# 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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### Delta of FX Options, Different Currency in Trading Book - Trading Interview Question

Having done stochastic analysis in university, together with tons of other math courses, do never prepare you for an actual interview in trading. Stumbled on what I believe might be an easy question, ...
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### Monte Carlo: How to interpolate Dupire's Local Volatility

I am trying to price barrier options which can have daily or monthly observations. I first calibrated by Black vols into smooth SVI vols (with linear interpolation along time in variance) to obtain ...
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### Calculate options prices based on given options and spread prices

Suppose you know the following information: Futures price on a stock is 66 70 strike straddle is trading at 27 50-60 put spread is trading at 2.5 50-60-70 put butterfly is trading at 0.2 Assume ...
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### Backtesting Hedged Equity Portfolio with Options

I am trying to find some papers and methodologies on backtesting an Equity portfolio with broad-based index options as hedge. For example, take SPY and systematically hedge it with 9 months 30 delta ...
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### Evaluating swaptions with negative interest rates

Does anyone know if it is possible to evaluate swaptions with negative interest rates with Quantlib? ...
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### Is it true that interest rates options with different maturities are free of calendar arbitrage because of the different underlying rates dynamics?

The title says it all - is it true that European style interest rates options (lets say on LIBOR 3M for the sake of simplicity) with different maturities are free of calendar arbitrage because ...
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### Black Scholes derivation: Why treat Delta as a constant?

In the derivation of the Black-Scholes equation, it is argued (e.g. in the original paper and in Hull) that $$dV(S_t, t)=(…)dt + \frac{\partial V}{\partial S} dS_t,$$ where $V(S_t, t)$ is the value at ...
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### What is the TBA Option price convention and delta

I am wondering about price and delta about TBA options Use this trade example: One sell \$100 million ATM forward calls on 6.5% Fannie Maes for 24 ticks, and buy \$50 million ATM forward calls on ten-...
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### Purpose of Vega Hedging

I am trying to understand the principle of vega hedging. When should a market maker vega hedge his position ? Let's suppose that a market maker delta and gamma hedge himself, and carries his position (...
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### Optimize call option purchase

If it is predicted that the price of a stock will increase from P1 to between P2 and P3 in time T (assume the distribution of the price will be evenly distributed between the range of [P2, P3] at time ...
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### Distribution of total delta of option portfolio

We know the delta of a portfolio of options is simply the sum of deltas of the individual options. But are there any additional known properties about the total delta (or other greeks) of a portfolio ...
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### Difference between number of stocks and number of bonds: Predictable vs adapted

Let $\nu_k$ and $\eta_k$ denote the number of stocks and number of bonds in the portfolio. According to Schweizer, we need $\nu_k$ to be predictable and $\eta_k$ to be adapted. In the text, the ...
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### No-arbitrage conditions on a caps/floors volatility surface

Suppose that one has a caps/floors volatility surface and wants to check whether this surface admits arbitrage. What is the theoretical and practical way to do it? Lets talk only about caps for ...
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### Difference between Risk minimization and local risk minimization

According to the survey paper "A Guided Tour through Quadratic Hedging Approaches" by Schweizer the risk function is defined by $$R_t(\phi)=E[(C_T(\phi)-C_t(\phi))^2|\mathcal{F}_t]$$ When ...
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### Why can’t delta’s be used to price double no touch options?

Here is the link to a MATLAB one touch option pricing calculator I used:OT I tried several inputs and I noticed that the one touch option price is approximately twice the delta of an equivalent ...
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### Find the value of put option using a two-period binomial model

I've been asked to find the price of a two-month European Put Option with strike price $£40$. The price at $S_0=£30$, this can move up to $£40$ or down to $£25$ ($1/3$ chance to go up, $2/3$ chance to ...
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### Power options for pricing European claims

I have the following question: Why would somebody be interested in the expression $E[S^\theta]$ for $\theta$ between zero and one. The only thing I know is that this then can be somehow used to ...
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### Approximating Volatility Skew From historic returns? [closed]

I was wondering if someone could help me with something. I've been reading more about equity options, and I'm struggling with skew. Conceptually I understand why it exists, what I'm struggling with is ...
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### CDS Option Pricing (Missing Index Factor)

I've read the OpenGamma paper https://quant.opengamma.io/CDS-Options-OpenGamma.pdf on CDS Options, and noticed a small discrepancy. So I wanted to double-check my understanding. In Section 6.4 the ...
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### Can gamma of an option be greater than its delta?

I have a currency pair usdinr put option with strike price at 73.5 INR, risk free rate 0, underlying price of 75.4025, days to expiry is 15 and iv is 5.9%. Delta of this option is -0.019 and gamma is ...
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### Selling American calls before ex date vs. exercising

From reading Hull OFOD (among other references), I understand that early exercise makes sense for an American call option at time $t_n$ when $$D_n > K\Big[1-e^{-r\big(T-t_n\big)}\Big]$$ for a call ...
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### Deriving Bachelier Greeks

I am working on the Bachelier Model with r not equal to 0 as described in the first and most upvoted answer in following link: Bachelier model call option pricing formula This is fairly easy to code ...
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### is implied volatility derived from the option bid quote or the option ask quote?

I got SPX option prices from three different market data sources. In all of them, I can see bid and ask quotes. However, there is only one implied volatility. Does this implied volatility correspond ...
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### What is the intuition behind a positive theta for European long puts?

I've googled extensively for an answer to this question. Very similar (if not identical) questions have popped up in this same website (example) but I never find the answers to be clear and/or precise....
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### N-period state price deflators

Given that the non-dividend paying share is at \$5. In each 6 future 6 month period its value can either rise by 25% or fall by 10%. The continuously compounded risk free rate is 5% p.a. Consider a ...
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### Confusion Regarding Dynamically Delta Hedging a Short Option

To my understanding, market makers (mm) in the options market dynamically delta-hedge their portfolios by buying/shorting the underlying, thus eliminating directional risk and profiting from providing ...
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### Data source for FX options

I have daily quotes for the new york and london fixings of fx options on EURUSD. I can choose between two sources: BGN and CMPN. Apparently these are based on slightly different methods of aggregating ...
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### FX option quotation in interbank market

I am looking at the different ways in which FX options (say EUR/USD option) are quoted in interbank markets. Is it quoted using the option chain? I also saw a piece where it is said that it is quoted ...
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### Is there an analogous strikeFromDelta implementation for 1st gen barrier options?

I have a simple replication pricing implementation for 1st gen exotics (digitals, single and double barriers, etc.). In order to effectively test strategies I want to price "like" strikes ...
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### What is the probability of touching point A first?

The probability of a stock touching a point A which is below the current spot price is 35%, and the probability of the stock touching a point B which is above the current spot price is 20%. How can I ...
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### CMS cap has more vega exposure than CMS floor for same strike

When I priced a 10y expiry single look CMS30 ATMF CAP, I noticed that the vega exposure is higher than that of the same 10y expiry single look CMS30 ATMF FLOOR. Why is that? I have a suspicion that it ...
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