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In stochastic calculus, why do we have $(dt)^2=0$ and other results?

I'm doing actuarial problems of Exam MFE and it covers some of the stochastic calculus (like Ito's Lemma). One of the frequently used results are the so-called "multiplication rules": $(dt)^2=0$ ...
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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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Algorithm/Formula to compute adding and/or removing compound and/or non-compound percentages from a value?

I will first start with a scenario, I have to apply some adjustments to a particular value. These adjustments are either compound or non-compounded and they can either be added or subtracted to the ...
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Engineering Economics Cash Flow Diagram

I have the following question and solution below. What I don't understand is why is the 100,000 seen as savings/revenue when clearly it is coming out of pocket? Additionally, the monthly loan payment ...
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What does it mean to “pass to the limit” in mathematics?

I've been reading a finance paper and stumbled upon this phrase. What does passing to the limit mean in this context (or overall in mathematics)? Here is an excerpt from the paper: It is ...
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Reinvesting the interest (generalized version)

If I deposit \$1 at $t=0$ into an account which credits interest at the end of each year at a force of interest $\delta_t$ (assume it's integrable.) Then, if I reinvest the interest at an annual ...
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Stochastic control, numerical, need expectations given coupled SDEs

I'm looking at a trio of processes which arises in a stochastic control situation. I have a process $(V_t)$ which I may control, and $(V_t)$ influences a diffusive stock price process $(S_t)$. The ...
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Altering a Lease Calculation to take into account an upfront payment

I am trying to find the interest rate of a lease if we know the monthly payment amount but have an advance payment. I have found a site with part of the calculation we need (Scenario 2 on the link ...
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Matlab Optimization problem with Matrices

I'm trying to solve an optimization problem in Matlab. The equations you will find below. Problem is it is all Matrices, and I have no idea which solver to use for that. w is of size (n x 1) mu_BL (1 ...
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Finding the continuity of the mapping of a solution to a PDE to its partial derivative

Here is a modified version of the Black-Scholes PDE: $\frac{\partial \phi(t,S,i)}{\partial t}$ + $r_iS\frac{\partial \phi(t,S,i)}{\partial S}$ + $\frac{1}{2} \sigma^2_i S^2 \frac{\partial^2 ...
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Calculating VaR, CVaR

I am supposed to calculate the value at risk and expected shortfall of an asset with revenue given by a density function: $f(x)=0.5\exp{(-|x-0.05|)}$. My workings: If I understand it correctly, than ...
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Construct an arbitrage opportunity in a multi-period model

I am currently revising for my exam in Financial Mathematics, and I could not solve this question: For $T > 1$, consider a $T$-period model with a single risky asset and a bank account which pays ...
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Show that the risk-neutral probability of a European call option ending in money is N(d2)

Show that the risk-neutral probability of a European call option ending in money is N(d2). I was trying to using Risk-Neutral Valuation Formula, but how to show the result is N(d2)? Thanks
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financial mathematics: n financial assets in p states of the world.

Suppose there are two dates, $0$ and $1$. Suppose the world will be in one of $p$ states at date $1$, but the true state of the world at date $1$ is unknown at date $0$. Let there be $n$ financial ...
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Expected value of multiplied and squared Wiener Process

May someone help me how to calculate the following thing: E0[z^2[2] Exp[-2 z[2]] ] Where z[2] is Wiener process. How to find exact expected value? I am new to this stuff, not sure how to do this. ...
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Why does the price term in Vega disappear for a European call option?

In my course, I have been asked to prove a number of statements about "the Greeks" from the Black-Scholes model for pricing a European call option with no dividends and a strike price of $K$. One of ...
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On finance problem: saving money

First of all, sorry for my pour English. Consider the situation: I'd like to save an amount $P$ of money every month for $240$ months consecutively ($m_1,\ldots,m_{240}$). The gain with money is ...
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Partial differential of sharpe ratio of a portfolio with n ( =4 )equities with respect to the allocation for each equity.

Sharpe ratio is the mean of the daily returns from the portfolio divided (minus a constant )by the standard deviation of the return from the portfolio. Daily return of the portfolio is calculated by ...
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What do two number on top of each other in square brackets mean?

Im currently going through "Universal Portfolios with Side Information" by Cover and Ordentlich [96]. Near the end of the paper, they provide a formula for calculating weights of a Universal Portfolio ...
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Need help with partial derivatives

So here's the question: The monthly payment $P$ on a mortgage loan of $A$ dollars at an APR of $r$ (as a decimal) for $t$ years is given by this formula. $$P(A,r,t)$= ...
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How to sum correlation, or, calculate correlation of disjointed variables

I'm trying to calculate the correlation of 2 array of variables, but the array is disjointed in the middle - but I'm trying to obtain one correlation coefficient See the excel file I uploaded: ...
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Average Interest Payment For Specific Period of Ammortization Schedule

I would like to derive an equation that calculates the average interest payment x for an amortized mortgage loan in the first m ...
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Compound annual growth rate for negative values

How to compute a compound growth rate when some values are zero or negative? Example 1: A company has 0 money in first year, 5 money in second year and -2 money in third year. All previous year ...
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Financial mathematics 2

I've been given the following information: MR bob borrows 50000 now and promises to repay it in monthly installments over the next eight years. Interest is compounded monthly at 18% per year. ...
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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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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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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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The impact of jump on the returns of portfolio and asset pricing

There exsits jumps in financial market. What will be the impact of jump on the returns of portfolio and asset pricing? Please explain it both academically and plainly. If you can give some excellent ...
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What is a rolling par-swap?

I am trying to understand the hedging strategy mentioned in the paper below on p.17 (set of rolling par-swaps). Can anyone explain how this works? Moreover, if anyone is familiar with this paper, ...
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Programming in R: How do I switch the X and Y axes?

I have a distribution plot of the daily drawdowns of the Dow Jones Industrial Average index; however, it has the drawdowns on the y-axis and the frequency on the x-axis... I'd like to switch that so ...
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Doob Decomposition of American Option

I am trying to figure out the Doob decomposition of an American put option in a discrete time binomial model. I know how to price the American put, but I'm having trouble expressing it as the sum of ...
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Interest % and final payment

I dont get these two questions? How should I calculate the answer? A) Sam intends to retire in 6 yrs. To supplement his pension he would like to receive $\$234$ every 2 weeks for 10 yrs. If he is ...
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Analogue of Leibniz Rule for Stochastic Integrals

Suppose $$f(t,u)=f(0,u)+\int_0^t{\mu (w,u)dw}+\int_0^t{\sigma(w,u)dB_w}$$, where $B_w$ is a standard Brownian motion. I would like to calculus the drift and diffusion of $Y_t=-\int_t^s{f(t,u)du}$ ...
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Uniform convergence of series with utility function

Let $u(x)$ be a real function with the properties $u(x)$ is continuous and non-decreasing in $x$ $u'(x)$ is non-increasing in $x$ $u(0)=0$ $u'(0)=1$. In other words, $u(x)$ is a utility function. ...
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Compactness of the set of densities of equivalent martingale measures

Consider an incomplete market $(\Omega,\mathcal F,\mathbb P)$ driven by a semimartingale $S=(S_t)_{t\in[0,T]}$. Under the no free lunch under vanishing risk (NFLVR) assumption, the set $\mathcal ...
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Good reference on sample autocorrelation?

I'm not a statistician but I'm writing my thesis on mathematical finance and I think it would be neat to have a short section about independence of stock returns. I need to get better understanding ...
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Standard practice for identifying outlying spend amounts

Hope this is mathematical enough to qualify as a question - I'm no mathematician! I have a set of individuals travel & entertainment credit card spend, and I'd like to highlight any outliers that ...
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Portfolio optimization - problem with a proof

I'm trying to proof Proposition 1 in this Paper about Markowitz Portfolio Opitimization on page 6/7 but I can't figure out how to do this. The author wrote "The proof of Proposition 1 can be found ...
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Reading advice: Mathematical finance for a student of pure mathematics

Which books/lecture notes should a student with a background in pure mathematics (in my case it was geared towards algebraic geometry) read in order to do financial math? I have done one basic course ...
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Immunization and Sensitivity Analysis

Frequently a company wants to match its assets and liabilities. However, perfect matching is not practical due to fluctuations in interest rates. So they hedge their risk using immunization. This can ...
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Dividend Discount Model

The current price of a stock can be modeled by $P_0 = \frac{D_{1}}{r-g}$ where $D_1$ is the expected dividend, $r$ is the rate of return, and $g$ is the expected growth rate in the perpetuity. If ...
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Finding interest rate in simple annuities, without interpolation

How do you solve for i from this equation? 4.37={[(1+i)^4] - 1}/i
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EBIT and EPS indifference

how do i find the EBIT indifference level associated with the following to financial proposals and the individual EBIT and EPS of each plan... Plan A- $\$5,000,000$ raised by selling 160,000 shares ...
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Multi year installment loan. Know monthly compouning rate, wish to find simple equivalent rate

First of all, thank you very much for your time. Since I have no math background whatsoever, please pardon me for my ignorance (which is not bliss here). I am not looking for the formula to get a ...
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Time homogeneous asset dynamics model

I'm studying asset process. As i know, Black scholes model and CEV model is time homogeneous diffusion model. Are there time homogeneous model ???
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Betfair Odds Percentage Movements & Hedging

I want to determine if the odds on Betfair have decreased by a certain percentage and then calculate the hedged profit when hedging on that percentage, but it's made tricky by the fact that decimal ...
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Solutions to exercises in Nelson's “An Introduction to Copulas”

I am paving my way through Nelson's "An Introduction to Copulas". The book has exercises (quite good actually), but no solutions. Does anybody have a solution manual for (some of those) exercises? ...
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Finding criteria for a household financial budget falsification

I’m working on a financial problem about budget of households. Households in a state fill a form about their net budget in every year and our insurance company investigate their financial status and ...
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I want the solution of Bjork Arbitrage Theory in Continuous Time

I am working on Financial Mathematics and also work on Bjork Arbitrage Theory in Continuous Time sometimes I have problem in the Exercises. Does any body know about solution of this book ?
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Which math courses should I take to prepare myself for Masters in Financial Mathematics?

I am an Applied Mathematics (BSc.) student that is graduating soon. Apparently, I need to take one more elective course (but I can also fit in two more electives if I want to) before I can graduate. I ...