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Questions tagged [volatility]

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

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Mixing Black Scholes with SABR

I am new to the whole concept of stochastic volatility so I am experimenting with option pricing. I think the concept is really difficult to understand / grasp. I was wondering if the following ...
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In search of nice (approx) function forms of the volatility of cumulative simple returns

Let's consider a period $t\in[0,T]$, and let the simple return over year $t$ ($1\le t\le T$) be $r_t$. Assume $r_t$ are iid normal. The cumualative simple return over the whole period $[0,T]$ is $$R_T=...
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How rapidly should estimated volatility and volume change for estimating market impact in small markets?

The cost of market impact is usually modeled as: $$ \Delta{P} = \delta \sigma (\frac{Q}{V})^{1/2} $$ Where: $ \Delta{P} $ is the change in price of the asset caused by the transaction size $Q$ $\...
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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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Discretizing a Continuous Time Stochastic Volatility Model

How does the discrete time stochastic volatility model arise from the continuous time one? Also, forgive me for cross-posting. I have the following continuous time SDE for a stochastic volatility ...
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Fama French 3 model

I want to calculate monthly idiosyncratic volatility for the MDAX index which constitutes of 50 stocks. I use the Fama French 3 factor model for that. My dependent variable in the equation is the ...
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Where can I find a list of market-moving news announcements for different asset classes?

Different asset classes have different important news announcements that move the markets intraday. For instance, oil volatility increases after the EIA Petroleum Status Report, but that announcement ...
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How is volatility different from variance?

I always thought volatility was just variance ^ (1/2). Now I'm reading this book and it's saying that the two are different concepts. Excerpts include: Partly due to its use in Black-Scholes, ...
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Good references on Heston Model?

I am looking for good bibliographic references on Heston Model and Stochastic volatility models in general. Does anyone know any good introductory/intermediate references on this topic?
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Poor results forecasting stock price volatility using Python's GARCH model

As far as I understand, forecasting stock price volatility should be more achievable than forecasting absolute prices or returns. It seems as though GARCH models are the traditional and most widely ...
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Industry standard for interpolating FX volatilities

I'm looking to replace the FX vol interpolation scheme at my firm, and was wondering what the industry standard was. We used to do vanna-volga, but it only takes 3 points (25dp, atm, 25dc), and so ...
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How to calculate number of round trips given volatility?

Suppose we know stock price volatility is normally distributed with mean = 0 and annual volatility say 20%. Let's assume markets never close and we can trade at 1 second intervals. Let's assume stock ...
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How to reasonably aggregate returns across both different assets and different time-horizons?

This might be a somewhat open question, so any suggestion of improvement is welcome. Suppose at time $t=0$, we have $N$ different assets whose weights are $w_1,\cdots,w_n$ ($\sum w_i = 1$), and they ...
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Splitting theta from vol carry

What is the best way to splitting theta and vol carry on say a long calendar trade? Basically trying to split the "good" carry component of a trade from the "bad" carry (theta) which could be earned ...
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Which program for a DCC-MIDAS model?

for a thesis research, I plan to use a DCC-MIDAS model. The program I was working with (STATA) is not able to run this. Do you have any suggestions as to which program is best for this analysis? ...
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Variance-Covariance VaR: how to get the volatility?

Because the variance-covariance VaR assumes that the returns are normally distributed, in theory it is easy to get VaR by simply finding the mean and the volatility (standard deviation) of the ...
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SABR ATM volatility

The ATM implied volatility is important in SABR when calibrating the model. Let's consider the ATM vol (for a european call option): $$\sigma = \frac{\alpha}{f^{1-\beta}} \left[ 1+ \left(\frac{(1-\...
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implied forward price using put call parity

I am struggling to understand how to model implied volatility for German stock market. I found in one article that I have to specify first the forward price to which it is associated using put call ...
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Comparing Implied Vol. to Historical Vol. using intraday data

I'm interested in estimating what my profit/loss would be for continuously gamma scalping a delta hedged option over the course of one day, using historical intra-day price data. I found an equation ...
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Question about Bergomi's Model

I have a question pertaining Bergomi's modela and rough Bergomi's Model. It seems that it is the second gerneration of stochastic volatility models, (after Heston), because they are 2d stochastic ...
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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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Calculating Intraday Volatility Using Tick Data

I have exchange tick data and I was wondering how to calculate intraday volatility without having to resample the data set (e.g. to 1 or 5 minutes). I have a time series of n rows of the security's ...
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What is the use of undiscounted Futures/Option Prices

Reading the great book of Gatheral on Vol Surfaces (link) I can't help but notice that throughout he uses undiscounted option prices (though he obviously never assumed rates to be zero). See e.g. ...
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arbitrage free volatility surface

Why is calendar spread arbitrage equivalent to $\partial_t \omega(k,t) \geq 0, \forall k \in \Bbb{R}$ where $\omega(k,t) = \sigma^2(k,t) t$ and $\sigma(k,t)$ represents the Black-Scholes implied ...
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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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Fractionally Integrated GARCH

I am currently working on a project to compare different GARCH(1,1) models on a financial data set. I use the rugarch package in R, and everthing seemed fine at first. However, now that I have started ...
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Why FX Vanilla Options are quoted in volatility

I've been curious why vanilla options are quoted (and traded) in terms of volatility. Considering that every financial institution has its own options pricing model, volatility as an input would cause ...
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Problems with local volatility models (vs stochastic volatility models)

Why is pricing with local volatility models are problem with exotics, mainly due to "the volatility surface is the market's current view of volatility and this will change in the future meaning the ...
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implementing Volatility Managed Portfolios

How to I calculate the value of c in the vol-managed equation specified by Moreira & Muir Volatilty Managed Portfolios (2016) Equation 1? Portfolio return in month t+1 =$$\frac{c}{RV_t^2}f_{t+1}$$...
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What is a regime switch?

I've come across the term regime switch in volatilities when reading about the modelling of interest rates but could not find a definition for a regime switch and what a regime is. Can somebody give ...
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relationship between volatility and equity premium

I am working on the equity premium. Does anybody know one or two authors who address the relationship between volatility and equity premium? I.e. how does vola influence the equity premium? In ...
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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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What is, here, the relationship between “compound” and “arithmetic return” and “volatility”?

I'm trying to find the exact (ie, not an approximate) relation between the "Compound Return", "Arithmetic Return", and the "Annualised Volatility" as given the assumptions below, and from there the ...
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Portfolio volatility of discontinuous portfolio

I would like to calculate an investor's average portfolio volatility as a measure of risk aversion. My problem is, that the portfolios are not continuous: the investor can have an open position for ...
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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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Analytical Solution for Heston Model

What is the rationale of equation 7 in this paper? Could you please provide a step-by-step demonstration of this equality?
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Regime-Switching Model for detecting market shifts

I'm always wondering whether anyone has utilized regime-switching models successfully in forecasting or trading. Academia has long discussed this topic in-depth, such as using Regime Switching ...
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Realized volatility forecast vs Implied volatility

I have forecasts of realized volatility, as well as implied volatility for individual traded options of the S&P500. I want to simulate a simple trading strategy; that is, buy signal=1 if ...
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Daily idiosyncratic volatility?

I have a long daily times series of individual stocks and would like to obtain daily idiosyncratic volatility (keeping the same frequency). Apparently, the widely used methodology of Ang 2006 would ...
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Barra covariance matrix construction

I am trying to replicate the covariance matrix used by Barra risk models. All Barra models have half life parameters for volatilities and correlations (e.g. if the half life for volatlity is 90 days, ...
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Estimating daily volatility of unevenly/irregularly spaced time series data

Say I have time-series data that is unevenly spaced, with anything between 4-50 hours of spacing in between. The data comes from a trading account history, which has captured the balance of the ...
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Procedures to follow when VaR model fails backtest

I was wondering what the correct procedure is to follow when a VaR model fails a backtest (either conditional coverage and/or independence tests)? Assuming I am restricted to using a historical VaR ...
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target correlation for portfolio

Given a long / short equity portfolio, I want to have some net long exposure. My portfolio volatility is fixed to a target, so in trying to have a certain beta to the market, the only thing I can ...
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Comparing historical to implied volatility

As title states, I am trying to compare historical to implied volatility of a stock. I approximate the single implied volatility (30 days forward) of the stock by first finding 2 series that ...
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Volatility Index for Industries

The VIX index is based on the S&P, I am wondering the feasibility of creating a VIX index for each of the S&P 500 Industries? Would this even be possible?
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Volatility clustering and Behavioral Finance, possible explanation

Currently studying about time series modelling of financial data and faced the known GARCH$(p,q)$ model for modelling volatility. We observe that big changes are followed by large changes and vice ...
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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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Estimating the historical drift and volatility

I want to forecast prices $S(t)$ of some asset based on historical daily values. I want to use the geometric Brownian motion given by an SDE: $$dS=\mu S t + \sigma S dB,$$ where $B$ is a Brownian ...
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How is forecasting volatility useful? [closed]

How is volatility useful - from a purely profiteering perspective? If a quant has good in sample volatility forecasts what can they do with this information? How are options and futures useful? What ...
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Price volatility and yield volatility

This question is a bit confused, but please bear with me. Now and then I see people use the terminology "price volatility" and "yield volatility" in connection with bond options. I understand the ...