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Questions tagged [option-pricing]

Questions about models for the valuation of option contracts.

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Intuition behind pricing derivatives irrespective of the drift of their underlying stock [duplicate]

I have been trying to understand this concept for a while now and I have read the solutions to questions on the same topic, but I feel all the answers miss the ‘intuition’ behind the idea and I was ...
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What is the trickiest thing to get right in Rates Quant recently (2019)?

What are the biggest challenges for Rates Quants in 2019? Most quants have been through a lot over the past years-shifting their SABR models in JPY swaptions, fixing the FVA models for negative rates, ...
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Do *all* non-dividend paying assets have the risk-free instantaneous return rate under the risk-neutral measure?

For simplicity let's consider a 1D BS world. The only source of randomness comes from the Brownian motion dynamics $dB_t$. The risk-free rate is $r$ (one may assume it as constant for the time being). ...
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Expected payoff at future time

Let $a$, $b$, $c$, and $e$ be constants, $W_1$ and $W_2$ be Brownian motions with correlation $\rho$, and $f(t)$ and $g(t)$ be deterministic functions of time. Let $X$ satisfy $$d(X(t))=(aX(t)+ef(t)g(...
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Black Scholes modified boundary conditions

Compute the price of the payoff $(2\log(S(T))-K)^+$. Before I do any algebra, I want to make sure I understand. To solve this problem, I need to solve the Black Scholes PDE with boundary condition $C(...
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Binomial correlation measure in the trivariate case

I have a question about the binomial correlation measure at page 530 in Hull(2009), Options futures and other derivatives (7th Edition) which is defined for the bivariate case as: $\beta_{AB}(T)=\...
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Is there a more efficient data structure to implement binomial trees than 2d array?

I'm just curious what is the "industry standard" for implementing a binomial tree (if "standards" exist in this case). For simplicity, let's just talk about the simplest trees with recombining nodes. ...
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European put price when stock price is 0 before maturity

According this answer, https://quant.stackexchange.com/a/39298/29108, the European put price (with maturity $T$) at time $t$ for a stock whose current price is $0$ should be the strike $K$ discounted ...
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How to determine the risk-neutral measure in a Heston model?

To clarify, I'm quite familiar with the risk-neutral pricing framework, and I know one can efficiently Monte-Carlo a Heston model via the non-central $\chi^2$ distribution approach. But so far we're ...
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If the value of a call option is not dependent on the drift of the stock, why does a higher stock price mean a higher call option price [duplicate]

I have read that the price of an option is not affected by the drift of the stock since the drift term doesn't appear in the Black Scholes PDE. I become confused because to me, this implies that the ...
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Barrier Option from binomial tree

What is the smallest information structure that is required for using the binomial tree to calculate the price of a barrier (up-and-in) option? My gut feeling is any node below the node that reaches ...
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Conditional Expectation with Indicator Functions for Poisson Process First Jump Time (Option Pricing PDE)

This is supposed to be for the derivation of a PDE for pricing a specific type of option, from the book 'Nonlinear Option Pricing' (Guyon). The option delivers $g(\tau, X_{\tau})$ at time $\tau$ if $\...
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Why does a higher stock value imply a higher call option value [closed]

This may seem like a very dumb question, but if the underlying stock price is greater, then why should a call option be worth more. My reasoning is that, if the option price is not affected by the ...
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Vanilla Option Prices from Local Vol Surface (using neither MC nor PDE)

There are numerous papers that describe the derivation of the Local-Vol equation using available market prices of options. For example: Dupire's formula (see e.g. OpenGamma (2013)) gives us LV in ...
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Dependency of an option price on time till expiry

I am trying to seek satisfaction when it comes to understanding why the price of an option is dependent on the time until expiry. I have read that the longer till expiration, the more time available ...
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Benchmark values for exotic options with highly nonlinear boundaries

I have created some modifications of least squares monte carlo algorithm for pricing american options which gives me lower and upper bound. Now I want to test how good it works for options with highly ...
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Bimodal option pricing based on P.D.F

is there any literature on option pricing given the pdf of the underlying asset - e.g. i am interested in seeing how prices for a range of strikes ought to compare based on, say, a simple normal ...
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Could option gamma be larger than option nominal value? [duplicate]

Assume FX Option giving a right to buy/sell some notional value in currency. Could it's gamma be larger than its notional value? Gamma achieves its maximum value at maturity. How can I rigorously ...
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Change of measure price put option

I hope you can help me out. I'm really stuck understanding this. In my lecture notes we calculated the price of a put option (maturity m,with strike price $(1+i)^m$, where i is some interest rate) as ...
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Black Scholes Replicating Portfolio Riskfree Asset

Im having a question about this standard derivation of the Black-Scholes formula: http://www.soarcorp.com/research/BS_hedging_portfolio.pdf The paper states $$C=\Delta S+B$$ and finally $\Delta = ...
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European put options

Why is it that for European Puts on Non-Dividend-Paying Stocks, the lower-bound for price is $$p=Ke^{-rT}-S_0?$$
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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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Getting option volatility off vol surface

I am currently looking into FX options. I am given a delta-tenor vol surface and I want to get the volatility of an option given its strike and time to expiry. I am reading about the method used and ...
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Proper maturity in the Merton's model

I am working on a credit rating project using Merton's model. Basically it adopts Black-Scholes that equity value can be viewed as a call option with a strike price of face value of debts. Since the ...
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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? [closed]

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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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 ...