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Valuing American Derivatives by Least Squares Methods


  • Mario Cerrato


Least Squares estimators are notoriously known to generate sub-optimal exercise decisions when determining the optimal stopping time. The consequence is that the price of the option will be underestimated. We show how to use variance reduction techniques to extend some recent Monte Carlo estimators for option pricing and assess their performance in finite samples. Finally, we extend the Longstaff and Schwartz (2001) method to price American options under stochastic volatility. This is the first study to implement and apply the Glasserman and Yu (2004b) methodology to price Asian options and basket options.

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  • Mario Cerrato, 2008. "Valuing American Derivatives by Least Squares Methods," Working Papers 2008_12, Business School - Economics, University of Glasgow, revised Sep 2008.
  • Handle: RePEc:gla:glaewp:2008_12

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    1. Cerrato, Mario & Abbasyan, Abdollah, 2008. "Optimal Martingales and American Option Pricing," SIRE Discussion Papers 2008-36, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).
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    American options; Monte Carlo method;

    JEL classification:

    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • G13 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing


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