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Weighted Monte Carlo: Calibrating the Smile and Preserving Martingale Condition

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  • Alberto Elices
  • Eduard Gim'enez

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Weighted Monte Carlo prices exotic options calibrating the probabilities of previously generated paths by a regular Monte Carlo to fit a set of option premiums. When only vanilla call and put options and forward prices are considered, the Martingale condition might not be preserved. This paper shows that this is indeed the case and overcomes the problem by adding additional synthetic options. A robust, fast and easy-to-implement calibration algorithm is presented. The results are illustrated with a geometric cliquet option which shows how the price impact can be significant.

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  • Alberto Elices & Eduard Gim'enez, 2011. "Weighted Monte Carlo: Calibrating the Smile and Preserving Martingale Condition," Papers 1102.3541, arXiv.org.
  • Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:1102.3541
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