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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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Value of Call Option as Volatility goes to Infinity

Why would the value of a call option go infinity as volatility goes to infinity? I understand how you could solve this question by taking $\sigma \rightarrow \infty$ in the solution to the black ...
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How does longer time to maturity affect standard European call and put option values?

Denote American call and put option values as $C$ and $P$ respectively. Similarly, denote European call and put options values as $c$ and $p$. It is well known that time to maturity affects all $C,P,...
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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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what's the relationship between forecasted stock volatility and implied volatility?(option)

what's the relationship between forecasted stock volatility and implied volatility? I know that implied volatility is the volatility calculated by BS formula, is there any relationship between implied ...
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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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Future Volatility Trading

I want to find a way to long volatility of a future time period such as longing (march,april) vol from today. My idea is to short a straddle for march and long one for April for example. Will that ...
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Calculate uncertainty of option expiring ITM

I know it is pretty straightforward to determine the probability that an option will expire OTM -- basically a 0.10 delta call will have a 10% probability of being ITM at expiration (see this question)...
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Pricing European call with Feynman-Kac

I am trying to calculate the solution to the Black-Scholes (BS) equation using the Feynman-Kac (FK) formula for a simple European call. According to FK, the solution to BS is the discounted average of ...
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How do I calculate the probability of a short option position expiring worthless?

I want to be able to determine the probability of a short option position (call or put) expiring worthless. Don't know where to start but I see probabilities derived from the greeks on some web sites?...
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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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Where can I get some Inflation Option example quotes (year-on-year and zero-coupon)

I am writing an academic paper on calibration of inflation vanilla options. I need to generate examples for the paper. Is there anywhere I can get example data for the Inflation year-on-year options, ...
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Testing Option Strategy

I have a long only momentum system that has back tested well and live results have been ok. I would like to see if I can use these signals to sell Puts to see if it improves results. Not looking for ...
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Leverage of various option types

Does the standard European option calculation of leverage, Embedded Leverage = Delta times (Underlying price/Option price) change across the various option ...
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Specific Hedge Fund Filed Returns

https://mebfaber.com/2008/12/27/tracking-jim-simons-renaissance-technologies/ But, like always, I will let the data speak for itself. Top 10 holdings, back to 2000, equal weighted through 12/19/2008:...
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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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Deriving implied volatility programmatically

I'm working on a project to calculate the value of options using Python. I'm using the Black-Scholes model, and I can get accurate results by plugging in a given ...
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How many options would be required to dynamically replicate the VIX nowadays?

The VIX is a portfolio of OTM options on the SPX with non-zero quotes. From CBOE white-paper: Only SPX options quoted with non-zero bid prices are used in the VIX Index calculation. [...] As ...
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How to hedge payments in a foreign currency?

I´m confronted with solving the following exercise: "Suppose that now is 1 March. You are a UK based exporter who´ll export products to a U.S. company for 250,000 US dollars and to a French company ...
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Cox-Ingersoll-Ross Zero Bond Put Option

according to Brigo & Mercurio (2006): But how is the Zero bond Put of the CIR model? I couldn't find any information about that. Thanks in advance. Regards Chris
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0 Delta on Forward starting Equity basket option

I wanted to confirm the inherent reasoning behind 0 delta on a weighted equity basket option. For instance, if we have a basket option with a forward starting initial fixing date, we can expect the ...
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Variance of a spread for options on spreads

I was reading the paper: https://people.umass.edu/nkapadia/docs/Negative_Vega.pdf In the equation $(5)$, he is defining the variance of the spread as: $$\sigma_1^2S_1^2 + \sigma_2^2S_2^2 - 2\...
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Numeric example to understand the effect of option gamma

Gamma of an option is the second partial derivative of the theoretical value of an option wrt the underlying. It should be the rate of change of Delta wrt to a small change on the underlying. However ...
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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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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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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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Proving an Expectation

Assume the risk-free bond $B_t$ and the stock $S_t$ follow the dynamics of the Black & Scholes model without dividends. Consider the perpetual American put option with payoff $(K-S_\tau)^+$ when ...
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theta for SPX options vs. E-mini future options

Interactive Brokers currently shows the following data for SPX options at strike 3000 and expiry 2020-09-17: calls: bid/ask 234.10/236.30, theta -0.362 puts: bid/ask 146.70/148.40, theta -0.225 Then ...
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Numerical simulation of Heston model

I am trying to simulate on Python random paths for a general asset price as described by the Heston model: \begin{equation} \begin{aligned} dS_t &= \mu S_t dt + \sqrt{\nu_t} S_t dW^S_t \\ d\nu_t &...
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Floating Strike Lookback Call Option

Assume the risk-free bond $B_t$ and the stock $S_t$ follow the dynamics of the Black & Scholes model without dividends (with interest rate $r$, stock drift $\mu$ and volatility $\sigma$). If $r=\...
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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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Finding price of the power option

Let's assume a market with $d=1$ and $X=X^1$ satisfying $dX_t=\sigma X_t\,dW_t,\: \: X_0=1,$ where $(W_t)$ is a standard Brownian motion. Assume that $\mathbb{F}$ is the natural filtration of $X$ ...
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Option Bounds in a risk-averse incomplete market

I was reading the article "On option pricing bounds" by Ritchken(1985). It uses linear programming to determine options upper and lower bounds. Given a single period model, the stock price will have ...
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Instantaneous change in value of portfolio

I am trying to figure out an intuitive explanation for the instantaneous change for the value of a portfolio (essentially I'm creating a self-financing portfolio to replicate a derivative payoff). ...
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Best topics to begin Quantitative Finance Research/Programming

I have a background in mathematics (Functional Analysis and Probability Theory) and am looking to acquaint myself with research in quantitative finance, particularly with a programming component. ...
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How to replicate a digital call option

Call Option S=100 K=100 Payoff=1 (option is not available) How can i replicate this (payoff) with calls and puts with strike prices with multiples of 5$ Thanks for help
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Equity option demand and supply

Some academic studies have documented that market makers short index option and long equity option on net. It is easy to understand that Non market makers want to buy index option because of their ...
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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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Derivation of the formulas for the values of European asset-or-nothing and cash-or-nothing options

The asset-or-nothing European option pays at t = T the value of the stock when at time T that value exceeds or is equal to the exercise price E, and nothing if the value of the stock is below E. So, ...
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Why does the price of a butterfly spread increase are rate exponential [closed]

I know that stock prices are assumed to be Stochastic processes that follow Geometric brownian motion. The expectation of stock prices at time T given stock price at time 0 is: $e^{-rT}S_0$. However, ...
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Which currency to hedge a position in FX options?

Let's assume a bank sells to a client a put of \$1,000,000 dollars on USDJPY at 110 in 6 months. The delta of this put is -0.6, spot is 112. So to hedge its position the bank has to short \$600,000 ...
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Replicating portfolio with stock, bond and call option

I am trying to interpret: I am having trouble interpreting the replicating strategy: Context: $\phi$ is a generic payoff function, 0 < S < $\infty$, assumed throughout to be twice ...
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What causes the call and put volatility surface to differ?

I currently have a local volatility model that uses the standard Black Scholes assumptions. When calculating the volatility surface, what causes the difference between the call volatility surface, ...
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Are vega vanna volga methods/models used in equity derivatives or only in FX and why?

Vega vanna volga models seem to be popular is the FX derivatives market and are often calibrated via 25 delta risk reversal, vega weighted butterfly, and ATM straddle quotes. I am wondering if they ...
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Reading this ichimoku cloud how do you read this wdfc chart?

Having trouble reading the charts as the breakouts aren’t clear What do you see in this chart?
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Problem of stochastic differential equation (SDE)

Please help to answer this stochastic differential equation (SDE). Thank you very much.
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Data sources for historical ICE settlement option prices, volume & open interest

I am looking for long history for historical settlement option prices, volume & open interest at ICE Europe (specifically fixed income). This seems to be more challenge than I could imagine. ICE ...
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For which would you expect the liquidity on instrument X to be the greatest: its spot, future, option or swap?

Would like $X$ to remain general, but if needed, let's say GBPUSD Exchange Rate. By liquidity I mean overal market volume across exchanges / ease of opening and closing positions / total notional ...
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Implying a required rate of return on an option from the required rate of return on the underlying

Is it possible to imply a required rate of return on an option from a required rate of return on the underlying? For example, given a known cost of equity, can you calculate the required rate of ...
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Log Contracts on Equities

Are log contracts on (e.g) equities traded a lot in the market? I have seen that a lot of it is described for volatility modelling in bergomi's book. what is the liquidity of such options?
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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 ...