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Is the implied volatility surface relative or stationary?

Do different strike values of options attain their volatility value dependent on their % distance from the ATM price continuously, or is the volatility surface stationary during a single day?
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Effect of Vol-of-Vol on VIX

What is the effect of vol-of-vol of an underlying on the VIX Index? The VIX is computed as hedging portfolio of log contracts to isolate pure volatility exposure without specifying an underlying ...
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Volatility smile shows individual Put and Call IV or combination

IV is calculated per strike AND option type basis(for example WTI 50 CALL its x and WTI 50 PUT its y). The question is when its shown in "Smile" its just shown on strike basis, so does that mean lower ...
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LSV model calibration with only few quotes per maturity

At this link I have asked what is the market standard when pricing options in different asset classes. Based on the answers, the standard for FX and equities seems to be the local-stochastic ...
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What is market standard model in equity, FX and interest rates exotics?

Is there any industry consensus about the model to use for pricing exotics in equity, FX and interest rates? I assume that for vanilla options they all use Black model, but how about exotics? Also, ...
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Mixed local-stochastic volatility model in Quantlib

At a conference the speaker mentioned that it is a standard approach today to use a mix of local and stochastic volatility model in equity, FX and interest rates. Can you please suggest the most ...
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The Free Boundary SABR: Natural Extension to Negative Rates

In the paper by Antonov, Konikov and Spector An alternative approximation for the SABR model is presented. I'm interested to implement the formula for the ATM swaptions implied volatilities in the ...
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Sticky Strike or Sticky Delta

Given market tick data for a single tenor for a futures and a set of options on the futures, how can I say if the IVs in the market at this point is sticky strike or sticky delta? I was trying to ...
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Produce volatility smile/skew with G2++ model

Suppose I have a G2++ short rate model: $$r(t)=x(t)+y(t)+\phi(t), \quad r(0)=r_0$$ with $$dx(t)=-ax(t)dt+\sigma dW_1(t), \quad x(0)=0$$ $$dy(t)=-bx(t)dt+\eta dW_2(t), \quad y(0)=0$$ $$d\langle W_1,W_2\...
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SSVI parametrization motivation , SSVI implementation

I've read the following paper of Gatheral and Jacquier https://arxiv.org/pdf/1204.0646.pdf about volatility surfaces. I'm thinking about the SSVI surface. Is there any motivation why they choose ...
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Filter options used in the construction of implied volatility surface

Currently trying to model the IV Surface using the APPL options, to compare how different models of the underlying move the IV Surface. However, after getting the data, I've seen that some option ...
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Arbitrage free smoothing of volatility smile - cubic spline - implementation procedure

I am studying the paper Arbitrage-Free Smoothing of the Implied Volatility Surface, from Matthias R. Fengler (https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/6978470.pdf). The problem I want to solve is much simpler ...
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Forward implied volatility

Can one price accurately by only using vanilla options a derivative that is exposed/sensitive mainly to the forward volatility ? If it is impossible, why do we hear sometimes "being long a long ...
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Effect of Volatility Regime on Volatility Smile

For short-term FX options, I find empirically that the degree of curvature of the smile (OTM/ATM in %) is higher in low volatility environments. Similar results are found by Pena et al. ("Why do we ...
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Literature on quoting vol surfaces in the absence of listed option prices [duplicate]

What are some of the modern methods used to price equity volatilities "the most accurately possible" when there are very few listed derivative prices available or even none at all? Do the pricers in ...
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Question about derivation of SABR volatility formula in original paper 'Managing Smile Risk' by Hagan et al

I have a question regarding the starting point of the derivation of SABR volatilities formulas in the appendix of the famous paper 'Managing Smile Risk' by Hagan et al. To derive SABR volatility ...
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How should I convert FX Volatility Surface from one base currency to another?

This might be a very simple question but I wanted to understand how to convert FX volatility surface points which are quoted in one base currency to another currency? Eg I have fx vol quoted in EUR ...
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stochastic vol modelling not enough for smile

It seems in practice models that include Stochastic Volatility alone do not have enough power to produce actual observed implied vol surfaces. Is there recent empirical literature documenting this?
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SSR definition in Bergomi in relation to sticky strike and sticky delta

In Bergomi [Stochastic Vol Modelling] (Sec. 2.5.2), in the section on surface dynamics, the following definition of the "Skew Stickiness Ratio" (SSR) is made: $$ SSR = \dfrac{1}{\mathcal{S}_T}\frac{d\...
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MTM Hedging Performance of Vanna-Volga

I was wondering how well Vanna-Volga (VV) Implied Vols "perform". So I experimented with the following option parameters $$S_0=100,\ K=92,\ r=0.03,\ q=0.01,\ T=2$$ and VV parameters $$K_1,K_2,K_3=...
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On a FX volatility smile, Is a-delta put volatility equal to (1-a)-delta call volatility?

On a FX volatility smile in terms of delta, If I want 95-delta put vol, Is this volatility equal to a 5-delta call vol, and viceversa? Thanks.
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Mixture models of Stochastic Volatility and Local Volatility

As far as I can see on this website the stochastic volatilty models seem to be preferred to local volatility models, mainly due to the fact that stochastic volatility is 2D diffusive process whilst ...
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Marking implied vol surface daily with sticky strike and sticky delta

Suppose that implied vol surfaces are calibrated once per month due to data restrictions (i.e. option data is only available at month end). How can a trading desk remark their vol surfaces on a daily ...
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How are the BKM risk-neutral moments derived?

I've been doing a lot of research on implied volatility skewness, and one of the most commonly cited papers I've come across is "Stock Return Characteristics, Skew Laws, and the Differential Pricing ...
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Extrapolation of the volatility smile

Are there any market practices to extrapolate the volatility smile for equities? I already have an arbitrage free interpolated call prices data and I'm looking for a method to extrapolate beyond the ...
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“Black-Scholes model implies flat implied volatility plots”?

I am a beginner in Finance and I get confused by the statement "Black-Scholes model implies flat implied volatility plots" Here is one form of this statement: (Dan Stefanica, 150 most frequently ...
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Why is the volatility smile so important

This might seem like a dumb question. When using a volatility model, stochastic for example, we try to calibrate it so that it fits the implied volatility smile given by the market, but why is this ...
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Shape of smile after converting to prices

I have smile data which looks like this, but after converting the vol points to prices using black's model, i got something like this, is this expected? I was expecting the shape of the smile to ...
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What interpretation can I derive from an inverted volatility surface?

While pulling some reports from Bloomberg today I came across the volatility surface for NYSE: ONDK, set for an earnings call next Monday. From what I've seen before (not much, 1 month on the job and ...
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Why is there greater demand for OTM and ITM options than for ATM options?

I´m currently writing a project on volatility trading and dynamics. The literature often states higher demand for OTM (out-of-the-money) and ITM (in-the-money) compared to ATM (at-the-money) options ...
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From Delta to moneyness or strike

If I have volatility smile quoted with respect to the delta of an option on the forward, how can I convert this delta into the moneyness or strike of the option? Is there any bult-in function of ...
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What parameters give a smile (not smirk) in Heston?

I am trying to create a smile in Heston model, however, as of yet, I have only been able to get smirks (i.e., big negative slope ITM that flattens out ATM, and then a very small positive slope OTM). ...
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Reference: Vanna, volga, vega approximations

I am looking for a reference on how to approximate implied volatility in a stochastic model vis-a-vis vanna, volga, vega, and other model parameters, in particular the derivation of such equations and ...
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Spot and Vol Correlation in Idealised Regimes of the Volatility Surface

From http://www.globalvolatilitysummit.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Santander-Volatility-Trading-Primer-Part-II.pdf it states that there are the four idealised regimes of volatility surface. 1) ...
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Why is the right part of the vol smile referred to as call skew

I often see the right part of the vol smile referred to as 'call skew'. However, due to put/call parity, this also represents skew for ITM puts. Is there a reason behind this convention?
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Arbitrage Free Volatility Smile

When ATM implied volatility is higher than OTM put and call I believe that the volatility smile is no longer arbitrage free? Why is that? On the other hand, when ATM implied volatility is lower than ...
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Volar Higher Order Parametrizations

I came across this presentation from volar.io. The authors show fitting examples for a flexible volatility smile parametrization in 5 to 8 parameters which is also able to fit the locally concave ...
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At-the-money and volatility smile

In a volatility smile; why is the ATM point usually or ideally at the bottom? In other words, why is the "smile" smile shaped as opposed to another shape?
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Shifted SABR for negative strikes

I am trying to apply SABR on EUR inflation caplets, with positive forward and negative strikes. Classical BS pricing is undefined, and so is SABR. I have read about the shifted SABR, which is supposed ...
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Volatility Smile/skew in volatile markets

In a volatile market with uncertainty it's more likely that we see a volatility skew and not so much a smile. Therefore it must hold that, in chaotic markets, out-of-the-money calls and in-the-money ...
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SABR model: from calibration to mapping the smile/skew in a graph

Let's say that I have a calibrated SABR model in FX market (eg for Eurodollar options). So I have estimated values of beta, rho, alpha, and vol of vol. How do I map the calibration in a (strike, vol)-...
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Downward sloping smile in normal model

We consider an stock price $S$ following a normal model: $dS_t = \sigma dW_t$ We can write this as $\frac{dS_t}{S_t}=\frac{\sigma}{S_t}dW_t$ Hence we can see that $S$ follows a "log-normal" ...
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construct volatility smile based on historic observations

So I calculated historic volatility/skewness/kurtosis for a commodity. I now would like to construct a volatility smile that reflects this historically realized distribution. I tried using some ...
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Is it possible to find / estimate the volatility surface of non-listed index options?

I have 3 QNET options (european, 2 puts, 1 call, all same expiry, different strikes) that the broker is pricing clearly off a volatility surface. Bloomberg only carries historical volatility and I ...
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ATM volatility and flat volatility

Why do the implied volatility curve and the flat curve cross over the ATM volatility (at 100%) ? Tx
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What are some markets that don't have volatility smiles and why don't they?

I have read that volatility smiles didn't show up for equity options until 1987. Can some one give me an example(s) of what markets now still don't have volatility smiles and what an explanation for ...
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Transforming 3M volatilities into 6M volatilities in EUR forecast curves

I have implemented a stripping algorithm to extract forward volatilities from cap/floor flat volatilities for different currencies. I am however struggling a bit when implementing a method to convert ...
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Vol surface changes as underlying moves

We market make in highly liquid, near term options markets. I want to build a risk report that tells us how our portfolio's greeks will change as the underlying moves. This is for risk management in ...
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SVI calibration, why fit to option prices and not implied volatilities

Bear with me. Related (very good) question: How to calibrate a volatility surface using SVI From this paper http://arxiv.org/pdf/1204.0646.pdf, page 21. Why does the recipe suggest fitting to option ...
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Volatility smile risk (negative effect) on dynamically hedged portfolio?

About last week you can see MSFT call & put option appears to be resembling volatility smile. And then I open trade positions on a 4 MSFT long call option contract (all 4 contract with fixed/...