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F# for Quantitative Finance by Johan Astborg

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Learning relative value trading strategies

Relative value volatility trading refers to trading volatility using opposite legs of some financial instruments, such as options, to take advantage of the movement in volatility. Usually, one would initiate a trade with a long call and a short call, forming a two-legged trade. There are a lot of variations to these types of trades, and we will mainly look at trading the slope of the volatility smile using options. This will form the basis of the trading strategy used in this book.

Trading the slope of the smile

First, we'll recap Chapter 6, Exploring Volatility, where we looked at the smile effect for options on the OMX exchange in Sweden. The volatility smile is a phenomenon observed in stock markets. ...

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