Bivariate option pricing with copulas
The adoption of copula functions is suggested in order to price bivariate contingent claims. Copulas enable the marginal distributions extracted from vertical spreads in the options markets to be imbedded in a multivariate pricing kernel. It is proved that such a kernel is a copula function, and that its super-replication strategy is represented by the Frechet bounds. Applications provided include prices for binary digital options, options on the minimum and options to exchange one asset for another. For each of these products, no-arbitrage pricing bounds, as well as values consistent with the independence of the underlying assets are provided. As a final reference value, a copula function calibrated on historical data is used.
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Volume (Year): 9 (2002)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
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