Category Archives: Financial Engineering

Generalized Regression

Linear regression is one of the most useful applications in the financial engineer’s tool-kit, but it suffers from a rather restrictive set of assumptions that limit its applicability in areas of research that are characterized by their focus on highly … Continue reading

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Master’s in High Frequency Finance

I have been discussing with some potential academic partners the concept for a new graduate program in High Frequency Finance.  The idea is to take the concept of the Computational Finance program developed in the 1990s and update it to … Continue reading

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Range-Based EGARCH Option Pricing Models (REGARCH)

The research in this post and the related paper on Range Based EGARCH Option pricing Models is focused on the innovative range-based volatility models introduced in Alizadeh, Brandt, and Diebold (2002) (hereafter ABD).  We develop new option pricing models using … Continue reading

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Yield Curve Construction Models – Tools & Techniques

Yield curve models are used to price a wide variety of interest rate-contingent claims. The purpose of this review is to gain a thorough understanding of current methodologies, to validate their theoretical frameworks and implementation, identify any weaknesses in the current modeling methodologies, and to suggest improvements or alternative approaches that may enhance the accuracy, generality and robustness of modeling procedures. Continue reading

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The Lognormal Mixture Variance Model

The LNVM model is a mixture of lognormal models and the model density is a linear combination of the underlying densities, for instance, log-normal densities. The resulting density of this mixture is no longer log-normal and the model can thereby better fit skew and smile observed in the market. The model is becoming increasingly widely used for interest rate/commodity hybrids.

In this review of the model, Iexamine the mathematical framework of the model in order to gain an understanding of its key features and characteristics. Continue reading

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