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Pricing of Swing Options in a Mean Reverting Model with Jumps


  • Mats Kjaer


We investigate the pricing of swing options in a model where the logarithm of the spot price is the sum of a deterministic seasonal trend and an Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process driven by a jump diffusion. First we calibrate the model to Nord Pool electricity market data. Second, the existence of an optimal exercise strategy is proved, and we present a numerical algorithm for computation of the swing option prices. It involves dynamic programming and the solution of multiple parabolic partial integro-differential equations by finite differences. Numerical results show that adding jumps to a diffusion may result in 2-35% higher swing option prices, depending on the moneyness and timing flexibility of the option.

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  • Mats Kjaer, 2008. "Pricing of Swing Options in a Mean Reverting Model with Jumps," Applied Mathematical Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 15(5-6), pages 479-502.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apmtfi:v:15:y:2008:i:5-6:p:479-502 DOI: 10.1080/13504860802170556

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    1. Marcus Eriksson & Jukka Lempa & Trygve Nilssen, 2014. "Swing options in commodity markets: a multidimensional Lévy diffusion model," Mathematical Methods of Operations Research, Springer;Gesellschaft für Operations Research (GOR);Nederlands Genootschap voor Besliskunde (NGB), vol. 79(1), pages 31-67, February.
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