Question about deltahedging

Discussion in 'Options' started by TskTsk, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. TskTsk


    Upon a rehedge, you in essence lock in a profit or loss, so if you determine your gamma/delta PnL by the formula 1/2gamma*S^2, you lock in this profit if you rehedge. Is it then safe to assume that if you rehedge your deltas by 70%, you lock in 70% of the PnL that 1/2gamma*S^2 would give you? It seems that way but I'm asking just in case, as I've been caught by surprise by these things before.

    PS: By 70% I mean if you got 100 long deltas, you sell 70 shares and in essence rehedge 70% of the deltas.
  2. TskTsk


  3. Yes
  4. TskTsk


    Alright thanks
  5. What I've learnt here is to ask questions that are simple to understand.

    Answers might be complex, but the questions definitely have to be simple...
  6. TskTsk


    Not sure what you're getting at...anyways no worries my question was answered by Martinghoul
  7. I got the feeling that maybe you wanted a more elaborate answer... that was all...
  8. TskTsk


    Actually on further thought, are you sure this is the case? Remember the formula 0.5*G*S^2 is not linear in nature.

    Let's look at an example:
    If I have 200 gammas and spot moves 1, I've made 0.5*gamma*1^2 = $100 and my deltas are now +200. If I now rehedge my deltas from 200 to 100, I've hedged 50% of my deltas and have thus made 50% of $100, which is $50.

    However this is not the case. Consider that after the rehedge I'm 100 deltas long. My gammas are still 200. Thus the spot price in which I'm delta neutral would be 100/200 = 0.5. If we now use the PnL formula, we get the following result: 0.5*200*0.5^2 = $25. So if I now rehedged the remaining of my deltas, I would make $25, in addition to the $50 I made previously. Total PnL is $75. However had I rehedged everything at once, I would've made $100. So something is off. Maybe it's my calculations...wouldn't be the first time.
  9. I am normally not sure of anything... However, there's one thing that I am relatively sure of: gamma doesn't remain the same after the underlying moves.

    I don't really understand the argument you're making. Just do the actual arithmetic and see if you disaagree.

  10. Isn't the formula for delta and gamma PnL:

    $d*(dS/S) + G*[(S^2)*(ds/S)^2]/2

    where d is delta

    ds/S is stock return

    G is gamma


    That's what I thought...
    #10     Mar 2, 2012