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The valuation of structured products using Markov chain models

  • Dilip B. Madan
  • Martijn Pistorius
  • Wim Schoutens
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    A Markov chain with an expanding non-uniform grid matching risk-neutral marginal distributions is constructed. Conditional distributions of the chain are in the variance gamma class with pre-specified skewness and excess kurtosis. Time change and space scale volatilities are calibrated from option data. For Markov chains, dynamically consistent sequences of bid and ask prices are developed by applying the theory of nonlinear expectations with drivers given by concave distortions applied to the one-step-ahead risk. The procedures are illustrated by generating dynamically consistent bid ask sequences for a variety of structured products, such as locally capped and floored cliquets, rolling calls and puts and hedged and unhedged variance swap contracts. Two-sided nonlinear barrier pricing of straddles is also accomplished. All methods are illustrated on the surface of JPM on October 15, 2009.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Quantitative Finance.

    Volume (Year): 13 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 125-136

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:quantf:v:13:y:2013:i:1:p:125-136
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