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Adapted Downhill Simplex Method for Pricing Convertible Bonds

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  • Kateryna Mishchenko
  • Volodymyr Mishchenko
  • Anatoliy Malyarenko
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    The paper is devoted to modeling optimal exercise strategies of the behavior of investors and issuers working with convertible bonds. This implies solution of the problems of stock price modeling, payoff computation and min-max optimization. Stock prices (underlying asset) were modeled under the assumption of the geometric Brownian motion of their values. The Monte Carlo method was used for calculating the real payoff which is the objective function. The min-max optimization problem was solved using the derivative-free Downhill Simplex method. The performed numerical experiments allowed to formulate recommendations for the choice of appropriate size of the initial simplex in the Downhill Simplex Method, the number of generated trajectories of underlying asset, the size of the problem and initial trajectories of the behavior of investors and issuers.

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    Paper provided by arXiv.org in its series Papers with number 0710.0241.

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    1. Manuel Ammann & Axel Kind & Christian Wilde, 2005. "Simulation-Based Pricing of Convertible Bonds," Finance 0507015, EconWPA.
    2. Garcia, Diego, 2003. "Convergence and Biases of Monte Carlo estimates of American option prices using a parametric exercise rule," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 27(10), pages 1855-1879, August.
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