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Default swap games driven by spectrally negative Lévy processes

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  • Egami, Masahiko
  • Leung, Tim
  • Yamazaki, Kazutoshi

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This paper studies game-type credit default swaps that allow the protection buyer and seller to raise or reduce their respective positions once prior to default. This leads to the study of an optimal stopping game subject to early default termination. Under a structural credit risk model based on spectrally negative Lévy processes, we apply the principles of smooth and continuous fit to identify the equilibrium exercise strategies for the buyer and the seller. We then rigorously prove the existence of the Nash equilibrium and compute the contract value at equilibrium. Numerical examples are provided to illustrate the impacts of default risk and other contractual features on the players’ exercise timing at equilibrium.

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  • Egami, Masahiko & Leung, Tim & Yamazaki, Kazutoshi, 2013. "Default swap games driven by spectrally negative Lévy processes," Stochastic Processes and their Applications, Elsevier, vol. 123(2), pages 347-384.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:spapps:v:123:y:2013:i:2:p:347-384
    DOI: 10.1016/j.spa.2012.09.008
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    1. Mingsi Long & Hongzhong Zhang, 2017. "On the optimality of threshold type strategies in single and recursive optimal stopping under L\'evy models," Papers 1707.07797, arXiv.org, revised Jul 2017.
    2. Baurdoux, Erik J. & Yamazaki, Kazutoshi, 2015. "Optimality of doubly reflected Lévy processes in singular control," Stochastic Processes and their Applications, Elsevier, vol. 125(7), pages 2727-2751.
    3. Baurdoux, Erik J. & Yamazaki, Kazutoshi, 2015. "Optimality of doubly reflected Lévy processes in singular control," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 61617, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    4. Tim Leung & Kazutoshi Yamazaki & Hongzhong Zhang, 2015. "An Analytic Recursive Method For Optimal Multiple Stopping: Canadization And Phase-Type Fitting," International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance (IJTAF), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 18(05), pages 1-31.
    5. Kazutoshi Yamazaki, 2016. "Optimality of two-parameter strategies in stochastic control," Papers 1605.04995, arXiv.org.
    6. Hernández-Hernández, Daniel & Yamazaki, Kazutoshi, 2015. "Games of singular control and stopping driven by spectrally one-sided Lévy processes," Stochastic Processes and their Applications, Elsevier, vol. 125(1), pages 1-38.

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