Pricing exotic derivatives exploiting structure

Sesana, D., Marazzina, D. & Fusai, G. (2014). Pricing exotic derivatives exploiting structure. European Journal of Operational Research, 236(1), pp. 369-381. doi: 10.1016/j.ejor.2013.12.009

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In this paper we introduce a new fast and accurate numerical method for pricing exotic derivatives when discrete monitoring occurs, and the underlying evolves according to a Markov one-dimensional stochastic processes. The approach exploits the structure of the matrix arising from the numerical quadrature of the pricing backward formulas to devise a convenient factorization that helps greatly in the speed-up of the recursion. The algorithm is general and is examined in detail with reference to the CEV (Constant Elasticity of Variance) process for pricing different exotic derivatives, such as Asian, barrier, Bermudan, lookback and step options for which up to date no efficient procedures are available. Extensive numerical experiments confirm the theoretical results. The MATLAB code used to perform the computation is available online at∼marazzina/BP.htm. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: CEV process; Discrete monitoring; Exotic derivatives; Matrix Factorization; Numerical quadrature; Option pricing
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions: Cass Business School > Faculty of Finance

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