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A new method for generating approximation algorithms for financial mathematics applications

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  • Frank J. Fabozzi
  • Arturo Leccadito
  • Radu S. Tunaru

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This paper describes a new technique that can be used in financial mathematics for a wide range of situations where the calculation of complicated integrals is required. The numerical schemes proposed here are deterministic in nature but their proof relies on known results from probability theory regarding the weak convergence of probability measures. We adapt those results to unbounded payoffs under certain mild assumptions that are satisfied in finance. Because our approximation schemes avoid repeated simulations and provide computational savings, they can potentially be used when calculating simultaneously the price of several derivatives contingent on the same underlying. We show how to apply the new methods to calculate the price of spread options and American call options on a stock paying a known dividend. The method proves useful for calculations related to the log-Weibull model proposed recently for empirical asset pricing.

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  • Frank J. Fabozzi & Arturo Leccadito & Radu S. Tunaru, 2012. "A new method for generating approximation algorithms for financial mathematics applications," Quantitative Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(10), pages 1571-1583, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:quantf:v:12:y:2012:i:10:p:1571-1583
    DOI: 10.1080/14697688.2011.580363
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