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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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Greeks and options hedging

Why is it that theta is sometimes taken as the proxy for gamma of the underlying asset in options hedging?
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Who has introduced the term 'vega' and why?

The sensitivity of the option value $V$ to volatility $\sigma$ (a.k.a. vega) is different from the other greeks. It is a derivative with respect to a parameter and not a variable. To quote from Paul ...
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Term structure of the ATM implied volatility of short term weekly options

It's an empirical fact that the implied volatility of short term weekly options are significantly higher than options that expire in a few weeks, and the volatility of the near term options get even ...
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replicate option by dynamic hedging

I've just started working for a company with a decent commodity exposure. They manage this by as they call it dynamically hedging it. Basically when they start the hedging they identify a market ...
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Bimodal option pricing based on P.D.F

is there any literature on option pricing given the pdf of the underlying asset - e.g. i am interested in seeing how prices for a range of strikes ought to compare based on, say, a simple normal ...
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Binomial Model Implementation Trouble - American and European options come out equal

I'm Trying to implement the binomial option price model in python and get reasonable performance by using memoization. I checked the output against a black and scholes model and for European options ...
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What is the formula for Intraday and overnight volatility?

I'm a noob trying to calculate IntraDay and Overnight Volatility. For Intraday volatility we can get the annualization factor with the following: Length (hours, Open to Close): 6.5 Time frames per ...
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European put options

Why is it that for European Puts on Non-Dividend-Paying Stocks, the lower-bound for price is $$p=Ke^{-rT}-S_0?$$
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From Fourier Transforms to Option Values

I am trying to understand how Fourier transforms & Characteristics functions can be used to calculate option values. However, I am having difficulty following the process that is used in several ...
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What is the Brownian motion in the model for the return of a stock price trying to capture?

I have read that in the derivation of the Black-Scholes PDE, we assume that the return of a stock $S$ is given by $$\frac{dS}{S}=\mu dt+\sigma dB$$ where $\mu$ is the average growth of $S$, $\sigma$ ...
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Black Scholes Replicating Portfolio Riskfree Asset

Im having a question about this standard derivation of the Black-Scholes formula: http://www.soarcorp.com/research/BS_hedging_portfolio.pdf The paper states $$C=\Delta S+B$$ and finally $\Delta = ...
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Why Quantlib Option NPV does not change when repricing?

Trying to learn Quantlib with Python, please have a look at below code: ...
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Filter options used in the construction of implied volatility surface

Currently trying to model the IV Surface using the APPL options, to compare how different models of the underlying move the IV Surface. However, after getting the data, I've seen that some option ...
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Bachelier Pricing Formula for Interest Rate Binary Options

Similarly to the Black and Scholes formula, I am looking to replicate Bachelier's caplet formula with two digital options: (1) asset-or-nothing (forward rate in this case) and (2) cash-or-nothing. For ...
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Justification of Levered ETFs?

I have done some basic research on levered ETFs and cant understand them completely How do you justify the existence of Levered ETFs when margin accounts are available? E.g. If I want 3X SPY returns, ...
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Seagull Spread payoffs

I'm looking at different option strategies and the ways that their payoffs differ (and therefore how they can differently be used). I'm looking at the long seagull (buy a call spread and sell a put), ...
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Synthetic equity index futures calendar spread using options

I understand it is possible to synthetic a future using long call and short put ATM options which has the same expiry as the futures. Can we do the following to synthetic a future calendar spread? $...
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Iron condor with positive vega

I am backtesting this Iron Condor before earnings. In the position summary Vega (Mid Quote) is -3.04\$ but in the chart below (IV vs Profit $) it's clearly shown that a decrease in volatility will ...
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Probability ITM formula for options

Given a stock of price price and annual volatility annual_volatility, and given an option with strike price ...
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Delta hedging/Gamma PnL

Suppose I am long USDIDR straddle with my start of the day delta being USD10m long IDR and USDIDR gamma being $5m. There is a 1% intra-day IDR strengthening, so my delta becomes roughly long IDR 15m....
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Why Drifts are not in the Black Scholes Formula

This question has puzzled me for a while. We all know geometric brownian motions have drifts $\mu$: $dS / S = \mu dt + \sigma dW$ and different stocks have different drifts of $\mu$. Why would ...
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Writing an Options Strategy Backtester

I've been doing some digging, and this question has been asked many times in various forms over the years - Backtesting Options Strategies in R Are there any good tools for backtesting options ...
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Market data for options

Looking for recommendations on places to get market data for options. I'm looking at NYSE and NASDAQ only. My current solution is my broker, Tradeking. I can request realtime data for 700 option ...
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Splitting theta from vol carry

What is the best way to splitting theta and vol carry on say a long calendar trade? Basically trying to split the "good" carry component of a trade from the "bad" carry (theta) which could be earned ...
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Data request: Option prices for a liquid index/stock

Currently doing a course project on option pricing as a part of my undergraduate studies. However I cannot find a free dataset $D=[d_1,d_2,...,d_N]$, which would represent a time-serie of daily option ...
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About buying and selling a cumulative parisian options

I ask my question here because I want to know more about the cumulative Parisian options introduced by M. Chesney, Mr. Jeanblanc-Picué and Mr. Yor in 1997, then developed by Hugonnier in 1999 and F. ...
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How to compute gamma for at-the-money regular calls and puts when they approach expiration to avoid explosion of portfolio's gamma?

When and at-the-money regular call or put approaches expiration, gamma tends to infinity. However, for practical purposes, there is only a finite change in delta. The problem is that if any of the ...
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Valuing stock employee compensation securities

This may be a simple question but I wonder if Im oversimplifying it. I'm trying to decide how to value different Stock Employee compensations and in particular a Stock Appreciation Rights (SAR) Reward....
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asian option – exotic option – real data, authentic examples?

I would be pleased if any of You can give me the real example of an asian option (or other exotic option) that is being traded or that is offered by some institution. I have been searching the whole ...
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What is the use of undiscounted Futures/Option Prices

Reading the great book of Gatheral on Vol Surfaces (link) I can't help but notice that throughout he uses undiscounted option prices (though he obviously never assumed rates to be zero). See e.g. ...
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arbitrage free volatility surface

Why is calendar spread arbitrage equivalent to $\partial_t \omega(k,t) \geq 0, \forall k \in \Bbb{R}$ where $\omega(k,t) = \sigma^2(k,t) t$ and $\sigma(k,t)$ represents the Black-Scholes implied ...
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Tracking error Black Scholes

Suppose an asset follows the SDE $$ d S_{t}^{1} = \mu S_{t}^{1} dt + \sigma_{t} S_{t}^{1} d W_{t} $$ Furthermore assume that $r = 0$ and a trader who uses Black-Scholes for pricing and hedging with ...
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Why is the price of a call option with $K=0$ equal to the price of the stock $S_0$?

In a case of a call option with strike $K=0$, then payoff at expiration time $T$ is equal to: $$(S_T-0,0)^{+}=S_T$$ In reality the price of the option on the date of maturity is never equal to the ...
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How to interpret CDF($d_1$)/PDF($d_1$) from BS model ?

In my research on put options, I come across the ratio: $\frac{(1-\mathcal{N}(d_1))}{\mathcal{N'}(d_1)}$ where $d_1=\frac{\log(S/X)+(r+\sigma^2/2)t}{\sigma \sqrt{t}}$ and $\mathcal{N}(.)$ is the ...
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Why FX Vanilla Options are quoted in volatility

I've been curious why vanilla options are quoted (and traded) in terms of volatility. Considering that every financial institution has its own options pricing model, volatility as an input would cause ...
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Heston model computations

In the Heston model the dynamics of a single-asset $S$ are given by: $dS_t = rS_tdt+S_t \sqrt{V_t}dW^S$ where $W^s$ is a brownian-motion $W^S$ and the square root variance process $V$ is given by ...
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Basic questions on options, implied volatility and SPY

I am a bit confused about the impact of implied volatility on options, SPY options especially. I know that option's price decays with time and that is positively correlated with implied volatility but ...
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Problems with local volatility models (vs stochastic volatility models)

Why is pricing with local volatility models are problem with exotics, mainly due to "the volatility surface is the market's current view of volatility and this will change in the future meaning the ...
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Parameters for pricing option on EDF

Ladies and Gents, Im writing a quick routine to calculate implied vols for options on EUR$ futures with Bloomberg data. My question concerns the part where I have all my inputs and am ready to pass ...
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Why are implied volatility and the volatility required for an option to be profitable two different things?

SPY currently trades at $278, a put option expiring in 7 days against SPY, at this strike price, quotes \$2.40. This means one person (the option buyer) is betting SPY will quote below $280.40 (278 + ...
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ATM call option delta with low volatility

I put together some charts to understand how option greeks change. Can someone please explain why the delta of an ATM call option is 1 when vol is close to zero? I get that an increase in vol for OTM ...
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CME Eurodollar Option qoute

How are the premiums/prices for eurodollar options qouted. Does the option price for one underlying future contract equals the qoute*100. As I see the option price 9750 CALL expiring in Sept 2019 as ...
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Do option contracts inherit the currency and exchange of the underlying?

Given an underlying (e.g. future or an index), would options on that underlying trade in the same currency and on the same exchange? For example, options on FTSE100 index itself would trade in GBP on ...
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Some questions of precious metal Futures

We always regard precious metal as a FX rate e.g XAU/USD. Is there any concept of spot rate for precious metal? If yes, then we know the dynamic of FX spot rate under risk neutral measure can be ...
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How does Rho behaves with moneyness of option?

I was trying to find the relationship between nature of Rho and moneyness of the option. After finding certain values I found that Rho Value keep increases as the option gets further in the money. ...
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European Call Option Delta Upper Bound

For a pure equity process (with interest rate, dividend, etc., being zero) not necessarily the geometric Brownian motion, is the delta of a European call option always no higher than $1$? I am NOT ...
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Calibration of parameters of implied vol smile

Here is the book Foreign Exchange Option Pricing: A Practitioner’s Guide, p.56 by Clark (2015). The context is a little bit long. I summery my understanding as follow: We first assume the form of ...
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How to price VXX options

VXX is an etf that tracks 30-day constant maturity vix futures. Despite the popularity of the ETF and lots of Google searches I could not find any info on how options on this would be priced. I know ...
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Discrete time option gamma hedging

1) An option $V$ under the Black-Scholes model is perfectly hedged when it is delta hedged continuously with the underlying $S$. When the hedging time is discrete, the delta $\Delta$ needs to take ...
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Negative time value european options

I have a basic question for which I feel like I should have found the answer by googling it, but I didn't get a definitive answer, so here I am: Can the time value for a plain vanilla (European) ...