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caveats — Caveats

Class Actual365Fixed
According to ISDA, 'Actual/365' (without 'Fixed') is an alias for 'Actual/Actual (ISDA)' (see ActualActual.) If Actual/365 is not explicitly specified as fixed in an instrument specification, you might want to double-check its meaning.
Class AssetSwap
bondCleanPrice must be the (forward) price at the floatSchedule start date
Member ASX::code (const Date &asxDate)
It raises an exception if the input date is not an ASX date
Member ASX::date (const std::string &asxCode, const Date &referenceDate=Date())
It raises an exception if the input string is not an ASX code
Class BachelierSwaptionEngine
The engine assumes that the exercise date equals the start date of the passed swap.
Member BarrierOption::impliedVolatility (Real price, const boost::shared_ptr< GeneralizedBlackScholesProcess > &process, Real accuracy=1.0e-4, Size maxEvaluations=100, Volatility minVol=1.0e-7, Volatility maxVol=4.0) const
see VanillaOption for notes on implied-volatility calculation.
Member BespokeCalendar::BespokeCalendar (const std::string &name='')
different bespoke calendars created with the same name (or different bespoke calendars created with no name) will compare as equal.
Member BlackAtmVolCurve::BlackAtmVolCurve (BusinessDayConvention bdc=Following, const DayCounter &dc=DayCounter())
term structures initialized by means of this constructor must manage their own reference date by overriding the referenceDate() method.
Class BlackCallableFixedRateBondEngine
This class has yet to be tested
Class BlackCallableZeroCouponBondEngine
This class has yet to be tested.
Class BlackCdsOptionEngine
The engine assumes that the exercise date equals the start date of the passed CDS.
Class BlackProcess
while the interface is expressed in terms of $ S $, the internal calculations work on $ ln S $.
Class BlackScholesProcess
while the interface is expressed in terms of $ S $, the internal calculations work on $ ln S $.
Class BlackSwaptionEngine
The engine assumes that the exercise date equals the start date of the passed swap.
Member BlackVarianceTermStructure::BlackVarianceTermStructure (BusinessDayConvention bdc=Following, const DayCounter &dc=DayCounter())
term structures initialized by means of this constructor must manage their own reference date by overriding the referenceDate() method.
Member BlackVolatilityTermStructure::BlackVolatilityTermStructure (BusinessDayConvention bdc=Following, const DayCounter &dc=DayCounter())
term structures initialized by means of this constructor must manage their own reference date by overriding the referenceDate() method.
Member BlackVolSurface::BlackVolSurface (BusinessDayConvention bdc=Following, const DayCounter &dc=DayCounter())
term structures initialized by means of this constructor must manage their own reference date by overriding the referenceDate() method.
Member BlackVolTermStructure::BlackVolTermStructure (BusinessDayConvention bdc=Following, const DayCounter &dc=DayCounter())
term structures initialized by means of this constructor must manage their own reference date by overriding the referenceDate() method.
Class Bond
Most methods assume that the cash flows are stored sorted by date, the redemption(s) being after any cash flow at the same date. In particular, if there's one single redemption, it must be the last cash flow,
Member Bond::Bond (Natural settlementDays, const Calendar &calendar, Real faceAmount, const Date &maturityDate, const Date &issueDate=Date(), const Leg &cashflows=Leg())
The last passed cash flow must be the bond redemption. No other cash flow can have a date later than the redemption date.
Member Bond::cleanPrice () const
the theoretical price calculated from a flat term structure might differ slightly from the price calculated from the corresponding yield by means of the other overload of this function. If the price from a constant yield is desired, it is advisable to use such other overload.
Member Bond::dirtyPrice () const
the theoretical price calculated from a flat term structure might differ slightly from the price calculated from the corresponding yield by means of the other overload of this function. If the price from a constant yield is desired, it is advisable to use such other overload.
Class BondHelper
This class assumes that the reference date does not change between calls of setTermStructure().
Member BondHelper::BondHelper (const Handle< Quote > &price, const boost::shared_ptr< Bond > &bond, bool useCleanPrice=true)
Setting a pricing engine to the passed bond from external code will cause the bootstrap to fail or to give wrong results. It is advised to discard the bond after creating the helper, so that the helper has sole ownership of it.
Member BootstrapHelper< TS >::setTermStructure (TS *)
Being a pointer and not a shared_ptr, the term structure is not guaranteed to remain allocated for the whole life of the rate helper. It is responsibility of the programmer to ensure that the pointer remains valid. It is advised that this method is called only inside the term structure being bootstrapped, setting the pointer to this, i.e., the term structure itself.
Class CADLibor
This is the rate fixed in London by BBA. Use CDOR if you're interested in the Canadian fixing by IDA.
Member Calendar::name () const
This method is used for output and comparison between calendars. It is not meant to be used for writing switch-on-type code.
Member CallableBondVolatilityStructure::CallableBondVolatilityStructure (const DayCounter &dc=DayCounter(), BusinessDayConvention bdc=Following)
term structures initialized by means of this constructor must manage their own reference date by overriding the referenceDate() method.
Member CapFloorTermVolatilityStructure::CapFloorTermVolatilityStructure (BusinessDayConvention bdc, const DayCounter &dc=DayCounter())
term structures initialized by means of this constructor must manage their own reference date by overriding the referenceDate() method.
Class Cdor
This is the rate fixed in Canada by IDA. Use CADLibor if you're interested in the London fixing by BBA.
Class CHFLibor
This is the rate fixed in London by BBA. Use ZIBOR if you're interested in the Zurich fixing.
Class CmsCoupon
This class does not perform any date adjustment, i.e., the start and end date passed upon construction should be already rolled to a business day.
Class CmsSpreadCoupon
This class does not perform any date adjustment, i.e., the start and end date passed upon construction should be already rolled to a business day.
Class CompositeInstrument
Methods that drive the calculation directly (such as recalculate(), freeze() and others) might not work correctly.
Module Constructors
registerAsObserver is left as a backdoor in case the programmer cannot guarantee that the object pointed to will remain alive for the whole lifetime of the handle---namely, it should be set to false when the passed shared pointer does not own the pointee (this should only happen in a controlled environment, so that the programmer is aware of it). Failure to do so can very likely result in a program crash. If the programmer does want the handle to register as observer of such a shared pointer, it is his responsibility to ensure that the handle gets destroyed before the pointed object does.
Class ConvertibleFixedCouponBond
Most methods inherited from Bond (such as yield or the yield-based dirtyPrice and cleanPrice) refer to the underlying plain-vanilla bond and do not take convertibility and callability into account.
Class ConvertibleFloatingRateBond
Most methods inherited from Bond (such as yield or the yield-based dirtyPrice and cleanPrice) refer to the underlying plain-vanilla bond and do not take convertibility and callability into account.
Class ConvertibleZeroCouponBond
Most methods inherited from Bond (such as yield or the yield-based dirtyPrice and cleanPrice) refer to the underlying plain-vanilla bond and do not take convertibility and callability into account.
Member CorrelationTermStructure::CorrelationTermStructure (const Calendar &cal, BusinessDayConvention bdc, const DayCounter &dc=DayCounter())
term structures initialized by means of this constructor must manage their own reference date by overriding the referenceDate() method.
Member Coupon::Coupon (const Date &paymentDate, Real nominal, const Date &accrualStartDate, const Date &accrualEndDate, const Date &refPeriodStart=Date(), const Date &refPeriodEnd=Date(), const Date &exCouponDate=Date())
the coupon does not adjust the payment date which must already be a business day.
Member CPICapFloorTermPriceSurface::price (const Period &d, Rate k) const
you MUST remind the compiler in any descendants with the using:: mechanism because you overload the names remember that the strikes use the quoting convention
Member CPICoupon::baseCPI () const
make sure that the interpolation used to create this is what you are using for the fixing, i.e. the observationInterpolation.
Class CPISwap
Setting subtractInflationNominal to true means that the original inflation nominal is subtracted from both nominals before they are exchanged, even if they are different.
Class CrankNicolson< Operator >
The differential operator must be linear for this evolver to work.
Class CreditDefaultSwap
if Settings::includeReferenceDateCashFlows() is set to true, payments occurring at the settlement date of the swap might be included in the NPV and therefore affect the fair-spread calculation. This might not be what you want.
Class CreditRiskPlus
the input correlation matrix is not checked for positive definiteness
Class CubicBSplinesFitting
"The results are extremely sensitive to the number and location of the knot points, and there is no optimal way of selecting them.' James, J. and
N. Webber, 'Interest Rate Modelling" John Wiley, 2000, pp. 440.
Class DailyTenorEURLibor
This is the rate fixed in London by ICE. Use Eonia if you're interested in the fixing by the ECB.
Member DayCounter::name () const
This method is used for output and comparison between day counters. It is not meant to be used for writing switch-on-type code.
Member DefaultDensityStructure::survivalProbabilityImpl (Time) const
This default implementation uses numerical integration, which might be inefficient and inaccurate. Derived classes should override it if a more efficient implementation is available.
Member DefaultLatentModel< copulaPolicy >::conditionalDefaultProbability (Probability prob, Size iName, const std::vector< Real > &mktFactors) const
Most often it is preferred to use the method below avoiding the cumulative inversion.
Member DefaultLatentModel< copulaPolicy >::DefaultLatentModel (const std::vector< std::vector< Real > > &factorWeights, LatentModelIntegrationType::LatentModelIntegrationType integralType, const initTraits &ini=initTraits())
Baskets with realized defaults not tested/WIP.
Class DifferentialEvolution
This was reported to fail tests on Mac OS X 10.8.4.
Class DiscretizedOption
it is advised that derived classes take care of creating and initializing themselves an instance of the underlying.
Class Disposable< T >
In order to avoid copies in code such as shown above, the conversion from T to Disposable<T> is destructive, i.e., it does not preserve the state of the original object. Therefore, it is necessary for the developer to avoid code such as
Member DividendVanillaOption::impliedVolatility (Real price, const boost::shared_ptr< GeneralizedBlackScholesProcess > &process, Real accuracy=1.0e-4, Size maxEvaluations=100, Volatility minVol=1.0e-7, Volatility maxVol=4.0) const
see VanillaOption for notes on implied-volatility calculation.
Member DoubleBarrierOption::impliedVolatility (Real price, const boost::shared_ptr< GeneralizedBlackScholesProcess > &process, Real accuracy=1.0e-4, Size maxEvaluations=100, Volatility minVol=1.0e-7, Volatility maxVol=4.0) const
see VanillaOption for notes on implied-volatility calculation.
Member ECB::code (const Date &ecbDate)
It raises an exception if the input date is not an ECB date
Member ECB::date (const std::string &ecbCode, const Date &referenceDate=Date())
It raises an exception if the input string is not an ECB code
Member EquityFXVolSurface::EquityFXVolSurface (BusinessDayConvention bdc=Following, const DayCounter &dc=DayCounter())
term structures initialized by means of this constructor must manage their own reference date by overriding the referenceDate() method.
Class Euribor
This is the rate fixed by the ECB. Use EurLibor if you're interested in the London fixing by BBA.
Class EURLibor
This is the rate fixed in London by BBA. Use Euribor if you're interested in the fixing by the ECB.
Member ExchangeRateManager::lookup (const Currency &source, const Currency &target, Date date=Date(), ExchangeRate::Type type=ExchangeRate::Derived) const
if two or more exchange-rate chains are possible which allow to specify a requested rate, it is unspecified which one is returned.
Class ExponentialSplinesFitting
convergence may be slow
Member FiniteDifferenceModel< Evolver >::rollback (array_type &a, Time from, Time to, Size steps)
being this a rollback, from must be a later time than to.
Member FiniteDifferenceModel< Evolver >::rollback (array_type &a, Time from, Time to, Size steps, const condition_type &condition)
being this a rollback, from must be a later time than to.
Class FittedBondDiscountCurve
The method can be slow if there are many bonds to fit. Speed also depends on the particular choice of fitting method chosen and its convergence properties under optimization. See also todo list for BondDiscountCurveFittingMethod.
Class FittedBondDiscountCurve::FittingMethod
some parameters to the Simplex optimization method may need to be tweaked internally to the class, depending on the fitting method used, in order to get proper/reasonable/faster convergence.
Class FixedRateBondForward
This class still needs to be rigorously tested
Class Forward
This class still needs to be rigorously tested
Member ForwardRateStructure::zeroYieldImpl (Time) const
This default implementation uses an highly inefficient and possibly wildly inaccurate numerical integration. Derived classes should override it if a more efficient implementation is available.
Class G2SwaptionEngine
The engine assumes that the exercise date equals the start date of the passed swap.
Class GapPayoff
this payoff can be negative depending on the strikes
Class GarmanKohlagenProcess
while the interface is expressed in terms of $ S $, the internal calculations work on $ ln S $.
Class Gaussian1dModel
the variance of the state process conditional on $x(t)=x$ must be independent of the value of $x$
Class Gaussian1dNonstandardSwaptionEngine
Cash settled swaptions are not supported
Class Gaussian1dSwaptionEngine
Cash settled swaptions are not supported
Class GeneralizedBlackScholesProcess
while the interface is expressed in terms of $ S $, the internal calculations work on $ ln S $.
Member GeneralizedBlackScholesProcess::expectation (Time t0, Real x0, Time dt) const
in general raises a 'not implemented' exception. It should be rewritten to return the expectation E(S) of the process, not exp(E(log S)).
File gsrprocesscore.hpp
Results are cached for performance reasons, so if parameters change, you need to call flushCache() to avoid inconsistent results.
Class HaganIrregularSwaptionEngine
Currently a spread is not handled correctly; it should be a minor exercise to account for this feature as well;
Member HazardRateStructure::survivalProbabilityImpl (Time) const
This default implementation uses numerical integration, which might be inefficient and inaccurate. Derived classes should override it if a more efficient implementation is available.
Class HimalayaOption
This implementation still does not manage seasoned options.
Member IMM::code (const Date &immDate)
It raises an exception if the input date is not an IMM date
Member IMM::date (const std::string &immCode, const Date &referenceDate=Date())
It raises an exception if the input string is not an IMM code
Class ImpliedVolTermStructure
It doesn't make financial sense to have an asset-dependant implied Vol Term Structure. This class should be used with term structures that are time dependant only.
Class Index
this class performs no check that the provided/requested fixings are for dates in the past, i.e. for dates less than or equal to the evaluation date. It is up to the client code to take care of possible inconsistencies due to 'seeing in the
future'
Member Index::name () const =0
This method is used for output and comparison between indexes. It is not meant to be used for writing switch-on-type code.
Member Instrument::setPricingEngine (const boost::shared_ptr< PricingEngine > &)
calling this method will have no effects in case the performCalculation method was overridden in a derived class.
Member InterestRate::compoundFactor (Time t) const
Time must be measured using InterestRate's own day counter.
Member InterestRate::discountFactor (Time t) const
Time must be measured using InterestRate's own day counter.
Member InterestRate::equivalentRate (Compounding comp, Frequency freq, Time t) const
Time must be measured using the InterestRate's own day counter.
Member InterestRate::impliedRate (Real compound, const DayCounter &resultDC, Compounding comp, Frequency freq, Time t)
Time must be measured using the day-counter provided as input.
Member InterestRateVolSurface::InterestRateVolSurface (const boost::shared_ptr< InterestRateIndex > &, BusinessDayConvention bdc=Following, const DayCounter &dc=DayCounter())
term structures initialized by means of this constructor must manage their own reference date by overriding the referenceDate() method.
Class JamshidianSwaptionEngine
The engine might assume that the exercise date equals the start date of the passed swap unless the model provides an implementation of the discountBondOption method with start delay
Class JPYLibor
This is the rate fixed in London by ICE. Use TIBOR if you're interested in the Tokio fixing.
Class JuQuadraticApproximationEngine
Barone-Adesi-Whaley critical commodity price calculation is used, it has not been modified to see whether the method of Ju is faster. Ju does not say how he solves the equation for the critical stock price, e.g. Newton method. He just gives the solution. The method of BAW gives answers to the same accuracy as in Ju (1999).
Member Lattice::partialRollback (DiscretizedAsset &, Time to) const =0
In version 0.3.7 and earlier, this method was called rollAlmostBack method and performed pre-adjustment. This is no longer true; when migrating your code, you'll have to replace calls such as:
Member LazyObject::calculate () const
Objects cache the results of the previous calculation. Such results will be returned upon later invocations of calculate. When the results depend on arguments which could change between invocations, the lazy object must register itself as observer of such objects for the calculations to be performed again when they change.

Should this method be redefined in derived classes, LazyObject::calculate() should be called in the overriding method.

Should this method be redefined in derived classes, LazyObject::calculate() should be called in the overriding method.

Class LiborForwardModelProcess
this class does not work correctly with Visual C++ 6.
Member LocalVolTermStructure::LocalVolTermStructure (BusinessDayConvention bdc=Following, const DayCounter &dc=DayCounter())
term structures initialized by means of this constructor must manage their own reference date by overriding the referenceDate() method.
Class MCAmericanBasketEngine< RNG >
This method is intrinsically weak for out-of-the-money options.
Class MCAmericanPathEngine< RNG >
This method is intrinsically weak for out-of-the-money options.
Class MCDiscreteAveragingAsianEngine< RNG, S >
control-variate calculation is disabled under VC++6.
Class MixedScheme< Operator >
The differential operator must be linear for this evolver to work.
Class MultiplicativePriceSeasonality
Multi-year seasonality (i.e. non-stationary) is fragile: the user must ensure that corrections at whole years before and after the inflation term structure base date are the same. Otherwise there can be an inconsistency with quoted rates. This is enforced if the frequency is lower than daily. This is not enforced for daily seasonality because this will always be inconsistent due to weekends, holidays, leap years, etc. If you use multi-year daily seasonality it is up to you to check.
Class NeumannBC
The value passed must not be the value of the derivative. Instead, it must be comprehensive of the grid step between the first two points--i.e., it must be the difference between f[0] and f[1].
Member Observable::operator= (const Observable &)
notification is sent before the copy constructor has a chance of actually change the data members. Therefore, observers whose update() method tries to use their observables will not see the updated values. It is suggested that the update() method just raise a flag in order to trigger a later recalculation.
Member OptionletVolatilityStructure::OptionletVolatilityStructure (BusinessDayConvention bdc=Following, const DayCounter &dc=DayCounter())
term structures initialized by means of this constructor must manage their own reference date by overriding the referenceDate() method.
Member OvernightIndexedSwapIndex::underlyingSwap (const Date &fixingDate) const
Relinking the term structure underlying the index will not have effect on the returned swap.
Class PagodaOption
This implementation still does not manage seasoned options.
Member PathPayoff::name () const =0
This method is used for output and comparison between payoffs. It is not meant to be used for writing switch-on-type code.
Member Payoff::name () const =0
This method is used for output and comparison between payoffs. It is not meant to be used for writing switch-on-type code.
Class PerturbativeBarrierOptionEngine
This was reported to fail tests on Mac OS X 10.8.4.
Class PiecewiseDefaultCurve< Traits, Interpolator, Bootstrap >
The bootstrapping algorithm will raise an exception if any two instruments have the same maturity date.
Class PiecewiseYieldCurve< Traits, Interpolator, Bootstrap >
The bootstrapping algorithm will raise an exception if any two instruments have the same maturity date.
Class PolarStudentTRng< URNG >
do not use with a low-discrepancy sequence generator.
Class Problem
The passed CostFunction and Constraint instances are stored by reference. The user of this class must make sure that they are not destroyed before the Problem instance.
Member Problem::reset ()
it does not reset the current minumum to any initial value
Member pseudoSqrt
Higham algorithm only works for correlation matrices.
Member QuantLib::bachelierBlackFormula (const boost::shared_ptr< PlainVanillaPayoff > &payoff, Real forward, Real stdDev, Real discount=1.0)
Bachelier model needs absolute volatility, not percentage volatility. Standard deviation is absoluteVolatility*sqrt(timeToMaturity)
Member QuantLib::bachelierBlackFormula (Option::Type optionType, Real strike, Real forward, Real stdDev, Real discount=1.0)
Bachelier model needs absolute volatility, not percentage volatility. Standard deviation is absoluteVolatility*sqrt(timeToMaturity)
Member QuantLib::bachelierBlackFormulaStdDevDerivative (Real strike, Real forward, Real stdDev, Real discount=1.0)
instead of volatility it uses standard deviation, i.e. volatility*sqrt(timeToMaturity), and it returns the derivative with respect to the standard deviation. If T is the time to maturity Black vega would be blackStdDevDerivative(strike, forward, stdDev)*sqrt(T)
Member QuantLib::blackFormula (Option::Type optionType, Real strike, Real forward, Real stdDev, Real discount=1.0, Real displacement=0.0)
instead of volatility it uses standard deviation, i.e. volatility*sqrt(timeToMaturity)
Member QuantLib::blackFormula (const boost::shared_ptr< PlainVanillaPayoff > &payoff, Real forward, Real stdDev, Real discount=1.0, Real displacement=0.0)
instead of volatility it uses standard deviation, i.e. volatility*sqrt(timeToMaturity)
Member QuantLib::blackFormulaCashItmProbability (const boost::shared_ptr< PlainVanillaPayoff > &payoff, Real forward, Real stdDev, Real displacement=0.0)
instead of volatility it uses standard deviation, i.e. volatility*sqrt(timeToMaturity)
Member QuantLib::blackFormulaCashItmProbability (Option::Type optionType, Real strike, Real forward, Real stdDev, Real displacement=0.0)
instead of volatility it uses standard deviation, i.e. volatility*sqrt(timeToMaturity)
Member QuantLib::blackFormulaStdDevDerivative (Real strike, Real forward, Real stdDev, Real discount=1.0, Real displacement=0.0)
instead of volatility it uses standard deviation, i.e. volatility*sqrt(timeToMaturity), and it returns the derivative with respect to the standard deviation. If T is the time to maturity Black vega would be blackStdDevDerivative(strike, forward, stdDev)*sqrt(T)
Member QuantLib::blackFormulaStdDevDerivative (const boost::shared_ptr< PlainVanillaPayoff > &payoff, Real forward, Real stdDev, Real discount=1.0, Real displacement=0.0)
instead of volatility it uses standard deviation, i.e. volatility*sqrt(timeToMaturity), and it returns the derivative with respect to the standard deviation. If T is the time to maturity Black vega would be blackStdDevDerivative(strike, forward, stdDev)*sqrt(T)
Member QuantLib::blackFormulaStdDevSecondDerivative (Rate strike, Rate forward, Real stdDev, Real discount, Real displacement)
instead of volatility it uses standard deviation, i.e. volatility*sqrt(timeToMaturity), and it returns the derivative with respect to the standard deviation.
Member QuantLib::blackFormulaStdDevSecondDerivative (const boost::shared_ptr< PlainVanillaPayoff > &payoff, Real forward, Real stdDev, Real discount=1.0, Real displacement=0.0)
instead of volatility it uses standard deviation, i.e. volatility*sqrt(timeToMaturity), and it returns the derivative with respect to the standard deviation.
Class QuantoEngine< Instr, Engine >
for the time being, this engine will only work with simple Black-Scholes processes (i.e., no Merton.)
Class RandomizedLDS< LDS, PRS >
Inverting LDS and PRS is possible, but it doesn't make sense.
Class RandomSequenceGenerator< RNG >
do not use with low-discrepancy sequence generator.
Class RelinkableHandle< T >
see the Handle documentation for issues relatives to registerAsObserver.
Member Rounding::Type
the names of the Floor and Ceiling methods might be misleading. Check the provided reference.
Member Settings::evaluationDate ()
a notification is not sent when the evaluation date changes for natural causes---i.e., a date was not explicitly set (which results in today's date being used for pricing) and the current date changes as the clock strikes midnight.
Class SimpleDayCounter
this day counter should be used together with NullCalendar, which ensures that dates at whole-month distances share the same day of month. It is not guaranteed to work with any other calendar.
Member SurvivalProbabilityStructure::defaultDensityImpl (Time) const
This implementation uses numerical differentiation, which might be inefficient and inaccurate. Derived classes should override it if a more efficient implementation is available.
Member SwapIndex::underlyingSwap (const Date &fixingDate) const
Relinking the term structure underlying the index will not have effect on the returned swap.
Class SwaptionVolatilityCube
this class is not finalized and its interface might change in subsequent releases.
Member SwaptionVolatilityStructure::SwaptionVolatilityStructure (BusinessDayConvention bdc, const DayCounter &dc=DayCounter())
term structures initialized by means of this constructor must manage their own reference date by overriding the referenceDate() method.
Member TermStructure::TermStructure (const DayCounter &dc=DayCounter())
term structures initialized by means of this constructor must manage their own reference date by overriding the referenceDate() method.
Class Tibor
This is the rate fixed in Tokio by JBA. Use JPYLibor if you're interested in the London fixing by BBA.
Class TRBDF2< Operator >
The differential operator must be linear for this evolver to work.
Class TreeSwaptionEngine
This engine is not guaranteed to work if the underlying swap has a start date in the past, i.e., before today's date. When using this engine, prune the initial part of the swap so that it starts at $ t geq 0 $.
Class TridiagonalOperator
to use real time-dependant algebra, you must overload the corresponding operators in the inheriting time-dependent class.
Class TrinomialTree
The diffusion term of the SDE must be independent of the underlying process.
Member VanillaOption::impliedVolatility (Real price, const boost::shared_ptr< GeneralizedBlackScholesProcess > &process, Real accuracy=1.0e-4, Size maxEvaluations=100, Volatility minVol=1.0e-7, Volatility maxVol=4.0) const
currently, this method returns the Black-Scholes implied volatility using analytic formulas for European options and a finite-difference method for American and Bermudan options. It will give unconsistent results if the pricing was performed with any other methods (such as jump-diffusion models.)

options with a gamma that changes sign (e.g., binary options) have values that are not monotonic in the volatility. In these cases, the calculation can fail and the result (if any) is almost meaningless. Another possible source of failure is to have a target value that is not attainable with any volatility, e.g., a target value lower than the intrinsic value in the case of American options.

Class VanillaSwap
if Settings::includeReferenceDateCashFlows() is set to true, payments occurring at the settlement date of the swap might be included in the NPV and therefore affect the fair-rate and fair-spread calculation. This might not be what you want.
Class VarianceGammaModel
calibration is not implemented for VG
Class VarianceOption
This class does not manage seasoned variance options.
Class VarianceSwap
This class does not manage seasoned variance swaps.
Member VolatilityTermStructure::VolatilityTermStructure (BusinessDayConvention bdc, const DayCounter &dc=DayCounter())
term structures initialized by means of this constructor must manage their own reference date by overriding the referenceDate() method.
Member YieldTermStructure::forwardRate (const Date &d, const Period &p, const DayCounter &resultDayCounter, Compounding comp, Frequency freq=Annual, bool extrapolate=false) const
dates are not adjusted for holidays
Member YoYInflationIndex::fixing (const Date &fixingDate, bool forecastTodaysFixing=false) const
the forecastTodaysFixing parameter (required by the Index interface) is currently ignored.
Member YoYInflationTermStructure::yoyRate (Time t, bool extrapolate=false) const
Since inflation is highly linked to dates (lags, interpolation, months for seasonality, etc) this method cannot account for all effects. If you call it, You'll have to manage lag, seasonality etc. yourself.
Member ZeroInflationIndex::fixing (const Date &fixingDate, bool forecastTodaysFixing=false) const
the forecastTodaysFixing parameter (required by the Index interface) is currently ignored.
Member ZeroInflationTermStructure::zeroRate (Time t, bool extrapolate=false) const
Since inflation is highly linked to dates (lags, interpolation, months for seasonality, etc) this method cannot account for all effects. If you call it, You'll have to manage lag, seasonality etc. yourself.
Class Zibor
This is the rate fixed in Zurich by BBA. Use CHFLibor if you're interested in the London fixing by BBA.

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Fri Sep 23 2016 Version 1.8.1 QuantLib