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Indifference prices and implied volatilities

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We consider a general local-stochastic volatility model and an investor with exponential utility. For a European-style contingent claim, whose payoff may depend on either a traded or non-traded asset, we derive an explicit approximation for both the buyer's and seller's indifference price. For European calls on a traded asset, we translate indifference prices into an explicit approximation of the buyer's and seller's implied volatility surface. For European claims on a non-traded asset, we establish rigorous error bounds for the indifference price approximation. Finally, we implement our indifference price and implied volatility approximations in two examples.

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  • Matthew Lorig, 2014. "Indifference prices and implied volatilities," Papers 1412.5520, arXiv.org, revised Sep 2015.
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