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Valuation of Commodity-Based Swing Options

  • Patrick Jaillet


    (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Building 1-290, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139)

  • Ehud I. Ronn


    (Department of Finance, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin, 1 University Station, B6600, Austin, Texas 78712-1179)

  • Stathis Tompaidis


    (MSIS Department, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin, 1 University Station, B6500, Austin, Texas 78712-1175)

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    In the energy markets, in particular the electricity and natural gas markets, many contracts incorporate flexibility-of-delivery options known as "swing" or "take-or-pay" options. Subject to daily as well as periodic constraints, these contracts permit the option holder to repeatedly exercise the right to receive greater or smaller amounts of energy. We extract market information from forward prices and volatilities and build a pricing framework for swing options based on a one-factor mean-reverting stochastic process for energy prices that explicitly incorporates seasonal effects. We present a numerical scheme for the valuation of swing options calibrated for the case of natural gas.

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    Article provided by INFORMS in its journal Management Science.

    Volume (Year): 50 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 7 (July)
    Pages: 909-921

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    Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:50:y:2004:i:7:p:909-921
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    6. Joskow, Paul L, 1987. "Contract Duration and Relationship-Specific Investments: Empirical Evidence from Coal Markets," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 77(1), pages 168-85, March.
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