Parallel Monto-Carlo options pricing#

This notebook shows how to use ipyparallel to do Monte-Carlo options pricing in parallel. We will compute the price of a large number of options for different strike prices and volatilities.

Problem setup#

%matplotlib inline
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import sys
import time
import numpy as np

Here are the basic parameters for our computation.

price = 100.0  # Initial price
rate = 0.05  # Interest rate
days = 260  # Days to expiration
paths = 10000  # Number of MC paths
n_strikes = 6  # Number of strike values
min_strike = 90.0  # Min strike price
max_strike = 110.0  # Max strike price
n_sigmas = 5  # Number of volatility values
min_sigma = 0.1  # Min volatility
max_sigma = 0.4  # Max volatility
strike_vals = np.linspace(min_strike, max_strike, n_strikes)
sigma_vals = np.linspace(min_sigma, max_sigma, n_sigmas)
from __future__ import print_function # legacy Python support
print("Strike prices: ", strike_vals)
print("Volatilities: ", sigma_vals)
Strike prices:  [  90.   94.   98.  102.  106.  110.]
Volatilities:  [ 0.1    0.175  0.25   0.325  0.4  ]

Monte-Carlo option pricing function#

The following function computes the price of a single option. It returns the call and put prices for both European and Asian style options.

def price_option(S=100.0, K=100.0, sigma=0.25, r=0.05, days=260, paths=10000):
    Price European and Asian options using a Monte Carlo method.

    S : float
        The initial price of the stock.
    K : float
        The strike price of the option.
    sigma : float
        The volatility of the stock.
    r : float
        The risk free interest rate.
    days : int
        The number of days until the option expires.
    paths : int
        The number of Monte Carlo paths used to price the option.

    A tuple of (E. call, E. put, A. call, A. put) option prices.
    import numpy as np
    from math import exp,sqrt
    h = 1.0/days
    const1 = exp((r-0.5*sigma**2)*h)
    const2 = sigma*sqrt(h)
    stock_price = S*np.ones(paths, dtype='float64')
    stock_price_sum = np.zeros(paths, dtype='float64')
    for j in range(days):
        growth_factor = const1*np.exp(const2*np.random.standard_normal(paths))
        stock_price = stock_price*growth_factor
        stock_price_sum = stock_price_sum + stock_price
    stock_price_avg = stock_price_sum/days
    zeros = np.zeros(paths, dtype='float64')
    r_factor = exp(-r*h*days)
    euro_put = r_factor*np.mean(np.maximum(zeros, K-stock_price))
    asian_put = r_factor*np.mean(np.maximum(zeros, K-stock_price_avg))
    euro_call = r_factor*np.mean(np.maximum(zeros, stock_price-K))
    asian_call = r_factor*np.mean(np.maximum(zeros, stock_price_avg-K))
    return (euro_call, euro_put, asian_call, asian_put)

We can time a single call of this function using the %timeit magic:

%time result = price_option(S=100.0, K=100.0, sigma=0.25, r=0.05, days=260, paths=10000)
CPU times: user 174 ms, sys: 5.96 ms, total: 180 ms
Wall time: 211 ms

Parallel computation across strike prices and volatilities#

The Client is used to setup the calculation and works with all engines.

import ipyparallel as ipp
rc = ipp.Client()

A LoadBalancedView is an interface to the engines that provides dynamic load balancing at the expense of not knowing which engine will execute the code.

view = rc.load_balanced_view()

Submit tasks for each (strike, sigma) pair. Again, we use the %%timeit magic to time the entire computation.

async_results = []

for strike in strike_vals:
    for sigma in sigma_vals:
        # This line submits the tasks for parallel computation.
        ar = view.apply_async(price_option, price, strike, sigma, rate, days, paths)

rc.wait(async_results)  # Wait until all tasks are done.
CPU times: user 127 ms, sys: 15.7 ms, total: 143 ms
Wall time: 1.97 s

Process and visualize results#

Retrieve the results using the get method:

results = [ar.get() for ar in async_results]

Assemble the result into a structured NumPy array.

prices = np.empty(n_strikes*n_sigmas,

for i, price in enumerate(results):
    prices[i] = tuple(price)

prices.shape = (n_strikes, n_sigmas)

Plot the value of the European call in (volatility, strike) space.

plt.contourf(sigma_vals, strike_vals, prices['ecall'])
plt.title('European Call')
plt.ylabel("Strike Price")
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Plot the value of the Asian call in (volatility, strike) space.

plt.contourf(sigma_vals, strike_vals, prices['acall'])
plt.title("Asian Call")
plt.ylabel("Strike Price")
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Plot the value of the European put in (volatility, strike) space.

plt.contourf(sigma_vals, strike_vals, prices['eput'])
plt.title("European Put")
plt.ylabel("Strike Price")
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Plot the value of the Asian put in (volatility, strike) space.

plt.contourf(sigma_vals, strike_vals, prices['aput'])
plt.title("Asian Put")
plt.ylabel("Strike Price")
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