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Black-Scholes vs Blacks model. Which one to use with SABR?

Say I want to compute a call price for a given set of SABR parameters. I use Hagans approximation and compute $\sigma_B$. The rate is not zero. Should I then compute the option price using Blacks ...
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Model-Free Option Pricing

From Breeden and Litzenberger (1978) and subsequent work, we may find the risk-neutral density $q_{S_T}$ of $S_T$ from European option prices - assuming there are enough traded options (e.g. SPX) via ...
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Valuation of Cash-Or-Nothing option

Studying options pricing, I'm stuck with the following problem: The price of a stock is described by the dynamic: $$dS_t = \mu\, dt + \sigma\,dW_t$$ Compute the fair price of a Cash or Nothing ...
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Is the Non-discounted Bachelier call option price a Martingale?

My math finance professor once said someting that I can't make sense of. Hope you can answer: For a foward process the non-discounted price for a European call option under Bachelier is $$C_t = \...
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Pricing with local volatility for derivatives beside options

Say I have calibrated an local volatility mode to market data on a forward on stock X. Say I want to price a derivative Y that is NOT a call/put option. What is the (or one of many) general strategy ...
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Control variate for pricing a best of assets option : $\mathop{{}\mathbb{E}}[ \max ( F^1_T,F^2_T, …,F^N_T )]$

I want to use Monte Carlo to price a best of assets derivative : $$\mathop{{}\mathbb{E}}[ \max ( F^1_T,F^2_T, ...,F^N_T )]$$ where the $F^i_T$ is the forward of the ith asset observed at expiry ...
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Swaption pricing and strategies

I am looking for resources (books, papers, websites, etc.) that deal with Vanilla and Exotic swaptions from a more advanced and quantitative perspective. I am interested in both the pricing side (e.g. ...
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Black Scholes Replication If Underlying Does Not Move?

Let's say you are long a call and want to replicate that call buy being short underlying and long bonds. If the underlying moves up in the next period but not enough to cover theta, the option ...
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Realized Option Return as a Function of Moneyness at Expiration

Main question: How does realized option return vary as a function of moneyness at expiration? Alternatively, if you have a crystal ball and see the exact price of a stock at some future date, what ...
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Simple Relation between Put Price and Zero Coupon Bond Price

Consider your standard European Put Option, with strike price $K$ and maturity $T$, and denote by $P_t(K,T)$ the price of this option at time $t$. Moreover, consider a standard Zero-Coupon bond with ...
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What is the reason that an American option has a lower volatility than an European counterpart?

I was researching some plain vanilla option American/Option data and I found some European option which are more expensive than there American counterpart (all other factors are equal, except for the ...
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Does high levels of vol-of-vol parameter in SABR lead to Arbitrage? (Something seems wrong with Hagans formula)

Main question: Do we need to restrict the vol-of-vol parameter in SABR further than $\text{vol-of-vol}>0$ and how do we determine the interval of vol-vol which the model is arbitragefree? ...
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What is the best book to learn about local vs. stochastic volatility, modelling and pricing of Exotics?

I am starting to delve into the world of Exotics and I am trying to find a rigorous yet understandable book that covers both mathematically and qualitatively (especially mathematically) the following ...
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Why do simulation schemes have difficulty in pricing options with low spots?

If you apply a simulation Scheme (log-Euler discretization, Euler discretization and even more advanced ones) on for instance SABR and other models, then they price a call option (where we can easy ...
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Most efficient way to find Option IV using binomial/BS model

I have a python script set up to run a loop to plug in different values for IV into the binomial model to get an option price as close as possible to the market price. My issue is that at the moment ...
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Simulation scheme for SABR beside the standard Euler discretization

QUESTION: Beside Euler Scheme, is there another more robust (and preferably easy to implement) way to simulate asset path with SABR dynamics? Simulation that will withstand even for high volatilities....
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Example of complex structured products on FX market?

Lately I have been working a lot with the vol smile and different stochastic volatility models with FX forwards data. Now I want to work with pricing examples through simulations. Can you suggest some ...
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Put-call parity for equity share and debt share

Considering Merton's structural approach" for credit risk modeling, we arrive to prove that the pricing formules are $S_t=V_t\phi(d_{T,1})-Fe^{-r(T-t)}\phi(d_{T,2})$ for equity share and $F_t=FP_0(t,T)...
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Risk-neutral pricing the “un”guaranteed benefits of an insurance policy

I'd love to know if the model of Black-Scholes-Merton could be used to anything that replicates the payoff of a call or option, for example: An insurance contract with participation ( meaning that ...
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Domestic and foreign interest rate; dividends?

The spot price AUD/USD is 0.6868, strike price is 0.6915,the 6 month ATM implied volatility for AUD/USD is 7.7% p.a., for the 6 month USD deposit rate is 2.28% and the 6 month AUD deposit rate is 1.45%...
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“BTP ITALIA” Inflation Linker Pricing

I have some issue with pricing of Italian linker bonds (http://www.dt.tesoro.it/export/sites/sitodt/modules/documenti_en/debito_pubblico/titoli_di_stato/BTP_Italia.pdf) . The issue is their specific ...
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Equivalence of Put Pricing Formulas

I have to show that: \begin{equation} P_{t,T}(K)=e^{-r(T-t)} \int_0^{\infty}\left(K-S\right)^+ q_T^S(S)dS \end{equation} is equivalent to: \begin{equation} P_{t,T}(K)=e^{-r(T-t)}\int_{-\infty}^{...
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Computing option price with rates only

Hi I am learning about options and came across this example: The spot FX rate AUD/USD is 0.6868, the 6 month ATM implied volatility for AUD/USD is 7.7% p.a., for the 6 month USD deposit rate is 2.28% ...
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Pricing barrier option under Levy process: Biased estimate?

I want to price a down and out call, barrier option, with the underlying asset following a Levy process. I am interest on the Kou double exponential model or the NIG process, to capture asymmetric ...
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Barrier option on a basket with arbitrary stochastic process

Suppose I want to price a Down-and-out European call, barrier option. However, the stochastic process is not a gBm or any other Levy process with known structure. Practically, I want a barrier option ...
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Why can't we create a “magic” basket of options to sell for no-arbitrage pricing in SVJ model?

I am learning how to price SVJ options and am reading some stuff on no-arbitrage pricing for SVJ model using the typical approach you would use (like in BSM option pricing) of creating a risk free ...
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How to interpret the (expected) exposure and CVA of an option or a single share

I have a quick (hopefully simple) question regarding the interpretation of the expected exposure of a call option and a single share. I've done some computations on the formula for the expected ...
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Constant Maturity Swap dates and conventions

Let's note $L(t,T_i,T_{i+1})$ the libor rate observed at $t$, fixing at $T_i$ with delivery at $T_{i+1}$. The natural delivery date for this rate is $T_{i+1}$, so a vanilla swap with no pay lag would ...
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Difference between modelValue from HestonModelHelper and NPV() from VanillaOption

I am trying to calibrate an Heston model and price vanilla option using Quantlib 1.15 and Python 2.7. I use the following code ...
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What is upper left vol?

First time question, so please let me know if you have feedback for how I am asking. I am reading a market research piece and it makes reference to the performance of "vol, particularly the upper ...
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American Put Option Pricing

I am trying to solve a question of American Put Option pricing as below. Build a 15-period binomial model whose parameters should be calibrated to a Black-Scholes geometric Brownian motion model with:...
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What is the easiest way to learn Option pricing with PDE?

I was reading about Ito's formula and Girsanov theorem, but I am still struggling to grasp how in reality these are combined to compute the price of an option. What are the main source to understand ...
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Least Squares Monte Carlo

Could you explain to me in words (no formulas) the concept of the Least Squares Monte Carlo method to price an American style option?
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A crash course in pricing

I need to refresh all the pricing theory. Is there anything like a crash course with practical and intuitive explanations? I will provide any further information. I am a mathematical engineer. I am ...
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How underlying asset price variance is connected with time

I'm dealing with option pricing models and there is a statement that says the variance of underlying asset price is propotional with time $𝑉𝑎𝑟(𝑆_{𝑚+1})=𝑆_𝑚^2𝜎^2Δ𝑡$ where $\Delta t = \frac{T}{...
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How to price the american options using local volatility

I have given with a surface of american option prices $C_{am}(T, K)$. From these american option prices the implied volatility surface is deduced. Now I want to find the local volatility $\sigma(s,t)$...
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Difference between local volatility and implied volatility [duplicate]

I have read several articles about local volatility and implied volatility, but I am still confused with the difference between the two. Please correct me if I am wrong: Implied volatility is the ...
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Option price with underlying growth rate distinct from discount rate

Consider a European style option. The price equation is $$\frac{\partial V}{\partial t} + \frac{1}{2}\sigma^2 S^2 \frac{\partial^2 V}{\partial S^2} + rS\frac{\partial V}{\partial S} - rV = 0 \tag1$$ ...
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How to retrieve greeks and IVOL historically for listed options (using Bloomberg)?

Is there a way to get Prices, IVOL and greeks on historic option contracts (eg on the underlying RXM15) on Bloomberg, and follow this particular option with Strike K throughout its lifetime (eg on ...
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Longstaff Schwartz with future conditional coupons

I've implemented the L-S algorithm for a simple put option. I want to value a more complex derivative which has future conditional coupons which only occur if the option is in the money. How would I ...
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Is it necessary for $P(K, t) - P(K + s, t) \geq se^{-rt}$ to hold?

Let $P(K, t)$ be a put option with strike price $K$ and expiration time $t$. Let $s > 0$. Is it necessarily true that the inequality $$P(K, t) - P(K + s, t) \geq se^{-rt}$$ holds? I know that ...
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Pricing call option on bond under CIR model by simulating noncentral chi square distribution

In the original paper of CIR model, there is a pricing formula about call option on bond $$ \begin{array}{l}{C(r, t, T ; s, K)} \\ {=P(r, t, s) \chi^{2}\left(2 r^{*}[\phi+\psi+B(T, s)] ; \frac{4 \...
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Pricing under risk-neutral probabilities for weird derivatives?

I would really appreciate some help to value a weird derivative that I've found in an assignment: $$ X=(S_{T_1}-k)^{+} = \max(S_{T_{1}}-k;0) $$ which expires at time $T_{2}$ and uses the price at ...
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Why not discount the dividend in the european put lower bound condition?

According to the european put lower bound condition: $ p \geq max(D + K \cdot e^{-r(t_2-t_0)} - S_0, 0)$ where $t_0$ is now and $t_2$ is maturity. Say $t_1$ is the dividend release time where $t_0&...
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Using Non-Risk Neutral (Risk Natural) Parameters to Price Options?

Please correct me if any of my following statements are false. My understanding as to why we use Risk Neutral Analysis is that it makes life easy, and ultimately, allows use to come to a closed form ...
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How does the Black Scholes Model Incorporate Log Prices Into Model?

I am still not understanding the link between log prices and how that is incorporated into the BS model. I understand why log(S) is assumed because it makes math easier and it prevents ending prices ...
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Forward Start Spread Options

Question: We have a spread option with payoff: $\max (P_{T} - HR\times G_T, 0)$, where $P$, $G$ are underlying prices and $HR$ is a constant. At time zero only contract $G$ is available for ...
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Longstaff Schwartz algorithm

I am new in finance, I have implemented the Longstaff Schwartz algorithm for pricing american otion - one asset (dimension = 1). My questions : Does this algorithm still efficient for a high ...
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One Period Binomial Option Valuation Model [closed]

My question here is how is the probability of an up move calculated by $(1+Rf-D)\over(U-D)$ derived where Rf is the risk free rate, D is the down move factor and U represents the up move factor. ...
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Why isn't this IV calc correct?

I'm trying to calculate implied volatility for the following put option: Stock price = 185.55 Strike = 180 Option price = 3.00 Days to expire = 63 I've run the ...