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A closedform solution for options with stochastic volatility with applications to bond and currency options
 Review of Financial Studies
, 1993
"... I use a new technique to derive a closedform solution for the price of a European call option on an asset with stochastic volatility. The model allows arbitrary correlation between volatility and spotasset returns. I introduce stochastic interest rates and show how to apply the model to bond option ..."
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I use a new technique to derive a closedform solution for the price of a European call option on an asset with stochastic volatility. The model allows arbitrary correlation between volatility and spotasset returns. I introduce stochastic interest rates and show how to apply the model to bond options and foreign currency options. Simulations show that correlation between volatility and the spot asset’s price is important for explaining return skewness and strikeprice biases in the BlackScholes (1973) model. The solution technique is based on characteristic functions and can be applied to other problems. Many plaudits have been aptly used to describe Black and Scholes ’ (1973) contribution to option pricing theory. Despite subsequent development of option theory, the original BlackScholes formula for a European call option remains the most successful and widely used application. This formula is particularly useful because it relates the distribution of spot returns I thank Hans Knoch for computational assistance. I am grateful for the suggestions of Hyeng Keun (the referee) and for comments by participants
Option pricing when underlying stock returns are discontinuous
 Journal of Financial Economics
, 1976
"... The validity of the classic BlackScholes option pricing formula dcpcnds on the capability of investors to follow a dynamic portfolio strategy in the stock that replicates the payoff structure to the option. The critical assumption required for such a strategy to be feasible, is that the underlying ..."
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The validity of the classic BlackScholes option pricing formula dcpcnds on the capability of investors to follow a dynamic portfolio strategy in the stock that replicates the payoff structure to the option. The critical assumption required for such a strategy to be feasible, is that the underlying stock return dynamics can be described by a stochastic process with a continuous sample path. In this paper, an option pricing formula is derived for the moregeneral cast when the underlying stock returns are gcncrated by a mixture of both continuous and jump processes. The derived formula has most of the attractive features of the original Black&holes formula in that it does not dcpcnd on investor prcfcrenccs or knowledge of the expcctsd return on the underlying stock. Morcovcr, the same analysis applied to the options can bc extcndcd to the pricingofcorporatc liabilities. 1. Intruduction In their classic paper on the theory of option pricing, Black and Scholcs (1973) prcscnt a mode of an:llysis that has rcvolutionizcd the theory of corporate liability pricing. In part, their approach was a breakthrough because it leads to pricing formulas using. for the most part, only obscrvablc variables. In particular,
An Analytic Derivation of the Cost of Deposit Insurance and Loan Guarantees: An Application of Modern Option Pricing Theory
 Journal of Banking and Finance
, 1977
"... It is not uncommon in the arrangement of a loan to include as part of the financial package a guarantee of the loan by a third party. Examples are guarantees by a parent company of loans made to its subsidiaries or government guarantees of loans made to private corporations. Also included would be g ..."
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It is not uncommon in the arrangement of a loan to include as part of the financial package a guarantee of the loan by a third party. Examples are guarantees by a parent company of loans made to its subsidiaries or government guarantees of loans made to private corporations. Also included would be guarantees of bank deposits by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. As with other forms of insurance, the issuing of a guarantee imposes a liability or cost on the guarantor. In this paper, a formula is derived to evaluate this cost. The method used is to demonstrate an isomorphic correspondence between loan guarantees and common stock put options, and then to use the well developed theory of option pricing to derive the formula. 1.
Nonparametric Estimation of StatePrice Densities Implicit In Financial Asset Prices
 JOURNAL OF FINANCE
, 1997
"... Implicit in the prices of traded financial assets are ArrowDebreu prices or, with continuous states, the stateprice density (SPD). We construct a nonparametric estimator for the SPD implicit in option prices and derive its asymptotic sampling theory. This estimator provides an arbitragefree metho ..."
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Implicit in the prices of traded financial assets are ArrowDebreu prices or, with continuous states, the stateprice density (SPD). We construct a nonparametric estimator for the SPD implicit in option prices and derive its asymptotic sampling theory. This estimator provides an arbitragefree method of pricing new, complex, or illiquid securities while capturing those features of the data that are most relevant from an assetpricing perspective, e.g., negative skewness and excess kurtosis for asset returns, volatility "smiles" for option prices. We perform Monte Carlo experiments and extract the SPD from actual S&P 500 option prices.
The Russian Option: Reduced Regret
, 1993
"... this paper the value of the option (i.e. the supremum in (1.2)) will be found exactly, and in particular it will be shown that the maximum in (1.2) is finite if and only if r ? ¯ : (1.4) Assuming (1.4), an explicit formula is given for both the maximal expected present value and the optimal stopping ..."
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this paper the value of the option (i.e. the supremum in (1.2)) will be found exactly, and in particular it will be shown that the maximum in (1.2) is finite if and only if r ? ¯ : (1.4) Assuming (1.4), an explicit formula is given for both the maximal expected present value and the optimal stopping rule in (2.4), which is not a fixed time rule but depends heavily on the observed values of X t and S t . We call the financial option described above a "Russian option" for two reasons. First, this name serves to (facetiously) differentiate it from American and European options, which have been extensively studied in financial economics, especially with the new interest in market economics in Russia. Second, our solution of the stopping problem (1.2) is derived by the socalled principle of smooth fit, first enunciated by the great Russian mathematician, A. N. Kolmogorov, cf. [4, 5]. The Russian option is characterized by "reduced regret" because the owner is paid the maximum stock price up to the time of exercise and hence feels less remorse at not having exercised at the maximum. For purposes of comparison and to emphasize the mathematical nature of the contribution here, we conclude the paper by analyzing an optimal stopping problem for the Russian option based on Bachelier's (1900) original linear model of stock price fluctuations, X
Risk vs. ProfitPotential; A Model for Corporate Strategy
 J. Econ. Dynam. Control
, 1996
"... A firm whose net earnings are uncertain, and that is subject to the risk of bankruptcy, must choose between paying dividends and retaining earnings in a liquid reserve. Also, different operating strategies imply different combinations of expected return and variance. We model the firm's cash reserve ..."
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A firm whose net earnings are uncertain, and that is subject to the risk of bankruptcy, must choose between paying dividends and retaining earnings in a liquid reserve. Also, different operating strategies imply different combinations of expected return and variance. We model the firm's cash reserve as the difference between the cumulative net earnings and the cumulative dividends. The first is a diffusion (additive), whose drift/volatility pair is chosen dynamically from a finite set, A. The second is an arbitrary nondecreasing process, chosen by the firm. The firm's strategy must be nonclairvoyant. The firm is bankrupt at the first time, T , at which the cash reserve falls to zero (T may be infinite), and the firm's objective is to maximize the expected total discounted dividends from 0 to T , given an initial reserve, x; denote this maximum by V (x). We calculate V explicitly, as a function of the set A and the discount rate. The optimal policy has the form: (1) pay no dividends if ...
Rational Exuberance
 Journal of Economic Literature
, 2004
"... Consider the postage stamp. As title to a future good (or, in this case, service) with monetary value, this humble object is essentially the same as a security. Its value, 37 cents, can be identiÞed with the present value of the service (delivery of a letter) to which its owner is entitled. ..."
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Consider the postage stamp. As title to a future good (or, in this case, service) with monetary value, this humble object is essentially the same as a security. Its value, 37 cents, can be identiÞed with the present value of the service (delivery of a letter) to which its owner is entitled.
Stochastic Volatility
, 2005
"... Stochastic volatility (SV) is the main concept used in the fields of financial economics and mathematical finance to deal with the endemic timevarying volatility and codependence found in financial markets. Such dependence has been known for a long time, early comments include Mandelbrot (1963) and ..."
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Stochastic volatility (SV) is the main concept used in the fields of financial economics and mathematical finance to deal with the endemic timevarying volatility and codependence found in financial markets. Such dependence has been known for a long time, early comments include Mandelbrot (1963) and Officer (1973). It was also clear to the founding fathers of modern continuous time finance that homogeneity was an unrealistic if convenient simplification, e.g. Black and Scholes (1972, p. 416) wrote “... there is evidence of nonstationarity in the variance. More work must be done to predict variances using the information available. ” Heterogeneity has deep implications for the theory and practice of financial economics and econometrics. In particular, asset pricing theory is dominated by the idea that higher rewards may be expected when we face higher risks, but these risks change through time in complicated ways. Some of the changes in the level of risk can be modelled stochastically, where the level of volatility and degree of codependence between assets is allowed to change over time. Such models allow us to explain, for example, empirically observed departures from BlackScholesMerton prices for options and understand why we should expect to see occasional dramatic moves in financial markets. The outline of this article is as follows. In section 2 I will trace the origins of SV and provide links with the basic models used today in the literature. In section 3 I will briefly discuss some of the innovations in the second generation of SV models. In section 4 I will briefly discuss the literature on conducting inference for SV models. In section 5 I will talk about the use of SV to price options. In section 6 I will consider the connection of SV with realised volatility. A extensive reviews of this literature is given in Shephard (2005). 2 The origin of SV models The origins of SV are messy, I will give five accounts, which attribute the subject to different sets of people.
An adaptive evolutionary approach to option pricing via genetic programming
 Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Computational Finance
, 1998
"... Please do not quote without permission * Chidambaran is visiting at NYU, on leave from Tulane. Lee holds joint appointments at Tulane and HKUST. Trigueros is at Tulane. We are grateful for the comments from participants at seminars at Tulane ..."
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Please do not quote without permission * Chidambaran is visiting at NYU, on leave from Tulane. Lee holds joint appointments at Tulane and HKUST. Trigueros is at Tulane. We are grateful for the comments from participants at seminars at Tulane