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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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How would one go about pricing a FX future?

What model/equations would I require to calculate the price for a foreign exchange future? This is in an attempt to mitigate foreign exchange risk. Also, how could one measure a business's exposure to ...
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Going from normal to Log-normal implied volatility

Let's denote the Implied normal volatility (Bachelier) as $\bar{v}$, and the implied log-normal (Black Scholes) as $v$. When everything else is known (spot, strike, maturity, rates etc) how can you ...
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Is the undiscounted value process of a Euro call option under Bachelier model a Martingale? [duplicate]

Assume that $c_t$ is the UNDISCOUNTED price process for a European call option in Bachelier model. In Bachelier model call option pricing formula the formulas is discussed. The undiscounted value ...
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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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Valuation of Callable Bonds

Is there any way to price American Callable Bonds (those which can be called on any date before expiration) other than basic CRR interest rate trees, since they won't be accurate enough to give ...
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Gamma Imbalance Explanation

Can someone please give me an explanation as to what put-call gamma imbalance specifically refers to (imbalance of what?), and why they may exacerbate volatility from a market perspective, and why the ...
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How is the Chooser Option's value computed in this example?

In preparation for my finals, I am attempting a question on chooser options. One question asks A European chooser option on an index ETF paying a yield of 3.0% with strike \$64 has a maturity of ...
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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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Options Pricing and Mean Reversion

I'm confused about the impact that a mean reverting stock price process has on the value of an option on it. Several sources say that there is indeed an impact on the price of an option: Option ...
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Calculating dealer gamma imbalance/exposure for an options strip

Have seen this being done for years (primarily by J.P. Morgan and a couple other bank research desks) and am attempting to re-create for my own personal research. I’ve read the forums on here but no ...
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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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What exactly does shifting a barrier in a barrier option mean and how does it hedge delta?

How exactly is shifting the barrier to hedge delta implemented in case of barrier options. Is it just changing the barrier, if so, how does it hedge delta or is it making the barrier a range like a ...
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Greek gamma theta vega

I have a question concerning the greek. Can some one explain to me why vega, theta and gamma are extremum when the spot is equal to the strike price ?
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How can I graph futures options profit/loss when the options have different underlyings?

Consider a portfolio of vanilla SPX monthly options that consists of two components, a SEP 2019 3000 Call and a DEC 2019 3000 Call. It's easy to graph these as they both share the same independent ...
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Why quote call options in terms of implied volatility of the Black-Scholes model?

I came across this seminal paper on SABR model where the value of the call option is computed (eq. A.52). After the dollar value of the option has been derived, a lot of effort is being put to ...
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Delta hedging theta pnl

Say I sell a swaption and delta hedge it, and the breakeven daily move in the underlying is $x$ bps. Then if on any given day the actual move in the underlying is $y$ bps $( y <x)$. Then I, as ...
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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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How should one hedge option positions on the date of expiry?

Let's say we are looking at a non-liquid equity ticker and a slightly OOM option on it. The problem is that if we buy delta to hedge it, it could move the underlying market and push the option to be ...
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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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What is the economic reason for the equality in value of an American call and European call?

In a previous question this question came up. In my mind, if I'm holding an option at time t, then there are possible future price paths where at t+k the option will be ITM but at T the option will ...
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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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Quantitative Finance books for Practitioners [duplicate]

Currently searching for some books on real options and option pricing. However, the vast majority of the books are quite theoretical, and if someone has been taught these subject in class, half of it ...
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Finding the extrinsic value of an option with conditions

Background: Consider a spread option with the payoff $\max (P_{T} - HR\times G_T, 0)$, where $P$, $G$ are underlying prices and $HR$ is a constant. Let's also assume, that the correlation ...
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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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Log Contract payoff function

I can’t get where Dr. Rouah gets payoff function of log contract. Could you please take a look at that? https://frouah.com/finance%20notes/Variance%20Swap.pdf It’s on page 2, section 3. I couldn’t ...
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How to calculate a prepayment penalty on a mortgage

I have issued 2 mortgages...one with an option to prepay the loan, the other without that option. I want an objective way of calculating the extra interest rate (compared to the second) and ...
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VXX Put pricing

Last week at Friday's close, the Dec 14 37.5 Put options were selling for \$.68 with VXX at \$40.29. This week at Friday's close, the Dec 21 37.5 Put options were selling for \$.38 with VXX at \$40.50....
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Pricing a transfer option for oil

Need some input in how to attack this problem. Given are 8 timeseries: UK Oil price, Delivery Quarter 1 2020 UK Oil price, Delivery Quarter 2 2020 UK Oil price, Delivery Quarter 3 2020 UK Oil price, ...
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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 can I manually calculate the VAR of a call and put portfolio?

How would I solve the following question? Im unsure how to estimate the stock price using MCS.
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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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How could one trade volatility skew if you think it's too flat or steep?

We all know that you can trade on a forecast of volatility by dynamically hedging, but I'm wondering if there's a similar technique where in you can trade the skew specifically? Let's say you travel ...