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Normal Distribution Quantiles and Value at Risk

I'm preparing an exam, Quantitative Methods for Financial Markets. My book is not really clear for what concerns the calculation of normal distribution quantiles that have to be used in VaR's formula. ...
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How to find sigma-algebra over omega3 generated by the log-return ln(S2/S1) and ln(S3/S2)?

I calculated {S2/S1} = {u, u*u/d, d, d*d/u}, and then get ln(S2/S1)= {ln(u),ln(u*u/d), ln(d),ln( d*d/u)}. I am not sure my way of doing this question is right, because i m confuse about how to get ...
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Computing monthly loan payments when interest is 0%

I'm writing a Javascript program to display a mortgage amortization from a user input form that asks for typical things such as loan amount, interest rate, etc... A lot of sites, such as this one, ...
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annuities - equations of value

Chuck needs to purchase an item in $10$ years. The item costs $ \$200$ today, but its price inflates at $4 \%$ per year. To finance the purchase, Chuck deposits $ \$20$ into an account at the ...
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Perpetuity Immediate Present Value Question

A perpetuity-immediate pays $X per year. Brian receives the first n payments, Colleen receives the next n payments, and Jeff receives the remaining payments. Brian's share of the present value of ...
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Variance Covariance Matrix, positive definiteness

Suppose we have a variance covariance matrix $\Sigma$. Under what conditions on the variance covariance matrix, $\Sigma$ is positive definite, that is $\forall w \neq 0, w^T \Sigma w>0$. In fact, ...
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financial calculus put option

Consider a 1-year European put (right to sell) with a strike price of 52 on a stock whose current price is 50. We suppose that there is only time step at which the stock moves either up by 20% or down ...
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financial calculus call option

A stock price is currently 50. It is known that at the end of 2 months it will be either 53 or 48. The risk-free interest rate is 10% per annum with continuous compounding. What is the value of a ...
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Lump Sum + Series of Payments Future Value = X Amount

say I have $X saved already and I will from now on save a constant amount each year (Amount Y). I also want to have amount Z saved in the future. The question is how long do I need to save? I want to ...
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simple interest rate to product of interest rates

Which simple interest rate over six years is closest to being equivalent to the following: an effective rate of discount of 3% for the first year, an effective rate of discount of 6% for the second ...
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Present Value Cash Flow Questions - Discounting

At an annual effective interest rate of i, i > 0 all the following are equal: i. the present value of 10,000 at the end of 6 years ii. the sum of the present values of 6000 at the end ...
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Financial Linear Programming Problem

I'm very new at linear programming and I'm trying to figure out a way to approach this problem below: ...
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Determining Total Assets, Total Liabilities From a Financial Statement with Missing Values [closed]

I at a loss trying to figure out the total assets and liabilities from what is given. K-Os Corporation Beginning of year Total ...
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quartely payment

A Loan of R65 000 with an interest rate of 16% per annum compounded quartely is to be amortised by equal quartely payments over 3 years Question : how do I calculate the size of the quartely payment? ...
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Outstanding part-way balance for loan compounded quarterly

A loan of $R65000$ with an interest of $16\%$ per annum, compounded quarterly, is to be amortized by equal quarterly payments over $3$ years. Question: What is the outstanding amount on the loan at ...
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Solving i for annuities equation without financial calculator

I would like to know if there was a way to approximate i here without a financial calculator, in the following equation: $\displaystyle -50000 + \frac{12992}{1+i} + \frac{12992}{(1+i)^2} + ⋯ + ...
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formula to calculate the monthly repayments of this contract

I know that the interest rate is constant through the whole period and the interest method is declining balance. By declining balance mean that the interest at period t is calculated on the balance of ...
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Accrued interest

I know how to calculate accrued interest over time on an initial amount. However, my assignment has me artificially adding additional sums intermittently. I'm curious if there is a formula to do that. ...
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Paying less interest rate in credit card

I think I've found a way to pay off my credit cards faster, and therefore paying less interest rate. There's a Google Spreadsheet with my work at http://goo.gl/NqliZM My question What payment ...
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Help with Effective Rate of Discount- Theory of interest

I am just beggining Financial Mathematics. One of my assignment questions are as follows: (Q) Find the amount of interest earned from the principal of $1000 during the fourth period If the ...
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Financial Math - Nominal and Effective Rates [closed]

I am currently studying for the actuarial exam FM with the mathematical interest theory textbook from MAA. I have been doing a bunch of problems and the one below is giving me a lot of trouble to ...
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Question About Notation of CRR

I am reading a book on financial theory and it has been a while since I took a notation heavy math course so could someone help me out here... Now with this equation how does the sum work? Do I do ...
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How does one calculate product pricing to cover processing fees from $\$5$ to $\$5,000$ while maintaining a profit?

Credit card processor charges, for each transaction, $2.9\% + \$0.30$. I need to find an amount that covers that cost, from $\$5$ to $\$5,000$, on a per item basis, all while maintaining a small ...
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Compound interest -like calculation, but with increasing rate

Let's say an organization has 100 employees in the beginning of 2013 and grows to 110 employees by the beginning of 2014. This implies a growth rate of 10% for 2013. Now, let's say a hiring manager ...
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Calculate sell(sales) price from margin and cost price

Slight finance question, trying to program the calculation of sell price when we have %margin and cost price. ((CostPrice / ((1 - %Margin) / 100)) * 100) / 100 ...
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Why can moving averages of the prices indicate the trend of a stock?

In technical analysis of stock trading, we can use the moving averages of the historical prices of a stock to indicate whether it is currently in the uptrend or downtrend. Let me exemplify the idea ...
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interest rate not constant with constant installments

Do you know a formulae which would calculate a constant installment withe non constant interest rate. For example let's say that Mr A take a loan of 1000 and pays a monthly interest rate of 6% the ...
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How to split the rent if two roommates live there from the beginning and a third one joins in the middle of the month?

I've been thinking over it and I can't figure it out. Consider the rent of the house is $X$. Now there are two roommates from the beginning and a third one joins in the middle of the month. Now ...
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Interest Calculation

A university student receives his statement for his tuition and notices that he doesn't have enough money to pay it all off at once. The student inquires about interest rates at his university and is ...
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Mortgage calculating time for residual debt

I have a mortgage for C capital, with constant monthly payments, constant interest rate i (and constant duration in year D). I would like to know after how much time I reimburse $r$ dollars. For ...
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No-Arbitrage Principle

I hope you do not mind me asking a financial question in this section. I am having trouble understanding the concept of the no-arbitrage principle for a particular example in my notes: Suppose a ...
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How to get interest in the mathematics of tax

In a similar vein to my previous thread, I will also be teaching about the mathematics behind taxation - to a lot of people, this is very mundane - but that is not true of everyone. The practicality ...
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Portfolio which replicates given payoff

Consider the following payoff function: $$p(S_T) = \begin{cases} 0 & \text{if } S_{T} \leq 70 \\ S_{T}-70 & \text{if } S_{T} \in (70; 100] \\ -S_{T}+120 & \text{if } S_{T} \in (100; 120] ...
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Mathematical Finance Question

I am having trouble answering this question confidently. A walk through would be amazing.
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Calculate the yield rate on transaction

Problem:- 'A' is able to borrow $1000 from 'B' for one year at 8% effective and at the same time lend it to 'C' for one year at 10% effective. what is 'A's yield rate on this transaction? My ...
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Speculating on the stock exchange

Imagine you model each stock as a random walk (fractal) and also that you can buy and sell at any price. Suppose also that it 'walks' with the pace of 1. If you buy, for example, 1000 shares of ...
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Hedging a long position-one period

Consider a one period binomial stock model with $S_0=4$, $S_1(H)=8$ and $S_1(T)=2$. The interest rate is $25$%. Let's say I buy a call option for $1.20$ with strike price $K=5$ which expires at time ...
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Black-Scholes PDE to heat equation, nonconstant coefficients

Can someone provide me with details or a reference on how to transform the Black-Scholes PDE with nonconstant coefficients (i.e. $r=r\left(S,t\right)$, $\sigma=\sigma\left(S,t\right)$) to the heat ...
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$1500=P \times { (1 + 0.02) }^{ 24 }$, what is the value of $P$?

Hey guys could you please tell me what is the faster why to solve this equation. It's a compound interest equation and I'm stuck at the ${ (1 + 0.02) }^{ 24 }$ I really don't know how to proceed in ...
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I'm looking a compound interest formula.

Admittedly, I just finished physics and calculas but some of my more basic math skills escape me. I'm looking for a formula that will give me a total compounded value after x number of weeks. So for ...
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Easy proof of Black-Scholes option pricing formula

I use this Book to read the option princing in Black-Scholes model in pages 93-99, The poof of the formula given by $$c(s,t)= N(d_1(s,t)- Ke^{-rT}N(d_2(s,t)))$$ where $$d_{1,2}=\frac{\ln(s/K)+(r\pm ...
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Calculating interest rate of car financing

I want a new car which costs $\$26.000$. But there's an offer to finance the car: Immediate prepayment: $25\%$ of the original price The amount left is financed with a loan: Duration: $5$ years, ...
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Difference between Bi-annual and semi-annual in Financial Maths

I was wandering what the difference was between compounding interest when they use bi-annual and semi-annual and hence how to change your value of i I think semi-annual means twice in 1 year so your ...
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Early-exercise point of American Put

Could you please help me? In book Rüdiger Seydel "Tools for Computational Finance" in Chapter 4.5 "American Options as Free Boundary Problem" it is provided the following explanation for case ...
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Deferred Annuity not working

A simple financial math problem: Mack obtains $500\ 000$ repayable over $20$ years. If interest is compounded monthly at $9.25\%$ per annum, determine the monthly repayments if the repayment ...
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Notation in Financial Math

I am very close to showing part b of this question and think that the reason my solution doesn't match up is because I don't understand a piece of notation.The notation I don't understand is ...
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Arbitrage opportunity

Given odds $o_i$ for $i=1,2,\ldots,n$ and the possibility to bet the amount $b_i\in \mathbb{R}$ on each event such that if event $i$ occurs you receive $b_io_i$ and if it doesn't you recieve $-b_i$. I ...
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How to find the amount to added every month or year to get the required amount after certain years?

I want to do a Java application for which after giving the current savings, and the rate of interest and and required amount after specified no of years, it has to show how much a person has to earn ...
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Why are call options necessary?

My question is actually less ambitious and more specific then the title may have lead you to believe. Suppose the interest rate is $25\%$ you have a stock at time zero price of $S_0=50$ and at time 1 ...
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if you invest $ 500 at 6 % compounded annually,

Please help me with this problem. It needs to be done in the same format as below if you invest $500$ dollars at $6$ percent compounded annually, how many years to the nearest tenth would it take your ...