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Approximate Option Valuation For Arbitrary Stochastic Processes

In: Financial Derivatives Pricing Selected Works of Robert Jarrow

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  • Robert JARROW

    (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA)

  • Andrew RUDD

    (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA)

Abstract

AbstractWe show how a given probability distribution can be approximated by an arbitrary distribution in terms of a series expansion involving second and higher moments. This theoretical development is specialized to the problem of option valuation where the underlying security distribution, if not lognormal, can be approximated by a lognormally distributed random variable. The resulting option price is expressed as the sum of a Black–Scholes price plus adjustment terms which depend on the second and higher moments of the underlying security stochastic process. This approach permits the impact on the option price of skewness and kurtosis of the underlying stock's distribution to be evaluated.

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  • Robert JARROW & Andrew RUDD, 2008. "Approximate Option Valuation For Arbitrary Stochastic Processes," World Scientific Book Chapters,in: Financial Derivatives Pricing Selected Works of Robert Jarrow, chapter 1, pages 9-31 World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd..
  • Handle: RePEc:wsi:wschap:9789812819222_0001
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    Keywords

    Derivatives; Options; Hedging; HJM; Black–Scholes; Forwards; Futures; Martingale Measure; Calls; Puts; Market Manipulation; Margin Requirements;

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    • B26 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - Financial Economics
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy

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