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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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Can naive diversification outperform mean-variance optimization like this, or is there most likely an error?

I am using a simulation approach to compare the performances achievable by naive diversification and mean-variance optimization for portfolio selection. My problem is that my results indicate that ...
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Are intraday volatility estimators useful for close-to-close predictions

I am interested in predicting the PnL of a gamma scalping strategy which trades only once per day. For simplicity, let's say we can always trade at the daily close. So, what I need to predict are the ...
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How to predict realised variance?

I am trying to predict the realised daily close to close variance of an equity index. I checked the literature on volatility forecasting and tried a bunch of things on a dataset for the S&P 500....
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Expected Delta hedging frequency as function of implied (and realized) volatility

I'm looking for a proxy (or some rule of thumb) that can create a link between the implied volatility, the realized volatility and the frequency of Delta hedging required to keep the Delta as close as ...
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Call/Put Open interest difference on similar underlying

High open interest for a given option contract is an indicator for interest in that option. For that reason I wanted to take a look at how the open interest of options on volatility have evolved in ...
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Can increase in volatility reduce the price of a deeply in-the-money European put?

Hull states that option prices increase with an increase in volatility. I think that statement could be false in a specific scenario: when we are considering a deeply in-the-money European put ...
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Libor Market Model Calibration

Currently I am doing a research on the plain vanilla multi-curve framework Libor Market Model meaning that no stochastic volatility is involved. I had the idea to calibrate to the swaption market. In ...
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Vanilla Option Prices from Local Vol Surface (using neither MC nor PDE)

There are numerous papers that describe the derivation of the Local-Vol equation using available market prices of options. For example: Dupire's formula (see e.g. OpenGamma (2013)) gives us LV in ...
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Identifying “logical” segments on trading charts

The chart below is the 15-minute EURUSD from earlier today. The blue lines represent dividers between three subjective but reasonable segments that can easily be made out by the eye. I would ...
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realized correlation estimation

I'm trying to implement the Hayashi - Yoshida estimator for correlation (T. Hayashi, N. Yoshida: On covariance estimation of non-synchronously observed diffusion processes, 2005) and there's something ...
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Forecasting volatility with machine learning: Performance comparison

ARIMA and GARCH are old news for predicting volatility time series of asset returns. How does the performances of machine learning algorithms compare (such as random forest, support vector ...
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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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Is Hodges-Tompkins adjustment applicable for all volatility estimators?

Can the Hodges-Tompkins adjustment (S. Hodges, R. Tompkins, The Sampling Properties of Volatility Cones 2000,2002 JoD) be used to de-bias any estimator computed from overlapping observations? It ...
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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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Hedge performance in times of volatility: Beta changes impacting PnL during market rebound

I hedge a portfolio of Global Equities (200 stocks within MSCI World universe) by shorting futures on MSCI World Net Total Return. The hedge is calculated using Beta. Beta is calculated using a risk ...
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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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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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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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vol swap and vol of vol

why people say vol swap is short vol of vol? Say we consider a simple vol swap with 3% strike with two days maturity here: scenario1: realized vol is 2% on day1 and 4% on day2 scenario2: realized vol ...
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Variance risk premium: When is realized vol higher than implied vol in practice?

I’m doing some work around the variance risk premium currently, and I’m interested in understanding the situations when realized volatility is > implied volatility in practice. I know in generally ...
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Autocall Calibration

I'm trying to price autocalls. In theory my pricing method is ok (I followed Bouzoubaa's book procedure) but I'm not sure I read anything on calibration of autocalls. Basically my question is what ...
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Realized Volatility of Volatility versus VVIX Index

Hello people of the internet I am doing a little experiment where I want to examine how well the VIX predicts the realized volatility, and how well the VVIX (Volatility of VIX Index) predicts 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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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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Does this volatility-like measure have a name?

So, basically I'm looking at {=SQRT(AVERAGE((R1:R100)^2))}, or in words: the square root of the average of squared daily returns. Is there a nice simple term/name ...
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VARX DCC GARCH in R for volatility spillover

I have 5 series for which I want to analyze volatility spillover (to and from the series) via VARX DCC GARCH for both dynamic and comtemporaneous effect. Moreover, I would like to analyze seasonal ...
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What does it mean for something to become more gaussian?

I was reading something in which the author said: "the longer the maturity, the more and more gaussian the gamma of your option is". What exactly is the author trying to say in non-math terms and what ...
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Investment & Trading — Tracking Error

I think i am having a problem annualising my tracking error because im getting an oddly big number especially its bps. So my values are taken from Market-class where we get our returns yearly, which ...
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Extrapolate Implied Volatility Surface

I have a moneynessratio-tenor volatility surface and want to extrapolate the implied volatility for moneynessratios > 150%. The volatility surface was downloaded for different points in time, so I ...
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Vega of binary option

I'm calculating the greeks for a hypothetical binary option, and I'm getting a symmetrical parabola for the vega's of both put and call options that are OTM, ATM, and ITM. Both of them dip into ...
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Intraday volatility measures in comparison to end of day measurement

I'm experimenting with Parkinson's Number and the Garman-Klass estimator I'm wondering what the appropriate number of days to sample over, is the number over 1-day useful at all, or should one take it ...
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Why do surprises in macroeconomic variables average out to zero?

In the book Investments (Bodie, Kane, Marcus), in chapter 8, the authors discuss index models (page 247) and, in its context, systematic risk. The authors state, without explanation, that the market ...
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difficulty pricing options using stochastic volatility

can someone kindly explain why it was difficult to obtain an explicit formula for pricing options under stochastic volatility. Thanks alot.
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How accurate is the square root of time rule for VaR for a portfolio containing several different types of instruments

Assuming that your value at risk model is based on normality assumptions, e.g. using a Delta-Gamma normal model does the approximation hold perfectly for a portfolio of stocks and options? What about ...
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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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Is there anywhere I can read the paper, “The Gamma-Vanna-Volga Cost Framework for Constructing Implied Volatility Curves”

Hello there was a paper published by: M. Arslan, G. Eid, J. El Khoury and J. Roth titled "The Gamma-Vanna-Volga Cost Framework for Constructing Implied Volatility Curves" (2009). I believe they ...
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Looking for a math description of upside/downside implied vols - does Dupire help?

This is in continuation of this post which explained the meaning of the vols in the vol smile as follows: Suppose you have a downsloping vol smile. Then, the fact that the vol is higher on the ...
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Are statistical arb and relative value arb strategies implicitly short volatility?

I obviously don't want to generalise here, but my initial impression of stat arb and relative value arb is that these strategies earn stable pennies during bull markets when volatility is depressed ...
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Hedging vega risk with varswaps

I have encountered a statement that in summary reads like this: Varswaps became popular after the LTCM meltdown due to high levels of implied volatility the market was seeing at the time. Hedge funds ...
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How would you equally distribute the risk of each stock in a portfolio?

Suppose you have in-sample (IS) and out-of-sample (OOS) daily returns of N stocks (IS and OOS dates are the same for each stock). Suppose you want to calculate return captured each day as x * ret. ...
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calculating sharpe-ratio and annualized returns

Im trying to get the sharpe ratio to be calculated daily but I can only calculate it annually, this is also happening for my annualized returns, can somebody help me please? ...
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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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CBOE Skew Index Intuition

I was recently reading (and very much struggling to understand) the CBOE white paper on their Skew Index (CBOE Link), I thought it might be useful as I'm trying to better understand volatility skews. ...
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Most profitable PUT strike price in these times of high volatility?

At close 3/13/20 SPY was at 270.2, by close 3/16 it dropped to 239.41 ~ 8.8% drop... I'm looking at how to capitalize on these big swings with options. I'm backtesting option strategies and plotted ...
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What are some heurestics you could use to judge if skew is cheap or expensive? If any?

Are there rules of thumbs/models that you could use to develop intuition for when skew is cheap or expensive? From what I gather, volatility is a number that is backed out of price in a sense, "the ...
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Calculate Idiosyncratic Risk?

I have basic finance background but I am trying to calculate idiosyncratic risk as measure for firm risk in my CEO gender research. I have found the following on Alpha architect but I am unsure of ...
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VIX and Realised Volatility Scaling

I have calculated the VIX implied volatility according to the CBOE Whitepaper: \begin{equation*} \sigma^2 = \frac{2}{T} \left(\sum_i \frac{\Delta K_i}{K_i^2} Q(K_i) e^{rT} \right) - \frac{1}{T} \...
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I would like to fit a CARR model using the 'rugarch' package in R - what should I include in the specification?

I know I have to specify a GARCH model for the square root of range without a constant term in the mean equation - just unsure how to apply this in the rugarch function.
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Deriving the VIX formula

I am having trouble filling in a few steps in the derivation. From Martin (2017), we get the following assumptions: Constant continuously compounded rate $r$; The underlying doesn't pay dividens; ...
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2-step estimation of DCC GARCH model in Python

Embedded in this thread are multiple questions. I'm currently im the process of implementing a DCC GARCH forecast model on quantopian (a python-powered trading platform). The two step consists of ...

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