IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this paper

A Note on Skewness and Kurtosis Adjusted Option Pricing Models under the Martingale Restriction


  • Bertrand Maillet

    (TEAM - Théories et Applications en Microéconomie et Macroéconomie - UP1 - Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • Bogdan Négréa


Several authors have proposed series expansion methods to price options when the risk-neutral density is asymmetric and leptokurtic. Among these, Corrado and Su (1996) provide an intuitive pricing formula based on a Gram-Charlier Type A series expansion. However, their formula contains a typographic error that can be significant. However, their formula contains a typographic error that can be significant. Brown and Robinson (2002) correct their pricing formula and provide and example of economic significance under plausible market conditions. The purpose of this comment is to slightly modify their pricing formula to provide consistency with a martingale restriction. We also compare the sensitivities of option prices to shifts in skewness and kurtosis using parameter values from sCorrado and Su (19ssss96) and Brown and Robinson (2002), and market data from the French options market. We show that differences between the original, corrected and our modified versions of the Corrado and Su (1996) original model are minor on the whole sample, but could be economically significant in specific cases, namely for the maturity and far-from-the-money options when markets are turbulent.
(This abstract was borrowed from another version of this item.)

Suggested Citation

  • Bertrand Maillet & Bogdan Négréa, 2004. "A Note on Skewness and Kurtosis Adjusted Option Pricing Models under the Martingale Restriction," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) hal-00308980, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:cesptp:hal-00308980

    Download full text from publisher

    To our knowledge, this item is not available for download. To find whether it is available, there are three options:
    1. Check below whether another version of this item is available online.
    2. Check on the provider's web page whether it is in fact available.
    3. Perform a search for a similarly titled item that would be available.

    Other versions of this item:


    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.

    Cited by:

    1. Andreou, Panayiotis C. & Charalambous, Chris & Martzoukos, Spiros H., 2010. "Generalized parameter functions for option pricing," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 34(3), pages 633-646, March.
    2. De Clerk, Luke & Savel’ev, Sergey, 2022. "AI algorithms for fitting GARCH parameters to empirical financial data," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 603(C).
    3. Sofiane Aboura & Didier Maillard, 2016. "Option Pricing Under Skewness and Kurtosis Using a Cornish–Fisher Expansion," Journal of Futures Markets, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 36(12), pages 1194-1209, December.
    4. Chateau, Jean-Pierre D., 2011. "Contribution à la réglementation de Bâle-3 : de la consistance interne du continuum du crédit commercial en marquant à la « valeur de modèle » le risque de crédit des engagements de crédit," L'Actualité Economique, Société Canadienne de Science Economique, vol. 87(4), pages 445-479, décembre.
    5. Monica Billio & Bertrand Maillet & Loriana Pelizzon, 2022. "A meta-measure of performance related to both investors and investments characteristics," Annals of Operations Research, Springer, vol. 313(2), pages 1405-1447, June.
    6. Dongdong Hu & Hasanjan Sayit & Frederi Viens, 2023. "Pricing basket options with the first three moments of the basket: log-normal models and beyond," Papers 2302.08041,, revised Feb 2023.
    7. Ciprian Necula & Gabriel Drimus & Walter Farkas, 2019. "A general closed form option pricing formula," Review of Derivatives Research, Springer, vol. 22(1), pages 1-40, April.
    8. Lin, Shin-Hung & Huang, Hung-Hsi & Li, Sheng-Han, 2015. "Option pricing under truncated Gram–Charlier expansion," The North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 32(C), pages 77-97.
    9. Chevallier, Julien & Ielpo, Florian & Mercier, Ludovic, 2009. "Risk aversion and institutional information disclosure on the European carbon market: A case-study of the 2006 compliance event," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 37(1), pages 15-28, January.
    10. Dongdong Hu & Hasanjan Sayit & Svetlozar T. Rachev, 2021. "Moment Matching Method for Pricing Spread Options with Mean-Variance Mixture L\'evy Motions," Papers 2109.02872,, revised Feb 2024.
    11. Inés Jiménez & Andrés Mora-Valencia & Javier Perote, 2022. "Dynamic selection of Gram–Charlier expansions with risk targets: an application to cryptocurrencies," Risk Management, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 24(1), pages 81-99, March.
    12. Jiménez, Inés & Mora-Valencia, Andrés & Perote, Javier, 2022. "Has the interaction between skewness and kurtosis of asset returns information content for risk forecasting?," Finance Research Letters, Elsevier, vol. 49(C).
    13. Cortés, Lina M. & Mora-Valencia, Andrés & Perote, Javier, 2020. "Retrieving the implicit risk neutral density of WTI options with a semi-nonparametric approach," The North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 54(C).
    14. Schlögl, Erik, 2013. "Option pricing where the underlying assets follow a Gram/Charlier density of arbitrary order," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 37(3), pages 611-632.
    15. Ozge Sezgin Alp, 2016. "The Performance of Skewness and Kurtosis Adjusted Option Pricing Model in Emerging Markets: A case of Turkish Derivatives Market," International Journal of Finance & Banking Studies, Center for the Strategic Studies in Business and Finance, vol. 5(3), pages 70-84, April.
    16. Emmanuel Jurczenko & Bertrand Maillet & Paul Merlin, 2008. "Efficient Frontier for Robust Higher-order Moment Portfolio Selection," Post-Print halshs-00336475, HAL.
    17. Maria Grazia Zoia & Gianmarco Vacca & Laura Barbieri, 2020. "Modeling Multivariate Financial Series and Computing Risk Measures via Gram–Charlier-Like Expansions," Risks, MDPI, vol. 8(4), pages 1-21, November.
    18. Chateau, John-Peter D., 2009. "Marking-to-model credit and operational risks of loan commitments: A Basel-2 advanced internal ratings-based approach," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 18(5), pages 260-270, December.
    19. Chateau, John-Peter D., 2007. "Beyond Basel-2 simplified standardized approach: Credit risk valuation of short-term loan commitments," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 16(5), pages 412-433.

    More about this item


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:hal:cesptp:hal-00308980. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no bibliographic references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: CCSD (email available below). General contact details of provider: .

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service. RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.