Efficient Pricing of European-Style Options Under Heston's Stochastic Volatility Model
AbstractHeston's stochastic volatility model is frequently employed by finance researchers and practitioners. Fast pricing of European-style options in this setting has considerable practical significance. This paper derives a computationally efficient formula for the value of a European-style put under Heston's dynamics, by utilizing a transform approach based on inverting the characteristic function of the underlying stock's log-price and by exploiting the characteristic function's symmetry. The value of a European-style call is computed using a parity relationship. The required characteristic function is obtained as a special case of a more general solution derived in prior research. Computational advantage of the option value formula is illustrated numerically. The method can help to mitigate the time cost of algorithms that require repeated evaluation of European-style options under Heston's dynamics.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 34827.
Date of creation: 23 Feb 2012
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Publication status: Published in Theoretical Economics Letters, February 2012, vol. 2 no. 1, pp. 16-20
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characteristic function inversion; Heston's model; European-style option;
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- G13 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing
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- NEP-ALL-2012-03-28 (All new papers)
- NEP-CMP-2012-03-28 (Computational Economics)
- NEP-FMK-2012-03-28 (Financial Markets)
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