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Valuing American Options Using Fast Recursive Projections

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  • Antonio Cosma

    (Université du Luxembourg)

  • Stefano Galluccio

    (BNP Paribas Fixed Income)

  • Paola Pederzoli

    (University of Geneva)

  • O. Scaillet

    (University of Geneva GSEM and GFRI and Swiss Finance Institute)

We introduce a fast and widely applicable numerical pricing method that uses recursive projections. We characterize its convergence speed. We find that the early exercise boundary of an American call option on a discrete dividend paying stock is higher under the Merton and Heston models than under the Black-Scholes model, as opposed to the continuous dividend case. A large database of call options on stocks with quarterly dividends shows that adding stochastic volatility and jumps to the Black-Scholes benchmark reduces the amount foregone by call holders failing to optimally exercise by 25\%. Transaction fees cannot fully explain the suboptimal behavior.

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