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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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Zakamouline Optimal Hedging of Options with Transaction Costs

I've read that the Zakamouline method suggests the best optimal hedging of options when taking transaction costs into account. I've read the article but am having difficulty understanding it well ...
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How to interpret CME's specification regarding grains options expirations?

Looking at the contract specifications for Soybean Meal and Soybean Oil (same for Corn, Wheat, and other major stuff I checked) serial options on CME I see the following expiration rule: the last ...
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Pricing options and bid-ask spread

Consider a non-liquid option market with a wide bid-ask spreads across all strikes. Spot: \$52 A snapshot of the \$50 strike shows: ...
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Interpolate option volatility in delta space in R

I have a bunch of deltas and option implied vols at those deltas. I would like to interpolate them in R. Interpolating them in delta space seems difficult, since normally you would like the ATM calls ...
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How to calculate a the PFE for a Swaption?

How do you calculate the Potential Future Exposure (PFE) for a swaption? Do you incorporate the dynamics of implied volatility when you are running your simulations? Is there a standard way to ...
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Any thoughts on how Warren Buffet's B of A warrants might be “marked-to-market” by either counterparty?

It's not too long since Berkshire Hathaway got its 10-year warrants in Bank of America alongside its \$5 billion purchase of preferred stock. At the time I saw some discussion about the value of ...
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What is the highest frequency greek for options on futures on bonds?

I'm considering exchange traded options of futures on bonds. Options on bond futures are usually American, thus the Black model is out of question. Which is the most imporatant Greek with respect to ...
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Tian third moment-matching tree with smoothing - implementation

I was wondering if someone has an implementation of the Tian third moment-matching tree (http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1030143) with smoothing in code (e.g. c++, vba, c#, etc.)? ...
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Under what circumstances Veta is positive?

In general, as the option moves towards expiry, its vega is decreasing. Are there circumstances where the veta, i.e. the sensitivity of vega with respect to time, is positive, that is when vega is ...
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Pricing options under a specific framework

I have a specific framework in mind and I would like to value options under this framework. I am not sure whether a closed form solution exists or Monte Carlo methods would work. The framework I have ...
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Optimal Hedging of Options - asymmetry between long and short vol positions

Going over Zakamouline's Approximation method for optimal delta hedging of options, it is claimed that the result remains valid for both buying options (long vol positions) or selling options (short ...
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Trading with S&P 500 options

Could someone help me who has experience with trading S&P 500 options? I am curious about any liquidity trends (if OTM, ATM, ITM are the most liquid, and with what kind of maturity), and the ...
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Gamma PnL Formula and Break-Even volatility

When we derive the P&L of a delta hedged option we obtain: $$ \text{P&L}=\dfrac{1}{2}\Gamma(\delta S)^{2}-\theta\delta t $$ and setting equal to zero and rearranging we obtain: $$ \dfrac{1}{...
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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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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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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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Generalisation of calendar arbitrage condition to options on futures

This question has discussed the condition on which calendar arbitrage opportunities arise for European call options on a stock. Do similar criteria exist for European options on futures? The most ...
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What is the cause of a “broken” volatility surface?

I am currently working on a project for which I need the implied volatility surfaces, to estimate the value of plain-vanilla European options with different strikes (cannot be observed directly in the ...
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Why do simulation schemes have difficulty in pricing options with low spots?

If you apply a simulation Scheme (log-Euler discretization, Euler discretization and even more advanced ones) on for instance SABR and other models, then they price a call option (where we can easy ...
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Credit spread model

Let $c(t,T):=-\frac{1}{T-t}[\mathrm{ln}(P_1(t,T))-\mathrm{ln}(P_0(t,T))]$, with: $c$ measure of how a company is prone to fail; $P_0(t,T):=e^{-r(T-t)}$ price of no-defaultable bond. $P_1(t,T):=\...
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Books and techniques to hedge options that expire tomorrow?

Can anyone point me to books or resources that talk about best techniques to hedge ATM or close to ATM options that expire tomorrow. I am particularly interested on how to hedge if you are short the ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Put call symmetry of put

I hope this is a simple question but I just wanted to get confirmation and also the intuition behind it. I know the put call symmetry and I often see it expressed as: Call(S, K) = Put(K, S) = K/S Put(...
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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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Where to Find Foreign Countries Index Option Data

OptionMetrics database contains option data for several US indexes (SP500, SP100...). But I don't see any option data for foreign indexes. Is there a place from which I could get/purchase the options ...
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Geometric Brownian Motion with Dividends

I am working on a problem and had a quick question. I understand that for Geometric Brownian Motion we use the formula: $$X_{t_n} = X_{t_{n-1}} + \mu X_{t_{n-1}} \Delta t + \sigma X_{t_{n-1}} \...
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Poisson parameter in Merton's Jump-Diffusion Model to price call option

I've been taught the following European call valuation formula under jump-diffusion model: \begin{equation} price = E[e^{-rT}max(S_T-K,0)] =\sum_{j = 0}^\infty e^{-rT}P_j(\lambda)E[max(S_T-K,0)|J=j] \...
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Fitting a forecasting S&P500 roll volatilities

I have a time series of S&P500 prices, for which I have calculated log-returns and roll-volatility. My goal is to forecast daily realized volatility and test a straddle strategy based on it (I ...
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Why historical volatility is calculated as N-days annualized?

Annualized historical volatility is always calculate with 10-, 20- days time window. I don't quite understand. Compare with annualized historical return, annualized historical return is never ...
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Pricing an exotic with barrier at discrete times

How would you price the following option on underlying $S$ without dividends? Time to maturity of option $\tau = 12$ months Option has a strike $K > 0$ and constant barrier $B > 0$. $t_0$ is ...
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Historical options data for FX/FI

I know that my question is quite large and that quite a lot of questions already deal with the options data. However most of questions deal with options on American equity markets. Could you ...
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How to solve for K when setting the differential of a vega option with respect to K equal to 0?

The question is as follows: Let $v = S_0 \phi(d_1)\sqrt{T}$. Solve the following equation for $K$. $$ \frac{\partial v}{\partial K} = 0 $$ By finding $\frac{\partial v}{\partial d_1}$ and $\frac{\...
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Correct beta weighted delta options formula?

Is this the correct formula for beta weighted delta: http://www.nishatrades.com/blog/beta-weighted-delta I've seen this What is the formula for beta weighted delta and gamma? but they seem to be ...
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Is there a way to pull SPX index option open interest daily data?

Currently I just use Bloomberg API in Excel for preliminary data analysis and manipulation, and I have one function call that gives me the ticker and IV today ...
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What is the true “value” process of American derivatives?

Consider a continuous-time market where LOOP (law of one price) holds. The first fundamental theorem of asset pricing states explicitly that in the absence of arbitrage, the risk-neutral measure ...
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Is SABR being used in practice for Equity options

Just to be clear: By "in practice" I mean what the banks and other financial companies do. Do financial companies use SABR for pricing equity options? Consider a stock with price $t$ being: $S_t$. ...
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Does a shift in prices effect Margin on Futures and their options?

In regards to ES im wondering If theres a scenerio intraday (price shock) that will effect the amount of margin im carrying. Besides PnL Kind of a dumb question, as I guess its just a function of ...
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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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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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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 = ...