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How to Calculate Options Prices and Their Greeks


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Preface ix Chapter 1 Introduction 1 Chapter 2 The Normal Probability Distribution 7 Standard deviation in a financial market 8 The impact of volatility and time on the standard deviation 8 Chapter 3 Volatility 11 The probability distribution of the value of a Future after one year of trading 11 Normal distribution versus log-normal distribution 11 Calculating the annualised volatility traditionally 15 Calculating the annualised volatility without 17 Calculating the annualised volatility applying the 16% rule 19 Variation in trading days 20 Approach towards intraday volatility 20 Historical versus implied volatility 23 Chapter 4 Put Call Parity 25 Synthetically creating a Future long position, the reversal 29 Synthetically creating a Future short position, the conversion 30 Synthetic options 31 Covered call writing 34 Short note on interest rates 35 Chapter 5 Delta 37 Change of option value through the delta 38 Dynamic delta 40 Delta at different maturities 41 Delta at different volatilities 44 20-80 Delta region 46 Delta per strike 46 Dynamic delta hedging 47 The at the money delta 50 Delta changes in time 53 Chapter 6 Pricing 55 Calculating the at the money straddle using Black and Scholes formula 57 Determining the value of an at the money straddle 59 Chapter 7 Delta II 61 Determining the boundaries of the delta 61 Valuation of the at the money delta 64 Delta distribution in relation to the at the money straddle 65 Application of the delta approach, determining the delta of a call spread 68 Chapter 8 Gamma 71 The aggregate gamma for a portfolio of options 73 The delta change of an option 75 The gamma is not a constant 76 Long term gamma example 77 Short term gamma example 77 Very short term gamma example 78 Determining the boundaries of gamma 79 Determining the gamma value of an at the money straddle 80 Gamma in relation to time to maturity, volatility and the underlying level 82 Practical example 85 Hedging the gamma 87 Determining the gamma of out of the money options 89 Derivatives of the gamma 91 Chapter 9 Vega 93 Different maturities will display different volatility regime changes 95 Determining the vega value of at the money options 96 Vega of at the money options compared to volatility 97 Vega of at the money options compared to time to maturity 99 Vega of at the money options compared to the underlying level 99 Vega on a 3-dimensional scale, vega vs maturity and vega vs volatility 101 Determining the boundaries of vega 102 Comparing the boundaries of vega with the boundaries of gamma 104 Determining vega values of out of the money options 105 Derivatives of the vega 108 Vomma 108 Chapter 10 Theta 111 A practical example 112 Theta in relation to volatility 114 Theta in relation to time to maturity 115 Theta of at the money options in relation to the underlying level 117 Determining the boundaries of theta 118 The gamma theta relationship 120 Theta on a 3-dimensional scale, theta vs maturity and theta vs volatility 125 Determining the theta value of an at the money straddle 126 Determining theta values of out of the money options 127 Chapter 11 Skew 129 Volatility smiles with different times to maturity 131 Sticky at the money volatility 133 Chapter 12 Spreads 135 Call spread (horizontal) 135 Put spread (horizontal) 137 Boxes 138 Applying boxes in the real market 139 The Greeks for horizontal spreads 140 Time spread 146 Approximation of the value of at the money spreads 148 Ratio spread 149 Chapter 13 Butterfly 155 Put call parity 158 Distribution of the butterfly 159 Boundaries of the butterfly 161 Method for estimating at the money butterfly values 163 Estimating out of the money butterfly values 164 Butterfly in relation to volatility 165 Butterfly in relation to time to maturity 166 Butterfly as a strategic play 166 The Greeks of a butterfly 167 Straddle-strangle or the "Iron fly" 171 Chapter 14 Strategies 173 Call 173 Put 174 Call spread 175 Ratio spread 176 Straddle 177 Strangle 178 Collar (risk reversal, fence) 178 Gamma portfolio 179 Gamma hedging strategies based on Monte Carlo scenarios 180 Setting up a gamma position on the back of prevailing kurtosis in the market 190 Excess kurtosis 191 Benefitting from a platykurtic environment 192 The mesokurtic market 193 The leptokurtic market 193 Transition from a platykurtic environment towards a leptokurtic environment 194 Wrong hedging strategy: Killergamma 195 Vega convexity/Vomma 196 Vega convexity in relation to time/Veta 202 Index 205

About the Author

PIERINO URSONE has extensive option trading experience. He began his career as a Market Maker with Optiver, an international market maker that trades on all of the world's major financial markets. Afterwards, Ursone ran his own option trading company on the Dutch options exchange in Amsterdam, and after nine years in equity options, he entered the Energy commodity market, trading options on a proprietary basis.

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