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A Note on Wick Products and the Fractional Black-Scholes Model

  • Björk, Tomas

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    (Dept. of Finance, Stockholm School of Economics)

  • Hult, Henrik

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    (Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics)

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    In some recent papers, such as Elliott & van der Hoek, Hu & Öksendal, a fractional Black-Scholes model have been proposed as an improvement of the classical Black-Scholes model. Common to these fractional Black-Scholes models, is that the driving Brownian motion is replaced by a fractional Brownian motion and that the Ito integral is replaced by the Wick integral, and proofs has been presented that these fractional Black-Scholes models are free of arbitrage. These results on absence of arbitrage complelety contradict a number of earlier results in the literature which prove that the fractional Black-Scholes model (and related models) will in fact admit arbitrage. The object of the present paper is to resolve this contradiction by pointing out that the definition of the self-financing trading strategies and/or the definition of the value of a portfolio used in the above cited papers does not have a reasonable economic interpretation, and thus that the results in these papers are not economically meaningful. In particular we show that in the framework of Elliott and van der Hoek, a naive buy-and-hold strategy does not in general qualify as "self-financing". We also show that in Hu and Öksendal, a portfolio consisting of a positive number of shares of a stock with a positive price may, with positive probability, have a negative "value".

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    Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 596.

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    Length: 13 pages
    Date of creation: 25 Apr 2005
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    Publication status: Published in Finance & Stochastics, 2005, pages 197-209.
    Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0596
    Note: Published in: "Finance and Stochastics", Vol 9, No 2, pp 197-209, (2005).
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