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Variance Swap : dividends and rates

In a simplified world you can assume that the var swap is replicated by a continuous set of calls and puts and interest rates are equal to zero. So your PNL is only sensitive to the volatility. But in ...
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Variance of integrated dynamical system

Define time increment $\mu:=t_{k+1}-t_{k}$. Consider the signal $x(\mu)-\mathbb{E}[x(\mu)]$ defined as $x(\mu)-\mathbb{E}[x(\mu)]=\frac{1}{\mu}\int_{t_{k}}^{t_{k+1}}\int_{0}^{\tau}e^{A(\tau-\delta)}...
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Options on realized volatility / variance

If I'd like to price options on variance/volatility in the Heston model. Is MC simulation and/or finite difference the only way to do it? Or is there an analytical expression for the probability ...
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Mean-Variance portfolio: How do I compute the variance when the portfolio is normalized

Let's consider the very basic of a Mean-Variance Portfolio: $$ \text{max}_{x} (1-\lambda)\sum_i^n\mu_ix_i-\lambda\sum_i^n\sum_j^n x_i Q_{ij}x_j $$ $$\text{ s.t. }\sum_i^nx_i=1 \text{ , } x_i \geq ...
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Usages of variance swap

I’m interested in variance swap. Considered from its feature, variance swap is used for betting the (historical) volatility of underlying asset. If we use it for hedge tool of Vega or Volga, does it ...
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Overlapping Data

I have a daily time series data spanning over 22 years. I need to compute some meaningful yearly standard deviation statistics / generate probability distribution and estimate tail risk. 22 years ...
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What's the correct graphical comparison in a GARCH fit?

Suppose that the stationary series $r_t$ is well fitted by an $ARMA(p,q)+c$ and $GARCH(r,s)$ model, where $GARCH(r,s) = \sigma_t ^2$ If in the testing sample I have to graphically compare the ...
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Total Variance of an asset in case of stochastic rates

Let's suppose the underlying S follows a BS dynamic with the drift being the short rate that follows a short dynamic model. the "local volatility" of the equity should be the implied volatility from ...
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Minimizing variance when searching for Cointegration

This paper by Meucci explains that in order to find a combination leading to cointegration of several series $X$, you have to find the vector $w$ which minimise the quantity $\textrm{Var}(w'X)$. I do ...
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Use of second similar European Option as control variate to simulate a European option

I understand the idea and math behind the concept of control variate for the sake of variance reduction, but I struggle to apply it to option pricing. I need to simulate an European option of a stock ...
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Negative variance?

Using the formula w*Cov*t(w) I can generate a negative portfolio variance. What are the implications of a negative variance? Should I just assume it's zero? A negative variance is troublesome ...
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VarSwap PnL formula

I came across this formula for the varswap PNL: let $r_i$ be the log return over $[t_i,t_{i+1}]$ and suppose we risk manage the VS at a fixed implied volatility sigma, the PnL of (the payoff) over ...
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Variance covariance matrix - number of periods required

Hi I am reviewing the example of Barra risk model in the following document page 23 there is the statement: "Estimating a covariance matrix for, say, 3,000 stocks requires data for at least 3,...
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Spot variance drift consequently to style drift

I am looking for some information on how to spot variance drift for a portfolio in accordance to its benchmarks, Let's say that we have returns of the portfolio $\textbf{P}=(P_1,...,P_t,...,P_n)$ and ...
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varswap replication doubt

I have a doubt regarding the varswap replication- I know the portfolio of options with proper weights is a static one, and that there is a dynamic position required in underlying. My confusion is ...
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Jim Gatheral's assertion on ATM implied volatility vs. square root variance

In Jim Gatheral's book The Volatility Surface Section Dependence on Skew and Curvature on page 138, he asserts that We know that the implied volatility of an at-the-money forward option in the ...
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CAPM model as a regression

The CAPM model states that the returns of a stock are- $r_s=r_f+\beta (r_m-r_f)+\varepsilon_s$ The $\beta$ defined above is then calculated as $\frac{cov(r_s,r_m)}{var(r_m)}$. My question is ...
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What is the difference between squared returns and variance?

I am trying to calculate 1-day ahead volatility forecasts using the exponentially weighted moving average, however I am unsure on how to read the formula provided within Risk-Metrics Technical ...
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An ad hoc portfolio optimization scheme

Say at each time $t$ I have a covariance matrix for the next period. Call this $\Sigma_{t+1}$. If I choose portfolio weights $w$ to minimize the variance, subject to the constraint that $\sum_i w_i = ...
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Excel Add-In Volatility Interpolation I am trying to Understand

The Microsoft Excel at my investment bank has an .xll add-in with a function whose coded functionality I cannot observe. This function is called VolInterp and as the name suggests, calculates the ...
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How to Deal With Betas when variance is Zero?

To calculate a beta, I was using the following formula(Considering $ra$ as returns of $a$ and $rb$ as returns of $b$): $$ \beta = { cov(ra, rb) \over var(rb)} $$ As a software developer, I ...
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Curve shape of forward fixing variance of USD libor

I was calculating the forward libor fixing variances for 2y, 5y, 10y, 15y, 25y and 30y USD Swap vs 3m libor. Basically I calculate the forward fixing based on the bootstrapped curve (libor forecast &...
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Terminal Variance in the Heston Model

I am trying to understand the basics of financial models. Random Walk as a model for asset prices. We use gaussian random numbers to generate a Gaussian Random walk. The variance of the terminal ...
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How can I compute a realized variance for raw instead of log returns?

Whenever I read about calculating realized variance, people are using log returns. However, I was asking myself whether it is possible to calculate realized variance also for simple, raw returns. ...
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Criticise GARCH relative to Realized Volatility

I would like to have your opinion about a simple question. While GARCH would be useful to calculate the conditional volatility, and the RV being in some sense the "historical" volatility, what would ...
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Estimation Risk-Neutral Variance of Returns

I am trying to find a method which allows me to estimate $Var_{\mathbb{Q}}\left(\frac{S_{t_{i+1}}}{S_{t_i}}\right)$ where $S$ denotes the price process of an underlying stock (which has to be assumed ...
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Determine GARCH(1,1) from a mean reverting time series recursion

Let $(v_t)$ be a discrete time series of variance obeying a mean-reverting variance process $v_t$, which is actually the discrete version of the Heston model in finance. \begin{align} x_t &= \sqrt{...
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Value at Risk - Long/Short position

I have a simple question on the VaR for a portfolio that consists of a long and short position. Say I have a portfolio consisting of the following positions: long 1000 shares of stock X short 1000 ...
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Typical SPX variance GARCH(1,1) coefficients

Can someone provide a typical numerical values of GARCH(1,1) coefficients $(\omega,\alpha,\beta)$ for estimating SPX index variance? I will appreciate it if some references could be provided.
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Meaning of realized variance

Recently I encountered the realized variance of returns (computed as the sum of the squared returns). Something that i didn't fully understand is what is the meaning of this? what is the difference ...
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Derivation of arithmetic variation of a portfolio over multiple periods [closed]

I am very confused on how to derive the attached equation (15). Would someone be kind enough to walk me through the proof?
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Does delta adjusted exposure make sense for an equity variance swap?

The software vendor that I am using for the calculation of the market risk exposure claim that they cannot compute the delta adjusted of the equity variance swap positions since there is no specific ...
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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 ...
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Portfolio diversification and Sharpe ratio

I have a given trading strategy T and say 3 assets in my universe. The hold time is one day. The trading strategy can general signals for the 3 assets in any given day (so signal can trigger for any ...
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Replicating Log Contract - Errors Introduced by Jumps

In the GS Research Note about Volatility Swaps, it is shown that you can replicate a pure variance exposure (hedge) with only vanilla calls and puts, primarily thanks to the Carr-Madan formula of ...
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Intuition Behind Scaling Factor in Variance Swaps

In More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Volatility Swaps the fair value of a future variance swap can be replicated from market prices for calls and puts. The fair put and call strike is shown to ...
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Variance of returns on a portfolio

This must be very basic, but I don't seem to be able to express the variance of returns on a portfolio in terms of variances-covariance sum of returns of its constituents, which seems to be what is ...
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Units of Risk: Variance vs Standard Deviation

Suppose you are trading two mean-reverting assets, A and B, and that $Covar(A, B) > 0$. You are currently long one unit of A, and are considering buying one unit of B. Compared to the situation ...
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What are the significant implications of the long-run average variance rate and why Engle won the Nobel Prize for ARCH model development?

In a ARCH(m) model we have $$ \sigma_n^2=\sum_{i=1}^{m} \alpha_i u_{n-i}^2 $$ where $u_i$ is defined as the continuously compounded return during day $i$ (between the end of day $i-1$ and the end of ...
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Question regarding the purchase of a Variance Swap

Imagine I price a Variance Swap for an investor and the observation date starts tomorrow and ends in 30 days. If I use dynamic replication with options to price my variance swap do I use options with ...
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Black Variance Surface

I came across black variance surface in quantlib code. For options, usually volatility surface is used for pricing. When you will use variance surface for pricing or any advantages over volatility ...
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Why is variance problematic as a risk measure?

I am looking for a simple example which explains why variance as a risk measure can be problematic (with a long-only portfolio with no options).
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Quantitative Strategy on Variance Swap (master thesis)

I am doing a master thesis on Variance Swap and my dear friend told me I could find some valuable help on the "Quantitative Finance Stack Exchange". I would like to apologise beforehand, if my ...
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variance of log return

Suppose $C_i$ is i-day's closed price, when drift is small, we have the close to close variance $$\sigma^2 =\dfrac{1}{n}\sum\limits^n_{i = 1}\left(\log\left(\dfrac{C_i}{C_{i-1}}\right)\right)^2.$$ If ...
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How do you find variance of a sde?

I know how to find the mean of an SDE: write it on integral form, take derivative, solve a simple ODE. But what to do when we want a variance? In my case, $$X_{T + \delta t} = X_T + \int_T^{T + \...
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Minimizing variance of payout of a portfolio of call options

I have previously asked a variation of this question and have since realized that my actual question was quite different. So my apologies if this looks familiar. The question is: Assume a universe ...
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Minimum variance in a portfolio of call options

My apologies if this question might be better suited elsewhere, however it regards probability and mathematical finance, so I thought I would post it here. The question is: Assume a universe where ...
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Variance swap : ok for variance, but where's the square expectation?

Payout of a variance swap at maturity $T$ is proportional to $\left(\frac{252}{N} \sum_{i=0}^{N-1} R_i^2 \right) - \sigma_{\textrm{VS}}^2$ where $R_i \equiv \ln\left( \frac{S_{T_{i+1}}}{S_{T_i}} \...
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How variance dispersion trades become short volatility

From this document, http://quantlabs.net/academy/download/free_quant_instituitional_books_/[JP%20Morgan]%20Variance%20Swaps.pdf, on page 56, it states that Losses from short correlation through ...
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Variance swap “fast” models

As far as I understand, Variance Swap (VS for short) function as follows : no payment when entering the contract at maturity the VS buyer pays a strike $K^2$ and is paid (by the VS seller) the ...