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Closed form spread option valuation

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  • Bjerksund, Petter

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    (Dept. of Finance and Management Science, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration)

  • Stensland, Gunnar

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    (Dept. of Finance and Management Science, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration)

Abstract

This paper considers the valuation of a spread call when asset prices are lognormal. The implicit strategy of the Kirk formula is to exercise if the price of the long asset exceeds a given power function of the price of the short asset. We derive a formula for the spread call value, conditional on following this feasible but non-optimal exercise strategy. Numerical investigations indicate that the lower bound produced by our formula is extremely accurate. The precision is much higher than the Kirk formula. Moreover, optimizing with respect to the strategy parameters (which corresponds to the Carmona-Durrleman procedure) yields only a marginal improvement of accuracy (if any).

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Paper provided by Department of Business and Management Science, Norwegian School of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 2006/20.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: 01 Dec 2006
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:nhhfms:2006_020

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Keywords: Spread option; closed form; valuation formula; lognormal asset prices;

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  1. Tommaso Paletta & Arturo Leccadito & Radu Tunaru, 2013. "Pricing and Hedging Basket Options with Exact Moment Matching," Papers 1312.4443, arXiv.org.
  2. Griselda Deelstra & Alexandre Petkovic & Michèle Vanmaele, 2008. "Pricing and Hedging Asian Basket Spread Options," Working Papers ECARES 2008_004, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  3. Elisa Alòs & Jorge A. León, 2013. "On the closed-form approximation of short-time random strike options," Economics Working Papers 1347, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
  4. Lorenz Schneider, 2014. "A Stochastic Volatility Model for Crude Oil Futures Curves and the Pricing of Calendar Spread Options," Papers 1401.7913, arXiv.org.

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