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Convergence of European Lookback Options with Floating Strike in the Binomial Model

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  • Fabien Heuwelyckx

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In this article we study the convergence of a European lookback option with floating strike evaluated with the binomial model of Cox-Ross-Rubinstein to its evaluation with the Black-Scholes model. We do the same for its delta. We confirm that these convergences are of order 1/Sqrt(n). For this, we use the binomial model of Cheuk-Vorst which allows us to write the price of the option using a double sum. Based on an improvement of a lemma of Lin-Palmer, we are able to give the precise value of the term in 1/Sqrt(n) in the expansion of the error; we also obtain the value of the term in 1/n if the risk free interest rate is non zero. This modelisation will also allow us to determine the first term in the expansion of the delta.

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  • Fabien Heuwelyckx, 2013. "Convergence of European Lookback Options with Floating Strike in the Binomial Model," Papers 1302.2312, arXiv.org, revised Oct 2013.
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