Spectral methods for volatility derivatives
AbstractIn the first quarter of 2006, the Chicago Board Options Exchange introduced, as one of the listed products, options on its implied volatility index (VIX). This created the challenge of developing a pricing framework that can simultaneously handle European options, forward-starts, options on the realized variance and options on the VIX. In this paper we propose a new approach to this problem using spectral methods. We use a regime switching model with jumps and local volatility defined by Albanese and Mijatovic and calibrate it to the European options on the S&P 500 for a broad range of strikes and maturities. The main idea of this paper is to 'lift' (i.e. extend) the generator of the underlying process to keep track of the relevant path information, namely the realized variance. The lifted generator is too large a matrix to be diagonalized numerically. We overcome this difficulty by applying a new semi-analytic algorithm for block-diagonalization. This method enables us to evaluate numerically the joint distribution between the underlying stock price and the realized variance, which in turn gives us a way of pricing consistently European options, general accrued variance payoffs and forward-starting and VIX options.
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Volume (Year): 9 (2009)
Issue (Month): 6 ()
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