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Small-maturity asymptotics for the at-the-money implied volatility slope in L\'evy models


  • Stefan Gerhold
  • I. Cetin Gulum
  • Arpad Pinter


We consider the at-the-money strike derivative of implied volatility as the maturity tends to zero. Our main results quantify the behavior of the slope for infinite activity exponential L\'evy models including a Brownian component. As auxiliary results, we obtain asymptotic expansions of short maturity at-the-money digital call options, using Mellin transform asymptotics. Finally, we discuss when the at-the-money slope is consistent with the steepness of the smile wings, as given by Lee's moment formula.

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  • Stefan Gerhold & I. Cetin Gulum & Arpad Pinter, 2013. "Small-maturity asymptotics for the at-the-money implied volatility slope in L\'evy models," Papers 1310.3061,, revised May 2016.
  • Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:1310.3061

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    1. Aleksandar Mijatovi'c & Peter Tankov, 2012. "A new look at short-term implied volatility in asset price models with jumps," Papers 1207.0843,, revised Jul 2012.
    2. Figueroa-López, José E. & Houdré, Christian, 2009. "Small-time expansions for the transition distributions of Lévy processes," Stochastic Processes and their Applications, Elsevier, vol. 119(11), pages 3862-3889, November.
    3. Valdo Durrleman, 2010. "From implied to spot volatilities," Finance and Stochastics, Springer, vol. 14(2), pages 157-177, April.
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    1. José E. Figueroa-López & Sveinn Ólafsson, 2016. "Short-term asymptotics for the implied volatility skew under a stochastic volatility model with Lévy jumps," Finance and Stochastics, Springer, vol. 20(4), pages 973-1020, October.

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