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On the construction of finite dimensional realizations for nonlinear forward rate models

  • Camilla Landén

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    (Department of Mathematics, Royal Institute of Technology, SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden Manuscript)

  • Tomas Björk

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    (Department of Finance, Stockholm School of Economics, Box 6501, SE-113 83 Stockholm, Sweden)

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    We consider interest rate models of Heath-Jarrow-Morton type where the forward rates are driven by a multidimensional Wiener process, and where the volatility structure is allowed to be a smooth functional of the present forward rate curve. In a recent paper [3], Björk and Svensson give necessary and sufficient conditions for the existence of a finite dimensional Markovian state space realization (FDR) for such a forward rate model, and in the present paper we provide a general method for the actual construction of an FDR. We illustrate the method by constructing FDR:s for a number of concrete models. These FDR:s generalize previous results by allowing for a more general volatility structure. Furthermore the dimension of the realizations obtained by using our method is typically smaller than that of the corresponding previously known realizations.

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    Volume (Year): 6 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 303-331

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    1. Ernst Eberlein & Sebastian Raible, 1999. "Term Structure Models Driven by General Lévy Processes," Mathematical Finance, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 9(1), pages 31-53.
    2. Ram Bhar & Carl Chiarella, 1995. "Transformation of Heath-Jarrow-Morton Models to Markovian Systems," Working Paper Series 53, Finance Discipline Group, UTS Business School, University of Technology, Sydney.
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