Finformatics: How to Measure Really Small Things

20th August 2018 admin 0

Traders in financial assets implicitly compare the trading price to the stream of dividends the assets stand to generate. Clearly, a key determinant of value—usually the key determinant— will be the long-term drift or rate […]


A VaR-based Model for the Yield Curve

6th August 2018 Editor 0

An intuitive model for the yield curve, based on the notion of value-at-risk, is presented. It leads to interest rates that hedge against potential losses incurred from holding an underlying risky security until maturity. This […]


Pricing Rainbow Options

23rd July 2018 Editor 0

A previous paper (West 2005) tackled the issue of calculating accurate uni-, bi- and trivariate normal probabilities. This has important applications in the pricing of multiasset options, e.g. rainbow options. In this paper, we derive […]


Valuation of American Call Options

11th July 2018 Editor 0

The purpose of this paper is to provide an analytical solution for American call options assuming proportional dividends. Proportional dividends are more realistic for long-term options than absolute dividends and the formula does not have […]


Life Settlements and Viaticals

27th June 2018 Editor 0

In this chapter… • life • sex • death 1 Introduction And now for something completely. . .morbid. Life settlements and viaticals are contracts associated with death. The two expressions can be used interchangeably, although […]


Practical Valuation of Power Derivatives

28th May 2018 Editor 0

In this paper I look at the practical valuation of power derivatives from a trader’s perspective. Most people that have written about valuation of power derivatives are academics or quants working in the research departments […]


What is Implied by Implied Volatility?

14th May 2018 Editor 0

Word and concept Implied volatility is not just a word or a concept. As a word, what is implied by implied volatility – what “implied volatility” means – is the value of the Brownian diffusion […]


Big Time Series Analysis with JuliaDB

25th April 2018 Editor 0

The next generation of data analysis requires the next generation of tools. The most popular opensource packages for data analysis (Python’s pandas and various R packages) are designed to work with small files of basic […]


Introduction to Variance Swaps

16th April 2018 Editor 0

The purpose of this article is to introduce the properties of variance swaps, and give insights into the hedging and valuation of these instruments from the particular lens of an option trader. Section 1 gives […]

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