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Pricing American currency options in an exponential Levy model

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  • Marc Chesney
  • M. Jeanblanc

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In this article the problem of the American option valuation in a Levy process setting is analysed. The perpetual case is first considered. Without possible discontinuities (i.e. with negative jumps in the call case), known results concerning the currency option value as well as the exercise boundary are obtained with a martingale approach. With possible discontinuities of the underlying process at the exercise boundary (i.e. with positive jumps in the call case), original results are derived by relying on first passage time and overshoot associated with a Levy process. For finite life American currency calls, the formula derived by Bates or Zhang, in the context of a negative jump size, is tested. It is basically an extension of the one developed by Mac Millan and extended by Barone-Adesi and Whaley. It is shown that Bates' model generates pretty good results only when the process is continuous at the exercise boundary.

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  • Marc Chesney & M. Jeanblanc, 2004. "Pricing American currency options in an exponential Levy model," Applied Mathematical Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 11(3), pages 207-225.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apmtfi:v:11:y:2004:i:3:p:207-225 DOI: 10.1080/1350486042000249336
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    1. L. Alili & A. E. Kyprianou, 2005. "Some remarks on first passage of Levy processes, the American put and pasting principles," Papers math/0508487, arXiv.org.
    2. Marc CHESNEY & Pierre LASSERRE & Bruno TROJA, 2016. "Mitigating Global Warming : A Real Options Approach," Cahiers de recherche 08-2016, Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative, CIREQ.
    3. Barrieu, Pauline & Bellamy, N., 2007. "Optimal hitting time and perpetual option in a non-Lévy model: application to real options," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 5099, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    4. Marzia De Donno & Zbigniew Palmowski & Joanna Tumilewicz, 2017. "Double continuation regions for American and Swing options with negative discount rate in L\'evy models," Papers 1801.00266, arXiv.org.
    5. Medvedev, Alexey & Scaillet, Olivier, 2010. "Pricing American options under stochastic volatility and stochastic interest rates," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 98(1), pages 145-159, October.
    6. Leippold, Markus & Vasiljević, Nikola, 2017. "Pricing and disentanglement of American puts in the hyper-exponential jump-diffusion model," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 77(C), pages 78-94.
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