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The Heston stochastic volatility model with piecewise constant parameters - efficient calibration and pricing of window barrier options


  • Daniel Guterding
  • Wolfram Boenkost


The Heston stochastic volatility model is a standard model for valuing financial derivatives, since it can be calibrated using semi-analytical formulas and captures the most basic structure of the market for financial derivatives with simple structure in time-direction. However, extending the model to the case of time-dependent parameters, which would allow for a parametrization of the market at multiple timepoints, proves more challenging. We present a simple and numerically efficient approach to the calibration of the Heston stochastic volatility model with piecewise constant parameters. We show that semi-analytical formulas can also be derived in this more complex case and combine them with recent advances in computational techniques for the Heston model. Our numerical scheme is based on the calculation of the characteristic function using Gauss-Kronrod quadrature with an additional control variate that stabilizes the numerical integrals. We use our method to calibrate the Heston model with piecewise constant parameters to the foreign exchange (FX) options market. Finally, we demonstrate improvements of the Heston model with piecewise constant parameters upon the standard Heston model in selected cases.

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  • Daniel Guterding & Wolfram Boenkost, 2018. "The Heston stochastic volatility model with piecewise constant parameters - efficient calibration and pricing of window barrier options," Papers 1805.04704,, revised Jan 2019.
  • Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:1805.04704

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