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Iterative construction of the optimal Bermudan stopping time

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  • Anastasia Kolodko

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  • John Schoenmakers

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We present an iterative procedure for computing the optimal Bermudan stopping time, hence the Bermudan Snell envelope. The method produces an increasing sequence of approximations of the Snell envelope from below, which coincide with the Snell envelope after finitely many steps. Then, by duality, the method induces a convergent sequence of upper bounds as well. In a Markovian setting the presented procedure allows to calculate approximative solutions with only a few nestings of conditional expectations and is therefore tailor-made for a plain Monte Carlo implementation. The method may be considered generic for all discrete optimal stopping problems. The power of the procedure is demonstrated for Bermudan swaptions in a full factor LIBOR market model. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg 2006

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  • Anastasia Kolodko & John Schoenmakers, 2006. "Iterative construction of the optimal Bermudan stopping time," Finance and Stochastics, Springer, vol. 10(1), pages 27-49, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:finsto:v:10:y:2006:i:1:p:27-49
    DOI: 10.1007/s00780-005-0168-5
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    1. John Schoenmakers & Junbo Huang & Jianing Zhang, 2011. "Optimal dual martingales, their analysis and application to new algorithms for Bermudan products," Papers 1111.6038, arXiv.org, revised Feb 2012.
    2. Beveridge, Christopher & Joshi, Mark & Tang, Robert, 2013. "Practical policy iteration: Generic methods for obtaining rapid and tight bounds for Bermudan exotic derivatives using Monte Carlo simulation," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 37(7), pages 1342-1361.
    3. Denis Belomestny & Grigori Milstein & Vladimir Spokoiny, 2009. "Regression methods in pricing American and Bermudan options using consumption processes," Quantitative Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 9(3), pages 315-327.
    4. Christoph Reisinger & Rasmus Wissmann, 2012. "Numerical Valuation of Derivatives in High-Dimensional Settings via PDE Expansions," Papers 1209.1909, arXiv.org, revised Oct 2013.
    5. John Schoenmakers, 2012. "A pure martingale dual for multiple stopping," Finance and Stochastics, Springer, vol. 16(2), pages 319-334, April.
    6. Denis Belomestny & Christian Bender & John Schoenmakers, 2009. "True Upper Bounds For Bermudan Products Via Non-Nested Monte Carlo," Mathematical Finance, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 19(1), pages 53-71.
    7. Denis Belomestny & G. Milstein & John Schoenmakers, 2010. "Sensitivities for Bermudan options by regression methods," Decisions in Economics and Finance, Springer;Associazione per la Matematica, vol. 33(2), pages 117-138, November.
    8. Joshi, Mark & Tang, Robert, 2014. "Effective sub-simulation-free upper bounds for the Monte Carlo pricing of callable derivatives and various improvements to existing methodologies," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 40(C), pages 25-45.
    9. Denis Belomestny & John Schoenmakers & Fabian Dickmann, 2013. "Multilevel dual approach for pricing American style derivatives," Finance and Stochastics, Springer, vol. 17(4), pages 717-742, October.
    10. Joerg Kampen & Anastasia Kolodko & John Schoenmakers, 2008. "Monte Carlo Greeks for financial products via approximative transition densities," Papers 0807.1213, arXiv.org.
    11. Christian Bender & Christian Gaertner & Nikolaus Schweizer, 2016. "Pathwise Iteration for Backward SDEs," Papers 1605.07500, arXiv.org, revised Jun 2016.

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