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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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Hindsight overhedge for pricing path dependent options

I understand how to use the longstaff schwartz method in Monte Carlo to compute the continuation value of path dependent options but someone recently mentioned another technique called "Hindsight ...
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Do Perpetual American Options have closed form functions to compute the Greeks?

I was wondering if there were analytical formulas to compute delta or gamma for perpetual American options?
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What equation will convert implied yield volatility to implied price volatility?

I am trying to figure out how to turn implied yield volatility of a short-term interest rate into implied price volatility. Is there an equation to do this? I have come across the equation for a ...
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Varswap replication product

I would like to ask about a product that some Flow desks sell : Varswap replication strategies. I know that it consists of weighted basket of calls and puts , however I would like to know how does it ...
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Spread vol for interest rate spread options in normal environment

Suppose I am long spread option with underlying : rate A - rate B. The vega on the option would be positive. But if I want to compute the option vega with respect to individual rates, can I use the ...
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What's the formula to compute the divided difference approximation for the third order greeks?

I can't seem to find the quotient required to approximate the third order greeks Speed, Zomma, Color and Ultima
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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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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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Gil-Palaez Inversion Formula in Black Scholes world

I am trying to calculate numerically the price of a plain vanilla call through Fourier Transform, by applying the Gil-Pelaez formula. More precisely, we have that \begin{equation} C(K) = S_0 \Pi_1 - ...
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Really simple question regarding options. (Amateur level)

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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What are some useful approximations to the Black-Scholes formula?

Let the Black-Scholes formula be defined as the function $f(S, X, T, r, v)$. I'm curious about functions that are computationally simpler than the Black-Scholes that yields results that approximate $...
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Equivalence of formulas for pricing the Delta of a European Call Option?

I came across two formulas to compute the Delta of European Call Options. The First: $\frac{\partial C}{\partial S} = e^{(b - r)T} N(d_{1})$ The Second: $\frac{\partial C}{\partial S} = e^{-qr}N(d_{...
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Generalisation of calendar arbitrage condition to options on futures

This question has discussed the condition on which calendar arbitrage opportunities arise for European call options on a stock. Do similar criteria exist for European options on futures? The most ...
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Will the Delta of an Option always be the same irrespective of the underlying stock price?

Suppose, under the Black Scholes model we keep all the parameters the same except that we vary the asset price. Will the Delta of the option always remain the same?
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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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Trading Vol with options

One can trade vol swap to get exposure of the volatility of the underlying security in a 'clean' way. On the other hand, we know that vol swap, theoretically can be replicated by a dynamic position of ...
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FX Options Greeks: Is there a meaning in converting the sensitivities values in different currencies?

Suppose you have a Call on JPY, domestic currency is USD The price will be in USD Let's say delta = 0.93 Does it make sense for any reporting reasons to convert this value into JPY ? What is even the ...
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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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How can the implied volatility be calculated?

We all know if you back out of the B.S. option pricing model you can solve for what the option is "implying" about the underlyings volatility. Is there a simple, closed form, formula deriving Implied ...
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Implied volatility of Treasury options

For practitioners, does the concept of implied volatility also apply to (European) Treasury Options (whose underlying is Treasury Futures contracts)? For the standard individual stock vanilla ...
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Prove the following Call and Put relationship: [duplicate]

I need to prove that $$c(S,X,T)=\frac{X}{F}p(S,\frac{F^2}{X},T)$$ where $$F=Se^{(r-q)(T-t)}$$ I am having trouble proving this relationship. Is this relationship even possible? If so, can someone ...
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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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Any good book recommendations for learning The Greeks?

I am interested in getting a good "feel" or intuition for the BSM Greeks. Specifically, i'm looking for a book which is light on the math (but not too light) and easy to read and understand. I am also ...
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What is the cause of a “broken” volatility surface?

I am currently working on a project for which I need the implied volatility surfaces, to estimate the value of plain-vanilla European options with different strikes (cannot be observed directly in the ...
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In search of double barrier out option on a BM

We have a BM $X_t$ with $dX_t=\sigma dB_t$ ($X_0$ not necessarily zero!) under the risk neutral measure $\Bbb Q$. Given upper barrier $U$, lower barrier $L$, "strike" $K$ such that $L<X_0<U, L&...
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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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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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cashflow for floorlet option on 1 month Libor under Vasicek

I have to figure out the cashflow for a floorlet option written on 1 month Libor under Vasicek model by considering yield curve power series expression and bond pricing equation: Has anyone an idea ...
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Credit spread model

Let $c(t,T):=-\frac{1}{T-t}[\mathrm{ln}(P_1(t,T))-\mathrm{ln}(P_0(t,T))]$, with: $c$ measure of how a company is prone to fail; $P_0(t,T):=e^{-r(T-t)}$ price of no-defaultable bond. $P_1(t,T):=\...
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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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When interest rates go up, why do call option prices go up?

I studied that generally speaking, interest rates and share prices have an inverse relationship. When interest rates go up, share prices go down. If interest rates go up, wouldn't people be less ...
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Forward Volatility vs Spot Volatility in Option Skew Models

My question is regarding Volatility Skew Models and their inputs. I have noticed that a vast majority of models take as an input the forward of the underlying (even in the case of stocks - where the ...
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Options Delta Meaning of Term [closed]

not able to understand delta in options. Whilst I understand, it is how much the option moves when the underlying moves by 1 unit, I fail to understand, when someone books a currency option, why does ...
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Super-replicating and sub-replicating portfolios and hedging

For recall, assuming that European options are traded at discrete strikes: the portfolio of vanilla options that minimally super-replicates an option $O$ is the portfolio of options that costs least ...
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Books and techniques to hedge options that expire tomorrow?

Can anyone point me to books or resources that talk about best techniques to hedge ATM or close to ATM options that expire tomorrow. I am particularly interested on how to hedge if you are short the ...
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What really is Gamma scalping?

How does Gamma scalping really work? It seems there is no true profit scalped. If we look at the simplest scenario, Black-Scholes option price $V(t,S)$ at time $t$ and the underlying stock price at $S$...
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Problem at deriving Bachelier formula with interest rates

In the Bachelier model, I have difficulties with a certain step. I want to figure out the distribution of $S_T$, which is the price process in the Bachelier model. So far I could state that ($\mathbb{...
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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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Measuring implied move priced into an event

It's well known that options price in an expected move in the underlying going into events, such as earnings announcements. I currently measure this implied move by computing the forward variance ...
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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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Is the implied volatility surface relative or stationary?

Do different strike values of options attain their volatility value dependent on their % distance from the ATM price continuously, or is the volatility surface stationary during a single day?
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Black's Approximation - Discrete dividend for Put Options

I am currently trying to price and option chain for dividend paying stocks (american style exercise). I am able to calculate the Net Present Value (NPV) of dividends until maturity and then apply ...
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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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One-day Binary Event Implied Moves

What is the convention for pricing the expected 1-day move of a binary event based off of the implied volatility of the nearest series which contains that event? How do you distinguish between the ...
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Pricing structured products (Mortgage Backed Securities) [closed]

What would someone have to do to be able to price a structured product like Mortgage/Asset Backed Securities?
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Option Prices on Thomson Reuters Eikon Database

I would like to get hist. option prices from Eikon. I am not looking for the entire option chain and I was wondering if Eikon offers average data/prices. Average European call and put option prices ...
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Practical Skew Model For Equity Options?

I'm looking for a simple model I can use to calibrate equity implied volatility surface. There are several models published in the literature, and most of them seem far too sophisticated for my ...