# Questions tagged [options]

A contract that gives the owner the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell a security at a fixed price in the future.

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### Options basics needs to be cleared

I'm not clear for the terminology of options and the mechanics of it. Any help is appreciated. For example the following statement: European call option of Apple stock with maturity 1 year and ...
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### Why do options market makers make their spread as wide as the corresponding vega?

I've heard that option market makers make their bid ask spread as wide as the vega of the contract they are quoting. If the quoted spread is narrower than the vega of the option it is said that the ...
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### Pricing of a Foreign Exchange Vanilla Option

To understand how Bloomberg prices foreign exchange vanilla options , I extract the following screenshot from its OVML function. The Black-Scholes formua for vanilla options are \begin{split} & P=...
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### Why do some people claim the delta of an ATM call option is 0.5?

I am looking for a mathematical proof in terms of differentiating the BS equation to calculate Delta and then prove it that ATM delta is equal to 0.5. I have seen many books quoting delta of ATM call ...
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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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### Relationship between portfolios at $t=0$ based on $t=T$

I have two portfolios $V$ and $U$ given by $$V(S,t) = C-P \\ U(S,t) = S-Ee^{r(t-T)} \\$$ where $P$ and $C$ denote a put and call option with the same maturity time $T$ and strike price $E$, ...
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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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### Effect of interest rate on options prices

This might be another basic derivatives question. When interest rate rises, stock prices generally fall. Assuming an option's underlying is a stock, this should lower the option's price as well. ...
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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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### Historical quotes / prices of multiasset options

I am working on Lévy copulas, and I would like to try calibrating such techniques on real data. Where can I find quotes for multi-asset options? It could be exchange options or any other type of ...
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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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### 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 are popular metrics for Option Skew?

What are popular metrics to track skew? Would it be the difference between OTM option and ATM option IV? Would it be a percentage difference in IV? Also, if both are valid, would a % change be ...
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### How to shock the IV surface w.r.t VIX and keep AOA

I have to compute the sensitivity of a set of option prices on a single sotck (range of tenor is over the whole surface) to an increase of 100% in the VIX.. and I am trying to get to the most ...
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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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### 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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### How To Calculate The Implied One Day Expected Return For Earnings

I am trying to figure out how to calculate the one day expected return given I have the event volatility. In his book Trading Volatility, Correlation, Term Structure and Skew, Collin Bennet (link) ...
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### Is my derivation of Black-Scholes equation correct or am I missing something (eg assumption)?

Question: The following is my derivation of the Black-Scholes equation. Is it correct or am I missing some details (eg assumption)? Let $V$ be value of an option. Suppose value $\Pi$ of a portfolio ...
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### Explain that gamma is positive for standard call and put options without using heavy mathematics

Gamma is positive for any standard put and call options seems like a standard fact. A proof can be found in this post. However, the answer provided in that post involves heavy mathematics. Is ...
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### Risk management tools for long term Gamma/Vega sellers subject to margin calls

TL;DR: if you're a retail investor and you systematically sell long-term vertical spreads while staying Delta-neutral, your main risk comes from Vega and the Gamma of opening gaps that can throw you ...
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### Compute Vega and Delta in R

I am trying to compute greeks for a large sample of CEO compensation contracts in R. However, my vega computations all result in a value of zero. In doing so, I follow Core and Guay [2002]: Here is ...
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### Show that $\frac{\partial c(t))}{\partial \sigma^2 }>0 \text{ if and only if } S(t)<Xe^{-r(r+\frac{1}{2} \sigma^2 )(T-t)}.$

Statement: if $c(t)$ is the price of the digital cash-or-nothing call option, then direct calculation (under Black-Scholes assumptions) shows that \frac{\partial c(t))}{\partial \sigma^2 }>0 ...
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### HEDGING WITH A PUT OPTION

In the following example, for 3rd question and 4th question why do we have to add (Stock price in three months - Current stock price) to put option profit? Thank you in advance.
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### How to adjust delta hedging if stock price decreases?

Question: You are long a call option no MITCO stock. You have delta hedged your position. You hear on the radio that the CEO of MITCO has just been arrested for running a massive Ponzi scheme. The ...
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### Applications of a calibrated price or IV surface and other basic questions

Newbie here with basic questions. I have researched the topic online, but am still at a loss. I went through a nice course on calibration, saw how to apply stochastic short rate, stochastic vol, jump ...
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### Do not understand 'The gain (loss) on the stock position would then tend to offset the loss (gain) on the option position' [closed]

Currently, I am reading John Hull's Options, Futures and Other Derivatives. On page 401, the author mentions the following: Suppose that the delta of a call option on a stock is $0.6$, stock price ...
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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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