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Why do we fit volatility surfaces implied from a option pricing model to the empirical data?

As far as I understand volatility surface. It is made of 2 components, the volatility skew/smile and the volatility term structure. Together they form something like Implied volatility is ...
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Hedging : effect of not matching the term structure of skew

Let us assume that we construct a pure stochastic volatility model calibrated to the implied volatility surface, but that the model does not replicate accurately the observed term structure of the ...
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Implied Funding/Borrow Costs in Short-Dated ETF Option Prices

I'm struggling with some anomalous behavior in an analysis I'm running and was hoping for some advice/insights. I'm attempting to extract the implied funding/borrow costs from ETF option prices (say ...
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Different volatility surface ( Local vol, Stochastic vol etc.)

Despite many questions about local and stochastic volatility available on this forum, i still have a few doubts left. Essentially I am seeking validation whether I am interpreting things correctly. ...
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Intuition for the Effect of Vol of Vol in Heston Model on Volatility Surface

I was hoping someone could describe the economic/mathematical intuition behind the effect that the vol of vol parameter has on the volatility surface, in particular the slope to maturity. Take for ...
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Proof of arbitrage-free implied volatility surface in relation to local volatility surfaces

I'm looking for proof of the following statement: "The existence of an arbitrage-free implied volatility surface is equivalent to the existence of a well-defined local volatility surface."
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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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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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What does it mean to “calibrate vols”

As a beginner, it can sometimes be hard to discern what different terms and phrases mean in QF. I've heard multiple people such as academics and market-makers say things like "calibrate vols" or "...
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Interpolation of FX Vol Surface from non-uniform strike vs tenor grid

TL;DR I'm trying to fit a vol surface to market FX options quotes in order to build a local vol model to price with. Unlike listed options that typically have a nice rectangular grid of strikes and ...
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Implied Volatility Surface - log forward moneyness

I'm reading this paper by Fengler (2005) and have came across the below snippet. context: Implied volatiltiy surface plot has 3 dimensions IV, Strike, Time to Maturity. Author replaced Strike with ...
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Question about volatility surfaces

As a learner, I'm curious to know the answer to 2 questions regarding volatility surfaces 1) It's stated that volatility surface should be flat accdording to Black-Scholes model. Why is that? Time (...
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FX ATM-volatility quotes

Is the implied volatility ATM the same for a currency pair as for the inverted currency pair. I.e, can I expect the same volatility quote ATM for (for an instance) EURUSD as for USDEUR? And does this ...
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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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LIBOR market model with stochastic volatility

I have read that there are 3 types of pricing models: local volatility, stochastic volatility and stochastic-local volatility models (LSV). I am now looking at interest rates exotics pricing models ...
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Options when there's no VolSurf - Emerging/Frontier Markets

Context: Most emerging/frontier markets have no or very thinly traded volatility surfaces for their equity markets (single name and indices alike), furthermore, they usually have restrictions on Short-...
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$\frac{\partial C_{BS}}{\partial T}$ in local volatility derivation in terms of implied volatility

In Gatheral's book, in the derivation of local volatility in terms of implied volatility, we use the regular Dupire formula $$ \frac{\partial C}{\partial T} = \frac{1}{2} \sigma^{2}K^{2}\frac{\partial^...
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Why use moneyness as an axis on a volatility surface

A simple volatility surface might have X axis = strike, Y axis = expiry and Z axis = implied volatility. But in many papers I see them use moneyness instead of strike. I have two questions. Why do ...
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How to get the local volatility from IV surface?

I have to work on Dupire's model. If I understand Fengler's paper well enough we can get the local volatility from implied volatility smoothed surface because if not it would look all bumpy like the ...
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FX smile extrapolation

Typically, 5 points data is available for smile construction : 25D RR, 25D SM, 10D RR, 10D SM and ATM. Questions: 1. How is a smooth smile curve generated with the help of these? 2. How is ...
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FX convention and volatility calibration

In general, call/put options are quoted with respect to their Black-Scholes volatility. In the FX market we define the risk reversal volatility as $$\sigma_{25-RR} = \sigma_{25-Call} - \sigma_{25-Put}...
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simulate volatility surface

Assuming I have a stochastic volatility model for an asset, if I wanted to use it for pricing I would proceed in the following way: Use Euler discretization to simulate a sample path of the price and ...
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How to interpolate on an implied volatility surface based on forward moneyness?

Should be a simple matter, but perhaps I'm misunderstanding something fundamentally. Look first at the below image of the BVOL surface from Bloomberg, to my understanding from looking at the white ...
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Smile Strangle and Market Strangle

What is the difference between Smile Strangle margin and Market Strangle Margin in fx derivative market? Is it just variation in convention or is there any mathematical relationship between the two?
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Vol surface fitting to options on commodity futures

Trying to fit variants of SVI (Zeliade method, SSVI etc) to options on futures price data. One of the core ideas of the SVI parameterization is the absence of calendar spread arbitrage. I think the ...
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Difference between volatility measures of a basket of assets

I am trying to understand intuitively the difference between two different measures of realized variance of a basket of assets. The first measure I am aware of is when you take the realized variance ...
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Why is volatility skew/smile for long term options flatter compare to short term options?

Volatility skew/smile for long term options is flatter compared to short term options, could someone help to explain why is that the case? Thanks
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Should we calculate the implied volatility surface with Put+Call?

We have Sungard data (MarketPlace8), but for nearby maturities the ask-bid of the calls are all the same when we are out of the money (call), so should we calculate the implied volatilities of calls ...
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Newbie question on volatility surface building

I am trying to build a prototype equity volatility surface for pricing european call options, as a way of learning a new programming language that I am looking at. Is there anything wrong with the ...
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Non-Trivial ATM Volatility in Vol smile construction from Market data on US Equities

have 2 quick questions please help. Constructing vol smile (OTM puts & OTM calls) from US equity market data. for Parabolas fit or other methods, the choice/method for ATM vol is non-trivial, ...
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Swaption Vol surface

¿How can I get the implied vol from a swaption when I have a vol surface with the maturity of the option and the tenor of the swap? For example I want to know what is the volatility for a swaption ...
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Delta Skew Measure as volatility changes

I'm reading Trading Volatility (Colin Bennett) and there's a phrase regarding delta skew measure on p. 208 that I don't quite understand: An example of skew measured by delta is [25 delta put - 25 ...
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Surface plots of the mean-variance efficient frontier

3d surface plots contain an X, Y and Z axis. For the mean-variance efficient frontier: X axis is portfolio volatility ($\sigma_p$) Y axis is portfolio expected return ($\mu_p$) any ideas for what ...
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Compute implied volatility surface of a put option from a call option

Suppose the function double bsCall(double S0, const double &K, double T, double r, double sigma) computes analytically the Black-Scholes price of a call option ...
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Volatility surface tenors

I don't think this has been asked before, but are the tenors on a volatility surface out of spot date for the currency pair or out of value T+0?
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Getting option volatility off vol surface

I am currently looking into FX options. I am given a delta-tenor vol surface and I want to get the volatility of an option given its strike and time to expiry. I am reading about the method used and ...
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How do we compute FX volatility for any given FX strike and time to maturity?

I want to implement a function which is passed two inputs: a strike and a time to maturity (which can be arbitrary within a specified range) and returns an FX volatility for this strike and maturity ...
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Terminology : definition of skew for a volatility smile

Is there a generally accepted definition of skew for volatility smiles? Is skew always defined as $$ \frac{\partial{\widehat{\sigma}(K,T)}}{\partial{K}}, $$ where $\hat{\sigma}:[0;+\infty)\times[0;+\...
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What is the use of volatility surface and how do traders use it? [closed]

I was going through a use case where At time $t_{t}$, the price of a call option is $C1$ and the price of underlying stock is $S1$ At time $t_{t+1}$ day, the price of a call option is $C2$ and the ...
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FX Smile Polynomial Fitting

I am unable to reproduce the example of FX polynomial smile interpolation on page 59 of the book FX Option Pricing by Iain Clark shown below. Consider just the ATM volatility as a specific case. I ...
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Relationship between Calendar Spread Arbitrage and Probability Density Function (pdf)

We all know that the butterfly spread no-arbitrage condition can be expressed as an inequality restriction on the second-order derivative $\partial ^2C/\partial K^2 \geq 0$, which also means the ...
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Pricing forward start Cliquet option with implied volatility with Dupire

I have the following implied volatility matrix of a stock index downloaded the 15th February 2019, the value of the stock was 3188.44 at the time: ...
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How to derive the change in portfolio value as given by Gatheral in The Volatility Surface?

I’m trying to follow Gatheral’s Volatility Surface Ch. 1, i.e. the text (pg. 5 and 6) linked to in this question, with further text discussed in this question. I can’t figure out how to arrive at the ...
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IV surface quoted Skew/Curtosis/Putwing/CallWing

I came across a volatility surface quoted in unknown format to me. I have ATM Vol Skew Kurtosis PutWing and CallWing each for particular tenor. Any idea of what these represent/...
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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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SVI Zeliade Vol Surface Calibration

Have a question about SVI Zeliade Implementation (pdf, overview). The paper suggested to do 2 rounds of optimization, first for $\{a,b,\rho\}$ and 2nd for $\{m,\sigma\}$. Does anyone know if I can ...
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Book/ Articles recommendation for Volatility models

I am looking for references on volatility models. I want to gain more insights on these models but have a little background as of now. Thus, looking for references that can pick the topic from basics ...
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Is the moneyness of a barrier option based on the strike value or the barrier when mapping to a volatility surface?

Say you have a down and in put barrier option with a strike of 100 and barrier at 60. If the stock price sits at 90, which value would you use to determine the moneyness? Is the option in or out of ...
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Volatility time weights calculation

I. Clark introduces the concept of volatility time in Foreign Exchange Option Pricing under which the implied volatility should be interpolated in time with the formula below: where w is a weight ...
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calibration - negative call price [closed]

Im trying to calibrate a stochastic volatility model to market. I end with an MSE of 2-3 with approximately 500 quotes. Some out of the money options with call-price under 1 dollar ends up being ...