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Pricing Illiquid Options with $N+1$ Liquid Proxies Using Mixed Dynamic-Static Hedging

  • I. Halperin
  • A. Itkin

We study the problem of optimal pricing and hedging of a European option written on an illiquid asset $Z$ using a set of proxies: a liquid asset $S$, and $N$ liquid European options $P_i$, each written on a liquid asset $Y_i, i=1,N$. We assume that the $S$-hedge is dynamic while the multi-name $Y$-hedge is static. Using the indifference pricing approach with an exponential utility, we derive a HJB equation for the value function, and build an efficient numerical algorithm. The latter is based on several changes of variables, a splitting scheme, and a set of Fast Gauss Transforms (FGT), which turns out to be more efficient in terms of complexity and lower local space error than a finite-difference method. While in this paper we apply our framework to an incomplete market version of the credit-equity Merton's model, the same approach can be used for other asset classes (equity, commodity, FX, etc.), e.g. for pricing and hedging options with illiquid strikes or illiquid exotic options.

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  1. Igor Halperin & Andrey Itkin, 2014. "Pricing options on illiquid assets with liquid proxies using utility indifference and dynamic-static hedging," Quantitative Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(3), pages 427-442, March.
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