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Control Variates - Option pricing

I am trying to reduce the Monte Carlo variance with Control Variates technique. In practice, I am able to reduce it with a generic European Call option, with the following formulas: $$ Z_{CV} = \frac{...
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Why is $Z_t$ uncorrelated with $X_{t-1}$ in $X_t=\theta X_{t-1}+Z_t$?

In a solution to the problem below, the teaching assistant solves it by calculating $\mathbb{E}[X_t^2]$ and ends up with also having to calculate $\mathbb{E}[X_{t-1}Z_t]$ after expanding the square. ...
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Computing the Variance Risk Premium

The Variance Risk Premium (VRP) is defined as: $$VRP(t,t+\Delta t) \equiv RV(t,t+\Delta t)^2 - IV_t(t,t+\Delta t)^2$$ where $RV^2$ is the realized variance between $t$ and $t + \Delta t$ and $IV_t^2$ ...
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Heston: Variance of Integrated Variance

Consider the standard Heston model\begin{align*} dX&=\left(r-\frac{1}{2}v\right)dt+\sqrt{v}dB,\\ dv&=\kappa(\theta-v)dt+\xi\sqrt{v}dW, \\ dBdW&=\rho dt. \end{align*} Computing $\mathbb{E}\...
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Monte Carlo Simulation of GBM Process has a Very High Variance - Explanation Needed as to why?

I use Geometric Brownian Motion (GMB) to simulate a share price from March 24, 2020 to March 24 as follow: \begin{equation} S_t=S_{t-1}exp((rf-0.6\sigma^2)*(2)+\sigma*sqrt(2)*\mathcal{N}(0,1)) \end{...
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Market-maker's gain variance

I am reading the book "Trades, Quotes and Prices" by JEAN-PHILIPPE BOUCHAUD and have stuck in the very beginning with understanding the formula of variance of MM's gain per trade (see ...
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Show that the following result holds true for the variance of the return of a portfolio of shares

Start with a portfolio $p$ of $n$ shares, each with weight $x_i = \dfrac{1}{n}$ (for $i$ ranging from $1$ to $n$, discretely). Its return is given by: $$R_p=x_1R_1+\ldots+x_nR_n=\sum_{i=1}^{n}=x_iR_i\...
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Covariance Shrinkage - Am I getting the right variances?

I am looking into a quite simple task: shrinking the sample covariance matrix of a minor sample of monthly returns data on 5 different assets. I am using Python to process my data and have been using ...
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looking for recommendation for a var/vol swap trading book

I am aware this book - volatility trading by Euan Sinclair, and it's nice book. But I am looking for book focus on var/vol swap trading, i.e., introduce about trading strategy/ideas by using var/vol ...
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Mean variance portfolio optimization with long short positions

Sorry if this has been asked before. Can someone point me to some places explaining how to set up the mean variance optimization on long short portfolios? Classical formulation has long only. Is it as ...
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Statistical Inference of Variance Risk Premia

Good afternoon, I am currently following Carr and Wu (2009) to compute variance risk premia from options written as (RV-EV)*100 for the payoff of a long var swap position. Now I want to see whether my ...
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Is scaling the standard deviations in the VaR formula (parametric) equivalent to scaling the VaR figure at the end?

I have come across people calculating parametric VaR who scaled the standard deviations by say square root of 10 to scale up to a 10 day horizon. Elsewhere I have seen textbooks suggesting that it is ...
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Variance of Log Returns

Consider an asset held for $n$ time periods with weakly stationary log-returns $r_t$, $1≤t≤n$. Show that $var(r_1 +r_2 +r_3 +r_4)=var(r_1 +r_2 +r_3)+var(r_1)(1+2ρ_3 +2ρ_2 +2ρ_1)$, where $ρ_k$ is the ...
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Equivalence of Standard Deviation and Variance as a risk measure - WRONG?

In Modern Portfolio Theory, I often see that people seem to view Standard Deviation and Variance as equivalent. Example from Markowitz himself: "Thus far I have used the standard deviation ...
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Estimating the variance of returns with aggregated data

Say I have an asset return time series: Jan2020: -5% Feb2020: +5% Mar2020: -5% Apr2020: +5% May2020: -5% Jun2020: +5% Q3 2020: +20% Oct2020: +5 Nov2020: -5 Dec2020: +5 Note that 3 months of data is an ...
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T-statistics on monthly returns vs annualized monthly returns

eqI am very confused about a very basic question. This is probably more statistics than quantitative finance, but still, should be useful for this stackexchange board as well. Let's assume I have ...
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Portfolio variance $<=$ weighted average of individual variances [closed]

In portfolio theory, I often (with some justifications but the message is the same) come across the following statement: "The most important quality of portfolio variance is that its value is a ...
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Corwin-Schultz estimator of bid-ask spread

I am reading a paper "A Simple Way to Estimate Bid-Ask Spreads from Daily High and Low Prices" cf.A Simple Way to Estimate Bid-Ask Spreads from Daily High and Low Prices The authors proposed ...
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PCA and K-means clustering on returns

I am running a PCA on a set of returns and I would like to cluster the results of the output to group stocks that have similar factor exposures. However when I run the PCA on the covariance of the ...
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How to find the price variance of an infinitely expanding Binomial Tree?

How to find the price variance of an asset in a Binomial Tree Model? Suppose the price of the Stock is $S_t$ at time $t$ and it has a probability of $p$ that will go up $u$ times to $u \cdot S_t$ and ...
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Using stock prices as control variate

In this paper , the author suggested using terminal stock price as control variates. However, I do not understand as we only observe stock price distribution at the terminal, and we do not have any ...
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For portfolio variance, why doesn't $Var(X w) = w^\top \Sigma w$? [closed]

From multivariate asset returns $X$, we can calculate the sample covariance matrix $\Sigma$. The definition of (any) portfolio variance is $w^\top \Sigma w$, where $w$ are portfolio weights. If $X w$ ...
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Calculating Daily Realized Variance with Non-Constant Sampling

I was able to obtain some tick data on a particular asset and I wanted to calculate the daily realized variance of the asset. After browsing through a few threads here, it seems the formula to ...
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Nonsystematic risk in a random rate of return [closed]

Good evening, I am studying the CAPM and I have a doubt regarding the variance $σ_i^2$ of the expected return of an asset $i$. In particular, how can I derive the following formula? $$σ_i^2 = β_i^2 ...
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Valuation of Corridor Variance Swaps

Given that the payout of the Corridor Variance Swap (CVS) is $V \left(\frac{\sum_{n=0}^{N}I}{T_2 - T_0} (\sigma^2 - K^2) \right)$, where $\sigma^2$ is the realized variance within the pre-specified ...
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The best "risk measure" for an investor who does not want to lose any of his seed money

Question There is an investor who is afraid of losing any of his seed money (initial investment). Variance of investment returns is not a problem to him. He is willing to take variance as long as he ...
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Can we model Implied volatility using GARCH?

Can I use Implied volatility as a dependent variable in a GARCH model? I believe my IV data shows ARCH effects and hence can I use it to model volatility of the volatility? I know literature has used ...
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Sensitivity to total variance for an option

In the famous article of Demertifi, Derman et al (1999), the authors, in the appendix, show that it it necessary to have options weighted inversely proportional to the Square of the Strike in order to ...
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Empirical equivalent for implied vol

Implied volatility is supposed to show volatility of the underlying over next k days where k - maturity of the option. Say our stock price is $S_t$ and percentage return is $r_t$. Then which empirical ...
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GARCH(1,1) variance forecast in one-step or multi-step?

I would like to forecast the daily variance of a stock using GARCH(1,1) model while I have high frequency data of 5 minute returns. What is the difference between applying GARCH(1,1) in one-step ...
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Someone help me understand why for portfolio variance or Parametric Value at Risk we have to compute the covariance matrix?

I understand that portfolio variance is computed through $w'Cw$, where w is the vector of weights, $C$ being the covariance matrix. However, what I don't get is this: why can't this portfolio variance ...
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How to reduce variance in Monte Carlo using Control Variates when spot prices are decreasing?

I'm trying to use the Control Variates technique to reduce the variance of the estimate obtained from a Monte Carlo simulation for option pricing. As suggested in the book by Glasserman I'm using this ...
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Change in variance time series

I am analysing a time series (stock returns) and I am trying to check whether variance in the second half of my sample is different from the first half. I assigned a period to the observations. Here ...
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GARCH model using high frequency price return

I would like to forecast variance at time length $k\delta$ based on a price (return) time series of time step length $\delta$. I will apply a GARCH(1,1) model to subsamples at time intervals length $k\...
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forecasting hourly variance with higher resolution data available

Assume one has price data $P_{1}, P_{2}, \dots, P_{n}$ with one hour resolution and aims to forecast the variance for one hour ahead return. The first approach to try is ARCH or GARCH models. There ...
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Minimizing variance vs. expected shortfall: distributions where the difference is salient

In portfolio theory in finance, given a set of $n$ assets to choose from, one often selects portfolio weights so as to maximize expected return and minimize some measure of risk, e.g. variance or ...
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Variance convex risk measure

I hope you can help me with this question that I really struggle with. Is variance a convex risk measure? I guess not, but I find it really hard to find a counter example. Here are my thoughts. I ...
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Variance-Covariance Matrix under $\mathbb{P}$ and $\mathbb{Q}$

I'd like to understand why $\Sigma$ is the same under both measures $\mathbb{P}$ and $\mathbb{Q}$. Is it an assumption or a general fact based on theoretical concepts?
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How can we unwind a Index ( SPX ) Variance swap?

Client A comes to dealer to trade variance notional $1m at T=0. The trade is executed with dealer short volatility with strike of 20. term Payoff of dealer = notional*( Stike^2 - realized vol^2 ) now ...
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Conditional and unconditional variance, autocovariance and autocorrelation of an ARMA process

Given an ARMA(1,1) process $x_t = a + bx_{t-1} + \varepsilon_t + \theta\varepsilon_{t-1}$, how can we find the conditional variance, i.e. $Var_{t-1}(x_t)$, find the unconditional variance, i.e. $Var(...
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Expression for the expectation of Integrated variance in case of GARCH(1,1) process

I have the following SDE (GARCH(1,1)) for the instantaneous variance: $$ d\sigma_t^2 = \kappa (\theta - \sigma_t^2) dt + \psi \sigma_t^2 dW_t $$ I would like to find an expression for $IV_t = E[\int_{...
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Variance risk premium: When is realized vol higher than implied vol in practice?

I’m doing some work around the variance risk premium currently, and I’m interested in understanding the situations when realized volatility is > implied volatility in practice. I know in generally ...
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Hedging vega risk with varswaps

I have encountered a statement that in summary reads like this: Varswaps became popular after the LTCM meltdown due to high levels of implied volatility the market was seeing at the time. Hedge funds ...
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CBOE Skew Index Intuition

I was recently reading (and very much struggling to understand) the CBOE white paper on their Skew Index (CBOE Link), I thought it might be useful as I'm trying to better understand volatility skews. ...
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Deriving the VIX formula

I am having trouble filling in a few steps in the derivation. From Martin (2017), we get the following assumptions: Constant continuously compounded rate $r$; The underlying doesn't pay dividens; ...
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Calculating covariance from three variances

I have been asked to look to refactor some code. There is a line shown below: $\text{implied covariance} = -\frac{(\text{var}_1 - \text{var}_2 - \text{var}_3)} {2}$, where $\text{var}_1$ is the ...
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Variance/VaR calculation for a Portfolio

I'm considering a portfolio of multiple stocks (>2), and calculating their Standard Deviation/Variance and VaR for the portfolio. My question is about the below two ways to calculating them Consider ...
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What is the difference between standard deviation, volatility and quadratic variation?

What is the difference between standard deviation, volatility and quadratic variation? As I know, volatility is the standard deviation of the log returns, so they are basically the same. (One of ...
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Expected value and variance of the stock log-returns under Local Volatility framework

I want to calculate the expected value and the variance of the stock process log-returns in the Local Volatility setting (and the realized/terminal correlation but let us begin in the one-dimentional ...
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How to calculate the mean and variance of this Ito integral?

I tried to calculate this integral use Ito's lemma, $W_{t}$ is the Wiener Process. $$I_{T}=\int_{0}^{T}\sqrt{|W_{t}|}dW_{t}$$ We have $d f\left(W_{t}\right)=f^{\prime}\left(W_{t}\right) d W_{t}+\...