Parallel Valuation of Large Portfolios

Derivatives (portfolio) valuation by Monte Carlo simulation is a computationally demanding task. For practical applications, when valuation speed plays an important role, parallelization of both simulation and valuation tasks might prove a useful strategy. DX Analytics has built in a basic parallelization option which allows the use of the Python mulitprocessing module. Depending on the tasks at hand this can already lead to significant speed-ups.

from dx import *
import time
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import seaborn as sns; sns.set()
%matplotlib inline

Single Risk Factor

The example is based on a single risk factor, a geometric_brownian_motion object.

# constant short rate
r = constant_short_rate('r', 0.02)
# market environments
me_gbm = market_environment('gbm', dt.datetime(2015, 1, 1))
# geometric Brownian motion
me_gbm.add_constant('initial_value', 100.)
me_gbm.add_constant('volatility', 0.2)
me_gbm.add_constant('currency', 'EUR')
me_gbm.add_constant('model', 'gbm')
# valuation environment
val_env = market_environment('val_env', dt.datetime(2015, 1, 1))
val_env.add_constant('paths', 25000)
val_env.add_constant('frequency', 'M')
val_env.add_curve('discount_curve', r)
val_env.add_constant('starting_date', dt.datetime(2015, 1, 1))
val_env.add_constant('final_date', dt.datetime(2015, 12, 31))
# add valuation environment to market environments
risk_factors = {'gbm' : me_gbm}

American Put Option

We also model only a single derivative instrument.

gbm = geometric_brownian_motion('gbm_obj', me_gbm)
me_put = market_environment('put', dt.datetime(2015, 1, 1))
me_put.add_constant('maturity', dt.datetime(2015, 12, 31))
me_put.add_constant('strike', 40.)
me_put.add_constant('currency', 'EUR')
am_put = valuation_mcs_american_single(
                'am_put', mar_env=me_put, underlying=gbm,
                payoff_func='np.maximum(strike - instrument_values, 0)')

Large Portfolio

However, the derivatives_portfolio object we compose consists of 100 derivatives positions. Each option differes with respect to the strike.

positions = {}
strikes = np.linspace(80, 120, 100)
for i, strike in enumerate(strikes):
    positions[i] = derivatives_position(
                        name='am_put_pos_%s' % strike,
                        otype='American single',
        payoff_func='np.maximum(%5.3f - instrument_values, 0)' % strike)

Sequential Valuation

First, the derivatives portfolio with sequential valuation.

port_sequ = derivatives_portfolio(
                parallel=False)  # sequential calculation

The call of the get_values method to value all instruments ...

t0 = time.time()
ress = port_sequ.get_values()
ts = time.time() - t0
print "Time in sec %.2f" % ts
pos_value    839.603
dtype: float64
Time in sec 4.86

... and the results visualized.

ress['strike'] = strikes
ress.set_index('strike')['value'].plot(figsize=(10, 6))
plt.ylabel('option value estimates')
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Parallel Valuation

Second, the derivatives portfolio with parallel valuation.

port_para = derivatives_portfolio(
                parallel=True)  # parallel valuation

The call of the get_values method for the parall valuation case.

t0 = time.time()
resp = port_para.get_values()
  # parallel valuation with as many cores as available
tp = time.time() - t0
print "Time in sec %.2f" % tp
pos_value    840.238
dtype: float64
Time in sec 2.82

Again, the results visualized (and compared to the sequential results).

plt.figure(figsize=(10, 6))
plt.plot(strikes, resp['value'].values, 'r.', label='parallel')
plt.plot(strikes, ress['value'].values, 'b', label='sequential')
plt.ylabel('option value estimates')
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The realized speed-up is of course dependend on the hardware used, and in particular the number of cores (threads) available.

ts / tp
  # speed-up factor
  # of course harware-dependent
wi = 0.4
plt.figure(figsize=(10, 6)) - wi/2, 2.5 - wi/2), (ts/ts, tp/ts), width=wi)
plt.xticks((1.5, 2.5), ('sequential', 'parallel'))
plt.ylim(0, 1.1), plt.xlim(0.75, 3.25)
plt.ylabel('relative performance (lower = better)')
plt.title('DX Analytics Portfolio Valuation')
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