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What we can learn from pricing 139,879 Individual Stock Options

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The GARCH framework has been used for option pricing with quite some success. While the initial work assumed conditional Gaussian innovations, recent contributions relax this assumption and allow for more flexible parametric specifications of the underlying distribution. However, until now the empirical applications have been limited to index options or options on only a few stocks and this using only few potential distributions and variance specififications. In this paper we test the GARCH framework on 30 stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average using two classical volatility specififications and 7 different underlying distributions. Our results provide clear support for using an asymmetric volatility specifification together with non-Gaussian distribution, particularly of the Normal Inverse Gaussian type, and statistical tests show that this model is most frequently among the set of best performing models.

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  • Lars Stentoft, 2011. "What we can learn from pricing 139,879 Individual Stock Options," CREATES Research Papers 2011-52, Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University.
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    1. Lars Stentoft, 2013. "American option pricing using simulation with an application to the GARCH model," Chapters,in: Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Empirical Finance, chapter 5, pages 114-147 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. Jean-Guy Simonato & Lars Stentoft, 2015. "Which pricing approach for options under GARCH with non-normal innovations?," CREATES Research Papers 2015-32, Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University.

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    Keywords

    American options; GARCH models; Model Confidence Set; Simulation.;

    JEL classification:

    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • C53 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Forecasting and Prediction Models; Simulation Methods
    • G13 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing

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