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Heterogeneous information arrival and option pricing


  • Asea, Patrick K.
  • Ncube, Mthuli


We model the arrival of heterogeneous information in a financial market as a doubly-stochastic Poisson process (DSPP). A DSPP is a member of the family of Poisson processes in which the mean value of the process itself is governed by a stochastic mechanism. We explore the implications for pricing stock, index and foreign currency options of the assumption that the under- lying security evolves as a mixed diffusion DSPP. We derive an intertemporal CAPM and demonstrate that accounting for heterogeneous information arrival may minimize the ubiquitous pricing bias 'smile-effect' of standard option pricing models. We propose a conceptually simple but numerically intensive maximum likelihood estimator of the parameters of a DSPP. A simulation study verifies the adequacy of the asymptotic approximations in finite samples.
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  • Asea, Patrick K. & Ncube, Mthuli, 1998. "Heterogeneous information arrival and option pricing," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 83(1-2), pages 291-323.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:econom:v:83:y:1998:i:1-2:p:291-323

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    • G13 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing
    • D52 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Incomplete Markets


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