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Have Goldman Sachs Quantitative Strategies Research Notes been published as a book or a comprehensive collection?

Back in the 90's, Goldman Sachs (publicly?) released a series called "Quantitative Strategies Research Notes" — mostly technical papers on topic. Emanuel Derman co-authored almost all of them. Some ...
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What are some good technical and non-technical books for a math lover to get in to quantitative analysis? [closed]

To get the ball rolling... I will answer this question this evening For people aware & unaware I think it would be a great way to introduce the group, resources for fundamental knowledge & ...
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At what point does someone using technical analysis become a Quant?

Sorry if the question sounds rough. It's not my intention to devaluate something I've not yet understood like Quantitative Finance. So to keep it simple: is Quantitative Finance a science, like Math ...
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Can the Hurst exponent be greater than one?

Can the Hurst exponent be greater than one? Does it mean that the time series follows a random walk or that it's not stationary?
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Quantum Computing for Quantitative Finance

It's been a while that quantum computing is looked as the next step in computational science. I somewhat always tought we were decade aways from it's happening but it appears I was wrong: ibm-quantum-...
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Free or Relatively Less Pricey Quant Finance courses online

I am trying to figure out what all online Quant Finance courses are out there which are free or relatively less pricey? CQF is not less pricey Financial Engineering course on Coursera - Not so great ...
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Popular R packages for Quantitative Finance

Which R packages (in this list or not) do you use in quant finance, why not an alternative, do you use it in production and if so, how? There is a list of most of the R packages related to Finance by ...
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What are the main market anomalies/inefficiencies detected in quantitative finance?

I wondered about the existence of a complete list of the anomalies detected in quantitative finance. Generally, a market anomaly or inefficiency is a asset price and/or rate of return distortion on a ...
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Theoretical limits for contango and backwardation

What do you think would be the theoretical limit for contango? What about backwardation? This was asked in an interview. I am still not so sure about the answer.
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How to combine various equity measures into a single measure (vector magnitude)

I have several measures: ...
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Quantitative Finance Programming Language

Since couple of weeks, I started to do my research on quant finance. During this time, I could discover a lot of stuff and with that stuff, a lot of questions came to my mind. A lot of news or ...
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Quant teams predicting the World Cup

It is a good tradition of the quant teams of the major banks to predict the World Cup. As an example see this new paper from Goldman Sachs: The World Cup and Economics 2014 (Brazil will win by the ...
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Backtesting with fundamentals

Recently I've read some books about quantative approach to fundamental investing: - What works on Wall Street - James O'Shaughnessy - Quantitative Value - Wesley Gray, Tobias Carlisle - Quantitative ...
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Platform for Quantitative equity portfolio

What are the most popular platforms used for quantitative equity portfolio management/research? I've only used Barra so far for their factor models. Is there any specific feature or model you think ...
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How are momentum and reversion long/short strategies dynamically combined in trading?

I'm trying to understand how to combine two strategies dynamically in trading: one mean-reversion and the other momentum. One way (also the simplest one) of doing this is by scaling/normalizing ...
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C++ training from scratch to quantitative trading? [closed]

I have been trading for decades, and I have a solid knowledge of technical analysis but also VB as professional programmer. I would like to start learning C++ from scratch, then specialised in C++ ...
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Better understanding of the Datar Mathews Method - Real Option Pricing

in their paper "European Real Options: An intuitive algorithm for the Black and Scholes Formula" Datar and Mathews provide a proof in the appendix on page 50, which is not really clear to me. It's ...
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The Heston Solution For European Option - Jim Gatheral

I have this equation (Eq. (2.4) "The Volatility Surface - A Practitioner's Guide" by Jim Gatheral (Ed. 2006)): $$-\frac{\partial C(v, x, \tau)}{\partial \tau}+\frac{1}{2}v \frac{\partial^2 C(v,x,\tau)}...
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Bayesian strategy selection

I have N strategies/signals that I would like to allocate to. I want to estimate an estimate of future performance based off of recent realized performance (momentum of strategies per se - e.g. ...
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Black Scholes differential

I'm studying a BS derivation and I don't understand one part .We have a portfolio consisting of $\Delta(t)S(t)+B(t)$ where the first term is risky and the second is a riskless bond. The part i don't ...
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Who trades exchange options in practice (Margrabe's formula)?

I'm currently studying the pricing of the exchange option. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margrabe%27s_formula While I can appreciate the theory, who actually buys these options in practice? Are ...
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What is time-varying risk premium? Forecasting stock returns

I am trying to understand the concept 'Time-varying aggregate risk premium'. Here is an extract from a Forecasting book, written by Rapach and Zhou, "However, rational asset pricing theory posits ...
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Barrier Option from binomial tree

What is the smallest information structure that is required for using the binomial tree to calculate the price of a barrier (up-and-in) option? My gut feeling is any node below the node that reaches ...
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Learn backtesting using MATLAB

What are some good ressources (books, articles, ...) to learn backtesting of investment strategies using MATLAB ? It can be strategies related to fixed-income, equities, derivatives, ... whatever. ...
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Linear-Boundary Crossing Problem for Brownian Motion

This is a question I came across while reading: $W = (W_t)_{t\geq{0}}$ is a standard BM. Let $\mu\in \mathbb{R}$, and let $\tau_{a}^{\mu}$ = $\inf(t>0;W_t = a + \mu{t})$ be the first passage time ...
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Does Matlab support exogenous variables in GARCH models?

Is it possible to introduce dummy variables or explanatory variables in the GARCH variance equation (garchset and garchfit) in ...
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How to price the american options using local volatility

I have given with a surface of american option prices $C_{am}(T, K)$. From these american option prices the implied volatility surface is deduced. Now I want to find the local volatility $\sigma(s,t)$...
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Mark Joshi Quantitative finance numerical techiniques, writting an algorithm that produces a random variable

Background: I am preparing for interviews and I was told to try and answer as many problems in the Mark Joshi book as possible. Question: Suppose an asset takes values from a discrete set $v_j$ ...
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What are some of the best quantitative finance websites? [closed]

Not looking to start a debate. Just want to learn more about the field and am looking for some websites with high quality, informative content.
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Why Central Bank carry out Qe when they can directly force banks to lower down the interest rate?

To boost the economy, the central bank can do it either by lowering down the interest rate nor carry out QE. But QE objective is to lowered the interest rate also so banks can give out more loan. This ...
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Fama and French (market premium) factor

Currently I am using the Fama and French 3 factor model to explain the performance of mutual funds using monthly returns from 2000 to 2017. I use two market proxies: (1) RM-RF, obtained directly ...
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Step by Step Guide to Learn Quantitative Finance [closed]

Can some one help in creating step by step guide to learn Quantitative Finance? The suggestions should be in the lines of 1- Which Maths topics needs to be learn 1st 2- Which Maths Books or ...
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Hurst Exponent Calculation

I am trying to calculate the Hurst Exponent using Excel. I am facing a problem where the exponent value sometime goes beyond 1. Can someone share a link / material so that it will help me to calculate ...
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Monte Carlo Methods for Pricing Derivatives

can someone please suggest a good book on Monte Carlo Simulation for Pricing Derivatives? Don't want a book which is too complicated like a PhD level. A Masters level should be good. Thanks a lot in ...
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Monte Carlo model with multiple assets step by step

Here are the following steps to calculate Monte Carlo VaR. I am learning how to proceed with each steps and I would need somebody who can explain. Do I have to create only 1 vector in step 4 (even if ...
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How to deal with negative ARCH terms?

Lately I have been trying to fit a GJR-GARCH(1,1) model to fit against the S&P 500 returns over 1985-2015 but I have ran into some problems I can't quite figure out. The GJR-GARCH(1,1) model I am ...
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How to find the best fitting GARCH model for a portfolio composed of 3 ETFs in R?

I am doing a project for my class Financial Time Series in which I am trying to forecast my portfolio log returns using a GARCH fit. I am having a bit of trouble determining the best way to fit this ...
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Is there such a thing as resonance in economic underliers?

In physics the occurence of resonance is explained and widely understood in its linear form and subject to research in nonlinear resonance. Example for instance are resonant frequencies of objects. ...
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How can we price an option taking into account the “issuer risk”?

I'm trying to take a closer look to option pricing in a risky environment. Let's say a firm $A$ sells me an (European) option on an underlying $S$ (which of course can be any other financial product ...
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what is the minimum capital necessary for quantitative/automated/algorithm trading? [closed]

I mean from my home for myself I have a degree in statistics so I know time series, predictions, R ... I would like to design statistical model for trading with R I don't ask for trading strategies, ...
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Stochastic Calculus in Quantitative analysis

I am an aspiring quant that would like to get a head start learning stochastic calculus, which books FROM EXPERIENCE are the most reader friendly?
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Method to combine trading signals to achieve higher sharpe

There are a few thread with the question of methods to combine different trading signals/strategies. But is there any method that can ensure that by combining two signals, we can achieve a better ...
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Carry vs Roll-Down on a zero-coupon IRS

I am trying to understand the differences between carry vs roll-down on a zero-coupon interest rate swap. Lets say we have a 10 day ZC IRS, meaning we will only swap once on maturity. We are a payer ...
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CAPM and factor modeling: Machine learning

Excuse my ignorance with this I am still trying to wrap my head around the interpretation of the Fama French 1992 factor paper. I come from a computer science background but I am interested in ...
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ARMA-GARCH model, bset model selection and confidence levels calculations

I'm a newbie in GARCH models. I tried to realize ARMA(p, q)-GARCH(u, v) model via fGarch. So, 2 main questions. 1) Can I use BIC/AIC for selection best model for all (p, q)-(u, v) models? So, is it ...
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Sigma moves - annualize return or no?

This might be a very simple dumb question. But when you look at a security's annualized volatility over a 3 year period, assuming the security has an annualized vol of 5% and the drawdown over three ...
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Fama French sorting

I am trying to calculate my own monthly fama french factors SMB and HML and I have a general question about a final screening act. I understand that to sort companies in june of year $t$ they need to ...
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Common misconceptions in Quantitative Finance? [duplicate]

This question is motivated by my experience of meeting some markets professionals who claimed certain things about Black Scholes and option pricing. So I am wondering what are some of the common ...
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Why Arent There Long Rate Models?

You have short rate models, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short-rate_model, but there doesnt seem to be any long rate models. I find this weird as in options modelling you model the whole smile, not ...
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minimum variance hedge with stochastic processes

Problem set up: asset S: $$\frac{dS}{S} = \mu dt+\sigma dz$$ Hedged using a forward contract: $F = F(S,t).$ Hedge portfolio: $$P = S+nF$$ I want to find the variance of $dP$, and then minimize that ...