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Questions about models for the valuation of option contracts.

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QuantLib Python: caplet/swaption pricing under dual curve

Is there a way to price caplets/swaptions in QuantLib python (v 1.6.2) under dual curve i.e. pass projection curve for forwards and discounting curve for discounting the cash flows? Goutham has an ...
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Monte Carlo option pricing with R

I am trying to implement a vanilla European option pricer with Monte Carlo using R. In the following there is my code for pricing an European plain vanilla call option on non dividend paying stock, ...
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Arbitrage opportunity between two call options with strike price \$40, \$30 and cost \$4, \$3 respectively?

Question: Given two call options $c_1$ and $c_2$ with strike price $30$ and $40$ respectively. If $c_1$ costs \$3 and $c_2$ costs \$4, is there an arbitrage opportunity? My attempt: Short $c_2$ and ...
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Graph of European call option value versus future price

Given a standard European call option on a non-dividend-paying stock. Draw the graph of call price at time $t$ versus the future price $F(t,T)$. The future price $F(t,T)$ is observed at time $t$, ...
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Delta of an option which is approaching expiration when stock price decreases

The following is an interview question. It is 10 months since you sold a one-year European call option to a customer. You have been delta-hedging your exposure to the written call since it was sold....
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Why are put and call options worth the same despite that put has no upside whereas call has unlimited upsides?

The following is an interview question. All Black-Scholes assumptions hold. Assume no dividends. Consider a standard European call and a standard European put on the same stock. Assume that each ...
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How do you price an option on multiple things>

Suppose, for simplicity, I want to cover the U.S. stock market by buying ETFs for the Russell 1000 and Russell 2000. But I want to overweight small cap, so the Russell 3000 won't do. Also, let's ...
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Martingale representation of European option

Let stock price $S$ satisfy $$S(t)=S(0)e^{(\int_0^t\sigma(s)dB_s-\frac{1}{2}\int_0^t\sigma(s)^2ds)}$$ I want to calculate the Martingale representation $V(t)=E(F|F_t)$ of European option with strike ...
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Pricing European call with Feynman-Kac

I am trying to calculate the solution to the Black-Scholes (BS) equation using the Feynman-Kac (FK) formula for a simple European call. According to FK, the solution to BS is the discounted average of ...
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Risk Neutral and Real World Valuations using Monte Carlo

Assume I'm an investor that wants to sell exotic put options. No one else is selling my kind of put option, so I need to determine my own "Market Price" through Monte Carlo simulation. I know that by ...
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Is Local Stochastic Vol needed in order to price barrier options?

I'm trying to understand when it is appropriate to use stochastic local volatility models rather than local volatility ones. More precisely, for which products is it appropriate to introduce a ...
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Modelling Theoretical Value [closed]

Quick bit of background. I'm adding a little options market making into my normal crypto derivatives trading, and I'm currently writing the software to help me do that effectively. One thing I'm ...
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Cos Method in Finance / Practice

A lot of my professors advised me on doing an undergrad thesis that has something to do with the "relatively new" cosine method (~10 years). What applications are there in Finance of the FFT/Cosine ...
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Black Scholes theta as function of time to maturity

I would like to understand why the Black and Scholes greek letter theta for european call option behave in the following way: as time to maturity is far away (right part of the x-axis in the the ...
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Fourier transform method: the reason why it's beneficial to put points of interest on the middle of the “time-domain”?

I was trying to solve European option pricing problem using Conv method (introduced by Lord in 2008 https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/0632/460bd50b2151f74ac40028df4cc60e73a884.pdf). The final step of ...
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Variance of a spread for options on spreads

I was reading the paper: https://people.umass.edu/nkapadia/docs/Negative_Vega.pdf In the equation $(5)$, he is defining the variance of the spread as: $$\sigma_1^2S_1^2 + \sigma_2^2S_2^2 - 2\...
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Solving for unknowns in Black-Scholes equation using Python

I have defined the Black-Scholes equation in Python as follows: ...
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Call price in case of AOA

I have this exercice, and for the last question, i tried to say that with lower bound, $C > S_0 - Ke^{-rT}$ which is $-8$ something but it doesn't make sense so i don't know what to do. Could we ...
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Floating Strike Lookback Call Option

Assume the risk-free bond $B_t$ and the stock $S_t$ follow the dynamics of the Black & Scholes model without dividends (with interest rate $r$, stock drift $\mu$ and volatility $\sigma$). If $r=\...
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Option Bounds in a risk-averse incomplete market

I was reading the article "On option pricing bounds" by Ritchken(1985). It uses linear programming to determine options upper and lower bounds. Given a single period model, the stock price will have ...
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Why does the price of a butterfly spread increase are rate exponential [closed]

I know that stock prices are assumed to be Stochastic processes that follow Geometric brownian motion. The expectation of stock prices at time T given stock price at time 0 is: $e^{-rT}S_0$. However, ...
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Replicating portfolio with stock, bond and call option

I am trying to interpret: I am having trouble interpreting the replicating strategy: Context: $\phi$ is a generic payoff function, 0 < S < $\infty$, assumed throughout to be twice ...
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Alternative derivation of Black Scholes by Merton

I am currently reading the Theory of Rational Option Pricing (1973) by Robert Merton. In the paper, I encountered a section under the title "An Alternative Derivation of the Black- Scholes Model". I ...
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Reading this ichimoku cloud how do you read this wdfc chart?

Having trouble reading the charts as the breakouts aren’t clear What do you see in this chart?
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Quesion about the VBA function of continuous cap look up [closed]

Here is the VBA function to calculate the cap price Can anyone tell me what is N and t0? From the textbook, N = the number of reset (or payment) dates and t0 = time until the first reset date. But ...
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Pricing Equity Swaptions

Consider a swaption to enter into a standard equity swap as a fixed-rate payer, equity receiver, in which the notional principal is fixed. If the strike is K. the underlying swap starts at time 0=n ...
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A relatively useless but fun question for quants and physicists

Suppose I am a trader travelling in a very fast spaceship. What kind of SDE and corresponding PDE should I jot down and work with in order to ensure that there is no arbitrage (or if there is ...
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European Call option replication

An asset $S_t$ is evolving according to the Black-Scholes model. We want to replicate a call option on this asset by holding Delta units of the asset at every time. I use a Monte Carlo algorithm to ...
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Strictly increasing asset price under a risk-neutral probability measure?

I am reading a paper on option pricing under jump processes in continuous time. There is a section labeled examples where the authors work under a risk neutral probability measure and derive option ...
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Pricing of future options

I have the following question on futures options: There is a Black’s model, which is a variant of the Black-Scholes formula that is used to price stock options. The Black’s model prices future ...
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Pricing exchange options

I am really puzzled about the mechanism of pricing of exchange options using a change in numeraire: Suppose that $S^{(1)}$ and $S^{(2)}$ are stocks satisfying SDEs $$dS^{(1)}_t = \mu_1 S^{(1)}_t \,...
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Intuitive explanation of why ITM options have low Time/Extrinsic Values?

While brushing up on my knowledge about the Greeks, I have been struggling coming up with an intuitive, probability-based explanation behind why not only Out-of-the-Money (OTM), but also In-the-Money (...
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working with eurodollar options with strikes > 100?

I am trying to extract the implied volatility from options on Eurodollar futures. My understanding is that I should be converting the Underlying Price and Strikes to rates (S = 100 - FuturesPrice, K* =...
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Delta hedging: theoretical value vs actual price

One way to derive the Black-Scholes PDE is via the Delta-hedging argument: Suppose that $V_t = V(t, S_t)$, for some function $V: [0,T] \times \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$. We construct a portfolio by ...
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Option pricing: Relationship between Theta and early exercise

I am confused about the following: For a European put option, the parameter $\Theta$ is given by $$ \Theta= \frac{d V}{dt} = -\frac{SN'(d_1) \sigma}{2 \sqrt{T-t}} + rK e^{-r(T-t)}N(-d_2).$$ My ...
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Why Joshi defined option value to be discounted payoff using risk neutral expectation?

Currently I am reading Mark Joshi's The Concepts and Practice of Mathematical Finance. At page $59,$ the author mentioned the following. Instead of requiring that every portfolio should have ...
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Change of numeraire/probability when asset pays dividends

So I was looking at Margrabe's formula for exchange call options in the book 'Mathematical Methods for Financial Markets' (Jeanblanc, Chesney, Yor), and I was having trouble justifying their change of ...
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What is the name (Greek) for sensitivity of an option's Theta to the Time to maturity?

All other second order sensitivities of option prices to underlying price, volatility and time, seem to have a commonly accepted names: Gamma, Vanna, Charm, Vomma/Volga, Veta as documented here (...
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what is the state of the art method for hedging barrier options?

I want to create my own Barrier options for some security, I want to trade. I did some literature review, and found a static replication method, and many dynamic replication methods. I want to know ...
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Does an option need to be tradable for Black Scholes pricing formula to hold?

Given the classic Black-Scholes model, e.g. $dS(t)/S(t)=rdt+\sigma dW^{\mathbb{Q}}(t)$ with $S(0)=S_0$ and $dB(t)=rB(t)dt$ with $B(0)=1$, whereby $r$ and $\sigma$ are constants and $\mathbb{Q}$ ...
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Option arbitrage on two correlated or cointegrated underlying assets

If two indices are highly cointegrated, does it allow for some set of statistical arbitrage strategies for european options for which those indices are single underlyings ? Does answer change if ...
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What is the best method to factoring/calculating pre and post event volatility? Such as for company earnings

What is the best method to factoring/calculating pre and post event volatility? Such as for company earnings.
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Local volatility Formula and How To use it

I'm new to Volatility Modelling, so the content of this question may be completely wrong and th question naive. I'm reading "The volatility surface" by Gatheral. I'm trying to get a sense of the first ...
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Understanding $N(d_1)$ and $N(d_2)$

Firstly, if the solution to geometric Brownian motion is $S_t = S_0 \exp((r-\sigma^2)t + \sigma W_t$ then if I have a payment that is not necessarily a full call option e.g. if the exercise price $K$ ...
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Optimizing monte carlo code in python [closed]

What are they key points to use while coding a monte carlo simulation in python? I have the following monte carlo code : ...
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Duan (1995) GARCH Option Pricing Model with MATLAB

This is the MATLAB code that replicates the option pricing model proposed by Duan in his paper "The GARCH Option Pricing Model". However, the parameters estimated in the file do not match with the ...
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Calibration using only strike price

I have a binary option and want to calibrate it's BS pricing model. I only have a series of Strike Price vs the Option price, no knowledge on time to maturity, volatility, risk free rate or the ...
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Arbitrage free in a Black-Scholes/Poisson model

I am trying to solve the following exercise from Bjork's Arbitrage Theory in Continuous Time: Consider a model for the stock market where the short rate of interest $r$ is a deterministic ...
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Option pricing with definite integral

I would like to consider a slight generalisation of this question, which I recall here: At date of maturity $T_2$ the holder of a financial contract will obtain the amount: $$ \frac{1}{T_2−T_1}\...
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Caplet price under stochastic volatility is the black price integrated over volatility distribution

Hull&White 1987 state that when the brownian motion driving the volatility and the brownian motion driving the forward rate are uncorrelated, the caplet price under stochastic volatility is the ...