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Risk-Neutral Moment-Based Estimation of Affine Option Pricing Models

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  • Bruno Feunou
  • Cédric Okou

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This paper provides a novel methodology for estimating option pricing models based on risk-neutral moments. We synthesize the distribution extracted from a panel of option prices and exploit linear relationships between risk-neutral cumulants and latent factors within the continuous time affine stochastic volatility framework. We find that fitting the Andersen, Fusari, and Todorov (2015b) option valuation model to risk-neutral moments captures the bulk of the information in option prices. Our estimation strategy is effective, easy to implement, and robust, as it allows for a direct linear filtering of the latent factors and a quasi-maximum likelihood estimation of model parameters. From a practical perspective, employing risk-neutral moments instead of option prices also helps circumvent several sources of numerical errors and substantially lessens the computational burden inherent in working with a large panel of option contracts.

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  • Bruno Feunou & Cédric Okou, 2017. "Risk-Neutral Moment-Based Estimation of Affine Option Pricing Models," Staff Working Papers 17-55, Bank of Canada.
  • Handle: RePEc:bca:bocawp:17-55
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    Asset pricing; Econometric and statistical methods;

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    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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