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Default Swap Games Driven by Spectrally Negative Levy Processes

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  • Masahiko Egami
  • Tim S. T. Leung
  • Kazutoshi Yamazaki

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This paper studies game-type credit default swaps that allow the protection buyer and seller to raise or reduce their respective positions once prior to default. This leads to the study of an optimal stopping game subject to early default termination. Under a structural credit risk model based on spectrally negative Levy processes, we apply the principles of smooth and continuous fit to identify the equilibrium exercise strategies for the buyer and the seller. We then rigorously prove the existence of the Nash equilibrium and compute the contract value at equilibrium. Numerical examples are provided to illustrate the impacts of default risk and other contractual features on the players' exercise timing at equilibrium.

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  • Masahiko Egami & Tim S. T. Leung & Kazutoshi Yamazaki, 2011. "Default Swap Games Driven by Spectrally Negative Levy Processes," Papers 1105.0238, arXiv.org, revised Sep 2012.
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    1. Mingsi Long & Hongzhong Zhang, 2017. "On the optimality of threshold type strategies in single and recursive optimal stopping under L\'evy models," Papers 1707.07797, arXiv.org, revised Jul 2017.
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    3. Tim Leung & Kazutoshi Yamazaki & Hongzhong Zhang, 2015. "An Analytic Recursive Method For Optimal Multiple Stopping: Canadization And Phase-Type Fitting," International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance (IJTAF), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 18(05), pages 1-31.
    4. Baurdoux, Erik J. & Yamazaki, Kazutoshi, 2015. "Optimality of doubly reflected Lévy processes in singular control," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 61617, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    5. Kazutoshi Yamazaki, 2016. "Optimality of two-parameter strategies in stochastic control," Papers 1605.04995, arXiv.org.
    6. Hernández-Hernández, Daniel & Yamazaki, Kazutoshi, 2015. "Games of singular control and stopping driven by spectrally one-sided Lévy processes," Stochastic Processes and their Applications, Elsevier, vol. 125(1), pages 1-38.
    7. Baurdoux, Erik J. & Yamazaki, Kazutoshi, 2015. "Optimality of doubly reflected Lévy processes in singular control," Stochastic Processes and their Applications, Elsevier, vol. 125(7), pages 2727-2751.

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