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General Lower Bounds for Arithmetic Asian Option Prices


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  • H. Albrecher
  • P. A. Mayer
  • W. Schoutens
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    This paper provides model-independent lower bounds for prices of arithmetic Asian options expressed through prices of European call options on the same underlying that are assumed to be observable in the market, and the corresponding subreplicating strategy is identified. The first bound relies on the no-arbitrage assumption only and turns out to perform satisfactorily in various situations. It is shown how the bound can be tightened under mild additional assumptions on the underlying market model. This considerably generalizes lower bounds in the literature, which are only available in the Black-Scholes world. Furthermore, it is illustrated how to adapt the procedure to the case where only a finite number of strikes is available in the market. As a by-product, the finite strike upper bound on the Asian call price of Hobson et al. (2005a), who considered basket options, is rederived. Numerical illustrations of the bounds are given together with comparisons to bounds resulting from model specifications.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Mathematical Finance.

    Volume (Year): 15 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 123-149

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:apmtfi:v:15:y:2008:i:2:p:123-149

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    Keywords: Asian options; model-independent bounds; no-arbitrage; static hedging;


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    Cited by:
    1. Alexander Novikov & Nino Kordzakhia, 2013. "On lower and upper bounds for Asian-type options: a unified approach," Papers 1309.2383,
    2. Laurence, Peter & Wang, Tai-Ho, 2009. "Sharp distribution free lower bounds for spread options and the corresponding optimal subreplicating portfolios," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 44(1), pages 35-47, February.
    3. Bernard, Carole & Jiang, Xiao & Wang, Ruodu, 2014. "Risk aggregation with dependence uncertainty," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 54(C), pages 93-108.
    4. Guoping Xu & Harry Zheng, 2012. "Lower Bound Approximation to Basket Option Values for Local Volatility Jump-Diffusion Models," Papers 1212.3147,, revised Oct 2013.
    5. Mathias Beiglböck & Pierre Henry-Labordère & Friedrich Penkner, 2013. "Model-independent bounds for option prices—a mass transport approach," Finance and Stochastics, Springer, vol. 17(3), pages 477-501, July.
    6. Lemmens, D. & Liang, L.Z.J. & Tempere, J. & De Schepper, A., 2010. "Pricing bounds for discrete arithmetic Asian options under Lévy models," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 389(22), pages 5193-5207.
    7. Peña, Javier & Vera, Juan C. & Zuluaga, Luis F., 2012. "Computing arbitrage upper bounds on basket options in the presence of bid–ask spreads," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 222(2), pages 369-376.


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