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On American Options Under the Variance Gamma Process

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  • Ariel Almendral
  • Cornelis W. Oosterlee

Abstract

American options are considered in a market where the underlying asset follows a Variance Gamma process. A sufficient condition is given for the failure of the smooth fit principle for finite horizon call options. A second-order accurate finite-difference method is proposed to find the American option price and the exercise boundary. The problem is formulated as a Linear Complementarity Problem and solved numerically by a convenient splitting. Computations have been accelerated with the help of the Fast Fourier Transform. A stability analysis shows that the scheme is conditionally stable, with a mild stability condition of the form k = O(&7Clog(h)&7C-1). The theoretical results are verified numerically throughout a series of numerical experiments.

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  • Ariel Almendral & Cornelis W. Oosterlee, 2007. "On American Options Under the Variance Gamma Process," Applied Mathematical Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(2), pages 131-152.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apmtfi:v:14:y:2007:i:2:p:131-152
    DOI: 10.1080/13504860600724885
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    1. Lord, Roger & Fang, Fang & Bervoets, Frank & Oosterlee, Kees, 2007. "A fast and accurate FFT-based method for pricing early-exercise options under Lévy processes," MPRA Paper 1952, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    3. Roman V. Ivanov & Katsunori Ano, 2016. "On exact pricing of FX options in multivariate time-changed Lévy models," Review of Derivatives Research, Springer, vol. 19(3), pages 201-216, October.
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    5. Gian P. Cervellera & Marco P. Tucci, 2017. "A note on the Estimation of a Gamma-Variance Process: Learning from a Failure," Computational Economics, Springer;Society for Computational Economics, vol. 49(3), pages 363-385, March.
    6. Grothe, Oliver & Hofert, Marius, 2015. "Construction and sampling of Archimedean and nested Archimedean Lévy copulas," Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 138(C), pages 182-198.
    7. 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.
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    9. Nicola Cantarutti & Jo~ao Guerra, 2016. "Multinomial method for option pricing under Variance Gamma," Papers 1701.00112, arXiv.org, revised Feb 2018.
    10. Erhan Bayraktar & Hao Xing, 2009. "Pricing American options for jump diffusions by iterating optimal stopping problems for diffusions," Mathematical Methods of Operations Research, Springer;Gesellschaft für Operations Research (GOR);Nederlands Genootschap voor Besliskunde (NGB), vol. 70(3), pages 505-525, December.
    11. Fang, Fang & Oosterlee, Kees, 2008. "Pricing Early-Exercise and Discrete Barrier Options by Fourier-Cosine Series Expansions," MPRA Paper 9248, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    12. Gian P. Cervellera & Marco P. Tucci, 2014. "A note on the estimation of a Gamma-Variance process: Learning from a failure," Department of Economics University of Siena 702, Department of Economics, University of Siena.
    13. Ron Chan & Simon Hubbert, 2014. "Options pricing under the one-dimensional jump-diffusion model using the radial basis function interpolation scheme," Review of Derivatives Research, Springer, vol. 17(2), pages 161-189, July.

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