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Russian and American put options under exponential phasetype Lévy models
, 2002
"... Consider the American put and Russian option [33, 34, 17] with the stock price modeled as an exponential Lévy process. We find an explicit expression for the price in the dense class of Lévy processes with phasetype jumps in both directions. The solution rests on the reduction to the first passage ..."
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Consider the American put and Russian option [33, 34, 17] with the stock price modeled as an exponential Lévy process. We find an explicit expression for the price in the dense class of Lévy processes with phasetype jumps in both directions. The solution rests on the reduction to the first passage time problem for (reflected) Lévy processes and on an explicit solution of the latter in the phasetype case via martingale stopping and WienerHopf factorisation. Also the first passage time problem is studied for a regime switching Lávy process with phasetype jumps. This is achieved by an embedding into a a semiMarkovian regime switching Brownian motion.
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 ...