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Prices and Asymptotics for Discrete Variance Swaps


  • Carole Bernard
  • Zhenyu Cui


We study the fair strike of a discrete variance swap for a general time-homogeneous stochastic volatility model. In the special cases of Heston, Hull-White and Schobel-Zhu stochastic volatility models we give simple explicit expressions (improving Broadie and Jain (2008a) in the case of the Heston model). We give conditions on parameters under which the fair strike of a discrete variance swap is higher or lower than that of the continuous variance swap. The interest rate and the correlation between the underlying price and its volatility are key elements in this analysis. We derive asymptotics for the discrete variance swaps and compare our results with those of Broadie and Jain (2008a), Jarrow et al. (2013) and Keller-Ressel and Griessler (2012).

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  • Carole Bernard & Zhenyu Cui, 2013. "Prices and Asymptotics for Discrete Variance Swaps," Papers 1305.7092,
  • Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:1305.7092

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    1. Ben-zhang Yang & Jia Yue & Nan-jing Huang, 2017. "Variance swaps under L\'{e}vy process with stochastic volatility and stochastic interest rate in incomplete markets," Papers 1712.10105,, revised Mar 2018.
    2. repec:eee:apmaco:v:277:y:2016:i:c:p:72-81 is not listed on IDEAS

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