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Approximating payoffs and pricing formulas

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  • Darolles, Serge
  • Laurent, Jean-Paul

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We use the ideas developed by Madan and Milne (1994. Mathematical Finance 3, 223-245), Lacoste (1996. Mathematical Finance 6, 197-213) to explore the optimality of polynomial approximations in pricing securities. In particular, we look at the approximations for security payoffs as well as the associated pricing formula in a L2 framework. We apply these ideas to two examples, one where the state variable follows an Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process and one based on Brownian motion with reflecting barriers, to illustrate the strengths and weaknesses of the approach.
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  • Darolles, Serge & Laurent, Jean-Paul, 2000. "Approximating payoffs and pricing formulas," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 24(11-12), pages 1721-1746, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:dyncon:v:24:y:2000:i:11-12:p:1721-1746
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    1. Darolles, Serge & Florens, Jean-Pierre & Gourieroux, Christian, 2004. "Kernel-based nonlinear canonical analysis and time reversibility," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 119(2), pages 323-353, April.
    2. Antonio Cosma & Stefano Galluccio & Paola Pederzoli & O. Scaillet, "undated". "Valuing American Options Using Fast Recursive Projections," Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper Series 12-26, Swiss Finance Institute.
    3. Antonio Cosma & Stefano Galluccio & Paola Pederzoli & Olivier Scaillet, 2016. "Early exercise decision in American options with dividends, stochastic volatility and jumps," Papers 1612.03031, arXiv.org.

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