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Pricing bonds with optional sinking feature using Markov Decision Processes


  • Jan-Frederik Mai
  • Marc Wittlinger


An efficient method to price bonds with optional sinking feature is presented. Such instruments equip their issuer with the option (but not the obligation) to redeem parts of the notional prior to maturity, therefore the future cash flows are random. In a one-factor model for the issuer's default intensity we show that the pricing algorithm can be formulated as a Markov Decision Process, which is both accurate and quick. The method is demonstrated using a 1.5-factor credit-equity model which defines the default intensity in a reciprocal relationship to the issuer's stock price process, termed jump-to-default extended model with constant elasticity of variance (JDCEV).

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  • Jan-Frederik Mai & Marc Wittlinger, 2013. "Pricing bonds with optional sinking feature using Markov Decision Processes," Papers 1305.5220,
  • Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:1305.5220

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    1. Peter Carr & Vadim Linetsky, 2006. "A jump to default extended CEV model: an application of Bessel processes," Finance and Stochastics, Springer, vol. 10(3), pages 303-330, September.
    2. Patrick Hagan & Graeme West, 2006. "Interpolation Methods for Curve Construction," Applied Mathematical Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 13(2), pages 89-129.
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