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The Valuation of American Options with Stochastic Interest Rates: A Generalization of the Geske-Johnson Technique


  • Ho, T S
  • Stapleton, Richard C
  • Subrahmanyam, Marti G


The Geske-Johnson approach provides an efficient and intuitively appealing technique for the valuation and hedging of American-style contingent claims. Here, the authors generalize their approach to a stochastic interest rate economy. The method is implemented using options exercisable on one of a finite number of dates. The authors illustrate how the value of an American-style option increases with interest rate volatility. The magnitude of this effect depends on the extent to which the option is in the money, the volatilities of the underlying asset and the interest rates, as well as the correlation between them. Copyright 1997 by American Finance Association.

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  • Ho, T S & Stapleton, Richard C & Subrahmanyam, Marti G, 1997. "The Valuation of American Options with Stochastic Interest Rates: A Generalization of the Geske-Johnson Technique," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 52(2), pages 827-840, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jfinan:v:52:y:1997:i:2:p:827-40

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    1. Stephen E. Satchell & Richard C. Stapleton & Marti G. Subrahmanyam, 1997. "The Pricing of Marked†to†Market Contingent Claims in a No†Arbitrage Economy," Australian Journal of Management, Australian School of Business, vol. 22(1), pages 1-20, June.
    2. Chang, Chuang-Chang & Tsay, Min-Hung & Lin, Jun-Biao, 2018. "A generalized Brennan–Rubinstein approach for valuing options with stochastic interest rates," The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 67(C), pages 92-99.
    3. Blessing Taruvinga & Boda Kang & Christina Sklibosios Nikitopoulos, 2018. "Pricing American Options with Jumps in Asset and Volatility," Research Paper Series 394, Quantitative Finance Research Centre, University of Technology, Sydney.
    4. Chiarella, Carl & Ziogas, Andrew, 2005. "Evaluation of American strangles," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 29(1-2), pages 31-62, January.
    5. Manuel Moreno & Javier Navas, 2003. "On the Robustness of Least-Squares Monte Carlo (LSM) for Pricing American Derivatives," Review of Derivatives Research, Springer, vol. 6(2), pages 107-128, May.
    6. Ho, T. S. & Stapleton, Richard C. & Subrahmanyam, Marti G., 1997. "The valuation of American options on bonds1," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 21(11-12), pages 1487-1513, December.
    7. Jérôme Detemple & Weidong Tian, 2002. "The Valuation of American Options for a Class of Diffusion Processes," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 48(7), pages 917-937, July.
    8. B. Gao J. Huang, "undated". "The Valuation of American Barrier Options Using the Decomposition Technique," New York University, Leonard N. Stern School Finance Department Working Paper Seires 99-002, New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business-.
    9. Bert Menkveld & Ton Vorst, 1998. "A Pricing Model for American Options with Stochastic Interest Rates," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 98-028/2, Tinbergen Institute.
    10. Lim, Terence & Lo, Andrew W. & Merton, Robert C. & Scholes, Myron S., 2006. "The Derivatives Sourcebook," Foundations and Trends(R) in Finance, now publishers, vol. 1(5–6), pages 365-572, April.

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