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Barrier style contracts under Lévy processes: An alternative approach


  • Fajardo, José


In this paper we present new pricing formulas for some single barrier style contracts of the European type when the underlying process is driven by an important class of Lévy processes, which includes the CGMY model, generalized hyperbolic model and Meixner model, frequently used in the literature. To achieve this goal we first assume that a symmetry property holds, i.e., we assume that under a change of numéraire the risk neutral distribution does not change, and then we analyze the most realistic asymmetric case.

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  • Fajardo, José, 2015. "Barrier style contracts under Lévy processes: An alternative approach," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 53(C), pages 179-187.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jbfina:v:53:y:2015:i:c:p:179-187 DOI: 10.1016/j.jbankfin.2015.01.002

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    1. José Fajardo, 2017. "A new factor to explain implied volatility smirk," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 49(40), pages 4026-4034, August.
    2. Xiao, Shuang & Ma, Shihua, 2016. "Pricing discrete double barrier options under Lévy processes: An extension of the method by Milev and Tagliani," Finance Research Letters, Elsevier, vol. 19(C), pages 67-74.
    3. Fajardo, José, 2016. "Power Style Contracts Under Asymmetric Lévy Processes," MPRA Paper 71813, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Barrier contracts; Lévy processes; Symmetry;

    JEL classification:

    • C52 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Evaluation, Validation, and Selection
    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)


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