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A fast Fourier transform technique for pricing American options under stochastic volatility


  • Oleksandr Zhylyevskyy



This paper develops a non-finite-difference-based method of American option pricing under stochastic volatility by extending the Geske-Johnson compound option scheme. The characteristic function of the underlying state vector is inverted to obtain the vector's density using a kernel-smoothed fast Fourier transform technique. The method produces option values that are closely in line with the values obtained by finite-difference schemes. It also performs well in an empirical application with traded S&P 100 index options. The method is especially well suited to price a set of options with different strikes on the same underlying asset, which is a task often encountered by practitioners.
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  • Oleksandr Zhylyevskyy, 2010. "A fast Fourier transform technique for pricing American options under stochastic volatility," Review of Derivatives Research, Springer, vol. 13(1), pages 1-24, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:revdev:v:13:y:2010:i:1:p:1-24
    DOI: 10.1007/s11147-009-9041-6

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    1. Minqiang Li, 2010. "A quasi-analytical interpolation method for pricing American options under general multi-dimensional diffusion processes," Review of Derivatives Research, Springer, vol. 13(2), pages 177-217, July.
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    3. Zhylyevskyy, Oleksandr, 2012. "Efficient Pricing of European-Style Options Under Heston's Stochastic Volatility Model," Staff General Research Papers Archive 34827, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
    4. Chen, Ding & Härkönen, Hannu J. & Newton, David P., 2014. "Advancing the universality of quadrature methods to any underlying process for option pricing," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 114(3), pages 600-612.
    5. Zhylyevskyy, Oleksandr, 2012. "Joint Characteristic Function of Stock Log-Price and Squared Volatility in the Bates Model and Its Asset Pricing Applications," Staff General Research Papers Archive 35559, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
    6. Susanne Griebsch, 2013. "The evaluation of European compound option prices under stochastic volatility using Fourier transform techniques," Review of Derivatives Research, Springer, vol. 16(2), pages 135-165, July.
    7. Maximilian Ga{ss} & Kathrin Glau & Maximilian Mair, 2015. "Magic points in finance: Empirical integration for parametric option pricing," Papers 1511.00884,, revised Nov 2016.

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    American option; Stochastic volatility; Heston model; Geske-Johnson scheme; Fast Fourier transform; Characteristic function inversion;

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    • G00 - Financial Economics - - General - - - General


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