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Strategic Asset Allocation and Multi-Asset Class Option Based Tail Risk Hedging

If a Strategic Asset Allocation is defined as an asset allocation to weather all investment environments and one which should be employed in the absence of any market views, it would appear that the ...
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Which delta-neutral construction method to pick? [closed]

There seem to be at least two methods that I know of: Classic buy option, sell underlying (or the reverse). Buy call and put (or the reverse). ... (I imagine there are others as well) In the context ...
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Managing/Hedging strangle with futures at strike prices

Since I am very new to options, I thought would be great to ask the opinions of the experts in this group. Please note that I will hold strangles till expiration. The goal is to sell strangles (OTM ...
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Option seller: Why is delta hedging required if I am long/short the underlying with same number of lots as the OTM options I sold?

Situation: Sold OTM call while long the underlying. Stock did not tank, it went up too much breaching the breakeven point (strike price+premium). If I sell 1 lot of call options and I am being long ...
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Why are there so many S&P 500 call options selling with strike @1000?

I am analysing option-implied RNDs and risk preferences for my masters thesis, so forgive me if I sound like a beginner in derivatives. I use WRDS to download my historic options data. I am looking at ...
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How to implement an “Active Long Volatility” Strategy?

The research paper "The Allegory of the Hawk and Serpent" describes an asset allocation referred to as the "Dragon" Portfolio, which allocates 18% to "active long volatility&...
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Option Based Portfolio Insurance OPBI Simulation Excel

I want to simulate an example of OBPI in Excel. I can't find any example online with random figures that show how to simulate it. I tried to understand the appendix of Perold (1995): Dynamic ...
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What put options would the Universa Tail Fund have bought?

According to this Bloomberg article, Universa was up 3,600% in March 2020, by hedging with extremely out-of-the-money puts: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-08/taleb-advised-universa-...
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How Are Option Model Assumptions Justified In Practice

I am reading this article, and I am wondering how comments like there may be a 50/50 chance that the underlying asset price can increase or decrease by 30 percent in one period. are reconciled with ...
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Why are these deep in-the-money FLEX options seemingly bought at a discount?

98% of the initial reference value is .98 x 267.88 dollars, which equals 262.52 dollars. However, the market value of each call contract they purchase is 247.42 dollars. How are they purchasing these ...
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Calculate borrow/loan or repo rate

I was given this question on interview and couldn't find an answer in time (it is a software developer job in a place that deals with options). Can someone explain how to do this or point me to a good ...
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Reference request for equity index gamma modeling

I read this article a while ago https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/all-you-ever-wanted-know-about-gamma-op-ex-and-option-driven-equity-flows and i've found a lot of success trading options using these ...
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Confusion about optimal choices with exotic options

With exotic options, holders usually face choices at certain times. In my understanding, the price of the option is determined by assuming the optimal choice is taken and computing the discounted ...
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Is there a sound logic for buying a portfolio of call options in the same ratio as you would buy the underlying shares?

Suppose I believe it would be profitable to build an investment portfolio by investing, say, USD 30,000 in stocks in the following ratio: 30% in shares of CompanyA, 30% in CompanyB and 40% in CompanyC....
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Calculating a Covered Call Strike with N% Probability that Shares Won't be Called Away

I'm starting to experiment with covered call strategies, and I'm trying to find the right strike price to sell for my covered calls such that I can maximize premium while being generally "...
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Optimal Covered Call Strategy [closed]

How do I compute the optimal strike / expiry / when to close or roll for a covered call strategy on a highly liquid underlying (e.g. SPY)?
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Simple strategies for tail risk hedging that retail investors can use

Universa Investments run by Mark Spitznagel popularized the idea of portfolio insurance (also known as tail hedge) protecting the investor against severe market declines (tail risks). By using this ...
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Equivalent combination of puts

Suppose that a certain stock is currently worth $S_0=\$61$. Consider an investor that buys one call with a strike price equal to $K_1=\$55$, that costs $c_1=\$10$, buys another call with strike price ...
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What are an option's “tested” and “untested” sides? [closed]

What does 2 below mean? Adjust what once? What do tested and untested side mean? teamspritemini. 2 points 3 years ago My preference is as follows: If Naked, 3X premium as stop ...
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What does buying back a “short strike” for .05 mean?

What does the red phrase below mean? doougle. 7 points 3 years ago. This is one of the "not as easy as it sounds" things about options. You always hear things like "Make money if the ...
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Active vol strategy within a portfolio

Suppose I'd like to have 10 % of my portfolio allocated to "long volatility" by rolling straddles . Obviously going all in on one trade implies significant risk of losing all the money. Does anyone ...
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How to normalise options? Normalise strike price, premium, tenors

I would like to normalise options, to being able to compare it. Make price of underlying symbol = 1, have same tenors, and same step for the strike price. 1) Use 1 as stock_price and scale ...
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How to visualise Option Strategies P&L with different dates in 2D?

How to visualise P&L of Option Trading Strategy with different dates in 2D? To better understand, get intuitive feeling and think about what's going on. Especially highlighting the maximum ...
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Double Call Option

A double call option allows the holder to either exercise at time $T_{1}$ or time $T_{2}$, where $T_{2}$>$T_{1}$. With corresponding strike prices $K_{1}$ and $K_{2}$, it can be shown that it is never ...
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How to model/price the risk of Covid-19 and other pandemics

How would you model and price the risk of Covid-19 pandemic? These large cost low probability events with very little history seems to pose a particular challenge when quantitatively modeling and ...
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Calculate 6 month- return for an investment [closed]

Assume that the price of DF stock went from a price of $104 on March 2 to 146 on April 1. With a current stock price of 146, Invest all of your amount 14,600 in the DF stock (buy 100 shares) ...
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Question about the writing a call option on an existing portfolio of stocks [closed]

My question is Please discuss about the following statement “ the advantages and disadvantages of writing a call option on an existing portfolio of stocks” Note that I read an article nearly ...
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Books on options trading with a practical bent?

just curious to see if anyone here has come across a book or books on options trading with the practitioner in mind? My lecture slides for instance, go through black scholes and the ins and outs of ...
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Are there any books/articles on how to use options to be long volatility (implied or realized)? [duplicate]

Given the market turmoil of late I have become fixated with this idea of using options to be long volatility (realised and implied). However, I dont know where to start, what to read, who to follow ...
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Are there trades that long gamma (convexity) and short volatility at the same time?

Likewise, are there trades that short gamma and long volatility at the same time? Under fixed income context, are there trades that short convexity and long volatility at the same time?
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How to price a put option on a multi-asset fund? Confused by risk-neutral pricing implicaton on real world

The fund has super track record with stable vol. The chance for this Put to pay out is very low in real world, but a B/S risk-neutral pricing would give a very high cost. I am struggling with the ...
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Selecting strike prices for put-writing strategy based on Z-scores

I'm trying to replicate the put-writing strategy of Jurek and Stafford from 2015 (The Cost of Capital for Alternative Investments, Jrl. Fin. SSRN). Their strategy writes index put options on the SP500,...
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Is it possible to use options to increase the yield of a dividend paying stock?

I was wondering if it is possible to use call options (selling call options) to increase the yield of a dividend-paying stock (that I already own) by 1-2 percent per year? What are the cons of this ...
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Hedging delta when gamma is positive

If I have an aggregate position with a positive gamma, should I still be delta neutral? I feel like I'm giving up the positive benefits of being gamma positive because I'm killing my delta constantly.
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Effective gamma/vega hedging

I want an options position where I can short some options to pocket the premiums and benefit from the time decay. I also want to be vega and gamma neutral. Is there an established way to find which ...
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Hedging option delta

Let's say I am long 1000 50 delta call options. I need to hedge my deltas now. There can be infinite ways to do this. How should I think about proceeding wit this? My first thought was, if the ...
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construction of 25 delta butterfly

Could anyone explain why the 25-delta butterfly strategy is constructed by 0.5*(25-delta call + 25-delta put) - ATM straddle? Especially, what the term "25-delta" represents in "25-delta butterfly ...
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Are the price of vanilla bull/bear spread constructed by calls and puts same?

We know that both bull and bear can be constructed by either two calls or two puts. Say if given two strikes, will price of bull call equal to price of bull put?
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Banks' use of written interest rate options

I study US commercial banks data. I look at the notional amounts of their different OTC interest rate derivatives for the recent years. When I look at non-dealer banks (i.e. end-users), I find that ...
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How do we calculate option payoff before expiration?

I am trying to simulate a bull spread option and I have used an online tutorial to calculate payoff at expiry but I am having difficulty simulating the payoff ...
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Really simple question regarding options. (Amateur level) [closed]

I'm just starting to educate myself on trading and financial instruments and I have what to me seems like a somewhat stupid question but I'd like to pose it nontheless. If I have an option to sell ...
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Wheres is this method/notation of option portfolio payoff design from?

The "desired position" in the image is a set of slopes $(0,1,-1,0)$, and a set of strike prices between these slopes $\mathbf{K}=(98,100,102)$. The payoff is then designed by finding the positions $...
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Transaction costs in option market

The transaction costs in option market could be quite large. The bid ask spread of a SP500 firm could be around 15% of the mid-quote when I check the data. Since I do not have data on transaction ...
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sharp ratio/sortino ratio for options portfolio

I am thinking that the sharp ratio is not a valid performance metric for a long/short options book, because options are inherently nonlinear and the standard deviation simply cannot correctly capture ...
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Understanding delta based strike selection in an Iron Condor

I am reading a small book on the proper use of Iron Condors (link). I do not use these strategies as I have had a very hard time being profitable on them. This book mentions some strategies to ...
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Papers on synthetic options

I'm looking for some scientific papers to get a better grasp of synthetic options mainly the valuation, eventual time decay etc.. I've looked in my university library and only but I only found obscure ...
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Delta Hedging/ Exchange for Currency Options

I'm looking at 2 cases of hedging EURUSD, using call spread or range forward. Lets say spot is 1.1300 and my buy call is at 1.1300 and sell call is at 1.1500. Hypothetically I'm assuming that this is ...
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Call Option Overvalued and put-call parity [closed]

I have a question regarding if a Call option is overvalued compared to the call price and how you can benefit from the Arbitrage opportunity. My thoughts are as follows: Step 1: Short the call ...
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Exotic option arbitrage

Suppose an exotic European option has a sub hedging (price being lower than the target) portfolio of vanilla European options all with the same expiry as the exotic option. The sub hedging portfolio ...
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Is there an advantage trading options based on deep in the money Open Interest Volume ratio

Problem: Deep in the money options contracts will be assigned at expiration date. Higher Volume ratio of deep in the money contracts at expiration calls or puts leads to day after expiration date we ...