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Model-independent bounds for option prices—a mass transport approach

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  • Mathias Beiglböck

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  • Pierre Henry-Labordère

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  • Friedrich Penkner

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In this paper we investigate model-independent bounds for exotic options written on a risky asset using infinite-dimensional linear programming methods. Based on arguments from the theory of Monge–Kantorovich mass transport, we establish a dual version of the problem that has a natural financial interpretation in terms of semi-static hedging. In particular we prove that there is no duality gap. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

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  • Mathias Beiglböck & Pierre Henry-Labordère & Friedrich Penkner, 2013. "Model-independent bounds for option prices—a mass transport approach," Finance and Stochastics, Springer, vol. 17(3), pages 477-501, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:finsto:v:17:y:2013:i:3:p:477-501
    DOI: 10.1007/s00780-013-0205-8
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    Keywords

    Model-independent pricing; Monge–Kantorovich transport problem; Option arbitrage; Robust superreplication theorem; 91G20; 91G80; C61; G13;

    JEL classification:

    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • G13 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing

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