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Jan 9
Online option calculator was shared several time before, for example, the post online derivative calculator, On-Line Options Pricing & Probability Calculators, etc. Today I came across another very clean website: online Option Pricing Models.

As the website describes:
You can get the price (and the Greeks) of the available options by applying several methods:

- Black & Scholes model for european options and greeks calculation.
- Bjerksund & Stensland model for american options.
- Binomial model (Cox, Ross & Rubinstein, Jarrow-Rudd Risk Neutral, Tian) for american and european options.
- Shifted Lognormal model for european options.
- Partial Differential Equation (PDE) approach: Finite Difference (FD) and Radial Basis Function (RBF) methods for american and   european options.
- Monte-Carlo for digital option (Cash-or-Nothing) and european options and greeks estimation (FD and Malliavin).

Volatility models (SABR with calibration, Lognormal model, etc.) are also available.

I randomly tested the option calculators, they are working well, on top of that, the site is created by a French master student. So it is fine to give him credit with a separated post. Check it at http://pricing-option.com/Default.aspx.
Jan 6
BSN stands for Bachelors of science in nursing, nurses that have a BSN are able to advance in management quicker than those who don't. That is really one of the biggest differences. In a hospital floor setting, nursing is nursing no matter the degree. Most nurses work 8-12 hours per day 3-5 days a week if full-time. In floor nursing most BSNs make only a little more than regular RNs ($0.25-$2.00/hour). Nursing is tough but can be very rewarding depending on your reasonfor being a nurse, If you want to be a nurse for the money or prestige it is not worth it. On the other hand if you really like to help people, and are willing to give a 100% of yourself toward making your patients better (physically, emotionally, spiritually, ect), then nursing might be right for you.

Via: Anna Maria College
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Jan 6
This week-in-review list is longer than usual since it actually covers over two weeks readings. Back to work from holiday, cheers up.

Quantpedia: The Encyclopedia of Trading Systems - turn academic research into financial profit.

PortfolioProbe: Blog year 2011 in review.

Portfolio optimization using forward-looking information: A minimum-variance strategy based on price information from a cross-section of plain-vanilla options consistently outperforms a wide range of benchmark strategies.

The Most General Methodology to Create a Valid Correlation Matrix for Risk Management and Option Pricing Purposes:  two simple methods to produce a feasible (i.e. real, symmetric, and positivesemidefinite) correlation matrix when the econometric one is either noisy, unavailable, or inappropriate.

Forecasting with Option Implied Information: surveys the methods available for extracting forward-looking information from option prices.

Machine Learning: enroll an online class of machine learning for free.

Collusion and CDS Dealer Volume: roughly 76-82% of all single name credit default swaps are trades between Bill Smith at Goldman Sachs and John Smith at JPMorgan or other dealer firms, should an investor take these traded prices as meaningful information?

The top 7 portfolio optimization problems: an excellent list of top 7 optimization problems we often meet and possible way to solve them.

A youtube video showing how to calculate Value at Risk of put options:
Jan 4
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Jan 1
As some of you may notice, I added one new feature to the site: Quant Q&A, where people can ask questions and receive answers from other members of the community. You don't have to register in order to ask or answer questions. Although there are some existing quantitative finance forums or communities, I do hope it can become to be highly relevant to quantitative finance studies (from beginner level), and most importantly, provide a place for people to interact with each other.

Besides Quant Q&A, a  facebook fan page was created to allow facebook users to track and discuss the latest posts. A facebook box was also added to the right sidebar of each page on the whole blog.

Hopefully these changes facilitate us to interact and discuss more efficiently, if you feel the same way, start now by either asking a question or liking us on facebook.

Wish all of us have a fruitful new year.
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