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High-order accurate implicit finite difference method for evaluating American options


  • A. Mayo


A numerical method is presented for valuing vanilla American options on a single asset that is up to fourth-order accurate in the log of the asset price, and second-order accurate in time. The method overcomes the standard difficulty encountered in developing high-order accurate finite difference schemes for valuing American options; that is, the lack of smoothness in the option price at the critical boundary. This is done by making special corrections to the right-hand side of the differnce equations near the boundary, so they retain their level of accuracy. These corrections are easily evaluated using estimates of the boundary location and jump in the gamma that occurs there, such as those developed by Carr and Eaguet. Results of numerical experiments are presented comparing the method with more standard finite difference methods.

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  • A. Mayo, 2004. "High-order accurate implicit finite difference method for evaluating American options," The European Journal of Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 10(3), pages 212-237.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:eurjfi:v:10:y:2004:i:3:p:212-237 DOI: 10.1080/1351847032000168641

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    1. Zvan, R. & Vetzal, K. R. & Forsyth, P. A., 2000. "PDE methods for pricing barrier options," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 24(11-12), pages 1563-1590, October.
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