# Questions tagged [stochastic-calculus]

A branch of mathematics that operates on stochastic processes.

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### Expected value of exponential of hitting time of GBM

We have a stopping time $$\tau=\inf\{t\geq 0: S_0e^{\sigma B_t+(r-\sigma^2/2)t}=S^* \}$$ where $S_0,\sigma,r,S^*$ are constants and $S^*<S_0$, and $B_t$ is a brownian motion. I wish to compute ...
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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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### Variance of Multi-Dimensional OU process

I'm trying to implement this model shown here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304407611000388 As part of the modelling process I have to calculate the unconditional variance of X ...
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### Itos Lemma problem

Can someone help me with calculus for this problem. I have these 3 equations and with Itos Lemma I have to find $dXt$. \begin{cases} dY= μYdt+σYdB \\ X=\frac{1}{2}cY\\ dc =-aαcdt\end{cases}
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### Problem finding correct SDE for Stochastic Process

I am really struggling to come up with the correct SDE for the stochastic process: $Y(t) = a[Z(t)]^2$ where $Z(t)$ is a Brownian Motion. According to my Prof, the SDE is: $dY(t) = adt + 2aZ(t)dZt$...
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### How does this transformation for Euler Scheme in mean reverting SDEs alleviate instability?

I saw this text in the book - Interest Rate Modelling by Andersen volume 1 on Page 112: I am unable to understand: How does instability arise when we use the Euler scheme on X(t)? What change does ...
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### Unconditional Expectation vs. Conditional Expectation at time $0$

In most mathematical finance books I have read (all of them actually), the expectation, with respect to the sigma algebra at time $0$, $\mathcal F_0$, is considered the same as the unconditional ...
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### Self financing strategy and repo rate

I was wondering how to adjust the self financing condition when cash borrowing cas be secured by the stock. Suppose the risk-free money account is $B_t$ and there is a risky asset $S_t$. One have ...
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### Novikov condition for Vasicek process

Suppose that we have a money account $S^{(0)}$ with dynamics \begin{align} dS^{(0)}_{t} = r_{t} S^{(0)}_{t}\, dt, \end{align} where \begin{align} dr_t = a(b-r_t)\, dt + \sigma_{r} \, dW_t^{(0)}. \...
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### Transformation of Volatility - BS

I have recently seen a paper about the Boeing approach that replaces the "normal" Stdev in the BS formula with the Stdev \begin{equation} \sigma'=\sqrt{\frac{ln(1+\frac{\sigma}{\mu})^{2}}{t}} \end{...
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### kolmogorov backward equation intuition

The kolmogorov backward equation equation states that the probability density of a random variable $x$ which follows $dx= \mu dt + \sigma dw$ is given by $-p_t = \mu p_x + 0.5\sigma^2 p_{xx}$ ...
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### close form for stochastic integral

I am new to stochastic calculus. Can I know how to compute the close-form solution for $$\int_0^t \exp(\alpha s - \sigma W_s) \; ds$$ and $$\int_0^t \exp(\alpha s - \sigma W_s) \; dW_s.$$ I encounter ...
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### How does one go from measure P to Q(risk-neutral) when modeling an asset paying dividends?

I am really having a terrible time applying Girsanov's theorem to go from the real-world measure $P$ to the risk-neutral measure $Q$. I want to determine the payoff of a derivative based an asset ...
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### Why is the black-scholes model arbitrage free when σ>0?

I want to show that: if $σ$ is positive then there is no arbitrage in the model, even if $r > µ$. Whilst I have satisfied this for $r > \mu$, I cannot see why the conditioning on $\sigma>0$ ...
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### Conditional Expectation with Indicator Functions for Poisson Process First Jump Time (Option Pricing PDE)

This is supposed to be for the derivation of a PDE for pricing a specific type of option, from the book 'Nonlinear Option Pricing' (Guyon). The option delivers $g(\tau, X_{\tau})$ at time $\tau$ if \$\...