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How can I calculate bucket vega using dupire local volatility surface?

I am trying to calculate the bucket vega of the portfolio which includes mainly vanilla options and some exotic options. I am pricing the value of portfolio with fdm by using dupire local volatility ...
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Binary Option Valuation With Skew

In searching for methods of valuation of Binary options with skew, I have found two formulas which are at odds. I cannot find any other references to this valuation formula. Should Vega be positive ...
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Can Call and Put Vega be different (for the same strike)

I'm calculating the volatility of an options market (description of market below) by fitting 2 functions: 1. fitting the on book call prices 2. fitting the on book put prices And I'm getting a ...
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Is Vega hedging a complex derivative self financing?

Let's consider an incomplete market where I am pricing a complex derivative (Say a Bermudan). I hedge vega by a vanilla option(S). Let's say at t=1 I want to re-hedge. However, I have no guarantee ...
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Vega of binary option

I'm calculating the greeks for a hypothetical binary option, and I'm getting a symmetrical parabola for the vega's of both put and call options that are OTM, ATM, and ITM. Both of them dip into ...
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Vega vs Gamma. Implied vs realized vol

I was reading the answers to this question: Long Gamma vs Vega , but I still I feel I am missing a bit of context. Let's say I am long an European call today. From the plots shown in the second ...
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What is vega, really?

Assume for now we are working in a stohastic volatility (SV) setting, $$ dS_r = \sqrt{v_r} S_r dW $$ and $$ dv_r = a(v_r,r)dr + b(v_r,r) dZ $$ with $$ dWdZ = \rho dr $$ Let $C(S_t,v_t,t)$ denote the ...
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Gamma-Vega Neutral Portfolio Not Possible with Only 3 Options

Let's say we have sold a call option, x, on a share and we have 2 other call options, y & z, with different strikes and maturities to try and achieve a portfolio that is both Gamma and Vega ...
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Calculating Implied ATM Volatility with Vega

Can we calculate Implied ATM volatility with Vega? Normally, Vega is derived from Volatility, but I wonder the availability of the opposite way.
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Is the vega of a portfolio of a long 0.5 delta and short two 0.25 delta calls positive or negative?

More specifically what I am trying to find out is whether the following relationship is always true or not. Same underlying for the calls, assume the most simplistic assumptions (interest rate = ...
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Why do options market makers make their spread as wide as the corresponding vega?

I've heard that option market makers make their bid ask spread as wide as the vega of the contract they are quoting. If the quoted spread is narrower than the vega of the option it is said that the ...
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Volatility spread of Strangle

It's written in a book by Giles Hewitt : " The bid-offer spread quoted on a Strangle in volatility terms will usually be wider than the ATM spread to the same maturity because strikes away from the ...
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Spread vol for interest rate spread options in normal environment

Suppose I am long spread option with underlying : rate A - rate B. The vega on the option would be positive. But if I want to compute the option vega with respect to individual rates, can I use the ...
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Variance swap correlation trade

I found two highly correlated assets that have spread in 3M realized and implied vol at historical minimum. To go long on this spread I thought of using two variance swaps. Would it be cheaper to ...
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Model calibration volatility surface

Let's say i have an exotic structure that is to be vega hedged dynamically. I choose to price it with a local volatility (which means the model prices in your future vega hedges using all options for ...
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Understanding methodology behind the covariance bucket vega

I am reading "Dynamic Hedging" from Mr. Taleb. I understand that you cannot simply aggregate all the vegas of your option portfolio and classify this as the portfolio's vega. So, now I want to ...
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Time weighted Vega for a VIX future contract

How to calculate the time weighted Vega applicable for a 3 month future contract (Expiring in 82 days)? Vega with S&P500 as base
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Expectation of Gamma times S$^2$ in Black-Scholes model

Can somebody prove that: $$E[S_t^2 \times \Gamma(t,S_t)] = S_0^2 \times \Gamma(0,S_0)$$ where $S_t$ follows a lognormal process as in the Black-Scholes model, and Gamma is the second derivative $\...
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how to simplify Inflation year-on-year option to Zero-coupon option

Belgrade 2004 paper basically proposes that inflation year-on-year volatilities (and hence yoy options) are basically the spread vols between the Zero-coupon vols from (t0 to T) minus the zero-coupon ...
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Is there a simple, intuitive derivation (using Taylor series) of the following approximation to Vega-weighted Implied Volatility?

The approximation is: $$\sigma \approx \frac{\sum V_j\sigma_j}{\sum V_j}$$ Background information from the first answer to this post: "Say that you have a portfolio of options with prices $P_j$. ...
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Vega for long long-term ATM call and short short-term ATM call

You are long a long-term ATM call and short a short-term ATM call. The ratio is adjusted to make the total vega zero. If before expiry of the short-term option, spot is again at the strike price. ...
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Calculation Error or High Vega? How to interpret?

I am trying to calculate/interpret Vega. For the example below I get a Vega of ~36.36. I have checked my math multiple times, but would appreciate anyone pointing out any error that I have made. If ...
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Iron condor with positive vega

I am backtesting this Iron Condor before earnings. In the position summary Vega (Mid Quote) is -3.04\$ but in the chart below (IV vs Profit $) it's clearly shown that a decrease in volatility will ...
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How accurate are Black-Scholes estimates of Vega, Volga, Vanna

Wikipedia provides analytical formulas for calculating Greeks. I can get Delta, Gamma, Theta all from Bloomberg. I need Vega, Volga, Vanna for my research. Should I use these analytical formulas for ...
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How is FX cross rates options are priced?

Say I have market for EUR/USD and also USD/CAD, how would EUR/CAD would be priced and hedged in practice? What are good papers/book chapters to read on that? (Assuming basic knowledge already on ...
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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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Why do we need to calibrate vega?

I was going through some paid video on options. The tutor in the video asked the following question: Person $A$ has the following portfolio at the start of April Portfolio of options with vega $20,...
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How to calculate the multi-asset class portfolio vega?

I am viewing a risk report of a hedge fund and the portfolio vega seems to be a plain summation of the vegas of the different asset classes the fund invests in (i.e. Equity, Credit etc) As far as I ...
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Does it make sense to calculate an option price in future (at t+1)?

Often I ask myself whether it makes sense to calculate the price of a Call at t+1 supposing for example that underlying asset does no move i.e. $S_{t+1} = S_{t}$ ...
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Can the vega of ITM call-options be negative when the distribution of the underlyings returns is negatively skewed?

While calculating european call option prices, using the variance-gamma model formula provided by Madan, Carr & Chang (1998), I noticed that, holding all other things constant, the value of an ITM ...
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Derivation of the Pnl of a Delta Hedged Straddle and Risk Reversal

In the link below, in the text it states the following equations: Delta-hedged straddle P&L = Volatility Risk-premium ×| Straddle Vega | and Delta-hedged risk-reversal P&L: ...
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Gamma Pnl vs Vega Pnl

Why does Gamma Pnl have exposure to realised volatility, but Vega Pnl only has exposure to implied volatility? I am confused as to why gamma pnl is affected (more) by IV and why vega pnl isnt affected ...
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Higher Vega with ATM options when Spot is higher

Which would have larger vega, an ATM call option at spot 100 or an ATM call option at spot 200. Apparently the answer is the one with ATM at spot 200. I am not sure how you get this answer. Why ...
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What is the vega profile of an up-and-out call option? And why is this important in structuring?

I had this question during an interview but I can't seem to find the answer on the internet.
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Vega binary option VS Vega Call option

I don't understand why the vega of a call option is not 0 when ATM. Irrespective of the implied volatility the vega of a binary call option when at-the-money is always zero, since you have 50-50 ...
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Question about the vega of a stock

In Black-Scholes model with constant parameters, a call and a put with the same characteristics have the same vega: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black%E2%80%93Scholes_model#The_Greeks Using call-put ...
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Why do traders think about options in terms of volatility? [duplicate]

I hear that in practice, traders quote options prices in terms of volatility. What is this convention, and what is the motivation? How do they think about and manage vega risk?
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European option Vega with respect to expiry and implied volatility

I was told that the Vega of an European option always increases when its time to expiry increases (all else equal). I found this confusing and potentially wrong, but there doesn't seem to be relevant ...
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Spread in Option Quotes

Let's take a look at market-maker's option quote in vol terms: 8.5 / 9.5. In that example bid-ask spread equals 1.0 point of vol. Can anybody clarifying how market-maker choose amount of spread in ...
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construct an option portfolio on a single asset that is both Long Gamma and short vega

everyone, I have come across this question. How can we construct a portfolio that is both Long Gamma and short Vega and how do we actually hedge long Gamma/short vega position?
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Barrier option (autocallable) Vega profile

I have a question about the Vega profile(graph) on an autocallable option. Generally for a regular option, the vega graph looks like a normal (kinda normal) distribution with the vega highest at-the-...
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American Options relation between greeks

Considering an American option in a Black-Scholes model, is there a relation between Vega and Gamma as it holds in the European case? I am aware an exact relation would be difficult to find. But in ...
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Variance Swap Vega

I am currently reading the paper of Derman and al for my master thesis on Variance Swap. At one point one says that "The variance vega is largest when the option is ATM", considering here a call ...
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Should price impact be the same for positive/negative implied volatility shocks?

I am using a vendor system to stress a portfolio which contains (among others) derivatives with implied volatility exposure. The issue is that when using a 1000 bps implied volatility stress upwards ...
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Simulation of the Vega in Heston model (for Asian Option)

I'm new here and I hope you guys can help me. I want to calculate/simulate the Vega for my Asian option in the Heston model. The only source I found is the paper of Broadie/Kaya (2004) but they just ...
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Calculating option vega for vanilla call seems to be factor of 100 out

I'm using the following R code to calculate the vega on a vanilla option with the inputs S = 100, X = 100, t = 1, r = 0.005 and vol = 0.5 The vega calculated is around 39.85; I was expecting it to be ...
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Volatility products and constant vega

How are volatility products set up so that they have constant vega everywhere and what is the intrinsic difference between these products and vanilla options that determines the difference in vega?
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Vega and Gamma signs

Do vega and gamma always have the same sign (ie both positive or both negative)? Under what circumstances can they have opposite signs?
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Mathematical underpinnings of the square root of time rule

Often when I am reading about options pricing (and/or options greeks) the square root of time continually comes up. What the mathematical justification for why this keeps on turning up?
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Long/Short Vega and Option Positions

Why do you get long vega when you buy an option and short vega when you sell an option? I would have thought that for both buying and selling options the vega would change according to whether the ...