# 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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### What is the unconditional variance for a GARCH model?

I want to use a Matlab script to calculate Heston Nandi GARCH prices. I found an appropriate script online and it asks for the "unconditional variance" as an input. How do I calculate the appropriate ...
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### Black's Approximation - Discrete dividend for Put Options

I am currently trying to price and option chain for dividend paying stocks (american style exercise). I am able to calculate the Net Present Value (NPV) of dividends until maturity and then apply ...
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### Half life of Exponetial Weighted Moving Average

I am trying to apply a volatility strategy. I am reading a paper where the authors defined the volatility as: "Exponential Weighted Volatility of returns with a 1-year window and 3-month half-life" ...
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### GARCH volatility modeling, squared returns, and convergence

After reading some more of Volatility Trading, I decided to try to make a simple volatility model using daily log returns of an ETF I follow. It turns out "simple" is sort of relative. Unfortunately, ...
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### How to forecast monthly volatility with daily gjrGarch estimates

I'm currently writing a paper and need to regress the 22 days realized volatility of the following month on its GARCH estimate and the 126days realized volatility up to t=1 The paper im referring to ...
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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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### How to create a volatile market, by combining less volatile markets?

This might be against the law of gravity, but I'll give a try 🙂 Is there a way to combine two financial products $p_1$ and $p_2$, into a single product $p_c$ that is more volatile than its ...
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### What is the basis for the ansatz here? [duplicate]

I'm reposting this question: Jim Gatheral's ansatz I have the same question, but the answer given in the comment is no longer applicable since the link does not work.
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### Understanding the ZABR model (an extension of SABR)

http://janroman.dhis.org/finance/SABR/ZABR%20Andreasen.pdf In this acticle the SABR model is first presented in another form ( see equation 7 in the article ) and then extended to the so called ZABR ...
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### What does this formula in Jim Gatheral's book mean?

From Jim Gatheral's "The Volatility Surface", on page 11 he introduces a formula (formula (1.7) at the bottom). Is he talking about the "future value of the option"? I do not understand the "future ...
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### Realized volatility transformation [closed]

After calculating the realized volatility as $log\Big(\sqrt{\sigma_R^2}\Big)$ and forecasting some datas as $log\Big(\sqrt{\sigma_R^2}\Big)$, how can we get back to the $\sqrt{\sigma_R^2}$ ? it's ...
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### Going from normal to Log-normal implied volatility

Let's denote the Implied normal volatility (Bachelier) as $\bar{v}$, and the implied log-normal (Black Scholes) as $v$. When everything else is known (spot, strike, maturity, rates etc) how can you ...
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### Why is the volatility of an Ito process not the square root of its variance?

The volatility $\sigma$ of an Ito process $dS_t = r S_t dt + \sigma S_t dW_t$ is not the square root of its variance. But you often hear that "volatility = standard deviation". What's going on here?...
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### A volatility model developed by JP Morgan

I am quite confused with this predicting volatility equation: σ2t = βσ2t-1 + (1-β)ε2t Here is a section from Capital Market Expectations: CFA Level 3 Volume 3 Curriculum (page 27) https://ibb.co/...
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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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### What is the equation for Garman-Klass volatility?

I want to calculate realized/historical volatility for the underlying products of various options using the Garman-Klass estimator, but I can't see to find an equation, although I know it involves ...
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### Anyone know a GJR-GARCH-MIDAS Multivariate

I'am trying to run a model like mfGARCH package but with multivariate, not univariate like mfGARCH does.
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### Interpretation conditional volatility plot

I have plotten the log differences of exchange rates and in the same plot, I show the conditional volatility $\sigma_t^2$. The conditional volatility follows approximately the same path, but is much ...
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### relationship between notional amounts of volatility swaps and variance swaps

Taking volatility swap payoff as $$( \sigma_F - \sigma_S ) * volatility~notional$$ and Taking variance swap payoff as $$( \sigma_F^2 - \sigma_S^2 ) * variance~notional$$ I am trying to understand ...
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### Swaption valuation across time using vcub

On Bloomberg one has access to the rates vol cube with the VCUB function. For a given currency, today, one sees Black implied volatilities for swaptions of various expiries and strikes, for forward ...
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### How to properly hedge a short vol taking into account hedge stop loss?

Suppose a short straddle. In practice, hedging with long/short futures exposes to the risk of hitting a stop loss when market movements are wide. Eventually, it may very well happen that the hedge ...
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### How to price the american options using local volatility

I have given with a surface of american option prices $C_{am}(T, K)$. From these american option prices the implied volatility surface is deduced. Now I want to find the local volatility $\sigma(s,t)$...
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### Hull-White zero-coupon bond price does not depend on the volatility?

So, today I started pricing zero-coupon bonds using the Hull-White model. An interesting feature is that when t = 0 the bond price does not actually depend on the volatility since the last term of A(0,...
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### Ideas about Stochastic volatility models

I am currently working on comparing different models for modelling the volatility and then pricing vanilla options (I use option prices on real stocks in order to calibrate my models and then I ...
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### Calculating historical volatility and returns from bond yield

I am interested to calculate the historical volatility and returns from a time series of US 3m T-bill yield (see screenshot below), for portfolio optimization. I am not too sure how to bridge the idea ...
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### Fitting to Market Data in Extended Vasicek / Hull White

I need your help for my task. I need to calibrate to the market data for Hull White model for Zero Coupon Bond Price. I refer to John Hull and Alan White paper. I want to ask you a few questions and ...
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### Can the dependent samples t test be used for this problem?

Short story: I have 2 sets of data: Set 1: Vector with daily data of stock market returns (eg. [1%, 1.2%, -2%]) Set 2: That vector of stock market returns, multiplied by another vector (eg. [2%, 0....
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### What are some scenarios where trading a risk reversal makes sense?

I understand that risk reversal is a bet on the skew of the implied volatility curve. But when would one have a view on the skew of the curve? I understand that one can have a view on the underlying. (...
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### Hedging with different volatility (Ahmad and Wilmott paper)

In their paper they show that: - if you hedge with the realised volatility, the present value of the total p&l is the difference between the option value based on the realised volatility and the ...
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### Why not just be long VIX and wait for the next volatile period?

Over the past 3 months, VIX has been relatively low. Therefore, there seems to be a "free-lunch" here by just being long VIX, and wait for the next market turmoil (which is happening at the moment ...
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### Log Contract payoff function

I can’t get where Dr. Rouah gets payoff function of log contract. Could you please take a look at that? https://frouah.com/finance%20notes/Variance%20Swap.pdf It’s on page 2, section 3. I couldn’t ...
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### What is the model behind Heston-Nandi functions in the fOptions R package?

I am dealing with Heston model in R and for this purpose I am using the package fOptions from RMetrics. The calibration formula requires the specification of some parameters (omega, lamda, alpha, ...
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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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### Volatility of a stock basket

to determine the volatility of a basket of stocks, I often use the following formula: $\sigma_{basket}=\sum_{i}\sum_{j}w_i w_j \sigma_i \sigma_j \rho_{ij}$ where the $\sigma$ are the constituents' ...
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### How could one trade volatility skew if you think it's too flat or steep?

We all know that you can trade on a forecast of volatility by dynamically hedging, but I'm wondering if there's a similar technique where in you can trade the skew specifically? Let's say you travel ...
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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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### Question on Local Volatility

In Gatheral's book The Volatility Surface (Wiley, 2006), a local volatility model is defined as... $$dS_t =S_t \mu_tdt + S_t \sigma(S_t, t)dZ$$ The famous Dupire Equation is given by...  \sigma^2(...
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### GARCH(1,1) one-step ahead volatility forecast biased, higher than Parkinson's HL volatility

I am trying to create one-step ahead forecasts for the S&P500 using a GARCH(1,1) model. I am using the rugarch package in R. As you can see, the forecasted points are consistently higher than the ...
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### better estimator of volatility for small samples

One commonly used sample estimator of volatility is the standard deviation of the log returns. It is indeed a very good estimator (unbiased, ...) when the sample is large. But I don't like it for ...
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### General assumptions for var swap replication

I've seen claims that the standard static-hedge for a plain vanilla variance swap holds so long as the underlying doesn't jump, but every derivation I have seen begins by assuming the asset follows a ...
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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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### Volatility surface for Swaptions

I understand the volatility surface for swaption is built using implied vols of ATM swaptions. I had a question on the instruments that are used. Should the instruments used change depending on the ...
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### What's the difference between demand elasticity and demand volatility? [closed]

What's the difference between demand elasticity and demand volatility? Demand elasticity: https://www.investopedia.com/terms/d/demand-elasticity.asp Demand volatility: https://www.sdcexec.com/home/...
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### stochastic volatility and smile

Can we say that the volatility smile contain for sure stochastic volatility information ? If yes why ? Saying that BlackScholes does not explain the smile does not necessary mean there is an ...
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### CBOE Index Minute Data

I am doing a small research and looking for a place to purchase historical minute CBOE Index data. I am interested in: VIX - CBOE Volatility Index VVIX - CBOE VIX VOLATILITY INDEX VXV - CBOE VIX ...
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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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### How is a LIBOR Market Model volatility skew determined?

LIBOR based interest rates are derived from the prices (supply / demand) of swaptions, caps and floors. These prices are generally quoted in yield vols. Their prices are given by the Black formula. ...
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### 1 day VaR vs 10 day VaR

Even while using historical simulation VaR, 1 day VaR is converted into 10 day VaR by multiplying 1 day VaR by Sqrt(10) for regulatory reporting purposes. What are the underlying assumptions for ...