IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this paper

Asymptotic Expansion for the Normal Implied Volatility in Local Volatility Models


  • Viorel Costeanu
  • Dan Pirjol


We study the dynamics of the normal implied volatility in a local volatility model, using a small-time expansion in powers of maturity T. At leading order in this expansion, the asymptotics of the normal implied volatility is similar, up to a different definition of the moneyness, to that of the log-normal volatility. This relation is preserved also to order O(T) in the small-time expansion, and differences with the log-normal case appear first at O(T^2). The results are illustrated on a few examples of local volatility models with analytical local volatility, finding generally good agreement with exact or numerical solutions. We point out that the asymptotic expansion can fail if applied naively for models with nonanalytical local volatility, for example which have discontinuous derivatives. Using perturbation theory methods, we show that the ATM normal implied volatility for such a model contains a term ~ \sqrt{T}, with a coefficient which is proportional with the jump of the derivative.

Suggested Citation

  • Viorel Costeanu & Dan Pirjol, 2011. "Asymptotic Expansion for the Normal Implied Volatility in Local Volatility Models," Papers 1105.3359,
  • Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:1105.3359

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    File Function: Latest version
    Download Restriction: no


    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.

    Cited by:

    1. Cyril Grunspan, 2011. "A Note on the Equivalence between the Normal and the Lognormal Implied Volatility : A Model Free Approach," Papers 1112.1782,

    More about this item

    NEP fields

    This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:arx:papers:1105.3359. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (arXiv administrators). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.