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The Variance Gamma Process and Option Pricing.
 European Finance Review
, 1998
"... : A three parameter stochastic process, termed the variance gamma process, that generalizes Brownian motion is developed as a model for the dynamics of log stock prices. The process is obtained by evaluating Brownian motion with drift at a random time given by a gamma process. The two additional par ..."
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: A three parameter stochastic process, termed the variance gamma process, that generalizes Brownian motion is developed as a model for the dynamics of log stock prices. The process is obtained by evaluating Brownian motion with drift at a random time given by a gamma process. The two additional parameters are the drift of the Brownian motion and the volatility of the time change. These additional parameters provide control over the skewness and kurtosis of the return distribution. Closed forms are obtained for the return density and the prices of European options. The statistical and risk neutral densities are estimated for data on the S&P500 Index and the prices of options on this Index. It is observed that the statistical density is symmetric with some kurtosis, while the risk neutral density is negatively skewed with a larger kurtosis. The additional parameters also correct for pricing biases of the Black Scholes model that is a parametric special case of the option pricing model d...
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.
Implied Volatility Functions: Empirical Tests
, 1995
"... Black and Scholes (1973) implied volatilities tend to be systematically related to the option's exercise price and time to expiration. Derman and Kani (1994), Dupire (1994), and Rubinstein (1994) attribute this behavior to the fact that the Black/Scholes constant volatility assumption is violated in ..."
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Black and Scholes (1973) implied volatilities tend to be systematically related to the option's exercise price and time to expiration. Derman and Kani (1994), Dupire (1994), and Rubinstein (1994) attribute this behavior to the fact that the Black/Scholes constant volatility assumption is violated in practice. These authors hypothesize that the volatility of the underlying asset's return is a deterministic function of the asset price and time. Since the volatility function in their model has an arbitrary specification, the deterministic volatility (DV) option valuation model has the potential of fitting the observed crosssection of option prices exactly. Using a sample of S&P 500 index options during the period June 1988 and December 1993, we attempt to evaluate the economic significance of the implied volatility function by examining the predictive and hedging performance of the DV option valuation model. Discussion draft: September 8, 1995 ____________________________________________...
Post'87 Crash Fears in the S&P 500 Futures Option Market
, 1998
"... Postcrash distributions inferred from S ..."
New Insights Into Smile, Mispricing and Value At Risk: The Hyperbolic Model
 Journal of Business
, 1998
"... We investigate a new basic model for asset pricing, the hyperbolic model, which allows an almost perfect statistical fit of stock return data. After a brief introduction into the theory supported by an appendix we use also secondary market data to compare the hyperbolic model to the classical Black ..."
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We investigate a new basic model for asset pricing, the hyperbolic model, which allows an almost perfect statistical fit of stock return data. After a brief introduction into the theory supported by an appendix we use also secondary market data to compare the hyperbolic model to the classical BlackScholes model. We study implicit volatilities, the smile effect and the pricing performance. Exploiting the full power of the hyperbolic model, we construct an option value process from a statistical point of view by estimating the implicit riskneutral density function from option data. Finally we present some new valueat risk calculations leading to new perspectives to cope with model risk. I Introduction There is little doubt that the BlackScholes model has become the standard in the finance industry and is applied on a large scale in everyday trading operations. On the other side its deficiencies have become a standard topic in research. Given the vast literature where refinements a...
Of Smiles and Smirks: A TermStructure Perspective
 JOURNAL OF FINANCIAL AND QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS
, 1998
"... An extensive empirical literature in finance has documented not only the presence of anamolies in the BlackScholes model, but also the "termstructures" of these anamolies (for instance, the behavior of the volatility smile or of unconditional returns at different maturities). Theoretical efforts i ..."
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An extensive empirical literature in finance has documented not only the presence of anamolies in the BlackScholes model, but also the "termstructures" of these anamolies (for instance, the behavior of the volatility smile or of unconditional returns at different maturities). Theoretical efforts in the literature at addressing these anamolies have largely focussed on two extensions of the BlackScholes model: introducing jumps into the return process, and allowing volatility to be stochastic. This paper employs commonlyused versions of these two classes of models to examine the extent to which the models are theoretically capable of resolving the observed anamolies. We find that each model exhibits some "termstructure" patterns that are fundamentally inconsistent with those observed in the data. As a consequence, neither class of models constitutes an adequate explanation of the empirical evidence, although stochastic volatility models fare better than jumps in this regard.
A Study towards a Unified Approach to the Joint Estimation of Objective and Risk Neutral Measures for the Purpose of Options Valuation
, 1999
"... The purpose of this paper is to bridge two strands of the literature, one pertaining to the objectiveorphysical measure used to model the underlying asset and the other pertaining to the riskneutral measure used to price derivatives. We propose a generic procedure using simultaneously the fundame ..."
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The purpose of this paper is to bridge two strands of the literature, one pertaining to the objectiveorphysical measure used to model the underlying asset and the other pertaining to the riskneutral measure used to price derivatives. We propose a generic procedure using simultaneously the fundamental price S t and a set of option contracts ### I it # i=1;m # where m # 1 and # I it is the BlackScholes implied volatility.We use Heston's #1993# model as an example and appraise univariate and multivariate estimation of the model in terms of pricing and hedging performance. Our results, based on the S&P 500 index contract, show that the univariate approach only involving options by and large dominates. Abyproduct of this #nding is that we uncover a remarkably simple volatility extraction #lter based on a polynomial lag structure of implied volatilities. The bivariate approachinvolving both the fundamental and an option appears useful when the information from the cash market ...
Empirical pricing kernels
, 2001
"... This paper investigates the empirical characteristics of investor risk aversion over equity return states by estimating a timevarying pricing kernel, which we call the empirical pricing kernel (EPK). We estimate the EPK on a monthly basis from 1991 to 1995, using S&P 500 index option data and a sto ..."
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This paper investigates the empirical characteristics of investor risk aversion over equity return states by estimating a timevarying pricing kernel, which we call the empirical pricing kernel (EPK). We estimate the EPK on a monthly basis from 1991 to 1995, using S&P 500 index option data and a stochastic volatility model for the S&P 500 return process. We find that the EPK exhibits countercyclical risk aversion over S&P 500 return states. We also find that hedging performance is significantly improved when we use hedge ratios based the EPK rather than a timeinvariant pricing kernel.
The Surprise Element: Jumps in Interest Rates
 Journal of Econometrics
, 2002
"... Abstract. That information surprises result in discontinuous interest rates is no surprise to participants in the bond markets. We develop a class of PoissonGaussian models of the Fed Funds rate to capture surprise effects, and show that these models offer a good statistical description of short ra ..."
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Abstract. That information surprises result in discontinuous interest rates is no surprise to participants in the bond markets. We develop a class of PoissonGaussian models of the Fed Funds rate to capture surprise effects, and show that these models offer a good statistical description of short rate behavior, and are useful in understanding many empirical phenomena. Estimators are used based on analytical derivations of the characteristic functions and moments of jumpdiffusion stochastic processes for a range of jump distributions, and are extended to discretetime models. Jump (Poisson) processes capture empirical features of the data which would not be captured by Gaussian models, and there is strong evidence that existing models would be wellenhanced by jump and ARCHtype processes. The analytical and empirical methods in the paper support many applications, such as testing for Fed intervention effects, which are shown to be an important source of surprise jumps in interest rates. The jump model is shown to mitigate the nonlinearity of interest rate drifts, so prevalent in purediffusion models. Dayofweek effects are modelled explicitly, and the jump model provides evidence of bond market overreaction, rejecting the martingale hypothesis for interest rates. Jump models mixed with Markov switching processes predicate that conditioning on regime is important in determining short rate behavior.