement a LR binomial Tree algorithm to price American options, but I find it would constantly generate invalid output, which is "nan" value in C++, although the input value seems ...
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Black Scholes on Eurodollar Options

I am trying to replicate the Black Scholes results of CME option calculator for options on Eurodollar Options. (link) I am trying to replicate the implied volatility result by unaltering the spot and ...
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Characteristic function of CGMY model

I have a basic question about the CGMY model which has characteristic function $$ \Gamma(-Y_p)\left((M-iu)^{Y_p}-M^{Y_p}\right)+\frac{C_n}{C_p}\Gamma(-Y_n)\left((G+iu)^{Y_n}-G^{Y_n}\right) $$ whith $...
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For equity options, does the implied vol change if the price of the underlying does?

For example, consider S&P options. My reasoning is rooted in the fact that VIX returns and S&P returns have a negative relationship, since VIX is a measure of S&P options' implied vol. ...
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Pricing a Double Knock In Option

I have been looking at pricing a barrier option that has payoff of your usual European Call option, $\max(S_T - K, 0)$ if the stock price exceeds a horizon $A$ and then afterwards drop under some ...
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Simulating assets of different currencies

I have a situation as follows: One year call option on a Euro stock with a Euro denominated strike. Knock in feature as follows - The option can only pay out if the growth in the Euro stock over ...
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Alternative derivation of the Black Scholes formula

I encountered the following derivation of the Black Scholes formula for call price. It may very well be an established method but I had never seen it before so I called it an alternative derivation. ...
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Regression techniques for bermudan Monte-Carlo

One knows that the price of a bermudan claim exercisable at times $T_1, T_2,\ldots, T_N$ is $$V_0 = \sup_{\tau\in\Gamma} \mathbf{E} \left[ e^{\int_0^{\tau} r_s ds} \varphi_{\tau}\left( x_{\tau} \...
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Pricing LIBOR options

I am trying to price interest rate options with the underlying as LIBOR. What rate do I use for the risk-free rate? Should the risk free rate be the LIBOR rate itself?
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Black and Normal Model for Caplet using Python

I am able to Price Caplet using Black 76 model in Python. However, I am unable to price the same with Normal Model. Can anyone suggest what is missing ? I am valuing caplet that caps interest rate on ...
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FX Hybrid Model with Smile

I’ve read the fantastic paper by Piterbarg on long dated FX options here: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=685084. One of the limitations of the paper is that the model mainly ...
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Arbitrage free smoothing of volatility smile - cubic spline - implementation procedure

I am studying the paper Arbitrage-Free Smoothing of the Implied Volatility Surface, from Matthias R. Fengler (https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/6978470.pdf). The problem I want to solve is much simpler ...
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Expectation of option value

Say we are in a BS world where the (conditional on t) price of a call is given by the usual $$V(S_t)=V(S_t;K,r,\sigma,T|F_t) = \Phi(d_1)S_t - \Phi(d_2)Ke^{-r(T-t)}$$ Now, what about the ...
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Suggestions of papers for computing market implied probability distribution function

I need suggestions of papers that propose simple and fast methods (not heavily dependent on simulations, nut can depend on simulation) to derive the market implicit probability distribution function ...
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SDE for option value

Given an SDE for an underlying: $$dS(t) = \mu(S,t)dt+\sigma(S,t)dW(t)$$ the SDE for the value of the option $V=V(S,t)$ is given via Ito's lemma as: $$dV = V_tdt+V_S\mu(S,t)dt+\frac{1}{2}V_{SS}\...
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Python package for option pricing models?

Is there a good python package for various option pricing models, e.g., Heston, SABR, etc? I found that it's even hard to find a good python implementation of Black-Scholes model (i.e., price + IV + ...
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condition of risk neutral pricing

The theorem says if $U$ is a numeraire and let $\mathbb{Q}^U$ be the corresponding measure. Then for every tradable asset $S$, the relative price $S_t/U_t$ is a martingale under $\mathbb{Q}^U$. But I ...
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Volatility Index for Industries

The VIX index is based on the S&P, I am wondering the feasibility of creating a VIX index for each of the S&P 500 Industries? Would this even be possible?
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Hedging with machine learning

I’ve been thinking about an interesting problem lately: Suppose I have a position in an exotic derivative. How can I automate the hedging process? Traditionally, one build a pricing model and ...
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Why my implementation of CRR model does not converge?

Recall that CRR (Cox-Ross-Rubinstein) model for option pricing is the usual binomial tree model with $u$ (up-factor) and $p$ (one of the risk-neutral probabilities) defined as follows: $$u = e^{\sigma\...
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Cash-or-nothing and Asset-or-nothing price derivation

I was wondering how to derive the price of a cash-or-nothing and asset-or-nothing option by trying to work out the expectation under the risk-neutral measure, while assuming that the underlying ...
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Value simple chooser option as a sum of call and put options

There is a well known formula for valuating the chooser's option price: $H_{chooser}=max\{C(S_t, K, T-t), P(S_t, K, T-t)\}=max\{C(S_t, K, T-t), C(S_t, K, T-t)+Ke^{−r(T-t)}−S_t\}=C(S_t, K, T-t) + max\{...
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Pricing a call option with pay-off function max{$S_T - S_{T/2}, 0$}

Pricing a call option with payoff function $C=\max\{S_T - S_{T/2}, 0\}$, where $S_T$ is geometric brownian motion. I appreciate any help! Please close this question if this is a duplicated question. ...
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Approximate Hagan formula for SABR model with negative beta

While looking into fixing the $\beta$ parameter (based the following regression: $\text{ln } \sigma^{ATM}_t = \text{ln } \alpha - (1-\beta)\text{ln }F_t$, as explained in West (2004), page 6) before ...
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Why do we need approximation in option pricing?

We know that we can get a closed form for European option price. And we can calculate directly the normal distribution accumulation. But I saw that people use many approximation methods such as ...
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Why do we require a continuous volatility calibration while pricing Options [closed]

On pricing Options the volatility surface is represented by a mathematical model (with parameters). What does it mean to calibrate the volatility surface How often has the volatility surface to be ...
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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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Usages of variance swap

I’m interested in variance swap. Considered from its feature, variance swap is used for betting the (historical) volatility of underlying asset. If we use it for hedge tool of Vega or Volga, does it ...
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Why futures pricing not calculated like options?

I have read about futures and options ( from online resources ). I only have the basic understanding,not math heavy ( for eg. for Black Scholes I know only the intuitive idea from the khan academy ...
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Calculating historical Volatility for the Black Scholes Model [closed]

Below is a problem from the book "Options, Futures, and other Derivatives" by John C. Hull. I did the problem but I am fairly sure that my answer is wrong. I am hoping that somebody can tell me where ...
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Option price of a future

This must be a dumb question. Consider a European option $V$ on a (stock) futures $F$. The hedging condition seems to be the same as that for a stock $$d\Big(V-\frac{\partial V}{\partial F}F\Big)=r\...
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Oscillating errors in finite difference Black Scholes

I am writing an implementation of the explicit finite difference method to price a standard european call option, and comparing the results to the corresponding analytical value to gauge the error ...
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Basic question about Structured Product Greeks

Say I'm dealing with a structured product (SP): a short put is financing a coupon which is dependent on the paths of the underlying. So typically pricing of an autocall. What's the delta of this ...
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Asset price simulation under Monte Carlo for option pricing using market data

I am trying to use Monte Carlo to price some exotic options. I have in mind to simulate asset prices under GBM (say S&P prices) using Monte Carlo and price the option accordingly from the payoffs ...
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Checking arbitrage for the SABR model - analytical vs numerical approach

I wish to check if the fitted volatility smile/surface from the SABR model for a fixed time period is arbitrage free. Through my research, I've learnt the following need to be checked: The RND (risk ...