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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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Estimating at-the-money volatility where at-the-money option is absent from the market

I am trying to estimate the intraday ATM volatility in a market where the the strike prices are relatively sparse thus the ATM option may not exist (let's say the closest strike is about 2% away from ...
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How to calculate the risk neutral probability of the underlying price always exceeding the lower barrier K during a given time?

I'm trying to price the autocallable structured products by a probability approach proposed in the following paper: Modeling autocallable structured products, by Geng Deng, Joshua Mallett, Craig ...
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How is FX cross rates options are priced?

Say I have market for EUR/USD and also USD/CAD, how would EUR/CAD would be priced and hedged in practice? What are good papers/book chapters to read on that? (Assuming basic knowledge already on ...
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Banks' use of written interest rate options

I study US commercial banks data. I look at the notional amounts of their different OTC interest rate derivatives for the recent years. When I look at non-dealer banks (i.e. end-users), I find that ...
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Numerical Solutions to PDEs with Financial Applications

I am reading a paper by Richard White, Opengamma named Numerical Solutions to PDEs with Financial Applications. There is an implementation codes as stated in paper hosted at https://opengamma.com/...
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A simple formula for calculating implied volatility?

We all know if you back out of the Black Scholes option pricing model you can derive what the option is "implying" about the underlyings future expected volatility. Is there a simple, closed form, ...
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How to price a phoenix and snowball type autocallable options?

I'm currently studying the pricing of autocallable options, especially snowball (accumalated coupon) and phoenix (accumlated coupon, but the coupon may also be autocalled if the underlying price ...
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What is a Heat Rate Option?

I tried a search with google but I can't find a clear definition of what a Heat Rate Option is. I would appreciate if someone could explain to me what this type of option is. My understanding is ...
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Does convexity in the IV space means convexity in the price space?

Let's assume that we only look at OTM options to construct a Risk Neutral Density (RND). As the RND is the second derivative of the price of the option with respect to the strike, we would expect ...
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OTC Derivatives Moneyness Conventions

When looking at the OTC Derivatives market, is there a standard moneyness convention that is applied? And if so, what is that bucketed approach? For example: 90%-110% for ATM, 70%-90%, 110%-130%, etc.....
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Basic Replication of European Call Option

I am looking at the very basics of replicating an option with a portfolio of risky and risk free assets. As such we can define a portfolio of $x$ no. of shares, $y$ bonds & $z$ options at time $(T)...
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Settlement of currency options

wanted to understand the market action done to settle a call option. Let's say I entered into a export seagull for eurusd and on the date of expiry my sell call gets exercised. Assuming that my sell ...
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How does the volatility skew/smile relate to hedging/trading vanilla contracts?

I know that obtaining and calibrating the smile is important in the hedging and trading of exotics since we use vanillas to hedge and price exotics. How is the smile important in the hedging and ...
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How to derive Black's formula for the valuation of an option on a future?

I've got a question about 1976 Black Model and Bachelier model. I know that a geometric brownian motion in the P measure $dS_{t}=\mu S_{t}dt+\sigma S_{t} dW_{t}^{P}$ for a stock price $S_{t}$ leads (...
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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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Negative drift when calibrating GBM parameters

Setup for question: Consider a basket of $N$ stocks $\{S^1, S^2, \dots, S^N\}$. For fixed strike $K$, each stock in the basket, $S^i$, follows the SDE $$dS_t^i = \mu^i(t) S_t^i dt + \sigma^i(K, t) ...
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Why is put-call parity defined differently by CME and Wikipedia?

In general, Wikipedia defines Put-Call parity as: C - P = D(F - K) ---------------- C = call price P = put price F = *FORWARD* price K = strike which can be re-...
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option model value vs market price

In my job as FX trader we use as option pricer a variant of B&S. We use that model for “accounting” purpose, i.e. for storing the daily P&L of the portfolio, and also for control the trading ...
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How to synchronize put and call option-data?

I recently retrieved a large amount of European option data, for call and put prices, from OptionMetrics. Doing so for the same time period I get a file consisting of 62558 rows of call prices & ...
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How do I calculate option payoff before its expiration date? [closed]

How do I calculate option payoff before its expiration date? For example, if I long a 6 month call with K = 11100, T = 0.5, p = 150, what would be the payoff of the option if I exercise it in 3 months ...
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Can someone explain rigorously Taleb's criticism of Nate Silver's election forecasting?

Taleb makes the claim in this paper (and others) that there exists some sort of bound on the variance of a binary forecast such that if a forecaster's binary predictions exceed the bounds on variance ...
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Creating Options Database

I am trying to create a database which will hold information for various stock options and will need to be updated daily. The idea is to use this database to keep track of changes in the open interest ...
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how to define liquidity in equity, index, and etf options

i've heard several ways to put a metric on liquidity of options.. obviously liquidity isn't a constant.. things like the Bid/Asks spread, liquidity of the underlying.. Trying to find a way to ...
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How do you characterize dividends for equity options?

While many systems like to treat dividends as a continuous yield when pricing equity options, it works quite poorly for short-dated options. In the short run, deterministic dividends are clearly the ...
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Volatility Skew fitting in R; Calculate option delta using various volatility dynamics

Given a fixed maturity option chain, i was wondering if there is any way to evaluation an option against this volatility surface and compute the various delta of the options wrt to volatility dynamics ...
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Option quotes or trades: Which one is more informative?

Suppose I have quote data as well as real transaction of option contracts? I was wondering if the informational content is the same. On the first hand, quotes show the intention of seller/buyers on ...
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How to exploit calendar arbitrage?

Say we are looking at European Call options in a toy environment with zero deterministic interest rates, a stock paying no dividends, no repo rates etc... Let $C(T,K)$ be the price of a call with ...
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Pricing a government bond

I am reading the "Bond" article on investopedia on stumble on the way they price a government bond. Say that the interest rate at time $t=0$ is $r=10\%$. I buy a government bond with face value 1000\$...
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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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How to determine expected returns of an options portfolio?

Lets say I have a delta neutral portfolio, iron condors on spy for example. I'm short a call credit spread and a put credit credit spread of equal widths. I would like to determine the expected ...
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How to quantify the Variance Risk Premium (VRP) with probability density functions?

The VRP is usually displayed by charts like this one: It's easy to see that, for most of the time, options are priced by using volatility which will reveal itself larger than the realized one. So VRP ...
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Rainbow option pricing formula under *Bachelier* model

Let's consider a call on min option on two underlying arithmetic Browniation motions $V_t$ and $H_t$ (no drift). Let $P_t$ denotes the price process of the option, $r$ the riskfree rate, $\tau$ the ...
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EMTN with two barrier options and pricing by Monte Carlo method

I analyzing an EMTN (Euro Medium Term Note) for my Master's degree thesis, which uses 2 barrier options: a Down and In put, an Up and In put However, I only know how to do it for Knock-out options. ...
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B-S derivative with another boundary condition

I want to use the derivation of BS for another type of derivative, not an option. Known the derivation of the Black-Scholes differential equation, is it possible to use in the same equation when my ...
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Price moneyness vs spread moneyness for credit index options (CDX HY)

Is spread moneyness equivalent to price moneyness for volatility surfaces of CDX HY? In other words, is the ISDA converter a linear transformation? I have market data that I need to convert to input ...
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Option and probability of finishing in the money?

This seems to be another easy question but I am a bit confused. I know delta is a proxy for an option finishing ITM. Delta also happens to be N(d1) in the BSM pricing model. N(d1) usually is pretty ...
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Can someone explain to me the intuition behind the discount factor for this simple payoff? [closed]

Let's say you enter into a contract today in which in time t, you receive the difference between the underlying stock price and 100. Denote the stock price as S. Why is today's value of such a ...
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How do we calculate option payoff before expiration?

I am trying to simulate a bull spread option and I have used an online tutorial to calculate payoff at expiry but I am having difficulty simulating the payoff ...
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Modifying Basic Black Scholes Equation For Time Dependent Variables - Per Wilmott?

I am reading Wilmott's book and don't understand why he makes the following step to re-write the PDE. I get equation 8.4, that's just the typical PDE for a dividend yielding stock where r(t), D(t) ...
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Intrinsic value vs Time value of an option: what's the purpose/motivation for their definitions? [closed]

I am an actuarial student and our text has the following definitions: Intrinsic value: This is the payoff assuming the expiry of the contract immediately rather than at some future time. ...
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SABR Implied Vol: Normal Approximation vs Log-Normal Approximation

I am having trouble understanding the difference between the normal and log-normal implied volatilities from Hagans SABR model: http://web.math.ku.dk/~rolf/SABR.pdf. As far as i understand the main ...
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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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