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A measure of the variation in price over time. Also a measure of the risk of a financial instrument.

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Vol surface fitting with 5 degrees of freedom

For an options market making operation I need to be able to build a volatility surface, based on only 5 degrees of freedom, like e.g.: MaxPut, MaxCall, Skew, Curve and At The Money Vol. Is there an ...
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Extract the short-run and long-run volatility of any time series with component sGarch (rugarch)

I try to estimate a component sGarch model with the rugarch package in R. My goal is to extract the short-run and long-run volatility components of any time series. I am not interested in the ...
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Why the volatility of log-returns and not the volatility of the absolute level of the underlying is used in the Black-Scholes model?

If I want to price an option with the B-S model, why do I have to use the standard deviation of the log-returns of the underlying for the sigma parameter and not just the standard deviation of the ...
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Negative high frequency intraday volatility - Zhou estimator

To estimate high frequency tick data stock intraday volatility, I have read Robert Almgren's notes7.pdf http://www.cims.nyu.edu/~almgren/timeseries/notes7.pdf where he talks about the bias free ...
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In-sample volatility measurement

I would like to know what is the most reasonable way to measure volatility in a sample of past observations. Aside from standard deviation, are more complex models like GARCH used for (historical) ...
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Uncovering patterns in price timeseries using linear regression

I have some minute-bar data which my professor suggested I resample to 5 minute bars and then separate it into timeseries per bar period. For example, I get one time series for 12:00, another one for ...
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portfolio volatility over time

When estimating portfolio vol. with: $\sigma = \sqrt{w^T \cdot cov \cdot w}$ How does the sample length of returns affect $\sigma$? Is it possible to exponentially weight something to give more ...
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Historical volatility calculation to price options with the Black-Scholes formula

I'm looking for a reference algorithm for calculating historical volatility to price options. I know there are several volatility calculation models that use the time series of the underlying's ...
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Volatility Swap Variance swap [closed]

Why do two different products trades as vol swap and var swap. Are these products not inter-convertible? I know Var swap has convexity and vol swap does not have but i don not understand how it helps ...
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Are “stylized facts” based on reliable evidence?

A highly cited article "Empirical properties of asset returns: stylized facts and statistical issues" by R. Cont use the Figure 8. below to illustrate the well-known phenomenon of volatility ...
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GARCH Model Estimation with Standard Deviation

I want to examine exchange rate volatility on Stock Returns. Please, if I Generate Exchange rate volatility (ER_vol)using standard deviations approach, can I include the (ER_vol) as a regressor in the ...
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Why are some currency pairs more volatile than others?

Why for example GBP/JPY is twice volatile as USD/JPY ? ... and many more cases involving other major forex pairs here: full list. thanks in advance!
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How to find the volatility indices corresponding to equity indices?

I have a list of equity indices that I got through Eikon API (with Python). I successfully got their time series but at this point I would need the corresponding implied volatility, which is not ...
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Question on Realized Vol vs Implied Vol

I have heard the following argument- barring transaction fees, if my estimation of future realized vol is 30% and 1-month ATM implied vol is 20%, then I could potentially buy a 1-month ATM call/put ...
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To use daily volatility or annual volatility

From Joshi's Quant Interviews books: The statistics department from our tell you that the stock price has followed a mean reversion process for the last 10 years, with annual volatility 10% and ...
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Volatility swap hedge

What are the hedging methods for volatility swap (rather than variance swap)? What are the possibilities of setting up a static, semi-static or dynamic hedging? I am aware of but have not yet read ...
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Robust Sharpe ratio

The denominator of the Sharpe ratio is sample portfolio volatility, $\sigma_p$, which is the square root of portfolio variance based on the quadratic squared loss, L2. Alternatives for the denominator ...
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Confidence Intervals for ARMA+GARCH forecasts

I have fitted an ARMA(1,1)+GARCH(1,1) model to my logreturns series. When it comes to my standarized error's distribution however, I have opted for a Skewed Generalized Error Distribution, because of ...
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Rough Volatility Prediction - Gatheral, Jaisson, Rosenbaum Paper

I just read through the paper "Volatility Is Rough" by Gatheral, Jaisson and Rosenbaum. There is a website (link: http://tpq.io/p/rough_volatility_with_python.html) that details the simulations they ...
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target market correlation for long / short equity portfolio

Given a long / short equity portfolio, I want to have some net long market exposure. My portfolio volatility is fixed to a target, so I don't think it makes sense to target market beta. I think I ...
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How to interpret Realized Volatility and TSRV using R

I am looking at some high frequency data and I would like to know how to interpret and compare Realized volatility (RV) and Two Scale Realized Volatility (TSRV). References below. Given X is the log ...
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VXX Put pricing

Last week at Friday's close, the Dec 14 37.5 Put options were selling for \$.68 with VXX at \$40.29. This week at Friday's close, the Dec 21 37.5 Put options were selling for \$.38 with VXX at \$40.50....
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Are there volatility models dependent on returns?

When I look at the relationship between volatility and price, I see a clear negative correlation as shown in this figure (SPY and VIX prices today looking back 1 year). The common volatility models (...
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Measuring unbiased estimator for variance with RMSE?

The root mean squared error (RMSE) is considered by some to be the best measure of how good a variance estimate is. You often see it quoted as: $RMSE=\sqrt{\frac{1}{n}\sum_{i=1}^n(\hat{\sigma_i} - \...
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How to mathematically calculate the probability of GBM generating difference of less than some value

I have a custom index that follows Geometric Brownian Motion (GBM) with volatility v. I started this index at 10k with 4 decimal places i.e the starting price of ...
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What is the difference between volatility and variance?

How do volatility and variance differ in finance and what do both imply about the movement of an underlying?
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Greeks, European puts

I'm trying to solve this question but i have a lot of problems with it. European puts with maturity 6 months are written on an asset with current price $S_0=150.$ The annual interest rate is $r=16\%$ ...
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how does stochastic volatility models generate smiles?

When calibrating call price with the BS-model, we achieve some parameters and especielly we achieve $\sigma^*$. Now, lets say I will price call options using these parameters. Then we achieve, lets ...
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Estimation of volatility into Black-76 formula

I am trying to estimate the (annualized) volatility that should go into an European Swaption (such as 2y5y). Given we take the black76-formula, where the discounting is the term outside the ...
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Calibrating Heston model parameters using the Active-set method and Levenberg–Marquardt

Background: We're estimating the parameters of the Heston model from current market data of options. This is to be implemented using the active-set method (see section 16.5 here) and the Levenberg-...
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Portfolio construction with volume based bars

In the book Efficiently Inefficient, Lasse Pedersen interviews Myron Scholes: LHP: Why do spreads tend to widen during some periods of stress? MS: Well, capital becomes more scarce, both physical ...
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SABR Calibration

I need to generate the Volatility Surface of call options on S&P500 index, my dataset contains implied volatilities regarding various expiration dates for various strike prices. My doubt is, ...
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Measuring implied volatility

I'm a new in financial engeneering and trying to understand basic principles of volatility modelling. I wrote many papers and articles about different models (garch, local vol, stoch vol and ect.) and ...
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Portfolio Systematic Risk, Breaking it down into factor % contributions

I have a portfolio (p) of N equities, with let's say weights vector (m) at the start of the calculation period. Each equity has its own set of factors (like corresponding country, industry index, etc.)...
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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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Variance swap volatility - ATMF vol, Skew and Curvature

In a pure diffusion setting, it is a well known result that the volatility $\sigma_T$ of a fresh-start variance swap of maturity $T$ as seen of $t=0$ verifies \begin{align} \sigma_T^2 &= \Bbb{E}_0^...
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Anyone working on rough volatility modelling? Need relevant books to read

Just wondering if there is anyone working in the field of rough volatility? I know the rough volatility modelling is quite new in the field. Can I get some books recommendation to go through?
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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 ...
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Extreme AUDJPY FX vols

I'm seeing levels of -12% of market strangle vol at 25 delta for AUDJPY at 20Y onward that is causing havoc with my pricing routines, the 10 delta market strangle is trading around -6% which is again ...
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Relationship between asset volatility and debt and equity value

So how I understand it, higher asset volatility implies a higher call option price. The Merton Model holds that the value of equity is a call option. This therefore implies that the equity value must ...
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Multivariate Markov Regime switching GARCH

I have a regression with 4 independent variables and a dependent variable. I want to implement a Regime switching GARCH model but have been unable to find a package in R,Python or Matlab. MSGARCH ...
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Value of Call Option as Volatility goes to Infinity

Why would the value of a call option go infinity as volatility goes to infinity? I understand how you could solve this question by taking $\sigma \rightarrow \infty$ in the solution to the black ...
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Ultra high frequency TSRV

I'd like to verify my approach to calculate high-frequency RV estimator, as introduced in Ait-Sahalia, Myklad, Zhang 2011. After reading the paper a couple of times, it seems to me, that the only ...
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Intuitive explanation for the smile in FX

What is the intuitive reason for the smile in FX? For equities this usually down to crash risk.
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what's the relationship between forecasted stock volatility and implied volatility?(option)

what's the relationship between forecasted stock volatility and implied volatility? I know that implied volatility is the volatility calculated by BS formula, is there any relationship between implied ...
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What are popular metrics for Option Skew?

What are popular metrics to track skew? Would it be the difference between OTM option and ATM option IV? Would it be a percentage difference in IV? Also, if both are valid, would a % change be ...
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Future Volatility Trading

I want to find a way to long volatility of a future time period such as longing (march,april) vol from today. My idea is to short a straddle for march and long one for April for example. Will that ...
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What is the difference between conditional volatility and realized volatility?

I am working on conditional volatility and realized volatility but the difference between these two measures is not clear to me. Can anybody explain how these two volatilities are related? Does the ...
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Adjusting volatility while constructing portfolio

I am trying to construct a portfolio based on a macro momentum strategy for backtesting purposes as outlined in https://www.aqr.com/-/media/AQR/Documents/Insights/White-Papers/A-Half-Century-of-Macro-...
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Measure how different forecasted volatility is from realized volatility

Hi Quantitative Finance Stack Exchange, I'm looking for an opinion on a simple question. Suppose I use a Garch(1,1) model to make a volatility forecast. At time $t$, I have realized volatility $\...

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