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Swing options in commodity markets: A multidimensional L\'evy diffusion model


  • Marcus Eriksson
  • Jukka Lempa
  • Trygve Kastberg Nilssen


We study valuation of swing options on commodity markets when the commodity prices are driven by multiple factors. The factors are modeled as diffusion processes driven by a multidimensional L\'evy process. We set up a valuation model in terms of a dynamic programming problem where the option can be exercised continuously in time. Here, the number of swing rights is given by a total volume constraint. We analyze some general properties of the model and study the solution by analyzing the associated HJB-equation. Furthermore, we discuss the issues caused by the multi-dimensionality of the commodity price model. The results are illustrated numerically with three explicit examples.

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  • Marcus Eriksson & Jukka Lempa & Trygve Kastberg Nilssen, 2013. "Swing options in commodity markets: A multidimensional L\'evy diffusion model," Papers 1302.6399,
  • Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:1302.6399

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    1. M. Basei & A. Cesaroni & T. Vargiolu, 2013. "Optimal exercise of swing contracts in energy markets: an integral constrained stochastic optimal control problem," Papers 1307.1320,

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