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Some remarks on first passage of Levy processes, the American put and pasting principles


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  • L. Alili
  • A. E. Kyprianou
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    The purpose of this article is to provide, with the help of a fluctuation identity, a generic link between a number of known identities for the first passage time and overshoot above/below a fixed level of a Levy process and the solution of Gerber and Shiu [Astin Bull. 24 (1994) 195-220], Boyarchenko and Levendorskii [Working paper series EERS 98/02 (1998), Unpublished manuscript (1999), SIAM J. Control Optim. 40 (2002) 1663-1696], Chan [Original unpublished manuscript (2000)], Avram, Chan and Usabel [Stochastic Process. Appl. 100 (2002) 75-107], Mordecki [Finance Stoch. 6 (2002) 473-493], Asmussen, Avram and Pistorius [Stochastic Process. Appl. 109 (2004) 79-111] and Chesney and Jeanblanc [Appl. Math. Fin. 11 (2004) 207-225] to the American perpetual put optimal stopping problem. Furthermore, we make folklore precise and give necessary and sufficient conditions for smooth pasting to occur in the considered problem.

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    Date of creation: Aug 2005
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    Publication status: Published in Annals of Applied Probability 2005, Vol. 15, No. 3, 2062-2080
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    1. Ariel Almendral & Cornelis W. Oosterlee, 2007. "On American Options Under the Variance Gamma Process," Applied Mathematical Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(2), pages 131-152.
    2. Ernesto Mordecki, 2002. "Optimal stopping and perpetual options for Lévy processes," Finance and Stochastics, Springer, vol. 6(4), pages 473-493.
    3. Marc Chesney & M. Jeanblanc, 2004. "Pricing American currency options in an exponential Levy model," Applied Mathematical Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 11(3), pages 207-225.
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    3. Erhan Bayraktar, 2009. "On the perpetual American put options for level dependent volatility models with jumps," Quantitative Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 11(3), pages 335-341.
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    14. Pavel V. Gapeev, 2006. "Perpetual Barrier Options in Jump-Diffusion Models," SFB 649 Discussion Papers SFB649DP2006-058, Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
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